Category: Michigan Democrats

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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UPDATED: Chair of the Young Democrats of Michigan shows followers the WRONG way to “take over” the Democratic Party

UPDATED: Chair of the Young Democrats of Michigan shows followers the WRONG way to “take over” the Democratic Party

Early last month, the Michigan Democratic Party State Central Committee (DSCC) met to choose its delegates to the Democratic National Committee [full disclosure: I am a DSCC member]. The afternoon of the meeting, the Chair of the Young Democrats of Michigan Sam Pernick spoke to a group of Senator Sanders and Jill Stein supporters in the hallway outside of the […]

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Michigan House Dems choose Adam Zemke as caucus Chair, Jeremy Moss as caucus Whip

Michigan House Dems choose Adam Zemke as caucus Chair, Jeremy Moss as caucus Whip

Michigan House Dems have chosen their leadership and have made two VERY solid choices in my opinion. First, they picked Ann Arbor-area Representative Adam Zemke from the 55th House District to be the caucus Chair. As someone who has watched Adam in action, I think he’s going to bring very exciting energy and new ideas to the House Dems. He’s […]

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Labor’s lame duck victories in Michigan offer a blueprint for the battles ahead

Labor’s lame duck victories in Michigan offer a blueprint for the battles ahead

The following guest post was written by Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. You can sign up to receive legislative action alerts from the Michigan AFL-CIO HERE. You can also follow them at facebook.com/miaflcio, twitter.com/miaflcio, and twitter.com/ronbiebermi. Enjoy. Lame duck sessions are when bad bills happen to good people. That’s been true in Michigan after every major election since […]

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Game ON!  A few items from my election catalogue

Game ON! A few items from my election catalogue

So, it comes down to this, right? I’m leaving in a few minutes to vote for the first time in a new community. I plotted out the course to get there. Drove there to be sure. Talked to new neighbors about lines, etc., and I am ready. As I write this, it is 6:30 a.m. I am showered, dressed and […]

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If you are an absentee voter in Michigan, PLEASE READ THIS!

If you are an absentee voter in Michigan, PLEASE READ THIS!

A recent mailing from the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) to absentee ballot holders mistakenly identified the County Clerk as the office to return one’s absentee ballot. THIS IS INCORRECT. Absentee ballots returned to the County Clerk cannot be counted. If you are returning your absentee ballot, deliver it by mail or in person to the City or Township Clerk who […]

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SATURDAY: Michigan Democratic Women’s Caucus GOTV rally with very special guests Gloria Steinem & Randi Weingarten

SATURDAY: Michigan Democratic Women’s Caucus GOTV rally with very special guests Gloria Steinem & Randi Weingarten

The Michigan Democratic Women’s Caucus is holding a Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Rally for Hillary Clinton and all Democrats this Saturday, October 8th from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Parkridge Community Center in Ypsilanti (591 Armstrong Drive.) They have two very special guests: Women’s Rights pioneer and founder/publisher of Ms. Magazine Gloria Steinem and AFT President Randi Weingarten. As I […]

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The two words I have learned to hate: Believe me!

The two words I have learned to hate: Believe me!

My colleagues, @LOLGOP and our founder and editor of @Eclectablog, Chris Savage, have done a tremendous job and public service in keeping us all up to date and providing both reasonable, rational truth and yes, even well reasoned opinion, as to why @realDonaldTrump would be a disaster as our president and Commander in Chief. And, to some degree, we do […]

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The Uncampaign: Republican candidate in MI-52 just throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks

The Uncampaign: Republican candidate in MI-52 just throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks

Michigan’s 52nd State House District is a R+1 district that has been held by Democrat Gretchen Driskell for the past two election cycles. It was held briefly between 2010 and 2012 by now-MIA Republican Mark Ouimet. Before that, Democrat Pam Byrnes represented the district for four years, serving for a time as the Speaker Pro Tempore of the House. The […]

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UPDATED: Federal appeals court smacks down Michigan AG Schuette’s tax dollar-wasting attempt to ban straight-ticket voting

UPDATED: Federal appeals court smacks down Michigan AG Schuette’s tax dollar-wasting attempt to ban straight-ticket voting

See update below. Last month, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum wrote a piece for Eclectablog about Attorney General Bill Schuette’s crusade to ensure straight-ticket voting is banned forever in Michigan. In her essay, Barb explained how, at its core, Schuette’s effort is little more than an attempt to disenfranchise voters in our state. After a 3-judge panel of the 6th […]

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MI-07 candidate Gretchen Driskell hits Tim Walberg hard for support of trade deals in first TV ad

MI-07 candidate Gretchen Driskell hits Tim Walberg hard for support of trade deals in first TV ad

State House legislator Gretchen Driskell, candidate for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District seat, began airing her first ad today. The ad, titled “Zero”, hits Republican tea partier Tim Walberg for his support of job-killing trade deals. The title refers to the number of trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Walberg has opposed. Walberg has supported every trade deal that […]

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