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Unless otherwise announced, the Shiawassee County Democratic Party meets the fourth Tuesday of every month in the McCurdy Park Community Center lower level at 6:00 p.m. Regular business meetings start at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

McCurdy Park Community Center is located at 457 Emma Drive, Corunna. If you have any questions about our meetings please call Carol Spaniola at 989-743-3293.

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Who We Are

Party Chair: Carol Spaniola
Vice Chair: Paul Ray
Treasurer: Jan Ray
Secretary: Barb Lewis

Membership: Jan Ray
Website & Outreach: Christine Barry

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Shiawassee Dems endorsements and voting guide

Here are the candidates supported by the Shiawassee Democratic Party in the General Election on November 4, 2014

Click here to download a copy of this voting guide (without pictures). (pdf)

Governor & Lt. Governor :  Mark Schauer and Lisa Brown


Secretary of State: Godfrey Dillard


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DNC Chair: GOP’s Tolerance of Homophobic Remarks Just Latest Failure of Rebrand

News from the Michigan Democratic Party

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Contact: Joshua Pugh,, 517-575-7180

In Wake of the Agema Controversy, Michigan Democratic Leaders Hold LGBT Community Forum

FERNDALE – At an LGBT community forum, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz today called the GOP rebrand effort a failure after Michigan Republicans tolerated homophobic remarks from a party leader and national Republicans have blocked anti-discrimination legislation that would protect LGBT Americans.

“In Michigan, and all over the country we’ve seen example after example of the GOP’s failure to speak out against intolerant, insensitive remarks like those we heard from Representative Agema a few days ago,” said DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “Disrespectful comments like his and the GOP’s decision to block legislation that protects LGBT Americans from discrimination remind us just how out of touch the GOP is with Michigan and the American people.”

DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz was joined by U.S. Representative and Senate Candidate Gary Peters and Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauerwho have condemned Agema’s remarks. Neither Republican National Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land nor Governor Snyder would call for Agema’s resignation.

“My family has been in Michigan for generations- right here in Oakland County, and the Michigan values I was raised with, and my wife Colleen and I raised our own children with, and that we share with families all over Michigan are of fairness and equality for everyone and every family,” Peters said. “Staying silent in the face of discrimination is not a Michigan value. As Michiganders, we know that our diversity makes us strong, and I am proud and honored to fight for all Michigan families.”

“Gov. Snyder has been a big disappointment when it comes to protecting Michigan’s LGBT citizens from discrimination,” said Schauer. “The Governor is hurting our economy by opposing marriage equality and banning domestic partner benefits. As Governor, I’ll work to make Michigan a more inclusive state, so we can attract the best workers and compete for 21st Century jobs.”

The Michigan Democratic Party has continued to hold Terri Lynn Land and Governor Snyder accountable for tolerating discriminatory remarks in the Republican Party. At today’s event, prominent LGBT leaders and activists shared concerns over Michigan Republicans refusal to support and represent their community.


MIA Again: Land in Hiding Amidst Agema Homophobia Scandal

News from the Michigan Democratic Party
Monday, December 16, 2013
Contact: Joshua Pugh, josh@michigandems.com517-575-7180

LANSING – In what is becoming an increasing trend, RNC Committeewoman and U.S. Senate Candidate Terri Lynn Land skipped yet another event this weekend. This time, she canceled on the Michigan Republican State Committee Meeting in Lansing – apparently hiding from her fellow RNC member Dave Agema. Her campaign has signaled that she does not think Agema’s homophobia is important.

“Not only has RNC Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land failed to address Dave Agema’s homophobia, she’s now practically gone into hiding. Ms. Land has made clear that she doesn’t think publicly censuring Agema’s bigotry or calling for his resignation are important, but hiding from her Party and skipping the State Committee meeting during this controversy is a new low,” said Joshua Pugh, Michigan Democratic Party Communications Director.

Land has faced increasing scrutiny for her silence on fellow RNC Committee member Dave Agema’s antigay and homophobic remarks. Agema spoke at the GOP committee meeting this past weekend that Land skipped. Instead of personally condemning the remarks, as many prominent Michigan politicians from both parties have done, Land put out a press release showing her ahead in a poll. Land also clarified that, despite the disrespect and bigotry shown by Agema, this would not be an issue for her.


