May 2018 Newsletter

In this May newsletter

  • Notable Announcements
  • A Message from the Chairwoman
  • Walk for Israel on May 6
  • Profile:  State Committee member Kelly Powell
  • Candidates in Various 14th District races
  • Letter to the Editor:  Farmington Press article
  • Right on 14th Update
  • Precinct Delegate Recruitment Events
  • Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow “Votes for Us” in Washington
  • Trending News Links
  • Reminder About Membership

Notable Announcements

  • May 1:  14th District sponsored precinct delegate recruitment event in West Bloomfield at 6-7:30 p.m. at Tim Hortons, 6480 Orchard Lake Road; learn more in the article below
  • May 1:  Michigan Trump Republicans Precinct Delegate sign up party at Royal Oak Taphouse starts at 5 p.m.; register here
  • May 5:  Detroit Children’s Business Fair;  learn more here and in the article below
  • May 6:  Greater West Bloomfield Republican’s annual participation at the Walk for Israel hosted at Temple Shir Shalom in West Bloomfield (walk starts at 1 p.m.); see article below
  • May 7:  Michigan Jewish Action Council (MJAC)  hosts the film “The Fight of Our Lives” at 7:15 p.m. at The Corners in W Bloomfield; info and tickets at
  • May 7: OCRP 129th Annual Lincoln Day dinner features Pam Bondi, FL Attorney General at the Troy Marriott.  Learn more and register here [email protected]
  • May 8:  Deadline to file the required Precinct Delegate affidavit with your county clerk
  • May 8:  14th District Committee meeting begins at 6 p.m. in NEW LOCATION - The Elks Club at 2401 E. 4th Street in Royal Oak and will feature U.S. Senate candidate John James
  • May 9:  Republican candidates for Governor debate at 7 p.m. on WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids)
  • May 14: Candidate debate for 11th District U.S. House seat at Emagine Theatre starts at 7 p.m.; register here
  • May 15:  Eastside Republican Club meeting at The Grosse Pointe War Memorial begins at 7:30 p.m. and features Michigan Governor candidate and State Senator (R - District 7) Patrick Colbeck
  • May 17: Bloomfield Republican Woman’s Club meeting at The Heathers features Sidney Powell (author of “Licensed to Lie”).  Advance registration required at
  • June 12:  14th District Committee meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will feature MI House Speaker Tom Leonard, candidate for Attorney General and Dr. Ziele, candidate for re-election to the Michigan School Board


A Message from the Chairwoman

Dear 14th District Executive Committee Members, and fellow Republicans;


Don’t forget to “remember in November” that not a single Democrat voted to allow taxpayers to keep more of their own hard earned earnings!!  Not one!   We need to tell our friends, coworkers, neighbors that Senator Debbie Stabenow joined with all Democrats who voted NO regarding Trump’s historic tax bill.   Remember in November!


What a jolt of fresh Trump air last on Saturday!  The Trump event in Washington, MI was amazing as is every Trump rally.  I was pleased to join the throng that cheered our amazing President. Too many thoughts to get into this newsletter, but if you can attend one DO IT.   Right now the best thing we can do to support President Trump is to help elect MORE Republicans this November!     


Our April meeting featured presentations from Sandy Pensler, Grosse Pointe businessman, candidate for U.S. Senate and Dr. Joseph Guzman, MSU professor, candidate for Michigan Secretary of State.  More candidates are on the slate to appear in upcoming months.  That includes another U.S. Senate candidate, Detroit businessman John James at our upcoming May 8 meeting.  


Among the other business at that meeting, under the Committee’s by-laws two positions on the Committee were filled.  The two Oakland County positions became open when Ben Ohly (West Bloomfield) and Fritz Beiermeister (Farmington Hills) resigned due to their workloads elsewhere.  This Committee process resulted in the election of:


  • Kristina Karamos (Pontiac):  Kris is well known to the 14th District as she is the co-host of our sponsored broadcast “Right on 14th” (see more below in this newsletter)


  • Jerry Kosmensky (Orchard Lake): Jerry, though new to the Committee, is a long time Republican activist and former mayor of Orchard Lake.  He continues to serve that community on its Board of Trustees.


With these two spots filled we are back to our full complement of members are we enter the busy 2018 campaign season!

The 14th District Executive Committee is unique in that its members lead by example.  By that I mean that our members do not just “talk politics” but they enter the field of competition and actually run for office.  We have several members serving in a variety of elected offices throughout the 14th District (e.g., Cheryl Constantino, John Chouinard, Matt Seely, Jennifer Oram, Carol Foster and Jerry Kosmensky).


This is why it comes as no surprise that we have several more Executive Committee members who decided to run for election in 2018.  Namely:


  • Kristina Karamos (running for Oakland County Commission District 10); and
  • Mayra Rodriguez (running for Wayne County Probate Court Judge).


Our Executive Committee is quite amazing for their level of commitment to the Republican cause!  Join me in congratulating Kris and Mayra!


Next Regular 14th CD Meeting:  May 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. for dinner/networking

All Republicans are welcome to attend!


