Saturday, April 20, 2019

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell Gives Weekly Democratic Address.

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By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell of Michigan has delivered her weekly Democratic Address. In the Address Debbie Dingell highlighted the progress Democrats have made in the For The People Agenda.

Below is a full transcript of the address:

“Hello, I’m Congresswoman Debbie Dingell from the 12th District of Michigan – home of the auto industry and the University of Michigan – Go Blue!

“This week, the Administration released the Mueller Report.  Congress’ oversight responsibilities matter, but while the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees continue their investigations, Democrats in the House are still focused on our work to deliver For The People.

“Our agenda – to lower prescription drug prices, to create sixteen million good-paying jobs through a real infrastructure plan and to make sure that our government is working – is what Americans expect from this Congress and it’s what they deserve.

“Every day, we have stayed focused on the issues that matter to working men and women, and are working hard to improve lives across this country.

“Democrats know that America is strongest when everyone has quality, affordable health care.

“I have spent a lot of time in doctors’ offices in the last year.  Every time I go, I hear the very personal challenges faced by many.  A mother terrified for her daughter if protections for pre-existing conditions are stripped away.  Women who don’t get mammograms because they can’t afford the treatment if they are diagnosed.  Seniors who are splitting pills in half and rationing their insulin.  We have been working to help them.

“Democrats have done everything in our power to protect life-saving access to affordable health care coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions, our seniors and our most vulnerable.

“Families and seniors have also steadily seen the rise in prices of prescription drugs. First it was EpiPens, then insulin and now we are seeing increased costs for inhalers. One of the most common inhalers costs almost $700, and copays range from $80 to $400, with some having to pay the total price out-of-pocket.  Imagine a family struggling to get by, with a child who must have that inhaler.

“We will keep working to make health care and prescription drugs cheaper and bring stability to our health care system with lower out-of-pocket costs.

“America is prosperous when everyone has an equal shot at success and the playing field is level.

“Government that works for everyone, not just those with the largest checkbooks, is the strongest democracy in the world.

“In the first 100 days, Democrats passed a once-in-a-generation democracy reform bill designed to return our government to hard-working Americans and ensure they have an equal voice at the table.

“We supported survivors of domestic abuse.

“We took common-sense actions to strengthen and expand background checks, so people with a violent history aren’t able to purchase dangerous weapons.

“We passed a bill to put more money in the pockets of working American families by ensuring that women receive equal pay for equal work.

“We finished decades of work by passing a landmark package to protect public lands and permanently safeguarding the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
“And this is just in our first 100 days.  We’re just getting started.

“Democrats will put forward an infrastructure plan that will provide millions of good-paying jobs for hard-working people by fixing our roads and bridges.

“We will also aggressively address the dangers posed by climate change and protect promises made to the Dreamers.

“As we move forward with this critical work, it is my hope that Republicans in the House and Senate will work with us.  I want you to know that we will work with the Administration whenever possible, though we cannot ignore our responsibility for oversight.

“This weekend is a holy weekend for people of many faiths.  Our Jewish neighbors begin the celebration of Passover.  Sunday is the culmination of Holy Week for Christians who will celebrate Easter.  Shortly, our Muslim friends will begin Ramadan.  It’s a time to remember that we all have shared values and those values are what make our democracy enduring.

“These first 100 days have been difficult ones for me. I lost the man I loved, and this is my first holiday in nearly four decades without him.

“John Dingell was a wise man who loved this country. He frequently observed on the need for all of us to come together for the common good, regardless of partisan ideology or personality, and that together we can preserve, protect and defend our beloved Constitution.

“That’s exactly what I - and all my Democratic colleagues - are going to do.

“We will continue fighting for and listening to everyone.

“We will keep working to build a safer, stronger and secure America together.

“Thank you.”

Friday, April 19, 2019

Parola Perspective: On Trump Impeachment.

By PWP contributor Brooks Parola.

I've been supportive of Pelosi playing down impeachment. But now that the report is out, now that we're seeing Barr completely mischaracterize the report, and when you consider the time constraints vis-a-vis the 2020's time to dramatically change the narrative by arguing that Barr IS WRONG; that Mueller's report shows that the president not only engaged in illegal activity, but that he clearly engaged  in impeachable offenses, and he must be held accountable.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Additional Measles Cases in Oakland County.

