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GR PRESS: State Reps. Dillon, Brinks take week-long SNAP Food Stamp Challenge

Rep. Winnie Brinks and her daughters utilize the Double-up Food Bucks program as they prepare to take the SNAP Challenge.

Rep. Winnie Brinks and her daughters utilize the Double-up Food Bucks program as they prepare to take the SNAP Challenge.

Jonathan Van Zytveld | jvanzytv@mlive.comBy Jonathan Van Zytveld | jvanzytv@mlive.com 

on September 07, 2013 at 5:24 PM, updated September 07, 2013 at 5:29 PM

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – For a week, state Reps Brandon Dillon and Winnie Brinks will attempt to walk in the shoes of those who struggle to put food on the table each day.

Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) and Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) are participating in theSNAP Food Stamp Challenge, a week-long attempt to spend no more on food than a person receiving SNAP food assistance.

“We’re trying to highlight the challenges that people on food assistance face,” Dillon said. “I have always been a believer that food is a basic necessity, and that people need to have money to get nutritious options for their family, but this week should drive that home for me.”

By |September 9th, 2013|Local Politics, Meetings & Events, State Politics|Comments Off

House Dems Demand Investigation into Quality of Care at Veterans Home

House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) and state Reps. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) are calling for an investigation into the quality of health care provided at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and requesting the state Civil Service Commission revisit its decision to allow privatization of caretaker jobs at the home.

House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) and state Reps. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) are calling for an investigation into the quality of health care provided at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and requesting the state Civil Service Commission revisit its decision to allow privatization of caretaker jobs at the home.

Watch the entire Press Conference here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAkwE0oaNZU

 

House Dems Demand Investigation into Quality of Care at Veterans Home

Residents, staff members allege lackluster care in home for veterans

GRAND RAPIDS — House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) and state Reps. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) and David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) are calling for an investigation into the quality of health care provided at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and requesting the state Civil Service Commission revisit its decision to allow privatization of caretaker jobs at the home. The Civil Service Commission did not take patient care into consideration when deciding the fate of our veterans’ caretakers. Following the April 2 decision, 144 jobs were privatized, and many veterans at the home have said that the quality of care has been slipping ever since.

“We make a promise to our veterans: dedicate yourselves in service to our country, and in return, we will guarantee you the best health care available,” Greimel said. “After making great sacrifices for our country — including the loss of limbs and traumatic brain injuries — we owe our veterans nothing but the best. Unfortunately, we’re hearing that we’re falling down on our end of the bargain.”

During a recent visit to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 15 veterans and four staffers talked with the representatives about the quality of care at the home. Many spoke anonymously out of fear of retaliation. Patients relayed stories of low-quality care and high turnover among the caretaker staff, while staff members said that there are now fewer caretakers per veteran than there were before privatization. One quadriplegic veteran said he’d nearly been dropped twice by an untrained caretaker who didn’t know how to transfer him into his wheelchair.

“Our veterans have a right to expect better than this, and frankly, we should be demanding nothing but the best for them,” Brinks said. “As we approach the Fourth of July and reflect on all that has made our nation great, we’re reminded of the men and women at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans who made great sacrifices for us. It’s not acceptable to compromise on the quality of care just to save the state a dollar. Their care must come first.”

Greimel, Brinks and Dillon are demanding Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs investigate conditions at the home. They’re also calling on the Michigan Civil Service Commission to reconsider their April 2, 2013 decision allowing privatization of jobs at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, as the decision only took cost-cutting into consideration, but not the quality of care.

“After visiting with veterans at the home, it’s clear to me that we’ve taken a wrong turn and we need to correct that,” Dillon said. “We need to take a good look at the kind of care we’re offering our veterans, and we need to take steps to improve it. They’ve suffered with substandard care for three months already. We can’t wait any longer.”

Knezek, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served two tours of duty in Iraq, urged the governor and the state to take action to help our veterans.

“When I served in the military, I saw firsthand the enormous sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform,” Knezek said. “Some came home with serious disabilities and need daily care. We must be committed to ensuring that they get the best care we can offer.”

By |July 1st, 2013|ACTION ALERT, Local Politics, State Politics|Comments Off

2012 Voter’s Guide

In response to popular demand we have posted a voter’s guide – click here to view it.

Democratic Coordinated Headquarters

Our election headquarters is located at 545 Michigan Ave NE.

 

Office hours:

MONDAY – SATURDAY

10AM – 7PM

SUNDAY

Noon – 5PM

 

On the corner of Michigan and Dudley.  Large brick building with El Barrio & Omelette Shoppe. 

Park in lot just north of building on Dudley.

info@michigansthird.com

(616) 710 – 1992

By |October 24th, 2012|Local Politics|Comments Off

GOP’s Voter Suppression Plan

As you can see from Senator Stabenow’s message below, the Republicans have a campaign to prevent us from voting. PLEASE ATTEND OUR UPCOMING PARTY MEETING on October 10, 2012: the Kent County Clerk will be teaching a session on pollwatching at 8:15 pm following our party meeting. WE NEED AS MANY QUALIFIED POLLWATCHERS AS POSSIBLE.