DNC Committeewoman Debbie Dingell Questions if Land will Censure Agema at Committee Meeting


News from the Michigan Democratic Party

Friday, December 13, 2013

Contact: Joshua Pugh, josh@michigandems.com517-575-7180

LANSING – Debbie Dingell, Democratic National Committeewoman from Michigan, today questioned if Republican National Committeewoman and U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land will censure her fellow RNC member Dave Agema this weekend.

“The Republican State Central Committee meets this weekend, and it will be interesting to see if Terri Lynn Land will stand up against the recent unacceptable remarks from RNC Committeeman David Agema, that were offensive as much in their bigotry as in their ignorance.

“I hope she will use this meeting as an opportunity to show leadership in condemning his remarks and calling for his resignation. I believe as women leaders we have a responsibility to stand up against hatred and bigotry in any form….and that doing so is not a partisan issue.

“Of course, we should be to engage in heated and passionate discussion and we don’t always have to agree. But neither should we engage in name-calling.

“Every American should be able to live in this country and in their community free of discrimination based on race, creed, color and sexual orientation. Thankfully, we have made great progress in recent years and the horrific remarks of Mr. Agema’s are not only stunning, but unacceptable. Many conservative members of the Republican Party have already voiced their concern about the tone and tenor of his remarks, and I hope as a leader in her Party she will add her voice to those already expressed.”


LGBT Caucus: Onus Is on Terri Lynn Land to Censure Agema

News from the Michigan Democratic Party
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Contact: Joshua Pugh, josh@michigandems.com517-575-7180

LANSING – Mark LaChey, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party LGBT Caucus today criticized Michigan’s RNC members David Agema and Terri Lynn Land for accepting repeated instances of homophobia and hate speech. He singled out Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land for refusing to censure David Agema, dismissing the seriousness of his remarks, and signalling that the Republican Party tolerates bigotry.

His statement follows:

“As an openly Gay man, I am deeply offended and troubled by both of Michigan’s RNC representatives: first, Dave Agema,  who continues to spew extreme hate, vitriol and homophobia and then also, Terri Lynn Land, who wants to replace U.S. Senator Carl Levin and who initially refused to comment and now won’t even publicly censure Mr. Agema or call for his resignation. The onus is on Ms. Land more than anyone, as his fellow RNC member, to tell Michigan whether the RNC accepts hate speech.

“It is more baffling still that RNC Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land found the time to personally address her poll results yesterday, but when it came time to stand up to intolerance and bigotry, she’s still sitting on her hands, refusing to answer questions, and eventually sending staff in her stead.

“If Ms. Land cannot show she won’t tolerate discrimination and bigotry in her own Party by speaking out and calling for Mr. Agema’s resignation, how can we expect her to do what’s right in Washington as our U.S. Senator? There is more than one way to fight bigotry and intolerance, but all of them require speaking up and then voting for candidates who believe in equal opportunity and justice for all Michiganders.”


Land Refuses to Condemn Dave Agema for Bigoted Remarks


News from the Michigan Democratic Party


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Contact: Joshua Pugh, josh@michigandems.com517-575-7180

LANSING – Five days after Dave Agema’s offensive comments about LGBT Michiganders at a county GOP holiday party, Michigan Republicans have disavowed Dave Agema’s latest hateful and homophobic rant, but fellow RNC Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land refuses to condemn Agema’s bigotry.

Land refused to answer calls for comment from the media, from fellow Republicans, and from Equality Michigan, which said that her silence meant tacit endorsement for Agema’s statement.

“How could a fellow RNC member and worse, a U.S. Senate Candidate running to represent all Michiganders in Washington not disavow the kind of hateful and offensive rhetoric that has no place in our public discourse?” asked Joshua Pugh, Michigan Democratic Party Communications Director. “Five months after she promised Michiganders a summer listening tour, Land still hasn’t held any public events, to explain to voters why she supported the government shutdown that cost Michigan families millions, her position on the Affordable Care Act, or her offensive comments in multiple fundraising emails. Land should join her fellow Republicans in condemning Agema’s hateful bigotry immediately. Michiganders deserve a leader who will stand up for what’s right – no matter the party.”



