The Democratic National Committee (DNC)
The Democratic National Committee is the oldest political party in the United States of America.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is the principal organization governing the United States Democratic Party on a day-to-day basis. While it is responsible for overseeing the process of writing a platform every four years, the DNC’s central focus is on campaign and political activity in support of Democratic Party candidates. The DNC was established at the 1848 Democratic National Convention, and headquartered in Washington, D.C.
The Democratic National Committee provides national leadership for the Democratic Party of the United States. The national democratic Party controls a Majority of seats in the United States Senate, and a minority of seats in the United States House of Representatives. It is responsible for promoting the Democratic political platform, as well as coordinating fundraising and election strategy. Each of the 50 United States of America have a statewide Democratic political Party chartered by the DNC. Each of the fifty (50) United States are chartered with a State Party. Each State Party is regulated by DNC Rules, Federal and State laws, and is subdivided in Michigan by United States (U.S.) Congressional Districts (14), County, and Local Political Parties or Clubs.
Organizing for America
Elected as President of the United States in 2008, Barack Obama transferred his election campaign strategy organization “Obama For America” (OFA) to the DNC, along with its 13 million person email list. Renamed “Organizing For America” (again “OFA”), the organization continues controlling the BarackObama.com domain. New Media assumed control managing the website “WhiteHouse.gov” (formerly Change.gov) whose duties technically fall under the White House “umbrella”, instead of the DNC. The DNC’s main counterpart is the Republican National Committee.
Michigan Democratic Party (MDP)
The Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) is the affiliate of the Democratic Party in the state of Michigan. It is based in Lansing at Headquarters at 606 Townsend Avenue, known dedicated as the Hart-Kennedy House. Lon Johnson is the current Michigan State Party Chairperson, elected at the MDP State Party Convention at Cobo Hall & Convention Center in Detroit, Michigan in February, 2013.
Currently the MDP controls no top four statewide offices (0-4), and holds a minority of seats in the Michigan House of Representatives (50-110) and Michigan Senate (12-38). The MDP holds both of Michigan’s United States Senate seats, and five of the state’s 14 U.S. House of Representatives seats. The MDP enjoys majority control on the State Board of Education and the elected governing boards of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University.
Michigan 11th U.S. Congressional District (11thCD)
On 04 March, 1883, in the geographical region in the State of Michigan identified as the 11th Congressional District, the first U.S. 11th Congressional District of Michigan was created at the Michigan Democratic Party State Convention.
Since that time, 23 different U.S. Representatives (Four Democrats and Sixteen Republicans) have been elected to serve. The region has not been continually assigned to the same geographical areas in the State of Michigan, and actually found itself without representation during five different two-year periods of time.
Probably the most controversial event in recent history of the District occurred as the Michigan Secretary of State Bureau of Elections determined the signatures recorded on Nominating Petitions for former (Republican) Representative Thaddeus G. McCotter were not applied to the petitions by registered voters in 2013, but improperly recorded on a photocopy machine. The Michigan Secretary of State Bureau of Elections and State Board of Canvassers refused to place McCotter’ name on the Ballot for the 2013 Primary Election. Criminal charges were filed against members of the Congresspersons employed staff, and Congressperson McCotter resigned office 06 July, 2013 leaving the seat open to challengers from both the Democratic and Republican Party.
The 11th U.S. Congressional District is highly touted as at least the second (following the 14th District) “most-gerrymandered” in the statewide redistricting performed in Michigan every ten years.
Redistricted in 2013, the 11th District is geographically bordered in areas extending from places in southeast Oakland County, up and around north-central Oakland, west to the Oakland County border, and then south towards and including western Wayne County in four large suburban cities and two neighboring Townships , including Livonia. There are twenty-eight different communities included in the current District.
In accordance with State law, the District is relegated to the current Cities, Townships and Villages until the next scheduled National Census (2020) and resulting redistricting, usually not consummated in less than 1-2 years after the census.
The 11th Congressional District is represented in Washington D.C. by Attorney David Trott. Congressperson Trott is a member of the Republican Party. Before being elected in November, 2014, he headed a rather large and well known legal firm known as “Trott & Trott” owned by himself and other family members. With headquarters located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, his firm specializes representing mortgage bank and lending institutions in home mortgage foreclosures, mortgage title insurance and an array of other services under different names, located in offices in different parts of the country. Congressperson Trott is elected to serve the 11th Congressional District two years through January, 2017.