Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fellows vs. Hune in State Senate Debate

Chuck Fellows shows why he's the best choice for state Senate District 22 in this debate against "Just Say No Joe" Hune held in Lansing.

Watch the video here.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Here's What Our Low Taxes Get You -- Dangerous Roads

Want to know what low taxes in Livingston County gets for you?

Take a look.

This stretch of Rushton Road between 9 Mile and Ten Mile won the "worst of the worst" pothole contest sponsored by the Livingston County Democrats. The stretch of road was nominated by Karen Hamp of South Lyon.

Traveled by nearly 5,000 motorists each day, the road has ruts along the edge that could cause a motorist to lose control if their vehicle left the road. Other stretches of pavement are so deteriorated that motorists frequently drive on the wrong side of the road to avoid them.

Livingston County's incumbent Republican commissioners could do something about the state of roads if they wanted to. Instead, they keep shoveling money into an airport that none of us uses.

To fix the roads, we need to fix the commission first. Vote Democratic on Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Livingston Dems on the Radio!

Livingston County Dems are on the air!

The first ad in support of Democratic candidates for county commission focuses on the county's misplaced priorities -- millions for an airport nobody uses but nothing for the roads we all drive on.

Listen here.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Potholes, Potholes, Potholes

They're everywhere, and the Livingston County Commission could do something about them, if the Republicans wanted to.

Instead, they are shoveling our tax dollars in to an airport nobody uses. Democrats running for county commission will put your tax dollars towards things that you use -- the roads we drive on every day.

Some 37 percent of Livingston County roads are rated "poor" by a recent study of the Michigan Infrasture and Transportation Association, almost double the percentage in Detroit.

Bad roads cost us money in car repairs and lost time stuck in traffic. Livingston County Democrats are offering to help defray some of that cost, with a $50 prize for the person who sends us a photo of the worst pothole in Livingston County.

Send your entry to Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, 10321 Grand River Road, Suite 600, Brighton, MI 48116. Give the name of the road, approximate location, your name, address, phone number, and email if available. You also can email us a photo or video at Entry deadline is next Wednesday.

We want to see the "worst of the worst!"

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Better Late Than Never, I Guess

The all-Republican Livingston County Commission likes to pretend that it is on top of everything, that it knows everything about government and things run absolutely perfectly inside the courthouse. So there's no need for anyone to ever be looking over their shoulders.

But when people do look over their shoulders, they find lots of little problems. Like Carol Griffith never filing a campaign finance report. Like David Domas handing out his business cards at polling places.

And like sloppy minute-keeping from the commission's debt management subcommittee -- you know, the body you never read about that's looking into the county's looming $100 million debt that we are all on the hook for but you also never read about.

Recently, someone filed a freedom of information act request for minutes going back to August of 2009. What they got were ten sets of minutes all labeled "draft" because the panel had never gotten around to approving them.

Immediately after the FOIA and the release of the draft minutes, the panel met again this week. First order of business was adopt all ten sets of minutes.

Of course, the minutes themselves are inadequate -- misspellings of words such as the names of townships, only phrases in many cases rather than complete sentences, and a total lack of detail. For example, "Option 1" with no information on what "Option 1" meant.

The county's debt is a looming problem and one thing is clear from the minutes -- this crew isn't equipped to handle it.

The county and some of its townships may well be headed to appointment of an emergency financial manager to dig us out of this mess.

I hope somebody is taking notes somewhere.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Join Livingston Dems for Debate Watch Party!

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Virg Bernero will take on the "Chief Executive Out-Sourcer" in a debate this coming Sunday (Oct. 10, 2010).

Come watch it with other Democrats at Memories Lounge and Restaurant, 1840 S. Old U.S. 23, Brighton.

We will gather at 6 p.m. and order off the menu, then watch the debate at 7 p.m. There is no charge except for the food and beverages you order.

Come out and cheer on Virg!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Enderle on the Airwaves in Lansing

Lansing voters are getting a chance to know 8th Congressional District candidate Lance Enderle after a recent WILX-TV interview.

Enderle tells viewers he wants to keep higher education affordable and put people to work with green energy jobs.

He is undaunted by the challenge of running a grass-roots campaign against PAC-man Republican Mike Rogers.

Livingston County Democrats will be canvassing for Enderle, and gubernatorial nominee Virg Bernero, on Saturday (Oct. 2, 2010). Meet at party headquarters, 10321 Grand River Road, Suite 600, Brighton, MI, at 10:30 a.m. and help us knock on doors and talk to voters about Lance and Virg.