By Editor/Publisher Jeff Brown.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has confirmed an additional measles case in Southeast Michigan, bringing the state total to 43 for 2019. The newly confirmed case is from Oakland County. This according to Michigan Dept of Health and Human Services.There are no new exposure locations related to this case.

The outbreak, which began in mid-March, has resulted in 40 cases in Oakland County, one in Wayne County and one in the City of Detroit. In addition, an international traveler was diagnosed with measles following a visit to Washtenaw County, during which time he was contagious. Infected individuals range in age from 8 months to 63 years; a majority of the cases involve adults, according to MDHHS.

MDHHS is working closely with local health departments to identify possible exposure locations for these latest cases. A listing of exposure locations is online at

Michiganders are urged to contact their healthcare provider or local health department about getting vaccinated for measles if they have not been vaccinated. A complete listing of local health departments is available at

According to MDHHS, the measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe. A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, almost 100 percent are immune. The first of two routine childhood measles vaccine doses is given at 12-15 months of age. A second vaccine dose is given before the start of kindergarten, between ages 4 and 6 years.

MDHHS follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and does not recommend routine measles vaccinations for children less than 12 months of age unless there is a suspected measles exposure; there is thought to be an imminent measles exposure such as being in areas of known measles; or international travel planned, per MDHHS.

According to today's press release from MDHHS, for international travel, infants as young as 6 months should be vaccinated against measles. Measles vaccine, or other acceptable documentation of immunity to measles, is recommended for all persons travelling internationally.  

You cannot get measles from the vaccine. It can be effective when given within 72 hours of exposure to prevent illness. In addition, immune globulin (Ig) treatment is effective within six days of exposure for high-risk individuals. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you.

High-risk individuals include those who are unvaccinated or unsure about vaccination status, pregnant women and those who are immune-compromised (have a weakened immune system due to illness and diseases like HIV, malnutrition and/or medications).
This is the highest number of measles in the state since 1991 when 65 cases were reported. 

So far this year in the U.S., there have been 555 cases of measles confirmed in 20 states. Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease that is spread by direct person-to-person contact, and through the air, according to MDHHS.

The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person was present. Symptoms of measles usually begin 7-14 days after exposure, but can appear up to 21 days after exposure and may include:
  • High fever (may spike to over 104˚F).
  • Cough.
  • Runny nose.
  • Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis).
  • Tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and roof of the mouth (Koplik Spots) 2-3 days after symptoms begin.
  • A rash that is red, raised, blotchy; usually starts on face, spreads to trunk, arms, and legs 3-5 days after symptoms begin.
If symptoms develop, residents are urged to call their doctor or emergency room before arriving so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.
For more information about measles, visit For more information about Michigan’s current measles outbreak, visit
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Friday, February 8, 2019

Details on Services for former Congressman John D. Dingell.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Below, please find information on services for John D. Dingell in Michigan.  Details about services in Washington, DC will be announced later today, according to a media release from the office of Debbie Dingell.

According to Friday's media release, on Monday, February 11, 2019 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, a visitation will be held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center at 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126. This event is open to the public.

On Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 11:00 am, a funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 22430 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48124. This event is open to the public.

A funeral service will be held in Washington, DC with further details to come.

Former Congressman John D. Dingell, a WWII-era veteran of the Army, will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery, according to the press release.

More information including pallbearers, eulogies, and more will be released as it is available

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Gov Whitmere declares state of emergency in Michigan: Message from Michigan State Police regarding bitter Temperatures.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

