Newsletter November 2016

In this November newsletter:

  • A Message from the Chairwoman
  • Michigan House District 1 Deserves Better
  • Notable Announcements
  • Event Raises Funds for the 14th District
  • Regional Transit Tax: Another Important Tax Increase
  • Democrat Rep. Brenda Lawrence “Votes for Us” in Washington
  • News Links of Interest
  • Gentle Reminder About Membership


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Now is the time to do all you can to elect our Republican nominee to be our next President !

A Message from the Chairwoman

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

Though many citizens have already voted (and I sure know about that as the WB Clerk’s office has been humming for weeks) the “big day” to vote at your local polling place is now just hours away.

This election cycle is not solely about winning or losing an election.  This election will have implications for decades.  Do “we the people” want a liberal majority on the Supreme Court for decades?  Do “we the people” want open borders so millions of unvetted refugees can pour in?  Do “we the people” want a corrupt career politician, who has repeatedly lied to the us, elected as our leader?  

You know the answer.

Now is the moment.   You need to do all you can NOW to elect our Republican nominee to Make America Great Again.    Offer a ride to someone who needs a lift to the polling place.  Make some last minute TrumpTalk phone calls.  Volunteer to stop any voter fraud by becoming a poll watcher.  All this and more will be needed.  If you are not sure how to any of this, call or email me immediately.

This is not about winning (or losing) an election.  It is way larger than that.  The corruption and insider dealings in Washington need to end. Donald J. Trump is beholden to no one, unlike the Democrat Crooked Hillary.  Trump is only beholden to the American citizens.


JK new pix 5.20.16.jpgAs important as the General Election is (and it is super important) November also finds the counties holding party conventions to elect delegates.  These delegates will then conduct important elections such as, in Oakland County, electing the Oakland County Executive Committee which will serve for the next two years.  That Executive Committee will elect people to fill various leadership .positions such as Oakland County GOP Chair.    Please participate in these important processes.

Lastly I am frequently asked, in my position as Chairwoman, for my personal thoughts about candidates.  During the primary season, I always defer any opinion until after the Republican candidates are selected.   Then I do my best to support the general election Republican candidate!  However, as to candidates running for nonpartisan positions I offer my opinion.  That opinion would have been shaped by direct personal contact or by contact with others whose judgement I value.   With this in mind, here are my personal suggestions for the nonpartisan candidates/proposals on the November ballot.

One last item:  

Next 14th CD Meeting
December 15 Christmas/Hanukkah Party

Event  location and time  - TBD

Our first ever (soon we will not need to say the  modifier “first ever ” when mentioning 14th CD events) Holiday Party last year in Mexican Village was a fun event.  In addition to raising awareness of our GOP group in this area, we also generated a financial surplus which helps to grew our financial support of District candidates.  Consider becoming a sponsor!   Sponsorships are available and email [email protected] with any questions. 


All Republicans and friends/guests are welcome to attend this Christmas/Hannukah Party!

Warmest Regards,

Janine Kateff

14th District Chairwoman

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Michigan House District 1 Deserves Better

Will Michigan District #1 elect a true representative to go to Lansing?

The Detroit News is saying that is exactly what voters should do on November 8 with its endorsement.  Check out some of the buzz here

Broman’s incumbent opponent is Mr. Brian Banks (Democrat), who is already an eight-time convicted felon, and who now faces three additional felony charges from Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed in June 2016.  If you want more background, check it out here.

No surprise on this topic, either.  Michigan Democrat officials, rather than finding this behavior to be “deplorable” are actually supporting this candidate, including with donations!  

Republicans who really want to help elect candidate Will Broman should contact him here:

Notable Announcements:

  • Special Notice: Several Trump surrogates are expected in S.E. Michigan before November 8th.  Keep your eyes and ears open! 
  • 14th District Republican Committee meeting for November has been CANCELLED due to the general election and the county conventions.   The next 14 District meeting will be December 15 (see below)
  • November 2:  Donald J Trump, Jr. has events at Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University.  Tickets are needed. Email [email protected]
  • November 3:  Farmington Area Republican (FAR) meeting at FH City Hall (7 p.m.) features Deb O’Hagan of Free and Fair Michigan (similar to True the Vote) speaking about Vote Fraud
  • November 15: Eastside Republican Club (ERC) features Matthew Schneider, the top legal advisor to Michigan’s Attorney General, and meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.  Details here
  • November 16:  Bloomfield Republican Women's Club meeting at The Heathers Club features Adam Raezler. To register call Sharon at 248-505-2882 or visit the website
  • November 21:  Oakland County Young Republicans meeting will discuss an election wrap up at Black Finn in Royal Oak (6:30 p.m.). Email Shawn at [email protected] for details.
  • December 8:  Oakland County Young Republicans Christmas Party at the Community House in Birmingham from 7 p.m.  No charge to attend, but an excellent silent auction.  Cocktail attire.  Sponsorship opportunities available: call Shawn at 248-978-6120 for details.
  • December 15: 14th District Christmas/Hanukkah Party with details to follow.

