September 2018 Newsletter

In this September newsletter

  • Notable Announcements
  • A Message from the Chairwoman
  • Fun, Friends and BBQ Picnic on September 9---Be There!
  • Michigan Trump Republicans Oakland County Victory Tour
  • 14th District Candidates in the November General Election
  • Defeat Prop 2 in November
  • Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow “Votes for Us” in Washington
  • Reminder About Membership
  • Trending News Links


In this September newsletter

  • Notable Announcements
  • A Message from the Chairwoman
  • Fun, Friends and BBQ Picnic on September 9---Be There!
  • Michigan Trump Republicans Oakland County Victory Tour
  • 14th District Candidates in the November General Election
  • Defeat Prop 2 in November
  • Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow “Votes for Us” in Washington
  • Reminder About Membership
  • Trending News Links

Notable Announcements

  • September 9: Our next District event will be the “Fun, Friends and BBQ Picnic” at Windmill Pointe Park in Grosse Pointe Park.  Details below in this newsletter or click here to register
  • Next regular 14th CDRC meeting will be Tuesday, October 9 at Kerby’s Coney Island in Southfield. No regular meeting of the 14th District Committee until this October meeting


  • September 6:  Republican Women’s Federation hosts the second Centennial Celebration of suffrage; this free event will be at Country Club of Detroit click here for required registration
  • September 6: Farmington Area Republicans (FAR) meeting at FH City Hall at 7 p.m. with program TBA
  • September 7-8: Michigan Trump Republicans Oakland County Victory Tour; learn more below, but click here for free registration.
  • September 10:  Lakes Area Tea Party features Professor William Wagner speaking about all you need to know about “gerrymandering” with special guests expected; this begins at 6 p.m at Big Tommy’s Parthenon at 40380 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48375
  • September 17:  Oakland County Young Republicans meeting features Tony Daunt, Director of the Michigan Freedom Fund about “People not Politics” and other November ballot initiatives; event starts at 6:30 p.m. at Rosie O’Grady’s in Ferndale
  • September 17:  OCRP Salute to Justice Gala features current and former members of the Michigan Judiciary to speak about public safety and the rule of law; event will be held at The Heathers and registration is required at
  • September 18: Eastside Republican Club Fall Kickoff Session; learn more here
  • September 20: Author and commentator Ann Coulter hosted by MI Republican Party; register here
  • September 23:  Wayne County Republican Committee hosts a free outreach picnic from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Taylor Senior Center, Troy Road in Taylor

A Message from the Chairwoman

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

Labor Day is near!  Schools will be back in session soon.  Summer? It might just be nearing its end.  All this makes September a bittersweet period for many Michiganders. Bittersweet because warm weather will tail off, but sweet because we will enjoy the glorious fall colors before mother nature puts summer to bed.

And……….for us in the 14th District the best is yet to come with our second annual “Fun, Friends and BBQ  Picnic” now just days away.   The September 9th picnic promises to set another standard for our events.  We proudly boast a growing list of sponsors who support the 14th District!

Much more importantly, we are very excited to have the resources to award checks to candidates who have supported the 14th District over the past two years.  

Please join us for a beautiful afternoon on the shores of Lake St. Clair! Enjoy great food prepared by and provided by proud sponsor the Max Weiner family.  Boat rides and “politically correct” games will also be on the menu to help guests mingle!  Enjoy the last days of summer at this picnic!. Learn more below.  Or act now to register, click here to donate or become a sponsor.

Our 14th District fall picnic has quickly become another “signature event” for the 14th.  It is a combination of great fun, a John_James_voting.jpgcandidate meet and greet, a chance to enjoy “Pure Michigan” on Lake St. Clair’s shores and, for us, a major fundraiser.  All this is rolled into one awesome event.  Sign up now!  

“Small, but strong in spirit“, the little ole’ 14th District is considered “small”  by some, but right now we are riding high! We are very proud to announce that that FOUR candidates for statewide election on the November ballot reside in our 14th District!  

