Tuesday March 20th, 2018 Oakland County Republican Party shared The Women's Campaign School at Yale's post.It pays to have a good campaign to know how you can win, if the seat is winnable. Hope is not a strategy. ... See moreSee less The Women's Campaign School at Yale WCSYale's own, Lauren Underwood, is featured here. Tuesday March 20th, 2018 Oakland County Republican Party shared Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition's post. ... See moreSee less Parents, pay close attention to these apps! Tuesday March 20th, 2018 Oakland County Republican Party shared Michigan Republican Assembly's post. ... See moreSee less Michigan Republican Assembly Michigan Democrats can’t win elections fair and square so they are trying to change the rules. 2018 Democrat front group “Voters Not Politicians” is proposing changes that will rob Michigan citizens of the right to take part in the redistricting process. (These are the folks who have been accosting people at many public venues like fairs and festivals since last year...bh). Here is the truth about this “independent” group. VNP’s Leadership is biased All seven of the leaders of the Voters Not Politicians (VNP) are known Democrat donors or activists. As of January 2018, there are no former or current Republican officials associated with VNP. The Democrats have tried this before. In 2008 “Reform Michigan Government Now!” was exposed as a partisan front group when a power point on the UAW 1-C’s website was discovered subtitled “Changing the Rules of Politics in Michigan to help Democrats.” Democrats have made this a priority at the national level forming the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), Chaired by Obama ally Eric Holder. Their goal is to is win state elections by pushing ballot initiatives to create “nonpartisan” redistricting commissions and wage legal battles across the country on existing redistricting maps. The Current System Works Voters already have protections against unfair or biased redistricting. The Legislature, which controls the redistricting process, is accountable to the voters, and can be voted out of office if voters are unhappy with how the lines are drawn. Additionally, the governor also has to sign off on new districts, and the judicial branch is involved if there are any challenges to the new map. Our current redistricting system already protects Michigan voters. We follow federal guidelines ensuring that district lines are made with nearly equal populations and cannot discriminate based on race or ethnicity. We also follow the Apol standards, which bars the Legislature from redistricting by breaking up communities according to demographic information. Our process strictly adheres to the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 and protects minority voting and representative rights. Our process requires that districts must be contiguous, that county, city, and township breaks must be limited as much as is reasonable, and that districts must be as compact as possible. Since 1982 the Apol standards used in Michigan are held as a national model for fairness, and until December 2017 when the Democrats put forward a challenge to help the Voters Not Politicians group get more exposure, no map adopted by Michigan legislators had ever been invalidated by state or federal courts. How VNP wants to cheat the system..... Voters Not Politicians (VNP) focuses on “communities of interest,” a phrase that is defined by VNP as those that “may include, but shall not be limited to, populations that share cultural, or historic characteristics or economic interests.” That is, a “community of interest” could be defined as people who own pick up trucks, people who share the same sexual orientation, people with blonde hair, etc… It is an arbitrary phrase meant to leave the process completely open to interpretation and manipulation. Neither the legislative, executive, or judicial branch will have any say or veto power over the newly drawn districts, removing the vital checks and balances on which American democracy is based. Control over the random selection process and the application forms used is vested in the Secretary of State’s office, greatly increasing its power and influence at the expense of all other branches of Michigan Government and the citizens of the State. The VNP proposal will increase the Secretary of State’s general fund budget by a budget busting 25%. Voters Not Politicians does not require any experience or training for those who will serve on its proposed commission. Anyone who has served or run for any public or party office during the previous six years is forbidden from serving on VPN’s proposed commission. If you serve as a precinct delegate, for example, you are excluded from service on the commission. This stipulation disenfranchises thousands of qualified Michiganders. Since Michigan does not have party registration, there is no way to validate the claim of a commissioner that they are Republican, Democrat, or Independent. Common sense and experience demonstrate that forming a nonpartisan commission is a pipe dream sold to voters by groups looking to rig the redistricting process. This proposal by VNP is no exception. Monday March 19th, 2018 Oakland County Republican Party shared Michigan Republican Party's Stabenow Dysfunction GIF.Michigan Republican Party... See moreSee less Michigan has had to deal with @SenStabenow for 18 years in the Senate. She has become a follower of Schumer and Pelosi, and does not fight for Michigan families. We deserve better! #VoteHerOut #ShutdownStabenow #ResultsNotResistance Monday March 19th, 2018 Oakland County Republican Party shared PragerU's Who NOT to Vote For.PragerUSomething to consider in this election season! ... See moreSee less It can be hard to know who to vote for, but here's who you certainly should NOT vote for.