November 2018 Newsletter

In this November newsletter

  • Notable Announcements
  • A Message from the Chairwoman
  • John James:  Defeat Stabenow on November 6
  • Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow “Votes for Us” in Washington
  • Record Financial Contribution to 14th District Candidates
  • Profile: Ed Kohl: Tireless Editorial Writer to Support Republicans
  • Letter to the Editor: University of Michigan out of bounds (again)
  • ERC PAC Hosted Capacity Event to Support John James
  • Reminder About Membership
  • Trending News Links


In this November newsletter

  • Notable Announcements
  • A Message from the Chairwoman
  • John James:  Defeat Stabenow on November 6
  • Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow “Votes for Us” in Washington
  • Record Financial Contribution to 14th District Candidates
  • Profile: Ed Kohl: Tireless Editorial Writer to Support Republicans
  • Letter to the Editor: University of Michigan out of bounds (again)
  • ERC PAC Hosted Capacity Event to Support John James
  • Reminder About Membership
  • Trending News Links

Notable Announcements

  • November 3:  Michigan Trump Republicans Oakland County walk day with kick off pancake breakfast;  learn more here
  • November 4:  Change Your Clocks so you are on time to VOTE
  • November 5:  GOP Youth Day of Action in Oakland County. CLICK HERE.
  • November 6:  Michigan General Election -- Vote Republican


  • November 13:  14th District Committee meeting starts with networking and order off the menu dinner at  6:00 p.m. and the business portion starting at 7 p.m. at Kerby’s Coney Island, 25050 Northwestern Highway, Southfield


  • November 15: Bloomfield Republican Woman’s Club meeting begins at 6 p.m. at The Heathers and features Mark Krikorian;  advance registration required at
  • November 19:  Oakland County Young Republicans meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Rosie O’Grady’s in Ferndale features Prof. David Dulio of Political Science at Oakland University regarding election review and year in review
  • November 20:  Eastside Republican Club meeting at 7 p.m. at the War Memorial features “Focus On Affordable Energy” with Jason Hayes of the Mackinac Center
  • November 22: Happy Thanksgiving
  • November 26: Oakland County Republican Convention at Suburban Collection in Novi
  • December 11: 14th District Christmas/Hanukkah Party and Post Election Celebration will be at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club; hold the date and details forthcoming
  • January 22:  14th District meeting with details to follow; NOTE DATE CHANGE DUE TO HOLIDAYS
  • February 1-2:  Battle Cry ‘19;  hold the dates with details to follow
  • February 7: County Conventions to elect delegates to the MRP State Convention
  • February 22-23:  MRP State Convention (Lansing) to elect a new 25 member 14th District Republican Committee, State Committee member and District Officers

A Message from the Chairwoman

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

Just days ago, we all were shocked by the horrific attack at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.  Anger, often stoked by politicians, needs to be something we all control.  The deranged person who did this horrible crime is someone we will never understand. With broken hearts, we keep all those suffering in our thoughts and prayers.

Just days from now YOU have a chance to elect REPUBLICANS who will support Trump’s America First agenda and vote on three (3) ballot proposals. I strongly suggest you VOTE NO ON ALL 3 PROPOSALS.  Don’t get caught thinking this election is NOT about Trump.  It is. Imagine, as an example, a Michigan Attorney General who constantly sues Trump.  

Will you SIT HOME?  Will YOU let your friends sit home?  Will you mention to your neighbors to NOT sit home?  Will you help a voter to get to the polls on election day?  

Any of these simple actions by YOU will help to elect the Republicans needed to keep Michigan on the right track.

Barack Hussein Obama has endorsed nearly every Democrat candidate in Michigan.  Do you need to know “more” about the difference between Republican candidates and the other side?


Still looking for more ways to help?  YOU still can volunteer to be a poll challenger or an absentee ballot count observer.   Have questions about those options? Call me asap! Or call June at the MRP at (517) 599-4884 or email her at  [email protected] to offer your help.

One personal mission that you can help with is to DEFEAT all three ballot proposals!  Vote no on each one!  Even the liberal media in Detroit is against these proposals so you KNOW that they are bad news.  

