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INTERVIEW: Nic Clark talks about the amazing work of Clean Water Action and next week’s awards ceremony & fundraiser

As I went to compose this post, I didn’t have to create a new “Clean Water Action” tag because I have written about Clean Water Action and their incredible work many times in the past and have quoted their state Director Nic Clark on numerous occasions. That’s because I have a special place in my activist’s heart for CWA.

Immediately following the 2008 presidential election, after spending the previous year knocking doors and making calls and organizing others, I found myself unable to quit. So I joined up with the Ann Arbor CWA operation and what I found there was nothing short of amazing.…

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INTERVIEW (with photos) with one of Michigan’s rare married same-sex couples on their one-year anniversary

One year ago today, Anne and I spent an extraordinary day at the County Clerk’s offices in Washtenaw and Oakland counties, watching as some of the 300+ same-sex couples were legally married for the first time in our state’s history. You can revisit that day with us in the post (HERE) that we put up featuring many of Anne’s outstanding photographs.

We even got to see Judith Levy, the first openly-gay federal judge in the 6th Circuit Court perform the first ceremony of the day in Washtenaw County:

1st same-sex marriage in Washtenaw Cty being officiated by the 1st openly gay 6th Circuit federal judge Judith Levy pic.twitter.com/7UNJHUFcsE

— Chris Savage (@Eclectablog) March 22, 2014

As a follow-up to that day, Anne did an interview with Connie Greer and Diane VanDorn, two women from our hometown of Dexter who Anne had shadowed the day they were married to document their experience.…

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INTERVIEW: Mike Henry, candidate for Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus Chair

The message and the agenda of the black community is one that everyone can embrace…This should be a partnership because it makes the Party stronger


In my precinct organizing work with the Washtenaw County Democratic Party (WCDP) of which I am now the Chair, I have worked extensively with Mike Henry. Mike is the Chair of the Ann Arbor Democratic Party but he is much more than that as anyone who works in politics in the Ann Arbor and Detroit areas knows. He’s a tireless organizer and campaigner but he’s also a master at bringing groups together and forging alliances that benefit everyone involved.…

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INTERVIEW – Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson: “Democrats have to be bold”

“We have to do a better job of showing the voters in Michigan how we’re going to create a state where they can stay and succeed.”

I first interviewed Lon Johnson almost exactly two years ago when he first ran for Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. He ran a spirited campaign for Chair gaining support from the entire Democratic Congressional delegation as well as the major labor unions. In the end, incumbent MDP Chair Mark Brewer stepped down at the Convention, allowing Johnson to be elected by a unanimous vote.

During that first interview, Johnson laid out his vision for the future of the MDP and we revisited that vision in a second interview last fall right before the election.…

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INTERVIEW: Democrat Margaret Guerrero DeLuca has seen it all and has had enough

This is the fourth and last in profiling a series of women candidates running for the Michigan State House of Representatives. As voters we have an amazing opportunity to realize something special on Tuesday and that is electing more women to the State House, something I believe is essential to moving the state forward.

After spending a short amount of time with Margaret Guerrero DeLuca, the Democratic candidate for the 82nd State House District that encompasses all of Lapeer County, where she was born and raised, one word kept sticking in my head: ENERGY!

And I mean energy to burn.

The former Imlay City Mayor and Commissioner, she is only the second Mayor in their history, Margaret can easily stake a claim that she has been able to transcend conventional wisdom on many fronts.…

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INTERVIEW: Strong Democrat Stacey Dogonski – “Tell me I can’t win, I dare you”

This is the third in our four part series on women running for the State House of Representatives on Tuesday. I am a big proponent of more women being elected at all levels of government and I hope that this series helps to make that more realistic for these women candidates.

Stacey Dogonski is a firebrand and I mean that in the best possible way. Get her talking on any issue or topic and be prepared to be amazed. Her passion, confidence, and desire to embrace change is evident. It’s not just about politics for her. She loves her job of 15 years with a small zoning and planning company and takes obvious pride when talking about her employer and co-workers.…

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INTERVIEW: Democrat Kristy Pagan – This millennial is ready for prime time

This is the second in a four-part series with women who are running for the Michigan State House of Representatives. With your help and votes, they can win and change the face of politics in Michigan. I believe in all of them and I want you to as well.

When I hear names like Rashida Tlaib, Sarah Roberts, Gretchen Driscoll, and Debbie Stabenow, I think strong, independent-minded strategists. Political forces that have led by example and have bucked the system and the political will of mostly men to not only win in the elections game but also provide amazing insight, voice and SOLUTIONS to problems that have plagued us all.…

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INTERVIEW: Judge Deborah Thomas for Supreme Court – “If the people we’ve helped reach back to help me, we can win this”

If I had to use only one word to describe Circuit Court Judge Deborah Thomas, it would be “fearless”. Judge Thomas, one of three people nominated by the Michigan Democratic Party for the Michigan Supreme Court (on the non-partisan section of the ballot), has never let adversity stand in the way of achieving her goals. Despite losing her father at the age of ten and contracting polio as a toddler, she has been a fierce warrior for the communities where she has served.

When Judge Thomas speaks about her candidacy, she uses the phrase “Vote Justice First”. The phrase has two meanings.…

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INTERVIEW: Erika Geiss – The beginning of a new political dynasty

This is the first in a series of conversations I had with four women who are running for the Michigan State House of Representatives. Not only is it important to me that we elect more women to government at ALL levels, it’s also important that you know them better as well. This is the first in that series.

There are political dynasty families and there are political dynasty families. Of course the Kennedys come to mind, and the Clintons. The Rockefellers as well as the, um, Bush family. But what about the Geiss family? Not sure about that one? Let me help you.…

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INTERVIEW: Democratic candidate for state Senate Shari Pollesch – “I believe we can win this thing”

I have liked Shari Pollesch from the first moment I met her. She is engaging, funny, and whip smart. When I learned that she was running for Senate against the ultra-conservative Joe Hune, however, I was dubious that she would stand a chance. However, Pollesch insisted that she did have a chance and was unshakeable in that belief.

One of the reasons for this is that the 22nd state Senate district had its borders radically changed during the most recent redistricting. Instead of stopping at the historically conservative Livingston County’s southern border with Washtenaw County, the 22nd District now includes a wide swath of Western Washtenaw County:

That fact, combined with the more Democratic leaning character of Western Washtenaw might be enough to give Pollesch and edge.…

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