Featured Speaker -  Detroit businessman and U.S. Senate Candidate John James


Meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

NEW MEETING LOCATION  - The Elks Club at 2401 E. 4th Street in Royal Oak



All Republicans are welcome to attend this open meeting!  Please join us with your ideas, energy and help us grow!


Looks like spring has arrived in Michigan!

Janine Kateff

14th District Chairwoman


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“Walk for Israel” on May 6

Join Greater West Bloomfield and other local Republicans as they “Walk for Israel.” Started over ten years ago, “Walk for Israel” events (sponsored locally by Temple Shir Shalom) have grown in size and prominence by appealing to a broad cross section of supporters.  WIth President Trump’s strong support of Israel, now is the time for Republicans to attend and talk about Trump’s actions!


West Bloomfield Republicans will Walk again this year.  Join the fun!


The Detroit area has the second largest Jewish population in the midwest.  See more details about the 2018 event at   


This year we hope to again grow the number of GOPers who will participate in the “Walk for Israel”.  See the link above for details or just look for the GOP float/signs on May 6 (walk begins at about 1:00 p.m.) at the corner of Walnut Lake Road and Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield.  

Profile:  State Committee member Kelly Powell


In Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1882 comic opera Iolanthe, in which they pilloried British aristocracy, one of the characters observed that “every boy and every gal that’s born into this world alive, is either a little Liberal or else a little Conservative.”


This appears to be true in the case of Kelly E. Powell of Farmington Hills. She says she has always been a Republican.


“When I was 4 I was enthralled with Ronald Reagan,” Powell says. “I thought he was so neat and I loved that he always had jelly beans. I loved watching him on TV. My favorite exhibit as a kid at Disney World was the GE presidential exhibit so I could see Ronald Reagan.”


Her high school experience in South Lyon not only confirmed her inclinations, but turned her into a conservative activist.


“I had a lot of liberal teachers and did not agree with their secular teachings,” she says. She would debate issues with them. For example, she says she would bring up creationism during a teacher’s lecture on evolution. Sometimes, teacher would become so annoyed that they would ask her to leave the classroom.


So, she would go out to her truck in the school parking lot “and listen to conservative talk radio, mainly Ted Nugent, who taught me how to shoot a bow. This is when I learned about how important the Second Amendment is.”


She also became pro-life, reflecting the conservative Christian upbringing she received from her parents, Steve and Gail, who still live in South Lyon.


Other conservative ideas followed logically.


“After obtaining my first job at 15, I was upset on how much money the government took out of my paycheck,” Powell says.


However, Powell, now 40, did not get involved in the Republican Party until later in life.


“I was at the very first Tea Party rally in Lansing,” Powell says. “I just recently became a precinct delegate because I had to support President Trump and beat the Clinton machine. I am running this August for my second term as delegate.”


She also has been voted to fill one of six spots on the Michigan Republican Party’s State Committee to represent the 14th Congressional District.


Powell started her post-secondary education at Schoolcraft College and later transferred to Rochester College to pursue a degree in theology.  She finished her degree at Liberty University, where she obtained a scholarship with Christians United for Israel and lobbied in Washington D.C. for that organization.


She runs her family’s business,  Anytime Fitness.


Powell says her pro-life and Second Amendment advocacy are the most important issues to her.  


“Because I have had to use my Second Amendment right to ward off a man trying to get into my home, it has a personal important meaning to me. My biggest charity donation is to the Pregnancy Help Line in downtown Brighton, Michigan.”


Powell says she would like to see more women like herself get involved in 14th District Republican activities.


“I have a lot of conservative woman friends, but have a hard time getting them involved,” she says. “I would love to brainstorm on how to find solutions to this.”


Candidates in Various 14th District races


With election season in full gear, we are attempting to keep up with all the candidates for nearly any position that touches the 14th District.  Likely we will miss some so please let me know asap of any omissions. We want to support ALL our wonderful candidates. It is HARD work to enter the field of politics and all who do need to be respected for the commitment they make.  Here is a candidate list as best as we have it as of publication date of this newsletter.


Marc Corcoran for election to the Michigan House (District 1).  Marc regularly attends District meetings and is known to many in the 14th.  

John Palffy for election to Michigan House (District 2)

Lisa Papas and John Hauler for election to the Michigan Senate (District x)

Boris Tuman for election to the Michigan Senate (District 11)

Mitch Swoboda for election to the Michigan House (District 37)

Ryan Berman, Philip Hoyt, Marsha Kosmatka, and Kevin Tatulyan for election to Michigan House (District 38)

Malissa Bossardt, Paul Taros, Joe Zane, David Wolkinson, and Mike Banerian for election to the Michigan House (District 40)

Linda Sawyer for election to the Michigan House (District 6)

All these candidates will need our help to WIN in August and November .  If you do not know how to connect with any of these candidates connect with me.  I will be happy to get you connected!


Letter to the Editor:  Farmington Press article

Republican activists are encouraged to keep the conservative voice in the media’s mailbox (if not in their coverage).  To that end, our Chair Janine did a series of interview about the recent high school student walk out. Of course that event was organized by a radical women’s group make up of adults---who used kids for their agenda.