  • Legalize marijuana?  Nope.  
  • Legalize an unaccountable “independent” group to set voting districts?  No thanks.   
  • Legalize into the Michigan Constitution (making any change nearly impossible) changes in how we register and vote?  NO!!  .

Vote NO on each ballot proposal and educate your friends to do the same thing!

Two openings on the 14th Executive Committee were filled at our most recent meeting.  Please welcome newly elected members:

  • Eugene Greenstein (Farmington Hills)
  • Josh Israel (Farmington Hills)

Eugene is familiar to many as a long time Republican activist.  He is also very active in our Jewish community. Josh is a University of Michigan student.  Many have met Josh either at the recent MRP State Convention or when he helped out at the grille at our recent Welcome Back Picnic.  These terms will run until February 2019 when the Executive Committee will be elected in total. Welcome aboard Eugene and Josh. Thanks for your involvement!

Given the Pittsburgh tragedy it is ironic that this November newsletter has two articles about discrimination against our Jewish friends that is going on right here in Michigan.  Read each article and do what you can to end this unacceptable discrimination!

In spite of the election stress, the criminal acts we all oppose and the daily lies published about our country and President --- yes in spite of all this---- we live in the greatest country on earth.  God Bless the USA! Enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving with your friends and family. And one last thing………………...

Get your friends and family engaged to vote on November 6.

Happy Thanksgiving to YOU and your family!


Janine Kateff

14th District Chairwoman


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Happy Thanksgiving!

John James:  Defeat Stabenow on November 6

Farmington Hills businessman (and 14th District Delegate) is running hard to defeat a career politician who has failed to represent Michigan.   As of today, this race seems too close to call which is an amazing feat by James as Debbie---as a career politician---knows how to do just one thing:  win elections.

The second debate between James and Debbie was only available on a web broadcast.  If you missed it, watch it here

The world in D.C. will be very different with our own John James in the U.S. Senate.  Look at Debbie’s recent voting record below in this newsletter. This month is typical of her obstructionist voting record.  She is only doing one thing in D.C. That is blocking Trump’s agenda.


Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow “Votes for Us” in Washington

Michigan will elect a U.S. Senator in just week from today.  

Let that sink in.  We have a chance to alter the direction of the USA.  And unelecting Stabenow would surely do that!

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: does she vote for US or vote for a Democrat party out of touch with Michiganders.

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 202 passed 64 to 33 with Stabenow voting AGAINST.  This was to confirm the nomination of Charles Rettig as Commissioner of the IRS.  Yet another Republican that Stabenow is against. The word is RESIST.
  • Senate Motion 223 passed 50 to 48 with Stabenow voting AGAINST.  This was to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to serve as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.  No surprise here, but just another example of why John James needs to be elected.
  • Senate Joint Resolution 63 failed 50 to 50 with Stabenow voting AGAINST.  This would have allowed greater access to limited duration health plans with a duration of up to one year.  The ACA regulation allows only three months. Thought the Dems support health choices?

Record Financial Contribution to 14th District Candidates


Every event held by the 14th District raised funds to donate to candidates .   This cycle will mark a record amount donated to candidates. That amount was nearly $16,000!   

To select which of the many candidates would receive money, as we do in the 14th, the process was transparent, fair and fully discussed.  Our Candidate Selection Committee, chaired by Jerry Cameron (Farmington Hills) did an outstanding job!   That Committee considered many factors including whether a campaign (and the candidate) was considered to be winnable, whether the candidate supported the 14th District by attending events or speaking, and which candidates were more in need of funds.  

Thanks to the other Candidate Selection Committee members for their time and inputs!  In addition to Jerry, members were Renee Strobl, Guy Foremski, Carol Foster, Jerry Kosmensky and Janine Kateff.

The 14th District Executive Committee proudly endorses each of the following candidates.   This summarizes the donations we were able to make to each candidate by office:


Attorney General

Tom Leonard



Secretary of State

Mary Treder Lang



MI Board of Education

Tami Carlone



MI Bd of Education

Dr. Richard Zeile



UM Regent

Andrew Richner



UM Regent

Andrea Fisher Newman



WSU Governor

David Nicholson



6th Circuit Court Judge

Dan Christ



MI-Senate-District  2

Lisa Papas



MI-Senate- District 15

Jim Runestad



MI-House - District 39

Ryan Berman



MI-House- District 1

Mark Corcoran



Oakland Commissioner-05

Tom Berman



Oakland Commissioner-14

Bill Galvin



Federal Level - Max allowed donation is $1000

U.S. House District 14

Marc Herschfus



U.S. Senate

John James




Profile: Ed Kohl: Tireless Editorial Writer to Support Republicans

If anyone would have a notion as to why Jewish people prefer the Democratic Party over the GOP it would have to be longtime activist Ed Kohl.

