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March Meeting: Craig Mauger of the MCFN

Please join us for our next meeting on Monday, March 18th from 6:30 - 8:30pm at the Baldwin Public Library, 300 W Merrill St. in Birmingham.

We'll be hosting special guest Craig Mauger as he shares with us "The Role Of Money In Michigan's 2018 Election."

Craig Mauger is the Executive Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. Prior to his work with MFCN, he was a political reporter for more than a decade. He is an expert in money in state politics, including tracking the changing role of politically focused nonprofits and the connection between donations and legislative outcomes. Craig is a graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. He, his wife and two sons live in Holt, Michigan.

In addition, Oakland County Precinct Delegate leaders John and Susan Erich will be recognizing the Precinct Delegates from the BB Dems area.

We'll also be voting on final changes and approval of the new BB Dems by-laws.

February Meeting: Healthcare Policy w/Charles Gaba

Please join the BB Dems on Monday, February 18th from 6:30 - 8:30pm at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Rd. in Bloomfield Hills for our next meeting.

In addition to being the BB Dems Chair, Charles Gaba is also a nationally-recognized healthcare policy analyst specializing in the Affordable Care Act. With the 2020 election already starting to heat up, the ACA still under attack and Universal Coverage on the minds of every Democrat, Gaba will have a presentation on the latest developments and the most likely options are for U.S. healthcare policy going forward.

In addition, we’ll be discussing and voting on modifications to the tentative by-laws which were approved at the January meeting. Again, only BB Dems members in good standing present at the meeting will be able to vote on changes.

The Dean.

John Dingell's shadow loomed large over the Detroit area, the state of Michigan and the entire nation for 60 years.

He played a major role in the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Civil Rights Act, the Endangered Species Act, the creation of the Children's Health Insurance Program and of course the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, to name but a few.

The BB Dems express our deepest sympathies to his loving wife Rep. Debbie Dingell and family, as well as to his many friends and colleagues on their (and all of our) loss.

This Weekend: MDP Convention, Andy Levin Ceremonial Swearing In, Coffee Talk w/Rep. Bolden

MDP Spring State Convention 2019

  • Saturday at 7 AM – 5 PM
  • Cobo Center,
    1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, Michigan 48226

The purpose of this convention shall be to elect one Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party and two Vice Chairs each of another race and gender. Each congressional district caucus shall also elect a Chair, Vice Chair (of another gender from the Chair), Secretary, Treasurer, and 15 Members of the District Committee.

To hold party office or vote at this convention, a person must be a member for at least thirty (30) days prior, or by January 3, 2019. Precinct delegates, Democratic elected officials, Democratic nominees to partisan office, and individuals whose membership lapses inside the 30-day window may join or renew on or before February 2, 2019. Candidates for Chair/ Vice Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party or any congressional district must declare their intention to run by completing the form available at under the convention event page by January 3, 2019. More details for the Spring State Convention.

Congressman Andy Levin Ceremonial Swearing-In

  • Sunday at 1 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Macomb Community College South Campus,
    214 E Fourth 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, Michigan
  • South Campus • Building K • 2nd Floor

Join us for the ceremonial swearing-in of Congressman Andy Levin by Senator Gary Peters. Speakers and performers from across the district will welcome our new representative into the 116th Congress. Doors will open at 1 with the program beginning at 1:30. This event is free and open to the public.

February Coffee and Conversation with Sen. Jeremy Moss & Rep. Kyra Harris Bolden

  • Monday, February 4, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 7 PM
  • Southfield Public Library,
    26300 Evergreen Rd, Southfield, Michigan 48076

Our 'Coffee and Conversation' is a chance to discuss the issues facing our state with your legislators.

January 14th Meeting: BB Dems Bylaws & Board Election!

Please join the BB Dems on Monday, January 14th from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the
Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road

as on our new bylaws and hold our annual Executive Board election.

(yeah, not terribly exciting I know especially after the past year, but this stuff does have to be done regardless...)

The current BB Dems Executive Board members are:

  • Chair: Charles Gaba
  • Vice-Chair: Christine Jensen
  • Treasurer: Gail Whitty
  • Recording Secretary: Gene Simms
  • Corresponding Secretary: Charles Gaba (Acting)
  • Trustee: Nicole Bedi
  • Trustee: George Dilgard
  • Trustee: Greg Burry

Charles Gaba, Christine Jensen, Gail Whitty and George Dilgard are all running for another 1-year term. Nicole is running for Corresponding Secretary. Greg Burry and Gene Simms are stepping down.

If you're interested in being elected to the board as either an executive member or a trustee, please make sure to use the contact form to let me know of your interest no later than January 10th, 2019.

In order to serve on the board, aside from the resonsibilities of the executive members, you have to be willing to attend at least 3 meetings per year, will be responsible for planning/implementing at least one meeting per year and obviously helping out with campaigns.

The bylaws will be voted on before the executive board elections. In order to vote on the bylaws and executive board positions, you do have to have paid your 2019 BB Dems dues before the meeting.

IN ADDITION, Lisa DiRado will be speaking about her bid for Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.


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