Her interviews appeared on WJBK (TV 7) and in the  Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and as reproduced below  in the Farmington Press:


The District press release about this student walk out is here:


Right on 14th Update

The 14th District’s podcast named “Right on 14th” continues to be broadcast live every Wednesday night at 7 p.m.   The broadcast team is made up of two volunteers from our Executive Committee: Kris Karamos (Pontiac) and Mike Parr (Southfield).


  • Listen live or programs from the broadcast library use any of these links:  


“Every program is heard mostly through our Facebook live simulcast,” said Parr.  “Between Facebook and the podcast itself we are pleased that this creative outreach effort reaches hundreds of listeners!”  


“We’d love to expand our content with information about events or topics of interest to everyone in the 14th District,” said Karamos.  “While the weekly schedule can be tough, it is fun, too. Bring your ideas for topic for this show to Mike or my attention.”



Precinct Delegate Recruitment Events

Our14th CDRC Elections Committee (Robert Oestreich, Chair) set as one of  its goals to hold precinct delegate recruitment events. This recruitment was a part of that Committee’s broader goal to increase the number of precinct delegates in the 14th and to grow the Party.


To attack that portion of it goals, the Committee scheduled precinct delegate recruitment “Buddy’s Pizza” events in Grosse Pointe on April 24 and in Farmington on April 26.  A “Delegates & Doughnuts” event was held April 30 at the in Farmington Hills.


The final scheduled recruitment event will be tonight May 1 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Tim Hortons (corner of Oakland Lake and Maple Roads) located at 6480 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Whether you merely need to file a new affidavit to run for re-election or have a friend/neighbor/co-worker who is interested to learn more about the precinct delegate role and become a new delegate, attend tonight.   Forms will be available and 14th District representatives will be there to answer questions.  Filing deadline for the affidavit is May 8 so time is short to file!.


Remember:  Precinct Delegates will elect candidates to many positions that will appear on the November 6 general election ballot.  Those positions include Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, university regents, and Supreme Court judges.  Yes candidates for all these important positions are put on the November ballot by the vote of precinct delegates!  We need all interested conservative Republicans to file to get on the August 8 primary ballot for election as a Precinct Delegate.

Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow “Votes for Us” in Washington

Michigan will elect a U.S. Senator in 2018.  


Let that sink in.  We have a chance to alter the direction of the USA.


To help educate Michigan voters, the 14th District Monthly newsletter summarizes selected issues on which OUR current Senator actually voted.  In November 2018, informed citizens will decide if she votes for US or for a Democrat party that is completely out of touch with citizens.


Of course, President Trump already helped us see that the problem is, in fact, out of touch politicians. Does the word obstruction best describe her “work” for us?  Look at her votes and decide if she is working to advance America or to advance something else!  


After considering her positions, please feel free to call her office at 202-224-4822 to express your thoughts:


  • Senate Motion 38 passed 73 to 28 with Stabenow voting AGAINST.  This motion was to approve Elizabeth Branch as judge for the  Eleventh Judicial Circuit.
  • Senate Motion 40 passed 50 to 49 with Stabenow voting AGAINST.  This motion was to approve Russell Vought as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
  • SB 2311 passed 51 to 46 with Stabenow voting AGAINST.  This vote was to proceed with debate on the bill that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks, except in very limited situations.
  • HB 1625 passed 65 to 32 with Stabenow voting FOR.  This funds the federal government through the end of the current fiscal year to avoid a “shutdown”  Also called the Omnibus Spending bill, this $1.3 TRILLION spending bill increased defense spending by $78 billion, so called “domestic spending” by $52 billion and only $1.6 billion for border security.  Recall she was against tax cuts, but is for spending increases.
  • SB 139 passed 65 to 34 with Stabenow voting FOR.  This reauthorizes Section 702 of the FISA Act to allow the federal government to monitor communication of foreigners without  a warrant, and allows such data gathering of citizens only with an FBI secured search warrant----like the kind used for the infamous “dossier”.
  • Senate Motion 21 passed 55 to 43 with Stabenow voting AGAINST.  This motion was to approve Alex Azar as Secretary of HHS.  Apparently no Republican nominee is “adequate”.
  • Senate Motion 23 passed 49 to 49 with Stabenow voting AGAINST (tie broken by VP Pence).  This motion was to approve Sam Brownback as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.  Again, no Republican nominee is adequate.
  • Senate Motion 67 passed 50 to 48 with Stabenow voting AGAINST.  This motion was to confirm John Ring as a member of the National Labor Relations Board.  And, no Republican appears to be qualified.
  • Senate Motion 69 passed 50 to 48 with Stabenow (yet again) voting AGAINST.   This motion was to confirm Patrick Pizzella as Deputy Secretary of Labor.  Heck, no Republican is even qualified to be a deputy anything…….


Reminder About Membership

Are you a member of the Republican 14th Congressional District?  Or want to join us? You have two options to join or renew your membership:


  1. Snail mail your $25 membership check to c/o 14th District, 2630 Birch Harbor Lane, West Bloomfield, MI. 48324 (checks made payable to the 14th District).
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Your dues and other fundraising activities support Republican candidates and organizations in the 14th Congressional District.

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