Event Raises Funds for the 14th District

History did, in fact, repeat itself.

Robert Oestreich, Executive Committee member from Farmington Hills, chaired the first AND then chaired the second fund raising event for the 14th Congressional District.  Lightening (and funds for the 14th) did strike twice!

Building on the success of the 14th’s previous CPL class (based on our Second Amendment right), this class event was designed for those who already held a concealed carry permit.  This event was to advance each participant's’ skill of shooting from concealment.  Thanks to Robert and the “committee of one” (our Chairwoman Janine) who did the work and showed that the 14th CD can help develop skills in the community and raise funding to support the GOP candidates in the District.


Westland's Firing Line Instructor Robin Boruta shows proper technique

Regional Transit Tax:  Another Important Tax Increase

The November election will ask voters to raise their own property taxes in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties to further fund mass transit in the region.  Those against this tax increase note that citizens already fund mass transit with taxes such as  a 5.5 cent per gallon gasoline tax and a portion of the vehicle annual registration fee.   Proponents believe more mass transit funds are needed to grow the region. Learn what your tax increase would be by using the tax calculator at this web site

And read more about this proposed tax increase here


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 5485 Amendment to mandate the reporting of private contributions to nonprofit organizations failed 186 to 236, with Lawrence voting FOR.  This would allow federal regulators to mandate that certain nonprofits, such as trade associations or any “deemed political”,  provide donor information and post it on the internet.
  • HB 1270 passed 243 to 164 with Lawrence voting AGAINST.  Pretty predictable.  This allows withdrawals from personal health saving accounts to purchase over the counter medicines.  Obamacare limited such withdrawals (i.e., limited using your own money that you contributed).
  • This one is classic.  HB 4992 passed 246 to 181 with Lawrence voting AGAINST.   This prohibits financial institutions from transferring dollars to Iran until Iran is certified to not be supporting international terrorism.  So, Lawrence is in favor of allowing dollars to go to Iran.   Really.
  • HB 5538 (Smith Amendment) failed 208 to 217 with Lawrence voting AGAINST.  This amendment would eliminate funding for the EPA’s research of various aspects of  “climate change”.
  • HB 5538 (Graham Amendment) failed 185 to 243 with Lawrence voting FOR.  This amendment would ban research related to offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
  • HB 5538 (King Amendment) failed 188 to 238 with Lawrence voting AGAINST.  This would prohibit the Interior Department and the EPA from enforcing “prevailing wage” rates.  These wage rates are based not on market conditions, but rather on the pay scall reported by union officials.
  • HB 5538 (Polis Amendment) failed 187 to 240 with Lawrence voting FOR.  This would prohibit the federal government from implementing regulations regarding methane emissions from oil and gas production.
  • HB 5538 (Blackburn Amendment) failed 171 to 258 with Lawrence voting AGAINST.  This cut spending by the Interior Department and the EPA (and related agencies) by 1%.


News Links of Interest

  1. Six mistakes made by first time public speakers  
  2. Surprising cities attracting millennials for jobs (one might be a shock)  
  3. Bike/jogging trail extended by seven miles in Oakland County  
  4. Things you do in your twenties that you might regret later  
  5. Michigan’s best accelerator program meets soon  
  6. Boost your brain power  
  7. Half of all human work to be automated in less than 20 years  
  8. Romantic proposal on Detroit’s Riverwalk 
  9. Update about Pistons moving to Detroit (and much more)  
  10. How Uber, AirBnB and Etsy got their first customers  


Gentle Reminder About Membership

Are you a member of the Republican 14th CD?  Mail your $25 membership check to Treasurer Chris Konja, 6575 Stonebridge E., West Bloomfield, MI. 48324. Or you can become a member or renew your membership using this link Your dues and our other fundraising activities support Republican candidates and organizations in the 14th Congressional District.