On Thursday, June 25th, 6:30pm, we are hosting the Meet the Candidates event at Overtyme Tap Room in Waterford. With the restrictions from the virus, this is an opportunity for Republican Candidates to come introduce themselves on stage and meet with the public. Below is a flyer and link to the registration form for candidates. Mark DeGroff is chairman of this event.
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We are also planning on having a Picnic on July 18th, location to be determined.
Our April 23rd meeting will be held online at 7:00pm with featured guest Brian Calley, President of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM). Protecting the health of our economy is at the forefront of the current crises and SBAM is keeping its member companies connected with the lifeline being offered through the SBA and the $2 Trillion rescue package. Brian also brings great insight in the workings of the state government as our former Lt. Governor. Therefore, we are lucky to have Brian interact with us in our online meeting.
Rocky Raczkowski, OCRP Chairman, will update us on who’s running in Oakland County and on the State Convention which is the following day. We’ll get some feedback from NORC’s legislative liaison and past president, State Senator, Jim Runestad on what emergency powers the governor actually has.
As usual, we will continue our normal routine of introducing elected officials and candidates who join the meeting. This will be a fun, informative and interactive, video NORC meeting from the comfort of wherever you are. In an announcement shortly before the meeting, we will send you a link you can just click on to join. We will also provide a call-in number if you’re internet challenged.
See you on the 23rd.
Our Christmas Party was a lot of fun thanks to a big turn-out of members, friends and newcomers. Special thanks to the sponsors, particularly our Gold Sponsor, Mike Detmer for U.S. Congress * 8th District and our Silver Sponsor, Eileen Kowall, Oakland County Commissioner.
In 2019 we continued our mission to educate and involve with a Border Wall Debate, presentations of auto insurance reform, legalization of online gambling and sports betting a symposium on the new recreational marijuana industry and much more. As we enter into an important election year, we will bring in candidates and the top people on referendums. Our January 2020 newsletter will be out soon.
These are challenging times for Republicans. As Democrats have taken control of the U.S. House of Representatives, The State Governorship and the County, we are seeing how they handle control and unfortunately its not for the general good but rather to expand their own control. At our last meeting, we heard a chilling tale from the Deputy County Executive under Brooks Patterson about what happened at Oakland County. His story needs to be heard; the video of his presentation will soon be available on our soon to be created YouTube channel and his PowerPoint presentation is available on our website in the archives.
At the state level, for the first time in many years, the budget process was a total fiasco. After our Democrat Governor realized she was not going to get her $.45/gallon gas tax increase, she passed the budget then slashed dozens of programs in line-item-vetoes. At our November 14th meeting, we will have the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Shane Hernandez, to explain all of this.
All in all, we see the importance of winning republican majorities at every level of government. The Democrats have squandered their control of the US House by trying to impeach the President rather than being productive by passing the USMCA, plugging the loopholes in the asylum laws or even working on infrastructure. I’ve been getting calls from angry republicans from all over the county asking what they can do about all of this. Therefore, I’ve invited the Regional Field Director of the Michigan Republican Party, Kathy Paul, to tell us what we can do to turn this around in next year’s election.
Since our last meeting, at the beginning of Summer, a lot has happened; Oakland Country’s executive branch has transitioned into Democrat control, under suspicious actions, of which a law suit was filed. We’re lining-up the top speakers on this to up-date us at our next meeting in October. We are also watching the budget battle in Lansing. It all exemplifies the importance of electing republican majorities in local and state elections and what happens when we don’t. This coming season, we will be bringing you the top speakers on what’s going on as well as the campaigns going into next year’s elections. So, Mark your calendar for our next meeting on Thursday, October 24 at the Pontiac Country Club at 7:00pm