Yes, you read that correctly.  Though the 14th may be a Democrat controlled District, the minority Republicans know how to lead!  

What is hard to grasp (as our beautiful Michigan is so YUGE) is that all FOUR of these statewide candidates are a part of the 14th District Republican team:

  • our next U.S. Senator John James (Farmington Hills),
  • our next Michigan Secretary of State Mary Treder-Lang (Grosse Pointe Farms),
  • our Wayne State University Board of Governors David Nicholson, and
  • our University of Michigan Regent Andrew Richner

ALL FOUR of these Michigan leaders voted as MRP Convention Delegates in the 14th District at the MRP Convention! Pretty sure that no other Congressional District in Michigan can top this impressive group!

Proud?  You can bet that all in the 14th District are that and more!

When we speak with neighbors, friends and co-workers in the run up to the November general election we should mention this amazing fact to all voters.  Many will be shocked that southeast Michigan has produced FOUR recognized leaders in the Michigan Republican political scene.  See more photos from the Convention here

You’ll excuse our 14th District members who are bursting at the seams with pride that the 14th District has such great leaders!  

Did anyone think August would have been that much fun and work?    Wayne and Oakland had many new precinct delegates win election in the August primary.   All those new delegates meant there was lots to communicate and that delegate training was so incredibly important to the process. I am so very excited to see so many new delegates in the 14th District!

Conventions are always exciting and a lot of work! !  Yet, at each convention, precinct delegates elected District leaders and then local voting unit leaders and, ultimately, delegates and alternate delegates to the Michigan GOP State Convention.  The 14th District elected many District and GOP activists to represent us all at the Lansing Republican Convention.

Conventions, including our GOP Convention, are so exciting.  Most of the fun is being among thousands of like mjanine_mug.jpeginded voters. The State Convention was effectively just a one day meeting on Saturday, though many social events were held around downtown Lansing on Friday night.

Before the social scene kicked in on Friday, Bill Rauwerdink (West Bloomfield) and I represented the 14th District at a Convention Rules Committee meeting.  That Committee finalized the Convention Rules and reviewed the Credentials Committee report, which had met earlier. The entire Convention process is very transparent and, as a result, some suggestions were made for future conventions.  

Saturday was the business end of the Convention where delegates and eligible alternates completed names on the ballot for the November general election.  By know we all know that our next Governor Bill Schuette selected Lisa Posthumus Lyons to be his Lt. Governor. She was enthusiastically nominated. Convention delegates also nominated this group of candidates that will appear on the November 6 general election ballot.

Speaking of the U.S. Senate, read this.  Who can disagree that Senator Debbie Stabenow needs to go?  Check out her recent votes below.  She is a total obstructionist to the Trump agenda. OK, we all get that she will not agree with President Trump on most things.   Everyone gets that.

But she can barely bring herself to vote to confirm any Trump nominee for ANYTHING.  That’s just being an obstructionist. Stabenow has voted against most judge nominees and has voted against nearly anything that President Trump wants to #MAGA. Need I go on?

We all need to tell our circle of influence that Stabenow needs to go.  Michigan wants results (not resistance) (such a great slogan!) and not plain old obstructionists. Let’s end this career politician’s run in November!  Dump Stabenow!

Oh, and “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 cut bill.   Remember in November!

Next Regular 14th CD Meeting: October 9, 2018 at 7 p.m.

At 6:00 p.m. enjoy an order off the menu dinner and networking.

Kerby’s Coney Island, 25050 Northwestern Highway, Southfield

We are now beginning the serious work of electing as many Republicans as possible.  The preliminaries are OVER.   It’s time to get involved and from now to November 6 work to elect Republicans from the top to the bottom of the ballot on Michigan’s Election Day.  

How can you show your support?

Get your friends and family engaged to show their support at the polls on November 6.

