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Posted on Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 11 a.m.

Laborpalooza event in Ann Arbor to feature Michigan gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer

By Ryan J. Stanton

Democrats from throughout Michigan, including gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, are planning to unite in Ann Arbor on Labor Day for an event called "Laborpalooza."


Mark Schauer at a campaign event in Ann Arbor in 2010 when he was seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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The Ann Arbor Democratic Party is hosting the rally featuring several elected officials and political candidates from 3-7 p.m. Monday at Gallup Park on the Huron River.

The event is a celebration of labor solidarity and progressive values and is expected to have a rally-type atmosphere, organizers said.

In addition to Schauer, who is running against Gov. Rick Snyder in 2014, other speakers include U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters, congressional candidate Pam Byrnes, U.S. Rep. John Dingell, state Sen. Rebekah Warren, and state Reps. David Rutledge, Jeff Irwin and Gretchen Driskell.

Also speaking will be former Michigan AFL-CIO President Mark Gaffney, who is serving as the honorary chairman, and Debbie Dingell, wife of John Dingell and chairwoman of the Wayne State University Board of Governors.

Admission is $15 for the general public and $10 for students.

Organizers said the event will feature several attractions, including live music, cornhole, root-beer pong, volleyball and super-soakers.

Fresh fish from Lake Huron, chicken and ribs will be served, in addition to dishes brought by attendees.

All attendees are encouraged to bring campaign paraphernalia. There's a $1 discount on the admission fee for wearing a campaign shirt of any Democratic campaign, past or present.

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The Picker

Mon, Sep 2, 2013 : 3:55 p.m.

Can't wait to see the pictures of this event in the follow-up article.


Mon, Sep 2, 2013 : 1:44 p.m.

Best representation union money can buy.


Mon, Sep 2, 2013 : 1:21 p.m.

The democrats are nothing more than socialists or communists with selective and creatively different descriptions. Whenever I hear/read the term "progressive" I immediately correlate "destructive power". My prayers for America have turned into novenas.

David Paris

Mon, Sep 2, 2013 : 3:45 p.m.

Spoken like a True Red Plutocratist!

Jaime Magiera

Mon, Sep 2, 2013 : 5:16 a.m.

My New Username, by saying "dorm radio", you give yourself away.


Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 6:41 p.m.

Okay, here's the problem. Gallup Park is free for public entry. Gallup Park does not have a gated entry where members of the Public must pay a fee before entering the park. In fact, the use of the land mass in Gallup is FREE. Shelter Pavilion, Canoe, Paddleboat or Bicycle rentals from the City of Ann Arbor at the Park has a nominal cost. Bring your own amenities - in reason of course - and members of the public can use the amenities for FREE, as entry to the park is FREE. Are Admission costs for this event associated with reimbursement for Food or the amenities this group will bring to the park? Okay, but as it stands, it appear Democrats are charging an admission fee to enter a FREE Public Park. The correct verbiage should be donation, not admission. Otherwise this scenario creates a slippery slope on Public Parks becoming a stage for Political Events, regardless of political party affiliation.


Tue, Sep 3, 2013 : 1:57 p.m.

Please read the article before commenting

Jaime Magiera

Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 11:31 p.m.

I know of a lot of other events happening at the public parks where groups are charging participants to cover food, entertainment, etc. - but not other people using the park. For example, the Shakespeare in the Arb group charges at the north gate of the Arb for people attending their events, but not residents just partaking of the Arb itself. These types of events generally have a casual ticketing system. Before you go bonkers on this, maybe find out how they plan on charging participants.


Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 10:57 p.m.

Correction -- "not" not 'bot'.


Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 10:56 p.m.

See someone can't handle the truth. Parks are not mini-political event stages. In fact, they are as non-political as could be. So, either ask for a political donation at the event (i.e. -- implies choice to give) or bot. Asking for 'admission' enter FREE Public Park is a oxymoron as the PUBLIC PARK is free. Parks are NOT political!

