Dick Devos – article recap

In the early 1990’s, the city of Grand Rapids was exploring the possibility of creating a sports and convention arena to the north of the downtown area. Dick DeVos was then working at his family’s company, Amway Corp. He was on the track to be CEO. When he heard about this idea, it did not sit well with him, and so he began a campaign to lobby against it.


DeVos was concerned that building this multipurpose sports arena would have a detrimental effect on Grand Rapids. His concern was that Grand Rapids would experience something on par to what was experienced when the Lions and the Pistons left Detroit in the 1970’s in connection with the construction of the Pontiac Silverdome. To Dick DeVos, this was a difficult lesson for the city to learn, and he did not want to see a repeat of it.


Because of the work that DeVos did fighting against the sports facility outside of the central business district, the Grand Action group was formed. This was a group of business leaders who pushed for the construction of many of the buildings that are credited with completely changing the skyline of Grand Rapids. In addition to changing the skyline of Grand Rapids, they also changed the trajectory of the city.


This drive to change the city they lived in and grew up around for the better is something that both Dick and his wife, Betsy, have been known for throughout their adult lives. They are mega-donors to the GOP. This has resulted in a number of changes that have affected laws on labor and on education.


An example of the work of Betsy DeVos, currently serving as education secretary for President Donald Trump, has done throughout her life includes the expansion of charter schools throughout Michigan. Dick DeVos pioneered laws that revolutionized the way work was seen in the state of Michigan. After a law that he supported was passed in 2012, Michigan went from being a state that was the birthplace of the union and the birthplace of organized labor to being a right to work state. This meant that union membership was no longer needed in order to get employment.


The influence of Betsy and Dick does not end in the realm of Republican politics. Over the course of 25 years, the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation has been reported to have given away over $138 million. This money has helped support the arts, churches, leadership programs, reform and education, and provide scholarships for private schools.


In 2006, their donation of $12.5 million led the way in the construction of a children’s hospital worth $103 million. The hospital was eventually named after Dick’s mother, Helen DeVos.


This hospital has allowed families who live in Michigan to be able to stay close to home while their children receive medical care. In times past, families would need to travel to Minnesota for the Mayo Clinic or to Chicago in order to receive care.


The commitment of Dick and Betsy DeVos to education is unquestionable. Be it their philanthropy, the schools they funded, or the work that Betsy DeVos is doing as education secretary, it is clear that this power couple is changing the world around them.


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Dr. David Samadi Support to Prostate Cancer

The now-former presidential nominee of the Republicans, Mitt Romney recently went through an operation to remove a slow-growing tumor in the prostate glands. Dr. Thomas Ahlering was able to undertake the surgery successfully eliminating cancer at UC Irvine Hospital. There many people who are diagnosed with cancer every year as Mitt joined the more than 150,000 people earlier in the year when diagnosed. Prostate cancer is not typical for the younger generation as men aged more than 65 years being the commonly affected. Romney had just turned 70 when cancer was detected. Romney is not the only politician to successfully go through a cancer operation successfully as the former secretary of state Colin Powell, and John Kerry has also undergone surgery to remove cancer. When an individual is discovered to have prostate cancer, there are two options for removing the tumor. One can decide to go through surgery or radiation. Dr. David Samadi who is an oncologist and urologist would give the pros and cons of both procedures so that an individual can make a rational decision.

Prostate cancer can occur in two forms when located in the prostate gland, or it has spread out of the organ. The first step that the physician takes is establishing the type of cancer that the patient is suffering from and its current stage. Physicians prefer the use of surgery compared to radiation as a method of treatment due to the less risk of surgery and higher level success. Dr. David Samada is the chairman of the Department of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Medical Center. David Samadi is an expert when it comes to the diagnosis and therapy of prostate cancer, the cancer of the kidney, bladder cancer, and urologic disease. David is also a specialist in the persistent prostate cancer treatment through the implementation of radical prostatectomy. David left his home country Iran at the age 15 after the Iranian revolution. David continued his education in London and later Belgium before emigrating to the US where he completed high school. David Samadi then joined the University of Stony Brook earning an undergraduate degree in biochemistry.

End Citizens United’s “Big Money 20” Shrinks To 17

In December 2017, as the Holiday season was hitting full swing the left-leaning PAC, End Citizens United announced its own list of Republican targets for the 2018 Midterm elections which were headed by former Presidential candidate Ted Cruz and House Speaker Paul Ryan. The traditional PAC was formed in 2015 and is currently headquartered in Washington D.C. under President Tiffany Muller who has been given the mission of finding a political strategy which members of the Political Action Committee hope will one day inspire a reversal of the 2010 Citizens United decision made by the Supreme Court.

Citizens United have corporate groups and billionaire donors the go-ahead to provide political candidates with almost unlimited funding and support using Super PACs and special interest groups. On the whole, End Citizens United has made a pledge to back Democrats for office as they are more likely to support a reversal of the Citizens United decision which has allowed the creation of Super PACs; to ensure the future of End Citizens United influenced by any single donor or corporate group the PAC has pledged to operate in a traditional way with donations capped at $5,000.

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The “Big Money 20” campaign was just one of the many ways Tiffany Muller is trying to raise awareness about the use of special interest and corporate funding for many Republicans already elected to Congress. The initial 20 Republicans identified as among the worst in terms of accepting funding from various groups and billionaire donors has recently shrunk to 17 with a number of Republicans departing from Congress for a range of reasons including the misuse of public funds by Representative Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania. By the time of the 2018 Midterms, End Citizens United hopes to have more than $35 million in funding in place to assist in the campaigns of Democrats across the nation hoping to join the more than 30 candidates from the left who have taken office since the election of President Donald Trump in 2017.

By the end of February 2018, End Citizens United had already endorsed 18 candidates hoping to make their way to Washington D.C. who have all agreed on a pledge not to accept campaign funding from corporate PACs. End Citizens United seems to have tapped into a changing mindset among the electorate who feel they have been let down by those politicians accepting donations from major donors who wish to have their own interests served above those of the American people. Polls conducted by End Citizens United show an explanation of the stance taken by many Democrats on campaign funding marks an important and positive change in how they are viewed in many traditionally Republican states such as Texas.

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