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend and enjoy some Pure Michigan!

In Service;


Janine Kateff

14th District Chairwoman


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Fun Friends and BBQ Picnic on September 9---Be There!

Following on the 2017 inaugural effort, register NOW for what promises to be our best yet 14th District “Fun, Friends & BBQ Picnic” on September 9 from 1 to 4 p.m.  This event will feature our own sponsor and master chef, Max Wiener, who will generously prepare a gourmet picnic spread!  

Our picnic will also provide a fabulous opportunity to get caught up with like minded friends AND with many Republican candidates running in the November election.  We are hopeful that our John James will be able to attend and lay out his vision to defeat Debbie Stabenow for U.S. Senate.  Many candidates will be there.

All this will all happen at a spectacular location on Lake St. Clair, Windmill Pointe Park, 14920 Windmill Pointe Drive, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.  This is a private, air conditioned, and all weather facility so this event is on rain or shine.

You may have received one of our promotional Picnic emails and know there is still time to register, but there is a registration limit so that we can have the right amount of food prepared!   Our goal is to raise money to support Republican candidates in 2018. The 14th District has a committee established to review candidates.

Right now we need YOU to do only ONE thing:  register!  Just Do It!

We are honored to have so many sponsors of our second annual picnic!  Their support of the Republican cause is amazing. Plus we are honored that these sponsors trust in our process to financially support candidates in the 14th!

As of September 1, our PROUD sponsors for the “Fun, Friends & BBQ Picnic” include:

  • Gold Level

House Speaker Tom Leonard

>Candidate for Attorney General

John James (Farmington Hills)

>Candidate for US Senate (and 14th District MRP Convention Delegate)

Mary Treder Lang (Grosse Pointe Farms)

>Candidate for Secretary of State

Dr. Marc Herschfus (Southfield)

>Candidate for U.S. Congress, 14th District

Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot

>Great American

Max Wiener (Grosse Pointe Park)

>14th District MRP Convention Delegate

Andrew Richner, Esq.

>Candidate for U of Michigan Regent (and 14th District MRP Convention Delegate)

David Nicholson

>Candidate for WSU Board of Governors (and 14th District MRP Convention Delegate)

Councilman Jerry Kosminsky (Orchard Lake)

>Orchard Lake City Council (and 14th District Executive Committee & Precinct Delegate)

Tami Carlone

>Candidate for Michigan Board of Education

Dr. Richard Ziele

>Candidate for Michigan Board of Education

Eastside Republican Club

>Serving metro Detroit's east side

Representative Jim Runestad (District 44)

>Candidate for Michigan Senate (District 15)

  • Silver Level

Sue Burstein-Kahn (Farmington Hills)

>14th District Executive Committee & MRP Convention Delegate

Linda Stulberg (Farmington Hills)

>14th District MRP Convention Delegate

  • Bronze Level

Farmington City Councilman Bill Galvin

>Candidate for Oakland County Commissioner (14th District)

Commissioner Tom Berman (District 5) (Keego Harbor)

>Candidate for re-election as Oakland County Commissioner (and 14th District MRP Convention Delegate)

Ryan Berman

>Candidate for Michigan House (District 39)

Remember candidates, Delegates, a business or pretty much anyone can be sponsor! Call Janine at 586-917-6118 for details.

Michigan Trump Republicans Oakland County Victory Tour


With election cycle in full swing, Michigan Trump Republicans is hosting an Oakland County Victory Tour on September 7 and 8. Three unique locations, venues and times will be available for voters to meet Trump loving candidates and to we energized for the upcoming “RED WAVE”.

Dates and locations are as follows:

  • September 7 (Friday evening) will be at the American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E. Maple, Troy from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • September 8 (Saturday morning event) will be at the Lazy J Ranch, 625 South Hickory Ridge Road, Mildford from 10 a.m. to noon for cider , coffee and donuts
  • September 8 (Saturday evening event) will be at the Fireside Lounge in the Suburban Collection, 46100 Grand River, Novi from 7 to 9 p.m.

