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Michigan Democrats introduce bills to protect women’s health

Legislation would safeguard not only the life of the mother, but also the health of the mother in a problem pregnancy.

There are many troubling aspects to the Michigan law requiring women to buy a special insurance rider to cover abortion services, but the most upsetting to me is the fact that there is no exception for the health of the mother — only the life of the mother. In fact, her life must be at imminent risk for the law’s exception to apply. The risk of a permanent health issue or disability doesn’t qualify.

Three Michigan Democratic State representatives have introduced legislation to change that, along with other aspects of the law that are physically and emotionally harmful to women.…

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INTERVIEW: Democrat Paul Clements challenges Fred Upton in MI-06: “Our democracy is not working for the people”

I’ve been writing about the race in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District quite a bit lately. Two things have this race stirring up interest. The first is that Professor Paul Clements, the Democrat who is challenging Fred Upton for this seat, has been running a race that’s far more competitive than any previous Democrat has run. He’s raised more money and he has had more ads on television. In nearly every way he’s running an unprecedented Democratic campaign in MI-06.

The second reason is that the citizen-funded MaydayPAC selected this race as one of its priorities and has committed to spending $1.5 million to defeat Upton, a Republican that receives an astonishing amount of money from special interest groups to whom he is beholden.…

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Livingston County Dems launch website to highlight how out of touch Joe Hune is with his constituents

The Livingston County Democratic Party has done an amazing job of finding candidates to run for seats across the county that often see no Democratic challenger. One of these candidates is Shari Pollesch, a Brighton attorney who is challenging ultra-conservative Joe Hune for the newly-drawn 22nd state Senate district. Although Hune has enjoyed widespread support in this oh so conservative area, the new boundaries now include the western part of Washtenaw County (where I live) so his job got a little bit harder. And Shari Pollesch is a terrific candidate.

What’s most painful for Democrats living in Western Washtenaw is that we are currently represented by Rebekah Warren who was labeled the “most liberal” state senator in 2011, 2012, and 2013.…

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INTERVIEW: Debbie Dingell – “It’s important that people know that I will work hard for them, I will be their fighter”

As an organizer and volunteer in Washtenaw County, I am blessed with the friendship of Dean of the House, Congressman John Dingell and soon-to-be 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. Through that friendship, I have to come to realize a couple of things about Ms. Dingell and both have to do with a deeply committed love. The first is that “the Lovely Deborah”, as Congressman Dingell almost always calls her, is deeply committed to her husband. It’s a rare event, at least in our area, where, in addition to Congressional staffers, you don’t see Debbie Dingell there, as well. In addition to attending to her husband’s needs, she works the room as his surrogate, reestablishing friendships, asking questions, always seeking input.…

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With Mark Schauer, it’s the little things

There are many variations of the saying that the ultimate measure of a man (or woman) is not what they do when they are in public but what they do when they are alone. Another simple, quaint saying is, “it’s the little things.” If we were to juxtapose those two sayings we might just end up with something that would be a fair predictor of the people we know, or wish we knew better, including candidates.

During the Town Hall forum televised Sunday evening between Mark Schauer and Rick Snyder, I was live-tweeting during the telecast and interacting with those who were hanging in there with me.…

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VIDEO: Dem candidate for Attorney General Mark Totten releases 2nd ad highlighting Bill Schuette’s extremist record

Mark Totten, the Democratic candidate for Michigan Attorney General, has released his second television ad of the election cycle. Titled “One Thing”, it goes after Republican Bill Schuette for his crusade to push his ultra-right wing, partisan agenda:

The ad focuses on three specific things Schuette has done:

  • As the first attorney general to join Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, Bill Schuette fought to allow employers to deny employees insurance coverage for contraception.
  • Bill Schuette led a lawsuit to deny Michigan families federal tax credits for purchasing healthcare, which could raise taxes on half a million Michigan families by $5,000.
  • While in the state senate, Bill Schuette sponsored and championed Michigan’s drug immunity law, which makes Michigan the only state in the nation where people can’t recover damages for drugs that harm or kill, denying justice to victims and families, and costing the taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
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12th District Dems fire up massive GOTV operation and need YOUR help (now hiring for Election Day)

The 12th Congressional District, now Represented by Dean of the House John Dingell and soon to be represented by the incredible Debbie Dingell have a long history of staging a massive get out the vote (GOTV) operation on Election Day. They run vans all across the District to make sure no Democratic voter stays home.

This year is no exception. From now until Election Day they are working hard to ensure a killer turnout. In addition to the volunteer opportunities listed below, they are also hiring canvassers for Tuesday, November 4th. The shift runs from 2:00 p.m. until the polls close at 8:00 p.m.…

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UPDATED: Are Michigan Republicans so flush with money they don’t have to target mailings? Or are they just dumb?

Yesterday I got a full-size, thick paper glossy mailing from Terri Lynn Land’s campaign. I also got TWO from Bill Schuette’s campaign, both different.

Now, most Eclectablog readers know what my political leaners are and that they are decidedly NOT leaning in the direction of the GOP. In fact, I am an elected Precinct Delegate and on the Executive Board for the Washtenaw County Democratic Party as co-Vice Chair for Precinct Organizing. I was also a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

You should see my Democratic score in the Voter Activation Network (VAN) database. It’s off the charts.

In other words, it’s pretty much not a secret that I am about as hardcore a Democrat as you are likely to find and that doesn’t even count the hundreds of thousands of words I write each month celebrating Democratic candidates and ideals while bashing on Republicans.…

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EVENT: Betsy Coffia’s “no PAC money” campaign to hold Ann Arbor fundraiser while her GOP opponent buys Facebook “likes”

One of my favorite Democratic candidates in Michigan is Betsy Coffia from Traverse City in the 104th State House district. In addition to being a good friend, Betsy combines a straightforward populist message with a value system that perfectly aligns with mine and wraps it all up in a tornado of exuberant energy that is positively infectious.

During the last election cycle, Coffia won her primary taking no PAC, SuperPAC, or out of state money. She did the same in the General Election but was unable to prevail in what is a very red district. You can read my interview with Betsy from that time HERE.…

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BREAKING: Crowd-funded SuperPAC to spend $1.5 million to help Paul Clements unseat Fred Upton

The MaydayPAC SuperPAC is a SuperPAC like no other. It is crowdfunded with a single-minded goal of enacting “fundamental reform in the way elections are funded.” Between May 1 and July 4 of this year they raised over $6 million using a Kickstarter-style fundraising approach.

This election cycle, MaydayPAC is testing their belief that they can have an impact on electing people into office who will help bring about significant change in election funding by working with just five campaigns, carefully selected to meet a set of criteria outlined HERE. One of those criteria is that the victory would be both surprising, and understood to be tied to this reform.…

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