October 27, 2020

Archives for April 2012

Fundraiser for Brent Freeman for Shelby Township Trustee

Date:  Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Esplendido’s Mexican Cuisine, 50285 Mound Rd., Shelby Township, MI

Contact: Brent at CTE.Brent.Freeman@gmail.com

Suggested Donation:  $50

Event Information:
Campaign Open House for Brent Freeman for Shelby Township Trustee on Thursday, April 26, from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Esplendido’s Mexican Cuisine 50285 Mound Rd., Shelby Township.  Suggested donation of $50 paid at the door. Please RSVP by April 23rd to CTE.Brent.Freeman@gmail.com.


Listing of this event does not constitute endorsement by the RCNMC.  This event is listed as a service for Republican candidates for office in the North Macomb County area.

Campaign Kickoff and Fundraiser for Gary Kopp for Shelby Township Trustee

Gary KoppDate:  Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Hamlin Pub, 55076 Van Dyke, Shelby Township, MI

Contact: Gary at (586) 873-6906 or  gkopp@wideopenwest.com

Suggested Donation:  $50

Event Information:
Campaign Kick-Off party for Gary Kopp for Shelby Township Trustee on Wednesday, April 18, from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Hamlin Pub 55076 Van Dyke, Shelby Township.  Suggested donation $50. Appetizers and dessert will be served.  Cash bar available.  Call Gary at 586-873-6906 or contact me at gkopp@wideopenwest.com.


Listing of this event does not constitute endorsement by the RCNMC.  This event is listed as a service for Republican candidates for office in the North Macomb County area.

April 2012 RCNMC Meeting – Precinct Delegate Training

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Hamlin Pub, 55076 Van Dyke (at 25 Mile Rd.), Shelby Twp., MI

Contact: Rob Montilla at (586) 291-7349

Event Information:
The next meeting of the RCNMC will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Hamlin Pub located at 55076 Van Dyke in Shelby Township (Van Dyke and 25 Mile Rd.).

Click Here for Information About Precinct Delegates

With the deadline to sign up as a Precinct Delegate approaching on May 15, this month’s meeting will feature a Precinct Delegate Training. Come learn:

  • How to become a Precinct Delegate
  • What are the responsibilities of a Precinct Delegate
  • How does a Precinct Delegate impact the leadership and direction of the Republican Party
  • How are the number of Precinct Delegates selected

We will have affidavits for filing to be a Precinct Delegate on hand as well as a notary public. If you haven’t signed up yet, this is the perfect opportunity.

Join us from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. for social hour and dinner from the fine Hamlin Pub menu.


Macomb Township Republican Caucus April 2012 Meeting

Monday, April 16, 2012, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Hamlin Pub
48929 Hayes Rd, Shelby Twp, MI 48315

Contact: John Wolfsberger at (256) 603-3462.

Event Information:

Come join the Macomb Township Republican Caucus as we work to build a strong grassroots organization for GOP victory in Macomb Township in 2012.

The Macomb Township Republican Caucus is an affiliate of the Republican Committee of Northern Macomb County.

TAX ALERT: DIA Millage Considered by Macomb County Board of Commissioners

Macomb County MichiganThe Economic Development Committee of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners will be voting to place a millage on the August primary ballot to help fund the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).  The ballot initiative already stalled once in the Economic Development Committee but is coming around again for a second try.

The committee’s vote will take place on Friday April 20 at 1 p.m. The first vote was split 4-4 with Commissioners Flynn, Miller, Moceri and Tocco voting for the millage while Commissioners Carabelli, Gralewski, Sabatini and Smith voted against the initiative.  It is expected that it will be a close vote again and the outcome is not assured. Please consider the following when deciding whether this vote to give Macomb County tax dollars to support the DIA is money well spent:

  • Taxpayer money will be collected by the “DIA Taxing Authority”.
  • This money will be spent by an appointed board with no input from the voters.  Commissioners want to let the people decide the DIA issue.  However, if the millage passes, authority over the DIA funds will be given to a panel, 2/3 of which must be appointed and/or approved by County Executive Mark Hackel.
  • DIA officials want to place the millage on the August ballot because of the historically low voter turnout. (DIA officials “only” have $1.5 million to spend on promoting this millage and want to leverage their special interest votes.)
  • The DIA Director makes “under $500,000” per year (The President of the United States makes $400,000).  In addition, the DIA has 10 curators listed on their 2010 audit.  This does not include assistant curators or internist curators who are also listed on this audit.
  • The DIA has been financially self-sustaining for the past two years. Why do they want the money?
  • Macomb County taxpayers already pay a Zoo tax, a Cobo Hall tax and are slated to pay to upgrade Belle Isle.  The County Board of Commissioners are also considering a regional bus rapid transit system (BRT).  Should Macomb County write another check to an external entity?
  • Many municipalities in Macomb County are considering tax increases to address the shortfall in revenues from falling real estate values and subsequent property tax losses.
  • The City of Detroit is set to receive massive bailouts from the state.
  • In the prior Economic Development Committee meeting discussing the DIA issue on April 11, the Macomb County corporation council referred to “possible mis-use of taxpayers funds from the zoo millage”.  The DIA millage is being modeled after the zoo millage.

Examples of  fiscal irresponsibility, massive corruption and criminal activities by the elected officials of Detroit and Wayne County has been documented for decades.  When will it end?  Why should Macomb County taxpayers enable Detroit and Wayne County to continue their dysfunctional administrations by sending taxpayer money to them with no accountability?