Candidates appearing at the MTR Victory Tour stops will include:

  • Congressman Mike Bishop (District 8)
  • Lena Epstein, candidate for U.S. Congress (District 11)
  • Speaker Tom Leonard, candidate for Attorney General
  • Mary Treder-Lang, candidate for Secretary of State
  • Representative Jim Runestad, candidate for Michigan Senate (District 15)
  • Matt Maddock, candidate for Michigan House (District 44)
  • Representative John Reilly (District 46)

Other candidates will be announced as confirmed.  Also, not all candidates will not be able to appear at each tour stop.  

While these events are free, MTR asks that you register here so they can better plan these events.  Use this link to register

14th District Candidates in the November General Election

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 omission(s). 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 general election 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).  

Tom Berman for election to Oakland County Commissioner (District 5)

Ryan Berman for election to Michigan House (District 39) 

Jim Runestad for election to State Senator (District 15) 

Dr. Marc Herschfus for election to US Congress (District 14) 

Bill Galvin for election to Oakland County Commission (District 14)

You may know the 14th District candidates listed above.  This candidates have regularly attended 14th District meetings or have been sponsors supporting our events.  Many listed above spoken at District meetings, too,  We thank them all for their time and interest in the District.  These candidates are known to many on the 14th District Executive Committee.

Each of the following candidates won their primary race and now need our help to WIN in November.  If you do not know how to connect with any or all of these candidates connect with me.  I will be happy to get you and the candidate in touch! 

John Palffy for election to Michigan House (District 2)

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

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

David Wolkinson for election to the Michigan House (District 40)

Lisa Papas for election to the Michigan Senate (District 2)

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


Defeat Prop 2 in November

Prop 2 is a liberal Democrat sponsored proposal on the November ballot that will forever change who decides how political boundaries are decided.  In the 14th District, we grasp that notion! Check out the 14th District map at our website (  

But the Prop 2 Constitutional Amendment is not the way to address this situation.  If the Amendment is passed, it will create yet another unelected board with no voter recourse (i.e., no election) to address any poor decision.  Prop 2 is a solution looking for a problem to solve.

Watch this Youtube video ( provided by the Michigan Freedom Fund.  Get smart and tell all your friends to vote NO on Prop 2.


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.  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:

  • HB 2 passed 86 to 11 with Stabenow voting FOR.  This reauthorized the federal food stamp program (known as SNAP) and federal subsidies of farmers.  This Senate bill does not contain the expanded work requirements for SNAP recipients.
  • HB 5895 passed 62 to 34 with Stabenow voting FOR.  This “killed” an amendment by Senator Mike Lee to repeal the EPA’s rule that expands its authority to regulate rivers, streams, ditches, and maybe puddles (really) under federal wetland laws.
  • HB 5895 passed 88 to 11 with Stabenow voting FOR.  This non-binding motion was to express that the Senate believes Congress should have a role in determining tariffs imposed in response to national security risks.
  • HB 6147 failed 25 to 74 with Stabenow voting AGAINST.  This would reduce spending by $17.5 billion (11.39%) on general government expenses.  This would bring the spending level back to that spent in 2011. No spending reduction can pass, ever.
  • Senate Motion 174 passed 52 to 46 with Stabenow voting AGAINST.  This was to approve Britt Grant as an appeals judge in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.  This continues Stabenow’s string of opposing nearly all Trump nominees. Sad obstructionist.
  • HB 6157 failed 45 to 48 with Stabenow voting AGAINST.  The Paul Amendment was to defund Planned Parenthood.  Apparently the GOP has some Senators who have not adopted the GOP Platform agreed to at the 2016 RNC Convention.   Swamp is deep.

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 Treasurer, 2579 Vanel Court, 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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