He has a long list of involvements in pro-Israel and other Jewish causes, and a pedigree as a Republican that dates to his votes for Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon.

With all these credentials, his explanation as to why Jews tend to vote Democratic is simple.

“Their DNA unfortunately prefers the Democratic Party instead of being American,” Kohl says.

A frequent writer of letters to the editor in area newspapers, Kohl, age 79, says he has been a conservative all of his adult life. He joined the Tea Party during the Obama administration and says he “became 100 percent Republican during the (Brett) Kavanaugh hearings.”

Although he says he has worked in all of the Republican campaigns for the last 20 years, “I used to split my ballot. Never again. I will only vote Republican from now on.”

Kohl has been a precinct delegate for three years.


Kohl says the issues that are critical to his thinking are immigration, Israel and the U.S.moving of its embassy to Jerusalem, downgrading Palestinian Arabs’ status, the Iran nuclear agreement, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison’s anti-Semitism, national defense in general and health care.

“All Democratic legislators sing the same song: no free thinking,” he says.

A native of Brookline, Mass., Kohl says “I am sure my parents were traditional Jewish Democrats.”

He holds a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering and is a retired engineer who worked on engine development – rockets, jets, cruise missiles, turbine cars and diesel.

A conservative Jew, Kohl says he "is involved in a number of Jewish organizations".  This is a tad of an understatement! He is:

  • on the national board and is a regional director of Volunteers for Israel;
  • on the executive board of the Zionist Organization of America-Michigan and was its Balfour honoree this year;
  • past president and a board member of the Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills and past president of its Men’s Club;
  • co-president and co-founder of the Michigan Jewish Action Council;
  • a national committee member of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and has been honored twice by the organization; and
  • volunteer of the year in 2016 of the Stand With Us organization.

Kohl and his wife, Shelley, live in West Bloomfield Township and have six adult children and 15 grandchildren.

He says the 14th District Republican organization needs to grow the party with press releases and providing “eloquent spokespeople on interview shows.”

Editors Note:  Congratulations to Ed Kohl in his STRONG support of the World Series Champion BOSTON RED SOX!

Letter to the Editor: University of Michigan out of bounds (again)

Republican activists are encouraged to keep the conservative voice in the media’s mailbox (if not in their coverage).   

This month several of our leading activists did a two for one !  GOP activist Ed Kohl (see profile in this newsletter) and newly elected Executive Committee member Eugene Greenstein attended a University of Michigan Board of Regents meeting.  

At that meeting they expressed their dissatisfaction that a faculty member declining to write a letter of recommendation for a student desiring to study in Israel.  This matter has received much attention and deserves it.

As a result of that effort, the Detroit News wrote an article that captured their participation.  Read the story here

The message is clear. Keep writing those letters, calling in to radio shows and appearing at meetings.  Your voice will be heard!

A resolution passed by the Executive Committee regarding this topic can be read at   Please distribute this resolution to all who need to know about this despicable act at our University of Michigan!


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ERC PAC Hosted Capacity Event to Support John James

Eastside Republican Club PAC hosted a capacity crowd at the Country Club of Detroit in support of U.S. Senate candidate John James.   It was a huge event said Rich Shetler who is chair of the PAC.  He said this event was the largest crowd ever to attend a PAC event.

“When I talk about what motivates me, my core values are rooted in faith and family, said James.  ”My priorities are God and country, in that order, and my mantra is service before self. Those values don’t belong to any party.”  James is a 14th District resident and was elected to be a MRP State Convention delegate.

Read more about the event here

Capacity crowd to support John James (who is in lower left corner)

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, 2579 Vanel Court, West Bloomfield, MI. 48324 (checks made payable to the 14th District).
  2. Online Renewal  -

Your dues and other fundraising activities support Republican candidates and organizations in the 14th Congressional District.

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