Top Cat

Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 6:28 p.m.

Funny that Union Leaders are now screaming that Obamacare is an attack on the 40 hour work week. Mr. Schauer supported Obamacare. They never learn.


Mon, Sep 2, 2013 : 1:20 p.m.

The democrats are nothing more than socialists or communists with selective and creatively different descriptions. Whenever I hear/read the term "progressive" I immediately correlate "destructive power". My prayers for America have turned into novenas.


Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 5:03 p.m.

I had a good laugh today, on Flashpoint (ch 4) Debbie Dingel said the Washington spends to much money and needs to cut spending.

The Picker

Mon, Sep 2, 2013 : 4:15 p.m.

She must be letting her progressive values slip a little. Hollow pandering at it's progressive best !


Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 5:23 p.m.

Debbie should have a look at how the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department spends its money.


Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 4:59 p.m.

If I wear a Ron Paul shirt do I have to pay more?

Jaime Magiera

Mon, Sep 2, 2013 : 5:02 a.m.

And no, I reserve "lunatic" for a very special type of person that thinks society can get by without government guidance in energy, education, finance, labor and consumer protections. The type of people that put business above the environment, sustainability and public safety to the point of absurdity. It's not just a difference of political views. He's in complete denial of reality.

Jaime Magiera

Mon, Sep 2, 2013 : 4:56 a.m.

DonBee, people should look at the things that he actually says. I'm 100% on Mark. If you go through each one of those organizations, you'll find that he wants to either completely eliminate them or reduce their power to uselessness. If you think otherwise provide proof

Jack Gladney

Mon, Sep 2, 2013 : 1:42 a.m.

Jaime is a member of The New Tokerence Brigade. Rule #3: Call those whose political views differ from yours a lunatic.


Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 11:37 p.m.

Jaime Magiera - You have Ron Paul's positions about 30% right. Given your outspoken background, many of his positions you will not like, but please be honest about his positions. They can be found here. While I don't like a bunch of them myself, people should look at this site to decide for themselves if they are for or against Ron Paul. By the way calling someone on the other side of the aisle a "lunatic" is a great way to start a bipartisan move to approve the FY 2014 budget, which needs to be done in the next few weeks.

Jaime Magiera

Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 9:28 p.m.

Ron Paul is against any regulation of corporations, universal healthcare, environmental restrictions, national educational standards, unions and a host of other necessary components to a civilized society. He wants to do away with the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and a host of other agencies that keep people alive, housed and educated at a base level. His stance against going to war is tangential to all the other nutty ideas he has. Ron Paul is only the answer if the question is "How can we make society more like Thunderdome?".


Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 5:44 p.m.

Ron Paul said the federal government spends to much. So did Debbie Dingell this morning on Flashpoint. He would not vote for the U.S. to bomb Syria, however Sen Levin said he would vote to start a war with Syria. So who is the lunatic, Ron Paul supporters or supporters of progressives?

Jaime Magiera

Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 5:15 p.m.

No, but people will discount you as a lunatic with no idea about maintaining a civil society :)


Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 3:59 p.m.

Okay, I assume that the food being served is why it cost to attend this event?


Tue, Sep 3, 2013 : 1:55 p.m.

Fresh fish from Lake Huron, chicken and ribs will be served, in addition to dishes brought by attendees.

The Picker

Mon, Sep 2, 2013 : 4:09 p.m.

Ha ! Have you ever meet a progressive politician who didn't have their hand out ?


Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 3:48 p.m.

In these politically correct times, I didn't know the word "cornhole" still retains its family-friendly origins.

Basic Bob

Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 7:20 p.m.

It's a game, Beavis.


Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 3:44 p.m.

Just don't get in the water, as our Democratically-maintained storm and sanitary sewers have fouled the river once again. But the fish is from Lake Huron, so thats ok to eat, right?

Jaime Magiera

Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 5:18 p.m.

"Next on Alex Jones... Democrats did overgrown tree roots!"