Our Annual Frances Perkins Labor Day Picnic is just around the corner.  Please stop by and say hello!  We will have a golf cart available  (thanks to a generous Democrat) to assist those needing help navigating the park’s terrain. Stay tuned for further updates.  And check our website for any possible weather-related cancellations @ http://leelanaudemocrats.org
You are invited to….
Mason County Democratic Party’s Annual Corn Roast 
Saturday,  August 28, 2021 at 5 PM at Memorial Tree Park 
on North Washington Avenue. 

Sweet Corn/ Hot Dogs& some beverages will be provided.
Bring your own table service and a dish to pass.
Enjoy the evening with fellow Democrats. Legacy Award 
Winners to be announced and honored.

Attendees are encouraged to be vaccinated.
Mask are highly recommended by the Health Department. 

From: Ed Miller,  Chair 
Mason County Democratic Party Millions of citizens miss out on voting each year because they don’t know how to register, missed a deadline, or didn’t realize they needed to update their registration.  Use the tools at http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org to check your status and register if you need to.  Spread the word!!!  Look what Stacey Abrams has accomplished in Georgia!  
ACTION ALERT….
Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission Update (MICRC):MICRC is going to be MAPPING OUR DISTRICT on Thursday, August 26th, Great Wolf Lodge, 5-8 p.m.  How many people can we get there in person or by remote?  How many can comment in the portal?  NOW OR NEVER!From the MDP….Good Afternoon-I am sharing with you all today the planned mapping schedule for the commission. This schedule is subject to change, but it is the best, most up-to-date information we have.The MICRC’s work over the next few weeks will determine the political landscape in Michigan for the next decade. We will be watching closely as the commission works. It would be a mistake for us to assume that an independent commission will automatically produce fair maps. I’ve included talking points about partisan fairness. Please submit a public comment telling the commission to prioritize partisan fairness at every step of this process. Please reach out if you have questions or if I can be of any assistance.  Thank you, Emily Boyer – SENIOR POLITICAL ADVISOR – REDISTRICTINGPlease consider attending! Contact Barb Conley @leelanaudemocrats@gmail.com for more information.Location:
Great Wolf Lodge Water Park – Traverse City
5:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m.
3575 N U.S. 31 S
The meeting notice and agenda should be on the MICRC website by Monday or so, but below is some info on public comment: https://www.michigan.gov/micrc/0,10083,7-418-106525—,00.html

PUBLIC COMMENT The public has the right to address the Commission and the Commission welcomes the public’s comments. The public may do so in three different ways: (1) written comments which will be entered into the permanent public record for the meeting; (2) speaking live to the Commission at the meeting location; and (3) speaking live to the Commission remotely. Further instructions on each method are listed below. (1) Written public comment to the Commission may also be submitted via the Commission’s Public Comment Portal, available at https://www.michigan-mapping.org. (2) Requests to speak live to the Commission at the meeting venue will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors and in-person public comment sign-up will open one hour before the meeting start time. Sign-up for in-person public comment will close when the public comment portion of the agenda ends at the meeting. (3) Requests to speak remotely must be submitted via a signup form available at https://www.research.net/r/QB2HB5G. Individuals who wish to address the Commission remotely will be invited to speak on a first-come, first-served basis (based on the sign-up form). These individuals can expect to receive information about how to log on to the webinar via the email they provide in the sign-up form. Sign-up for virtual or remote public comment will close at 8:00 AM the day of the meetingEach speaker will have up to 2 minutes to speak It is recommended that speakers also submit their comments onlineLet’s show up and speak up!MICRC Mapping Schedule: See the mapping schedule here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qGqavSDzeIpgbaNAJ427CvBQL46yE4x5/view. The schedule shows the commissioners intend and work on all three chambers simultaneously switching among the House, Senate, or Congressional chamber on a daily basis.The commission will take a regional approach to mapping. See the regional breakdown here https://drive.google.com/file/d/11TPGvu7Oa_A3HYx7QivgG7B2_z2mgNlH/view.Find meeting information and agendas on the MICRC’S WEBSITE: https://www.michigan.gov/micrc/0,10083,7-418-106525—,00.html Watch meetings live online or past meetings via the MICRC’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV6jjqXOWO2BUtKOFn8Mo8wSubmit a Public Comment to the MICRCOnly comments received through the designated public channels are considered by the commissioners. This includes comments given: During the public comment portion at the beginning of the MICRC’s meetings. Comments can be given either virtually or in person. At a public hearing. Comments can be given either virtually or in-personThe online comment portal:  https://www.michigan-mapping.org By email to the commission redistricting@michigan.govNote: Comments and conversations happening on social media are not factored into the MICRC’s decision-making process. Public Comments – Partisan Fairness Talking PointsThe MICRC asks that Michiganders weigh in on the redistricting process. We’re asking that as you’re making those comments or submitting your community of interest arguments or maps that you prioritize the importance of partisan fairness throughout this process.In 2018, 61% of Michiganders voted to put the power to draw districting lines into the hands of the people and thus the creation of the MICRC. We want to see new maps with new boundaries, not a redrawing of the old gerrymandered districts. We want the MICRC to draw maps with as close to zero political bias as possible. The political party that receives the most votes in an election, should receive the most seats in Lansing.Gerrymandered maps kept Republicans in control of the state legislature, and ignored the will of Michiganders who consistently elected Democrats to statewide offices. Under the previously gerrymandered maps, in 2018, Governor Whitmer won the state by a 9.5% margin, but only won a majority of the votes in half of the State Senate districts. Under the previously gerrymandered maps, In 2020, President Biden won Michigan, but earned a majority of votes in less than half of the Michigan House and Senate districts. Upcoming Public HearingsOnce mapping is complete. The MICRC will approve maps that will be submitted for public consideration. During the following scheduled meetings, the MICRC will take public input on their proposed maps. It’s important for people to attend the public hearing closest to them and weigh in on the draft map proposals. Monday, October 11 – Northern Michigan University, Marquette Wednesday, October 13 – Treetop Resorts, Gaylord Thursday, October 14 – The Dort Center, Flint Monday, October 18 – DeVos Place, Grand Rapids Wednesday – Oct 20, Radisson Plaza Conference and Hotel, Kalamazoo Thursday, October 21 – Lansing Center, Lansing Monday, October 25 – MRCC Banquet and Convention Center, Warren Wednesday, October 27 – Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi Thursday, October 28 – TCF Center, DetroitKey Clips:2020 Census data and map: Michigan population change by county since 2010https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/michigan/2021/08/13/2020-census-data-and-map-michigan-population-change-by-county-since-2010/#//Michigan AFL-CIO proposes redistricting maps for state commission : https://michiganadvance.com/2021/08/05/michigan-afl-cio-proposes-redistricting-maps-for-state-commission/Census changes may spell trouble for Michigan Democrats as redistricting startshttps://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-government/census-changes-may-spell-trouble-michigan-democrats-redistricting-starts2020 census update: What are Michigan’s biggest population changes in the past decade? : https://www.michiganradio.org/post/2020-census-update-what-are-michigans-biggest-population-changes-past-decadeBiden counties growing faster than Trump’s in Michigan but the state is still a tossup : https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/08/15/census-biden-trump-counties-michigan/8121718002/LCDP
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