In this July newsletter:
- Winner Announced in the 14th CD Logo Contest
- Notable Announcements
- 14th District Supports End to Civil Asset Forfeiture
- Meet Matt Schonert: State Committeeman
- Farmington Area Republicans (FAR) Stress Freedom
- FAR Meeting to Hear From “Climate Change” Expert
- Democrat Rep. Brenda Lawrence “Votes for Us” in Washington
- Time to Sign up to Make a TEDexDetroit Presentation
- Wayne County Fair will have GOP Booth
- Gentle Reminder About Membership
- News Links of Interest
- Message from the Chairwoman
Winner Announced in 14th CD Logo Contest
- July 2: Farmington Area Republicans (FAR) meeting [see details below]
- July 16 to 19: FAR booth at the Farmington Founders’ Day [see details below]
- July 17-18: MIGOP State Committee meeting, Lansing
- July 20: Oakland County Young Republicans meeting with guest speakers Senator Marty Knollenberg and Mike Goetz, candidate for Oakland County Prosecutor at 7 p.m. at the Black Finn Restaurant in Royal Oak
- August 3-8: Wayne County Republicans booth at Wayne County Fair, Belleville [details below]
- August 19: Craft Beer & BBQ on the Lake hosted by the Greater West Bloomfield Republicans. Hold the date or get details by calling (248) 444-5700
- August 25: Oakland County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting
- September 10: Attorney General Bill Schuette BBQ, Village Club, Bloomfield Hills
- September 19-20: Republican Mackinac Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island
- September 30: Eastside Republican Club dinner featuring Ronna Romney-McDaniel at Sinbad’s Restaurant
- Next 14th CD Meeting: Thursday, September 17 at 6:00pm
14th District Supports End to Civil Asset Forfeiture
Matt Schonert, who lives in Hamtramck, was elected to the 14th District Executive Committee in 2013 and was re-elected in 2015. He was elected State Committeeman for the 14th at the 2015 State Convention. Matt serves as Vice Chair of the Technology Committee for the MIGOP. He is also treasurer of the Wayne County Republican Party.
He is a lifelong Michigan resident, originally from northern Michigan. Professionally he has worked in Detroit for the last five years as a web developer. In the 14th District, Matt has served on the fundraising team preparing for an outreach project with Rebuilding Together, a non-profit organization that repairs and improves homes for people in need in Detroit. He also works on technical issues related to our website and newsletter.
A Hillsdale College graduate (Economics), after graduation Matt worked there for three years managing technical aspects of Hillsdale’s online presence, including e-delivery of the college's monthly publication (named “Imprimis”) and building a web site for the college's Allan P. Kirby Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies & Citizenship in Washington, D.C.
Over the past few years, Matt has volunteered at many precinct delegate recruitment events throughout Michigan. Further, he is a frequent volunteer for Republican information booths and petition drives to organize opposition to tax increases, government surveillance and gun control. Any time not committed to his GOP causes is devoted to kayaking and bicycling.
“I urge all Republicans to take the legislative season as seriously as we do the election season, because winning in the legislature is just as important as winning at the polls on election day,” Matt says.
“In 1896, Republicans were the first major party to favor Women's Suffrage and the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was passed by a Republican majority in Congress over strong Democratic opposition,” he states.
“The 1957 Civil Rights Act, and the 1960 Civil Rights Act were passed with strong Republican support. These are some of the reasons I like to refer to the Republican Party as the Freedom Party.”
Other leaders of the club besides Belcher are Bill Largent, past president; Kerry Jackson, vice president; Renee Murphy, secretary; and Mike Evangelista, treasurer. Directors are Fritz Beiermeister, membership; Sue Burstein-Kahn, communications; Carol Foster, issues; Terry West, events; and Terry Johnson, parliamentarian.
The presentation will examine and analyze both sides of the "man-caused climate change" debate. The scientific arguments will be presented such that any one with a high school education in science should easily understand.
Among Dr. Ginsburg’s relevant experiences are:
- Consultant to Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Chief Scientist, Department of Energy Remote Sensing Laboratory, Las Vegas, NV
- Manager of Information Analysis Laboratory, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM)
- HR 2250 (which Lawrence voted against) would reduce the 2016 federal legislative branch proposed spending by 1% (yes, one percent) or about $30 million. (The Capitol police would be exempt.)