Grab the attention of the County Commissioners on the Economic Development Committee regarding this continued push toward more big regional government spending by attending the meeting.

Date: Friday, April 20, 1 p.m.  Citizens may speak for five minutes each at the beginning of the meeting.
Location: Macomb County Administration Building (corner of Main St. & Cass), Mt Clemens, MI.  Parking is available South of the building (metered parking, bring quarters).

If you can’t attend, contact the County Commissioners on the Economic Development Committee as follows:

Macomb County Board of Commissioners – Economic Development Committee
District Commissioner Phone Email
1 Toni Moceri 586-469-5125 or 586-619-9054 tonimoceri@gmail.com
4 David Flynn (co-chair) 586-612-3088 dave.flynn10@gmail.com
5 Ray Gralewski 586-469-5125 or 586-925-3075 Ray.gralewski@macombcountymi.gov
6 James Carabelli (co-chair) 586-469-5125 or 586-781-3050 jimcarabelli@comcast.net
9 Fred Miller 586-469-5125 or 586-468-4241 fred.miller@macombcountymi.gov or fred@thefredmillerspot.com
11 Kathy Tocco 586-469-5125 kathy.tocco@macombcountymi.gov
12 Bob Smith 586-469-5125 or 586-489-4590 bob.smith@macombcountymi.gov
13 Joe Sabatini 586-469-5125 joe.sabatini@macombcountymi.gov


Brian Pannebacker: Blatant Power Grab by Union Bosses Would be a Death Sentence for Michigan Economy

Michigan Freedom to WorkBy Brian Pannebacker, Shelby Township

We are at a turning point in Michigan. Over the last 15 months, Governor Snyder has led the effort, along with the support of the legislature, to “re-invent Michigan” by making our state more attractive to businesses. Most of our elected representatives in Lansing know that we must become more competitive and create an environment that helps attract jobs to our state by reducing government regulations, and by simplifying and reducing business taxes. They understand that our economy depends on it. But now the union bosses have decided to try to roll back many of the gains that the Governor and the legislature have made over the last 15 months. Union bosses are trying to push through a drastic change to the Michigan State Constitution that would prevent our elected officials from ever passing laws that limit government union contracts. The union bosses want the power to dictate not only the work rules, wage scale, and the benefits that employees receive, they also want to be able to compel all employees of a company or business to pay dues which they can then use to fund left-wing political causes.

Click to go to the Michigan Freedom to Work Website

In the private sector, the cost is passed on to the customer, but in the case of government unions it is the taxpayer who foots the bill. We need only look at the cities of Detroit, Flint, Benton Harbor and Ecorse to see the result when government unions become too powerful. In Detroit there are over 40 different union bargaining units. Over 40! And many of them have refused to make the necessary concessions to keep Detroit solvent, even as Governor Snyder has given them every opportunity to before he is forced to name an Emergency Financial Manager.

The union bosses response to our legislators attempts to rein in government unions; They want to make union contracts and their unreasonable demands “untouchable” by the democratically elected Legislature in Lansing. The union bosses are leading a petition drive to gather signatures for a ballot initiative to change our constitution and roll back dozens of pieces of legislation, including the much needed Emergency Manager Law that could be the last hope for cities like Detroit. The union backed-ballot initiative would prevent our elected officials from limiting their power in any way. It is unbelievable that greedy union bosses think that the voters of the state of Michigan would “hand them the keys” to our state’s economy, and say “go ahead, do for the rest of Michigan what you have done for Detroit, Flint and Pontiac … drive the state’s economy into the ditch, like the excessive union demands have done in numerous cities across the state”. And not only would this proposed union control lock in costs in government, they will also make unions more inclined to make unreasonable demands of businesses in the private sector, causing many businesses to avoid Michigan, and driving existing businesses out of our state and over the border into Indiana or Ohio where they are limiting the power of unions to dictate costs to businesses. We can’t afford to derail Michigan’s fragile recovery.

This blatant power-grab by the union bosses would be a death sentence for Michigan’s economy if it were allowed to become part of our state constitution. The legislature, our democratically-elected representatives, would be at the mercy of greedy, power hungry union bosses. Our state would be virtually powerless to limit the cost of government employees as it continues to spiral out of control. And in the private sector, with the prospect of Freedom-to-Work legislation eliminated, union demands would further increase labor costs in our state at a time when we should be lowering them and creating an environment more attractive to businesses.

We must assume that the union bosses will be able to mobilize their minions and collect the required number of signatures, and that this attempt to change our constitution will appear on the November ballot. In that event, it is imperative that every taxpayer realize the consequences of what giving the union bosses control of our state would mean; The union bosses want to do for the entire state of Michigan what they have done for the City of Detroit.

Brian Pannebecker
UAW member Local 228
Spokesman for Michigan Freedom to Work


SHUR April Meeting with Gary Glenn, Candidate for U.S. Senate

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 7 p.m.

Nick’s 22nd Street Steakhouse
48900 Van Dyke Ave
Shelby Twp, MI 48317

Food and non alcoholic beverages will be served.

Contact: Philis DeSaele at (586) 254-1284 or

Event Information:

SHUR is proud to host Gary Glenn, Candidate for U.S. Senate

For more information about the meeting or to RSVP please contact Philis 254-1284 or desaele@wideopenwest.com

Click here for the SHUR April Newsletter