Newsletter August 2016

In this August newsletter:


A Message from the Chairwoman

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

The August 2 primary is literally hours away.  YOUR VOTE COUNTS.   

The August primary decides, in many, many situations, who will be the winner in November.  The August election is CRITICAL to many local and state positions.  Don’t give up your right to vote.  We have qualified Republican candidates up and down the ballot.   You know what to do!

I was so fortunate and proud to be elected as a 14th District Delegate to the RNC Convention in Cleveland as a bound delegate for Donald J. Trump, our GOP presidential nominee.   It was an amazing Convention!

First and foremost, a HUGE thank you to the MIGOP chair Ronna Romney McDaniel and to her team, including Vice Chair Jeff Sakwa.  Special thanks to Andrea Bommarito Pollock and Henrietta Tow who each did a spectacular job at managing our large Michigan delegation through a complex schedule of events, logistics, security and details so successfully.   It was a very successful RNC Convention.  Our Michigan Delegation was very, very fortunate to have such an excellent team on our side.  THANK YOU MIGOP FROM ALL WHO ATTENDED!

Dozens of Convention pictures are posted on our Facebook page here.   Hopefully the pictures help you catch the flavor of having been in Cleveland.

One picture here captures three 14th CD Executive Committee members outside the Michigan Delegation hospitality suite which was just outside the the so called “secure zone” (which it was). IMG_5301.jpg

From left to right in the photo are Karen Faett (14th District Delegate for Cruz), Carol Foster and Grant Strobl.  Carol and Karen led our recent “Law Enforcement Rally” for which we are still receiving positive reactions.  Grant is interning in New York City with the Sean Hannity Program at FOX News, yet he found time to stop in to connect with the Michigan Delegation. Not pictured are Executive Committee members Robert Oestreich who also attended the Convention as a Trump Alternate and Bill Rauwerdink who attended as a guest. 

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I was especially pleased to see so many younger Republicans involved in Cleveland.   Just one example:   Tommy Valentine a Delegate from Virginia, who at just 22 years of age, served with distinction  to help shape the RNC National Platform.  Wow!   

Of course, we had our own young people involved!  Among those in the Michigan Delegation were Cheryl Constantino, 14th CD Vice Chair (Alternate Delegate for Kasich) and her daughter, Cat  who just graduated from Grosse Pointe North High School.  She plans to attend Grand Valley State University this fall.

If you have never been to an RNC Convention, consider attending in 2020.  It is a truly unique and All American honor and privileged experience!

One aspect of the Convention that was disappointing was that few elected “leaders” worked before and through the Convention to overturn the decision made by Michigan voters in the presidential primary. These “leaders” felt that the Michigan primary voters’ collective opinion need not be followed and that “their candidate” (who lost) should be nominated instead of Donald Trump. It was one of the most shameful displays I have seen. We shall not forget!

I would print the names, but they are attention seekers  and that is all that these few “leaders” were seeking.  Your Chair will not provide them any more attention.

I am steadfast about two things:   

(1) vigorously support your personal candidate through primary season; and

(2) support unequivocally the People’s chosen candidate after the decision has been made by the voters.   

We have a few “leaders” who can not do this and it is very unfortunate for the party. We shall not forget.

Your vote for Donald Trump on November 8 may be needed to cancel a vote for Hillary. Your one vote will matter.

This election promises to be a close race so decide this:  of the two candidates which one is best for the future of this country? Trump or Hillary?

Do you think the country is headed in the right direction?

Vote for the candidate that will fight for your 2nd Amendment rights, likely choose the next two or three or MORE “rule of law” Supreme Court Justices, secure the borders and keep us safe from terrorism.

Trump or Hillary?

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We will be meeting soon at the next County Convention scheduled for August 11 to elect delegates to the MIGOP State Convention:  Oakland County at the Suburban Collection Showplace and Wayne County at the Grosse Pointe Public Library each begins at 7 p.m.

Perhaps no other single primary race provides such a stark contrast of a GOP candidate running against a rigged and corrupt system as the race for Michigan House District #1.  Read this news link and the article below in this newsletter. Will Broman is one of us.  We need to help get this important area of the 14th Congressional District some real elected help!!!

Due to circumstances with the Emagine Theatre (basically we did not spend enough dollars to avoid paying for a room) we will again be seeking a new meeting location.  Stay tuned for the new location.

Next 14th CD Meeting:  August 18 at 6:00 p.m.
With business meeting at 7 p.m.

Meeting location- TBD


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

Thank you for all you do to make this country great!

Warmest Regards,

Janine Kateff

14th District Chairwoman

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Michigan House District #1 Deserves Better

After decades of ineffective and often corrupt Democrat “leadership”, Michigan House District 1 (which is largely in the 14th Congressional District) again has the option to re-elect convicted felon State Representative Brian Banks for a third term.  

No, you read that correctly. Eight-timeconvicted felon Banks is running for re-election. Huh?

This election cycle the BIG NEWS is that Banks will have a great Republican candidate---our very own WIll Broman----- who is working his way through the primary process to be on the ballot to defeat Banks in November.

