Category: Michigan Democrats

Abdul El-Sayed goes negative in Michigan gubernatorial campaign, calls Dem opponent a “sub-standard candidate”, compares her to a Birther

Abdul El-Sayed goes negative in Michigan gubernatorial campaign, calls Dem opponent a “sub-standard candidate”, compares her to a Birther

I have largely avoided writing about Michigan’s gubernatorial this cycle. We interviewed both Gretchen Whitmer and Abdul El-Sayed on The Sit and Spin Room podcast early on but I have been watching the primary unfold without saying much. Partly because it’s so early and partly because I haven’t been “wowed” by any of the campaigns. However, this week, the campaign […]

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Michigan Republicans & Democrats come together to embarrass Gov. Rick Snyder in historic veto override

Michigan Republicans & Democrats come together to embarrass Gov. Rick Snyder in historic veto override

Last year in a rare exhibition of bipartisanship, the Michigan state senate voted unanimously and the House voted 89-11 to pass a new rule involving the taxation of a purchased vehicle when someone trades in another vehicle in the transaction. Under a 2013 law, buyers initially could exempt the value of the trade-in vehicle up to $2,000 from the sales […]

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Abdul El-Sayed Said He Expected Mike Duggan’s Endorsement for Governor

Abdul El-Sayed Said He Expected Mike Duggan’s Endorsement for Governor

Michigan politicos are once again atwitter about Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and other Democrats allegedly trying to recruit an alternative to Gretchen Whitmer for governor. That’s from a Bridge story this week following up on a Detroit News column in November. And I wrote a column for Dome Magazine back in October, going through the months-long history of the effort […]

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The Michigan Democratic Party State Central Committee seems intent on driving away new and younger Democrats

The Michigan Democratic Party State Central Committee seems intent on driving away new and younger Democrats

This afternoon there was a meeting of the Michigan Democratic Party State Central Committee, the group that is essentially “the boss” of the Michigan Democratic Party. One of the items on the agenda was for the Executive Committee to vote in a new representative to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to replace someone who resigned. Two people were nominated. One […]

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With a Key U.P. Victory, 2018 Looks Brighter for Michigan Democrats

With a Key U.P. Victory, 2018 Looks Brighter for Michigan Democrats

 If you’re looking for a window into 2018 in Michigan, the most important race took place last night in the western Upper Peninsula. On first blush, it looks like a pretty routine result in the special election for the 109th state House District: Democrat Sara Cambensy held a seat that’s been blue for more than a half-century. The district has a […]

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Elissa Slotkin in Michigan’s 8th District is showing Democrats how to run a successful campaign for Congress

Elissa Slotkin in Michigan’s 8th District is showing Democrats how to run a successful campaign for Congress

I first met Elissa Slotkin a few months ago when we sat down to chat about the potential of her running for Congress to replace the corporate shill Mike Bishop in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. I came away VERY impressed. I have written about Bishop’s desire to “create an environment [in Michigan] where…labor costs are low”, how he has been […]

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Michigan Republicans show why we can’t trust them with our healthcare, pass “Citizens United on Steroids” bill

Michigan Republicans show why we can’t trust them with our healthcare, pass “Citizens United on Steroids” bill

As Republicans in the U.S. Senate are considering their last ditch, hail Mary attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, there’s one aspect of it that should be truly concerning to everyone and that’s the concept of giving healthcare dollars to the states in the form of block grants to spend largely as they wish. Here in Michigan, our Republican-controlled […]

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This is what we’re up against in 2018

This is what we’re up against in 2018

The worst and best news you’ve heard all week that  does not directly involve Donald Trump For a moment, let’s set aside everything Donald Trump is trying to do to make sure the GOP eventually loses the Latino vote the way it has lost African-American vote for the last half a century and focus on the most important issue of […]

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Freedom is Medicare for All

Freedom is Medicare for All

Recently on the radio program Stateside, I argued that when it comes to message, Democrats need to do a better job of showing voters how core American values drive our policy ideas. Sounds great in the abstract, but the devil’s in how to execute, right? Well, on the issue of healthcare, here’s a powerful story from my neighbor and friend […]

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State Democrats push for Health Care Bill of Rights to protect Michigan residents

State Democrats push for Health Care Bill of Rights to protect Michigan residents

With Republicans in Washington, D.C., determined to gut healthcare access for millions of Americans, Michigan Democrats want to secure state-level protections. As the push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act marches forward in the U.S. Senate, there’s one thing most Americans can agree on: They like the protections the ACA enshrined into law (even when you call the […]

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Turning Michigan blue again: Dem proposal for a graduated income tax is precisely what they should be fighting for

Turning Michigan blue again: Dem proposal for a graduated income tax is precisely what they should be fighting for

In March of 2015, Michigan Democrat Jim Townshend introduced legislation in the House – House Bill 4341 – that would change Michigan’s regressive flat state income tax to a graduated tax. Not surprisingly, it never went anywhere in the Republican-controlled House. And that’s a shame because, if implemented, it would increase state tax revenues by as much as $700,000,000 $870,000,000 […]

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