Friday, September 14, 2012
A Wednesday call accuses State Rep. Vicki Barnett of voting against a bill requiring the Pledge of Allegiance in schools because it contains the word "God".
A robocall making the rounds in the Farmington area Wednesday accused State Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-37th District) of voting against a bill to require the pledge of allegiance in Michigan schools because it includes the word "God". Patch readers who reported receiving the call said it did not include any information that would identify the responsible group or individual. Barnett's challenger, Republican Bruce Lilley, said the call did not come from his campaign. Barnett, who vehemently denies the allegation, said she voted on principle against two House bills that would require schools to display a flag in every public school classroom and to ensure that every student has the opportunity to recite the Pledge every school day. Previously …
Friday, September 7, 2012
The Farmington-area state representative meets with constituents at Panera Bread in Farmington Hills.
Friday, September 7, 2012
State Representative Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) will host a coffee hour for residents on Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m., at Panera Bread, 34635 Grand River Ave. in Farmington Hills. “Through the summer, the Legislature has passed several important pieces of legislation, including teacher pension and retirement health care reforms, that will affect many people,” Barnett said in an email to constituents. “I encourage residents to join me for an informal discussion on these issues so they can share their thoughts with me directly, and I can answer any questions they may have.” If you cannot attend or want more information, call Barnett's office, 888-642-4037 or email her at VickiBarnett@house.mi.gov.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
There's a big cash gap between incumbent State Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) and challenger Bruce Lilley of Farmington, ahead of the Aug. 7 primary.
Incumbent 37th District State Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) has raised about three times as much money as her Republican opponent Bruce Lilley of Farmington, according to Pre Primary Campaign Statements filed with the Michigan Secretary of State July 27. Statements show Barnett adding $25,149 to a balance of $27,270 already in her campaign fund. Lilley has raised $8,283. You can find both reports on the State of Michigan website, but here are some of the highlights: Headed into the Aug. 7 primary, Barnett has a remaining balance of more than $38,000; Lilley has a little over $1,400. The vast majority of Lilley's contributions came from donors in Oakland County, 22 of the 37 from people in Farmington or Farmington Hills. Only …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The Farmington Hills Democrat says her goals haven't changed since she was elected four years ago.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Job creation, the safety and sustainability of communities, guaranteeing that every child has access to a high quality public education and repairing Michigan’s deteriorating infrastructure remain state Rep. Vicki Barnett’s top priorities. The two-term, 37th District legislator recently announced her bid to seek election to her third and last term. State law limits representatives to three two-year terms. “My goals haven’t changed in my four years in the state House,” said Barnett, D-Farmington Hills. “If we are not addressing these four things, then we truly aren’t addressing the needs of the people of the state of Michigan.” The former veteran Farmington Hills mayor and council member will face political newcomer, Republican Bruce Lilley…
Friday, June 15, 2012
Activities in Farmington and Farmington Hills includes an outdoor concert, games and a celebration of all things 'green'.
There are plenty of activities this weekend, including a big "green" festival on the Farmington Hills municipal campus. Browse through our photo gallery to see what else is happening, and click on any of the links below for more information. Friday Saturday Sunday
Thursday, June 14, 2012
It's Flag Day, and the Farmington American Legion Post will retire unserviceable flags in a special ceremony tonight.
Today marks the American flag's 235th birthday and the 63rd official celebration of Flag Day in the U.S. Tonight, you can watch as old, worn flags are disposed of in a dignified ceremony at the Farmington American Legion. Here's what else you should know today: The temperature creeps closer to 80 degrees today, under mostly sunny skies. The National Weather Service predicts a low tonight around 55, under mostly clear skies. A "Ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags" takes place today in the rear parking lot of American Legion Groves-Walker Post #346 in Farmington. Everyone is invited to attend; the ceremony takes about 45 minutes. Join the Farmington Historical Society today at 7 p.m. for an ice cream social on the porch of this …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
State Rep. Vicki Barnett and Congressman Gary Peters talk with constituents about the Affordable Care Act.
Residents who attended a Monday morning town hall learned more about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and raised questions about the cost of the 2010 federal health care legislation. State Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) and Congressman Gary Peters (D-9th Congressional) hosted the meeting at the Costick Center in Farmington Hills. Representing the Michigan Universal Health Care Action Network (MichUHCAN), a grassroots health care policy organization, Maggie Mitchell provided background about the bill, which she acknowledged "is not perfect." She said health care "should not be a political issue. We are all going to need it. A health care system that works benefits all of us." However, some who attended wondered whether people who are …
Monday, April 16, 2012
Farmington officials may vote tonight on an agreement to contract with dispatch services with the City of Farmington Hills.
A big vote is expected at tonight's Farmington City Council meeting. Here's what else you should know today: The National Weather Service predicts another rainy, windy day with a high around 71 and wind gusts between 21 and 28 miles per hour. Expect a low tonight around 36, with a continuing chance of showers before 10 p.m. Both Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-37th District) and Sen. Vincent Gregory (D-14th District) will meet with constituents today. At 9:30 a.m., Barnett hosts a town hall on tax changes for adults age 50 and older at the Costick Center. She will be joined by an expert panel from the Accounting Aid Society and the Municipal Employees' Retirement System. At 10 a.m., Gregory will talk about state and community issues —including the …
Friday, April 13, 2012
Fine Art Friday Nights kicks off a rainy weekend in Farmington and Farmington Hills.
There's a rainy weekend ahead, and plenty to do in Farmington and Farmington Hills. In addition to tonight's Fine Art Friday Nights activities, here's what else is happening: Enjoy the sun today, we're in for a rainy weekend. The National Weather Service predicts a 60-70 percent chance of thunderstorms starting tonight and stretching all the way through to Sunday. Highs will range in the 60s and 70s, with lows in the upper 40s and 50s. You'll need to register for this 7 p.m. event held today at the Nature Discovery Center, where you'll learn to identify native frogs and toads. They just like a real scientist, you will complete data sheets and can volunteer to take part in the seasonal Heritage Park frog and toad surveys. Cost is $5; call…
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Take a Walk with a Doc today in Heritage Park – the weather's perfect for it.
It's Sunshine Week, and we're not just talking about the weather. Here's what you should know today: Expect temperatures to break into the 70s today, with sunny skies and calm winds. The National Weather Service predicts a 30 percent chance of showers tonight, after 2 a.m., with a low around 54. Join a Botsford Hospital doctor today at Heritage Park in Farmington Hills, for a casual walk and talk about running. The group meets at noon at the Nature Discovery Center; to learn more, call 248-477-1135. The American Society of News Editors launched this initiative in 2005, in order to draw attention to the importance of open government and freedom of information. The event coincides each year with President James Madison's birthday on March …