Friday, March 15, 2013
"Voting is a fundamental right of American citizenship and I encourage young people to begin voting as soon as they're eligible," Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown says.
The November elections may still be months away, and May elections are just around the corner, but voting registration is a year-round activity. Oakland County Clerk and Register of Deeds, as well as West Bloomfield-area resident, Lisa Brown, will be hosting a voter registration drive at West Bloomfield High School next week. "Voting is a fundamental right of American citizenship and I encourage young people to begin voting as soon as they're eligible," Brown said. "By bringing registration services to the schools, we're helping to make students' voices heard." Brown will be at West Bloomfield High School from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 to help register students and answer questions. In addition, Brown will be joined by …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Here's a look at what Michigan state legislators representing the Greater West Bloomfield area did last year.
Michigan state House Bills that were introduced in 2012 regarding "telemedicine," 16- and 17-year-olds "pre-registering" to vote, and "basic driver improvement" courses had at least one thing in common: they were introduced by legislators representing the Greater West Bloomfield area. The nonpartisan vote-tracking website michiganvotes.org — which compiles the voting histories of lawmakers in the Michigan House and Senate — notes bills introduced by State Reps. Lisa Brown (D-39th District), Gail Haines (R-43rd District) and Chuck Moss (R-40th District) and where the legislation ended up. Similar surveys were taken of the work by State Sens. Mike Kowall (R-15th District) and Jim Marleau (R-12th District). Among the highlights of bills …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Kowall did not miss a single one of the Michigan State Senate's 1,082 roll call votes in 2012, according to a nonpartisan vote-tracking website.
For State Sen. Mike Kowall (R-15th District), 2012 must have been a busy year. The nonpartisan vote-tracking website michiganvotes.org — which compiles the voting histories of lawmakers in the Michigan House and Senate — noted that Kowall did not miss a single one of the Senate's 1,082 roll call votes in 2012. State Reps. Lisa Brown (D-39th District), Gail Haines (R-43rd District) and Chuck Moss (R-40th District) also posted perfect attendance records on the House's 904 roll call votes. State Sen. Jim Marleau (R-12th District) missed 19 of 1,082 votes. Michiganvotes.org notes that missed votes by legislators may be due to illness, family emergencies, or other good reasons. In addition, members of the House and Senate majority and minority…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
'Stinging attack' in retribution from West Bloomfield Democrat who made national headlines this summer with controversial speech.
Lisa Brown might be gone from the Michigan House of Representatives floor soon, but she'll likely be remembered long after she leaves — thanks to pointed, negative comments she had for Republican leadership in her farewell address Wednesday. Brown (D-39th District) was barred from speaking on the floor in June after she claimed an abortion bill forced contradictory religious beliefs upon her and others, referencing her own vagina at the end of her speech. Brown, a Jewish mother of three, chose not to run for a third term and instead pursued a successful bid for Oakland County Clerk in the Nov. 6 election. "Finally, Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but 'no' means 'no,'" Brown said in June. On Wednesday…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Find out what the bills entail, where they are in the legislative process, the pros and cons, and when an informational meeting will be held near you.
State House and Senate committees on Wednesday will consider portions of a proposed education reform package that has sparked howls of protest throughout Michigan. The bills' timing coincides with the waning terms of "lame duck" lawmakers who have only a few weeks left to serve and little to lose by potentially pushing through parts of the controversial legislation that would transform education in Michigan. Supporters argue underperforming schools and achievement gaps necessitate the reforms, which they say would make students more competitive when they enter college or the work force. But opponents say the measures are moving too quickly, do not provide proper regulations for new schools and would strip communities of control over their …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Former state representative draws on support from hometown of West Bloomfield.
Updated: 11:34 a.m. Nov. 8, with more accurate information In one of the more-surprising results from Tuesday's election in Oakland County, Democrat Lisa Brown of West Bloomfield soundly defeated the incumbent, Republican Clerk/Register of Deeds Bill Bullard. With all 522 precincts reporting, Brown finished with 313,391 total votes, or 53.28 percent of the total. Bullard, a former chairman of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners who was appointed clerk in 2010, accumulated 272,592 total votes, or 46.35. The mudslinging in the county race started early and continued often after Brown announced her candidacy in April. While running on a platform of changing "the county culture of party politics trumping good government," Brown had …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Democrat Lisa Brown and Republican Bill Bullard Jr.—are running for Oakland County Clerk. The voter guide is provided by the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization.
There are two candidates for Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds in the Nov. 6 election. Republican Bill Bullard Jr. and Democrat Lisa Brown are running for the office. Attached to this article is a PDF copy of the voter guide for the Oakland County Clerk provided by the League of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League never supports or opposes a candidate or political party. It influences public policy through education and advocacy, according to its website. To become a member of the League of Women Voters, click here. To contribute to the League of Women Voters, click here.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
County officials will host a special town hall, "The Coming Dangers to Our Lakes & Stream, Oil & Gas Leasing/Is Fracking in Our Future?"
Thursday, September 6, 2012
(Source: Oakland County) Oakland County Commissioners Jim Nash (D-Farmington Hills) and Craig Covey (D-Ferndale), announced a special public Town Hall meeting to look at the impact of new state issued leases allowing drilling for oil and natural gas all across Oakland County. The meeting will be held at the Oakland County Commissioners’ Auditorium, 1200 N. Telegraph in Pontiac, on the Oakland County campus, on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 6-to-8 p.m. Fracking, the common term for hydraulic fracturing, often drills wells up to two miles into the Earth, fills it with millions of gallons of water mixed with sand and undisclosed salts and chemicals and subjects it to bursts of extremely intense pressure to loosen rock formations to release …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Approximately 70 people turned out Tuesday evening to hear the U.S. representative and a handful of Democratic candidates for Oakland County offices during the invitation-only event at Jaycee Park.
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Sander Levin and members of the Oakland County Democratic ticket rallied supporters Tuesday evening during a picnic in Berkley. Approximately 70 people turned out to hear Levin and a handful of Democratic candidates – including incumbent Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner, Oakland County executive hopeful Kevin Howley and Oakland County sheriff contender Jane Felice Boudreau – during the invitation-only event at Jaycee Park. "We have a very strong ticket. There isn't a weak link, so let's work like the dickens," Levin told the crowd as he stood with the candidates, each of whom spoke briefly. Levin also acknowledged Oakland County Clerk candidate Lisa Brown of West Bloomfield and incumbent Oakland County Prosecutor …
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Here's a recap of the biggest stories in West Bloomfield during the week of May 6-May 12.
A lot happened this past week, and we want to make sure you didn't miss a thing. Here are some of the biggest stories: The sound of the shofar being played, passing cars honking in approval, and over one thousand marching down Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield on Sunday could only indicate another year of Israeli independence being celebrated at Temple Shir Shalom. The event, now in its seventh year since being reorganized by a group of volunteers, hearkens back to annual celebrations organized by the Metro Detroit Jewish community since the establishment of the Jewish state on May 14, 1948. A former aide of State Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) told Patch that she was wrongfully fired almost three years ago, an allegation …