MDP Memo: Holly Hughes Still Out of Touch with Michigan Families

From: Joshua Pugh, Michigan Democratic Party Communications Director

To: Interested Parties

RE: Holly Hughes Still Out of Touch with Michigan Families

Date: Friday, December 6, 2013

Yesterday, Holly Hughes rolled out her reelection campaign, about 13 months after her agenda was rejected by voters in the 91st state House district. In her campaign announcement speech, she proved repeatedly why she lost her job last time – Hughes’ wrong priorities are completely out of touch with what Michigan families really care about. In one short article in the Muskegon Chronicle, Hughes articulated a thoroughly, transparently false and hypocritical argument in favor of her reelection.

Claim: “It’s always a lot of work in a swing seat… Hard work is the true answer to making a difference in Muskegon County. … We’re going to try real hard.”

Fact check: Between elections in 2008, 2010, and 2012, Holly Hughes spent hundreds of thousands of her own money on running for state House – and was elected just once. It’s apparent that Holly Hughes doesn’t really understand the value of hard work – she just opens up her checkbook to try to buy elections.

Claim: One of the topics Hughes will focus on is seniors’ issues.

Fact check: Holly Hughes voted to place an unfair new tax on seniors’ pensions, in order to pay for a $1.8 billion tax handout to wealthy CEOs and corporate special interests. After voting to raise taxes on seniors, the best thing that Holly Hughes could do to help seniors is drop out of the race.

Claim: Another of the topics Hughes will focus on is education.

Fact check: Holly Hughes voted for the unlimited expansion of online cyber schools, which don’t provide in-person instruction to children. Republican politicians in Lansing have repeatedly voted in favor of for-profit schools that are run by out-of-state corporations, even though these schools are unaccountable and not held to the same standards as Michigan’s community public schools.

Bottom line: Hughes’ campaign is off to a rough start. Nearly everything she said during her campaign rollout served to point out just how out of touch her priorities are with the needs of Michigan families. Michigan needs elected leaders who will focus on investing in education and strengthening our local communities – not more Republican politicians like Holly Hughes.

Michigan State Legislators Respond to RNC Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land’s Fundraising Email


News from the Michigan Democratic Party

Friday, December 6, 2013

Contact: Joshua Pugh, josh@michigandems.com517-575-7180


DETROIT – After the Republican National Committee (RNC) tweeted that Rosa Parks ended racism and as Michigan Republicans today are unveiling an “African American Outreach Office” that has already been panned by their own Party as “separate but equal,” U.S. Senate Candidate and RNC Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land sparked national attention for imagery she used in a fundraising appeal this week.

Land wrote that “we need to make reforms to make government the servant – not the master. I’m ready to go there and whip things into shape.”

In response, Representative Fred Durhal and Senator Coleman A. Young IItoday issued the following statements:

Rep. Durhal said:

“Terri Lynn Land’s remarks ignore the history of African American experience in relation to the Republican Party in America.

“For the Republican Party and its candidate for U.S. Senate to become identified with statements such as whipping into shape and racist code words at worst reflects the real Republican Party, its agenda, and it’s out of touch philosophy with all of black and minority communities in Michigan and America. It is bad politics and only serves to inflame racial tensions that are already smoldering.

“If Terri Lynn Land believes that Rosa Parks ended racism, she will find that is totally unacceptable and insensitive to our community.”

Senator Coleman A. Young II said:

“RNC Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land’s latest desperate attempt to pander to the Washington D.C. Tea Party on Obamacare is insulting and offensive to Michiganders of all race. It is especially crude for RNC Committeewoman Land to resort to this kind of insensitive and racially charged imagery just days after her Committee declared that racism ended with Rosa Parks and just as Michigan Republicans prepare their first so-called “African American Engagement Office” in Detroit. I call on Ms. Land to apologize for the RNC, retract her despicable email, and hold an actual event in the state of Michigan to explain herself.”

Not only has Ms. Land been silent on the RNC, but she has refused to relinquish her post as RNC Committeewoman during her U.S. Senate Campaign. Land has also flip-flopped her position on Obamacare and refused to hold any campaign events in Michigan.


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