Mr. Banks, already an eight-time convicted felon, now faces three additional felony charges from Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed in June 2016.  If you want to read more, check it out here.

But to really help elect candidate Will Broman contact him here  He needs donations of money and time to get positioned to win in November.  Check out Will with Wayne Bradley, member of the 14th Executive Committee here

Lets help Will get this done. The people of District 1 (which includes a portion of Northeast Detroit, Harper Woods, and Grosse Pointe Woods/Shores) deserve better elected representation. Let's help Will get elected.


The budget really is this simple.

Notable Announcements:

  • NO MEETING UNTIL SEPTEMBER:  As of August 1, the following groups have confirmed no meeting in August:  Farmington Area Republicans (FAR), Lakes Area Tea Party, and MEDEFCO.
  • August 8:  Oakland CountyMock Convention at Gino’s in Keego Harbor with free pizza at 6:30 p.m and the training starting at 7 p.m.
  • August 11: County Conventions to elect delegates to the MIGOP State Convention; Oakland County at the Suburban Collection Showplace and Wayne County at the Grosse Pointe Public Library each begins at 7 p.m.
  • August 15:  Oakland County Young Republicans meeting at Black Finn in Royal Oak.  Details by emailing Shawn at [email protected].
  • August 18:  14th District Republican Committee meeting at a TBD location at 6:00 p.m. for dinner and networking, with a 7:00 p.m. business meeting.
  • August 18:  OCRP Dream Cruise party starting at 6 the OCRP headquarters; register HERE 
  • August 26 - 27:  MIGOP State Convention - Grand Rapids to elect candidates for a variety of statewide offices
  • September 29:  Bill Kristol, editor of Weekly Standard, will speak at the Federalist Society’s annual dinner at the Dearborn Inn.  Details to follow so hold the date.  


This State Just Banned Sharia Law



Agema makes final comments as RNC Committeeman



Long serving as our Michigan RNC National Committeeman, Dave Agema made his final remarks at the RNC Convention in Cleveland.  He spoke to the Michigan delegation and, among other things, commented on the 2016 Platform and the progress made in keeping that document aligned with grassroot voter expectations and on how to win the national election in November.

He also wished his successor Dr. Rob Steele success.  

Stay in touch with Dave at or at his website

Dave has been a strong representative for the Michigan GOP.  

Thanks Dave, we look forward to your next assignment!


War on Poverty

We have all heard of the infamous federal “War on Poverty”. After fifty years, the result of this “war” is basically nothing. Poverty levels remain unchanged.  Why is this “war” being lost? 

Listen to this thoughtful analysis by the CATO Institute and keep these facts in mind as you consider your vote in November.   As clearly outlined,  governments have more clearly conducted a “War on Work” that is harming the ability of citizens to obtain economic advancement. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Democrat Rep. Brenda Lawrence “Votes for Us” in Washington

Your Democratic 14th Congressional District U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence has been busy in Washington, D.C.  Here is a recap of several of her recent and shocking votes.   Her role in supporting the Democrat Party line and not Michigan values can be seen very clearly here.   Her votes often are like this:  think of a logical idea/opinion and then vote the opposite way.   After considering her positions, please feel free to call her office at 202-225-5802.

  • HB 4890 passed with a vote of 260 to 158 with Lawrence (predictably) voting AGAINST.  This prohibits the IRS from awarding a bonus to any employee until the Secretary of the Treasury implements a plan to improve customer service.   Ms. Lawrence must get better service than “we the people” as she is apparently satisfied with the IRS’s service.
  • HB 3724 passed with a vote of 345 to 78 with Lawrence (in a surprise) voting FOR.  This prohibits the IRS from re-hiring any former IRS employee who was fired by the IRS for misconduct or who was terminated for cause.  Seriously, who are the 78 who voted against this?
  • HB 4901 passed 224 to 181 with Lawrence (who now also dislikes charter schools) voting AGAINST.  This reauthorizes the program  to fund low-income students in the District of Columbia to leave low performing public schools to attend private schools.
  • HB 897 passed 262 to 159 with Lawrence voting AGAINST.   This removes the requirement to obtain a special permit under the Clean Water Act when pesticides are lawfully used.  The bill is attempting to make it easier to use pesticides to fight mosquitos carrying the Zika virus.

News Links of Interest

  1. Non profit groups serve as an economic engine for SE Michigan. READ MORE

  2. Drag racing on Woodward Avenue (just like the old days). READ MORE

  3. Strohs brand returns to Detroit. READ MORE

  4. “Again in a Great City” says Harvard Business School. READ MORE

  5. Delta Dental partners with Forgotten Harvest. READ MORE

  6. 12 things that will disappear from school classrooms. READ MORE

  7. 13,000,000 artifacts on display at new University of Michigan museum. READ MORE

  8. Collaborative wine tasting room opens in S.E. Michigan. READ MORE.   

  9. Definitive ranking of all 50 states (you might be surprised). READ MORE.  

  10. Michigan students may not get in to Michigan colleges, but international students hyped. READ MORE.  

  11. Is Belle Isle too popular? READ MORE.   

  12. Manage your stock portfolio based on who might become president. READ MORE

Gentle Reminder About Membership

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