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A day to give thanks

By U.S. Congressman Gary Peters
Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to spend time and give thanks with our loved ones. It is a time when we pause to reflect on how fortunate we really are and recommit ourselves to helping others.

I hope you spend this special day of thanks surrounded by your family and friends. And as we give thanks for the many blessings in our lives, let us also remember our veterans, our active duty military personnel, and their families during this holiday.


By U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
Thursday, November 24, 2011

As we come together with friends, family and loved ones to celebrate those people and events in our lives for which we are thankful, let us take a moment in our celebrations to remember those in our community that are not as fortunate.

Restoring the Great Lakes

By U.S. Representative Sandy Levin
Monday, November 21, 2011

If someone asked you to name two defining characteristics of Michigan, what would your answer be?

For me, the answer would be 1) the auto industry; and 2) the Great Lakes. Our history, economic well being, and self image are profoundly linked to the health of both the automobile industry and the Great Lakes.

Connecting foreclosed homes with families

By Andy Meisner, Oakland County Treasurer
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 in the Oakland Press

Home ownership is an Oakland County value that my office is working aggressively to promote through a partnership with area Realtors that provides families with new homes, while maintaining the stability of our neighborhoods and saving Oakland County taxpayers millions of dollars.

It’s important that families have a nice place to live, grow and prosper, which is why Oakland County government is so dedicated to making home ownership a reality for all. This includes down payment assistance and zero interest home repair loans, and an innovative new program through the county treasurer’s office to connect families with homes that are abandoned through the property tax foreclosure process.

What $1,500 means to Mitt Romney

By Patrick Gaspard, Democratic National Committee
Monday, November 14, 2011

Mitt Romney recently described the President's plan to pass the American Jobs Act and extend the payroll tax cut -- a measure that would save working families an average of $1,500 a year -- as "temporary little band-aids."

But after his earlier remarks were widely criticized, he said the exact opposite at last week's GOP presidential debate in Michigan.

Are They All Mad?

By Frank Houston, Chair, OCDP
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

In the last two hours my three year old daughter Eva, and I were fortunate to see and hear from the GOP presidential candidates up close and personal in Oakland County.

To say the least, she got quite an education about the Republican presidential candidate plans for our County and our future.

Romney Insists Auto Rescue Was Wrong

By Mark Brewer, Chair, Michigan Democratic Party
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mitt Romney returned to Michigan tonight for the GOP Presidential Debate - three years after saying, "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt."

He deserted the domestic auto industry in its darkest hour. Tonight, Romney had the audacity to say, "I care about this state and auto industry like no one else on this stage."

Tonight's Debate

By U.S. Senator Carl Levin
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Republican presidential candidates are coming to Michigan for a debate tonight in Rochester. Their debate comes on the same day as this Bloomberg News headline: "GM Posts $1.73 Billion Profit on Reclaimed Global Sales Lead."

That's right: On the same day that the media heralded GM's return to its place as the world's biggest-selling car company, Michigan will hear from eight GOP presidential candidates, all of whom would have let GM die.