- HR 2250 (Ratcliffe Amendment), which Lawrence also voted against, would eliminate $5.7 million in spending for an Open World Leadership Center which would allow legislators and their staff to connect with “political elites” from the former Soviet Union.
- HR 1735 passed 230 to 180 (and which Lawrence voted against) prohibits any federal agency from using funds to transfer or release prisoners from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This addresses a loophole where the prohibition only applied to the Defense Department.
- HR 2578 (Flores Amendment) passed 236 to 190, with Lawrence (of course) voting against. The National Ocean Council was created by an Obama Executive Order. Though this Council never received congressional approval or review, the Council in 2012 issued regulations for all of the nation’s waterways. This amendment prohibits funds from being used to implement those regulations.
- Tour de Troit
- The 14th annual Tour de Troit ride is September 19th! This is Michigan's largest bike ride and the chance to experience "Motown Sans Motor" with thousands of other riders. It's really a chance to see the city in a different light! With the price of your ticket, you'll also receive police escorting along the route, a rest stop, post-ride food & beverages and a t-shirt. Buy your at tickets now!
- “An Insider’s Guide to Detroit” as reported by the Wall Street Journal has lots of interesting ideas about the city
- Tim Allen talks about being the voice of Pure Michigan, along with a good sample of this great campaign’s ads
- 12 things that would not exist if it were not for Michigan
- GOP Oak Park Mayoral Candidate starts slow roll bike riding group
- Techstars moves to re-energize Detroit as the mobility center of the world
- Live, Work, Play in Metro Detroit spaces
- Crain’s Highlights 20 Under 20 who are making a Difference in Rebuilding Detroit
- Kresge Foundation identifies six areas for their future investments in Detroit
- Pure Michigan offers virtual tours around Michigan, including Detroit.
What an amazing four months! As your 14th Congressional District adjourns for summer recess (yes even Republicans get to enjoy our Michigan summer) we can all look back on some huge accomplishments. Specifically, over the last few months your Executive Committee has identified six money raising activities, each with a named leader, to generate cash to support local and state GOP candidates during the upcoming election cycle. The 6 activities we chose to implement over the next year are:
Fundraisers 2015- 2016
- Reagan Dinner- Janine Kateff
- CPL Class- Robert Oestreich
- Rebuilding Detroit Project- Michelle DiNardo
- Guns & Roses Class- Robert Oestreich/ Wayne Bradley
- HelpIraq.org Dinner Event- Chris Konja
- District Bowling League- Matt Beer
Critically important, the Executive Committee has also voted to support fourteen activities that drive the Republican message to specific targeted groups and through specific actions. Our community messaging actions have been divided into four groups:
Community Message Committees
- Education Outreach- Sue Burstein Kahn
- Community Events- Fritz Beiermeister / Carol Foster
- Cultural Outreach- Gina Barr
- Communications- Glenn Gilbert / Bill Rauwerdink
Leaders need volunteers! So that means we need you to get involved, have some fun and meet new like minded republicans! Connect with me and I will get you to your area of interest! Watch for results with an organized effort from the 14th.
We were honored that the parents of our Logo Contest winner could attend and be recognized at our June 18 meeting. Out new logo is shown above in this newsletter and will be rolled out as we launch various communications. Congratulations to Kari Cote who won the contest.
Your Executive Committee voted overwhelmingly to support a resolution calling for the end of the civil asset forfeiture process. Our action here calls for our elected officials to do even more to end the process of seizing citizen’s assets without due legal process. See our press release on this topic at our website.
On a more serious note, Sheldon Blair our beloved precinct delegate, GWBR board member and staunch Republican, passed away last week after a seven month struggle with brain cancer. Please join me in reaching out to his family with prayers and support. http://deathnotices.michigan.com/view-single.php?id=1000003785 We love you Sheldon.
Mark your calendar for our next 14th District meeting: Thursday, September 17, at Jimi’s Restaurant in Royal Oak with 6:00 p.m. for Dinner & Networking and the Meeting at 7 p.m. .
Happy July 4th, have a wonderful summer, enjoy your family and stay in touch!
Thank YOU for all you do for your District, State and country!