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February Meeting: Wed. the 18th: Joint Meeting w/West Blfld. Dems & Chris Savage!!

The Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club joins with West Bloomfield Democratic Club members to hear a well-known leader of the party speak Wednesday, February 18th in West Bloomfield. Chris Savage, chair of the Washtenaw County Democrats, will discuss Michigan's political climate and his blog,

The clubs hold their joint meeting at The Corners, 2075 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, at 7 p.m.

Chris Savage has been featured in The Nation and New York Times magazines, as well as on the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC.  His talk will discuss Democratic activities while the GOP is in control.

Charles Gaba of Bloomfield Hills, enrollment expert for the Affordable Care Act, will discuss progress in the act's second year. Jill Farber Bramson  of the West Bloomfield club, will offer information about the film, “She's Beautiful When She's Angry”, to be shown March 8th at The Maple Theatre.

Information about the meeting is available by contacting Linda Samelson of the West Bloomfield Club, or Birmingham-Bloomfield Club President Matthew Lund at 248-359-7300 or

JANUARY MEETING: Wed. the 21st: Joint Meeting w/West Blfld. Dems & Jocelyn Benson!

Wednesday, January 21st, the Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club will be holding a joint meeting with the West Bloomfield Democrats!

The dean of Wayne State University's School of Law, Jocelyn Benson, will discuss election issues Wednesday, January 21, before a joint meeting of two Oakland County Democratic Clubs.

Benson speaks at 7 p.m. at The Corners, 2075 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield to the West Bloomfield Democratic Club and the Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club.  The group will gather for refreshments at 6:45 p.m.

Dean Benson will discuss improving our election process, and the 2014 mid-term elections.

Further information is available by phoning Matthew Lund, president of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club at 249-359-7300, or through the club's website.

The West Bloomfield Dems will be collecting rolls of toilet paper each meeting to donate to the Lighthouse of Oakland County. The average American family uses several rolls of toilet paper a month whereas struggling families are often limited to two for the entire month. It is encouraged for you to bring in a roll- or several- to donate.

Date: Wednesday, January 21 @ 7:00PM (light refreshments served beforehand)

Location: The Corners, located at 2075 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield 48323

Guest Speakers: Jocelyn Benson, Dean of Wayne State University School of Law

A Bit on Our Speaker: Dean Jocelyn Benson was the Democratic nominee for Michigan Secretary of State in 2010. She waged a considerably skillful campaign in a year that heavily favored republicans and- though losing- outperformed the party's gubernatorial and attorney general nominees. That same year, her book, "State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process" was published and became the first major book to address the role of the secretary of state in enforcing election and campaign finance laws.

Benson graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College where she founded the now-annual Women in American Political Activism Conference. She subsequently earned her Masters in Sociology at Magdalen College, Oxford. Before receiving her J.D. at Harvard University Law School- where she was general editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review- she lived in Montgomery, Alabama and worked for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Benson also co-founded the group, Military Spouses of Michigan. Formerly a member of the American Bar Association's Committee on Election Law, Benson developed and supervised three statewide nonpartisan election protection efforts in Michigan. She successfully blocked the unlawful closure of a secretary of state office in Buena Vista Township in 2007 and in 2008 she led an effort to block the use of foreclosure lists to challenge voter's eligibility on Election Day. Jocelyn is married to Sergeant Ryan Friedrichs of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. They reside in Detroit.

October 15th Meeting: ACA Year Two (part 2) & Meet the Candidates!

Be sure to join us at the Bloomfield Township Public Library at 1099 Lone Pine Rd. (just off of Telegraph Rd.) for our next meeting on on Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00pm.

Last month, nationally recognized ACA enrollment expert Charles Gaba gave an overview of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare") exchanges and brought things up to date.

This month, Gaba will be explaining what to look for in Year Two: Dates, deadlines, rate changes, the potential impact of the Halbig/King SCOTUS cases and much more.

We have also confirmed attendance by the following 2014 candidates and are hoping to have some others on the list attend as well:

September 17th Meeting: Obamacare Year Two & Meet the Candidates! (Note New Date!)

Be sure to join us at the Bloomfield Township Public Library at 1099 Lone Pine Rd. (just off of Telegraph Rd.) for our next meeting on on Wednesday, September 17th at 7:00pm.

This month, nationally recognized ACA enrollment expert (and, ahem, BB Dems board member) Charles Gaba will be giving an overview of the myths and reality of the first year of the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare") healthcare exchanges: What happened, where things stand now and what to expect as the 2nd open enrollment period approachs.

We are also hoping to have some of the following candidates at this month's meeting:

Meet & Greet this Wednesday for MI-40 House Candidate Mary Belden!!

What: Meet & Greet with Mary Belden, Democratic State House candidate for MI-40

When: This Wednesday, July 30 from 7pm - 8:30pm

Where: West Bloomfield Parks & Rec Center
4640 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48323

Come meet Mary Belden, candidate for House Representative in District 40! Enjoy light refreshments and chat with Mary about the issues facing Michigan and our district in the upcoming election.

District 40 includes Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills, and eastern West Bloomfield.

For more information on Mary's campaign, including her endorsements and positions on important issues, go to!

We hope to see you there!

Next Meeting: Jack Lessenberry! January 9, 7:00pm

Be sure to join both the BB Dems and the Troy Democratic Club at the BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP Public Library (lower level) in BLOOMFIELD HILLS at 1099 Lone Pine Rdfor our next meeting on on Thursday, January 9th at 7:00pm.


Our special guest speaker this month
is journalist & Wayne State University journalism professor,
Jack Lessenberry

From Mr. Lessenberry's official NPR Bio:

A Detroit native, Jack recognized that he wanted to become a journalist during his graduate studies at the University of Michigan. (He had previously set out to be a historian.) Now, he boasts thirty years of eclectic journalism experience. Jack has worked as a foreign correspondent and executive national editor of The Detroit News, and he has written for many national and regional publications, including Vanity Fair, Esquire, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Oakland Press.

Currently, he is a professor of journalism at Wayne State University and a contributing editor and columnist for The Metro Times, The Traverse-City Record Eagle, and The Toledo addition to his work at Michigan Radio.

Throughout his years of journalism experience, his favorite memories are of interviewing Gerald Ford about Watergate in 1995 and winning a national Emmy for a documentary about Jack Kevorkian in 1994.

On a personal note, Jack stopped watching TV -- except for documentaries -- when Mr. Ed was canceled.

Next Meeting: Education Policy w/Rep. Lipton, Sen. Hopgood & Ken Jackson!

Be sure to join us at the Congregational Church of Birmingham, 1000 Cranbrook Road near Woodward in Bloomfield Hills for our next meeting on on Wednesday, September 11th at 7:30pm.

Our speakers this month include:


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