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Republicans can’t win over Michigan voters with their plans to cut Medicare and turn it into a voucher system. They can’t win voters with their plans to take away birth control, mammograms, and maternity care from women.

So instead of trying to win on the merits, Republicans in Michigan are launching a statewide effort to suppress the Democratic vote.

Take a look at this excerpt from an email sent by Michigan GOP Chairman Bobby Schostak:

You read that correctly. The Michigan GOP’s so-called ‘Election Day Task Force’ isn’t about turning out their supporters. It is about recruiting ‘poll challengers’ to try and disenfranchise and discourage voters in strong Democratic areas.

Kent County Democrats Remember Dorothy Scott

Dorothy Scott, longtime Democratic Party member and one of the most dedicated of volunteers, died on September 3, 2012. That she died on Labor Day is both highly symbolic and appropriate in light of her long and distinguished history with the union movement and with our party. She will be greatly missed.

A memorial celebration will be held tomorrow, Monday, September 10, 2012, at 10 AM at Ivy K. Gillespie-Moody Memorial Chapel.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked for contributions to be made to the American Cancer Society.

By |September 4th, 2012|Local Politics, Meetings & Events|Comments Off

76th State House District – How to Write-in Winnie Brinks

By |August 6th, 2012|Local Politics, State Politics|Comments Off

The Roy Schmidt Cover-Up Begins

Roy Schmidt’s Fake Democrat Withdraws, But Serious Legal Questions Remain

LANSING – While Roy Schmidt’s fake Democrat Matt Mojzak has withdrawn from the race, serious legal questions remain. Today, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer sent letters to Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson calling for an immediate and thorough investigation of perjury and election fraud. The letters are attached.

“Mojzak’s withdrawal just proves that he was a fake Democrat and it’s obvious the cover-up of Roy Schmidt’s fake Democratic candidate has begun,” said Brewer. “It’s ironic that this cover-up is taking place on the anniversary of the beginning of the Watergate hearings. The voters deserve to know who exactly was involved in this plot, when it began, and why felonies were committed. These illegal conspirators must be brought to justice swiftly.”

Mojzak’s affidavit of three lies demonstrates that he was a Republican plant with the sole intention of clearing an easy path to reelection for Schmidt. The three lies in the affidavit include:

• Mojzak claiming he’s a Democrat.
• Mojzak claiming he’s registered to vote in the 76th district while his home and registration are in the 88th district.
• Mojzak claiming he’s been a resident of Kent County for 22 years when he’s been living in Ottawa County.

“There are many serious questions that need to be answered,” continued Brewer. “Who recruited this fake Democrat? Who prepared his affidavit? Who filed both Mojzak’s and Schmidt’s affidavits? Who is Raymond Venezia, the man who notarized Mojzak’s affidavit?”

“Schuette and Johnson need to investigate this obvious evidence of perjury and election fraud,” Brewer said. “They demanded the so-called fake Tea Party in Oakland County be held accountable and they should be just as adamant about this fake Democrat. Will Schuette and Johnson use their resources to investigate and bring to justice whomever is involved including House Speaker Jase Bolger and Representatives Pete Lund and Roy Schmidt? The voters deserved to know.”

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By |May 18th, 2012|Local Politics, State Politics|Comments Off

We want YOU – to be a precinct delegate!

Precinct Delegates — Grassroots of the Democratic Party

What is a precinct?
A precinct is the smallest political unit in the county, and all voters in a precinct vote at one location. The precinct is where elections are won and lost. It is your neighborhood. You know the people, and you know what issues are important to them.

What is a Precinct Delegate?
The role of a precinct delegate is one of the most important yet least understood of any elected office. It is the active precinct delegate who wins elections for the Democratic Party. Precinct delegates are elected directly by the voters of each precinct to serve as a bridge between voters and the Democratic Party in your neighborhood and you represent your neighborhood at Democratic Party meetings.

What do Precinct Delegates do?
· Help Democrats register to vote.
· Take information on issues and candidates to the voters in your precinct.
· Identify other democrats, and recruit new Party members.
· Help turn out the Democratic vote in your neighborhood on Election Day.
· Keep Democratic leaders informed about the issues that concern voters.
· Attend and vote at Democratic Party conventions.

How are Precinct Delegates elected?
Precinct delegates are elected in the Democratic primary every 2 years in August. Only Democratic voters choose Democratic precinct delegates.

Precinct delegate candidates file a notarized Affidavit of Identity to get on the ballot. A precinct delegate candidate can file with the clerk of their county, city, or township of residence. The filing deadline for precinct delegate candidates falls on the twelfth Tuesday prior to the August primary. A precinct delegate can be elected with just one vote.

The Kent County Democratic Party is here to help. Let us know if you need information or assistance. By working together we can deliver Michigan for the Democratic ticket.

Don’t sit on the sidelines — run for Precinct Delegate and be a part of the political solution.

The deadline to file to be a precinct delgate is 4pm Tuesday, May 15th. You must file at your city, township or county clerk. Call Democratic HQ for more information @ 616-406-1573

By |April 19th, 2012|Local Politics, State Politics|Comments Off