The following is a message sent from the Michigan State Police and  recieved by Purple Walrus Press at 12:30 pm Wednesday afternoon. Here is the complete message. Apologies for the small print. "With the winter of 2019 wearing on with increasingly frigid temperatures, State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer today urges fire safety for all Michiganders, especially the elderly who are most at risk when it comes to fire.
“It is so important to talk about fire safety with our parents, grandparents, friends or neighbors. Last year 63 percent of the 136 fire fatalities in Michigan involved adults over the age of 40,” said Sehlmeyer. “Start with making sure they have working smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide detector. Go over fire safety practices and develop a fire escape plan with them. These are things that will  increase your ability to escape and survive a fire.”
Of the 104 fatal fires in Michigan in 2018, 60 percent of the fires started in a bedroom or living room. Many of the fatal fires in 2018 involved space heaters, wood stoves, fireplaces and overloaded electric wiring. Due to the rise in fire deaths in 2018 and the fact that last January was one of the deadliest months for fatal fires, the fire marshal requests that Michiganders think about ways to prevent fires and implement control methods in their home.
Sehlmeyer said that non-working or missing smoke alarms was a common reason many people did not receive early warning or delayed their escape efforts during 104 fatal residential fires in Michigan in 2018.
Having working smoke alarms may reduce the risk of dying in a fire by as much as 60 percent. “Install smoke alarms in every occupied sleeping area and on every level of the home. Many new smoke alarms have the ability to interconnect smoke alarms, so when one sounds all smoke alarms sound,” said Sehlmeyer. “Test every smoke alarm monthly and change batteries annually if your smoke alarm operates with a 9-volt battery. For the deaf or hard of hearing, consider installing smoke alarms that use a flashing light or a bed shaker device to alert them of a fire emergency.”
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, adults over age 65 are more than twice as likely to die in fires. Seniors over age 85 are more than four times as likely to die in a fire. Older adults are at higher risk because their ability to respond to or escape a fire is often slower due to physical limitations.
Many precautions can be taken to help increase your ability to survive or prevent a fire this winter, including:
Home safety tips:
  • Clear snow away from all exterior doors so you can get out fast in the event of an emergency.
  • Whether living in a single-family dwelling, apartment, or mobile home, make sure it has multiple smoke alarms. This includes smoke alarms in each sleeping area and one on each level of your home.
  • Interconnect smoke alarms when possible, so when one alarm sounds, all the smoke alarms sound.
  • Make sure every smoke alarm is tested monthly.
  • Replace 9-volt batteries in smoke alarms at least once per year.
  • Never remove or disable smoke alarms.
  • Close bedroom doors when you sleep to separate yourself from fire, heat and toxic smoke.
  • Make sure kids and the elderly in your home know the sound of the smoke alarm.
  • Have a home fire escape plan that the entire family has practiced that includes having two ways out of every room as well as a meeting place outside the house. Also make sure that you can open and get out of windows and doors.
  • Call 9-1-1 AFTER you exit your home, if your smoke alarm(s) or carbon monoxide (CO) alarm(s) are sounding.
  • Install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home to alert you of high levels of CO.
  • Never use the range or oven as a source to heat for your home. The oven not only is a potential fire hazard, it can become a source of high levels of carbon monoxide.
Space Heater Safety:
  • Space heaters need to be plugged directly into an electrical outlet
  • Never use an extension cord with a space heater.
  • If you buy a space heater, make sure it has an automatic shut-off switch.
  • Never use an electric space heater in a bathroom or other areas where it may come in contact with water.
  • Keep kids and pets three feet away from space heaters and turn them off when leaving a room or going to bed.
  • Keep furniture, blankets and other household objects at least three feet away from a space heater.
Methods of Heating Safety:
  • Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional install wood burning stoves. All fuel-burning equipment must be vented to the outside to avoid a build-up of carbon monoxide (CO) inside the home.
  • If you smell natural gas or propane near your furnace or your gas heater, do not try to light the appliance. Leave the home immediately, call 9-1-1 and request the fire department and/or gas company respond to your home.
  • If using a space heater that requires kerosene or propane, always use the correct fuel specified by the manufacturer and take the heater outside of the home to re-fuel or change tanks.
  • Make sure the fireplace and wood stove have a sturdy screen to stop sparks and embers from flying into the room.
  • Keep home furnishings, blankets and other objects at least three feet away from fireplaces, and wood burning stoves."
The SEOC is the emergency operations center for the state of Michigan. Located in Dimondale, the SEOC is overseen by the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division and coordinates response and recovery efforts by state agencies and local government. The SEOC is staffed by members of state agencies for decision making and information coordination during disasters or emergencies in the state of Michigan.