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ACTION: Want a say in Michigan’s reproductive health laws? Be heard — NOW

If you don’t want 4 percent of Michigan’s voters making decisions for everyone, it’s time to speak out.

Right to Life of Michigan has garnered enough signatures to force through an initiative that would forbid insurers from offering abortion coverage unless women buy a separate rider in advance — even in the case of rape, incest or a threat to the life of the mother. The heavily pro-life Michigan Legislature can either vote to enshrine this into law or abstain and put it to a vote of the entire state in November 2014.

The signatures gathered by Right to Life of Michigan represent just 4% of voters (3% by some estimates), although polls show that about 53% of Michiganders oppose such a measure.…

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Federal prosecutor begins program to teach teen rapists how to avoid jail

You have GOT to be kidding me

[Photo credit: Anne Savage, special to Eclectablog]

After high school kids in Steubenville, Ohio were busted for repeatedly raping an unconscious 16-year old fellow classmate and then posting their exploits on the internet, a federal prosecutor, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, has come up with a solution: teach young rapists how to avoid getting busted. His program is designed to show the young rapists that posting evidence of their crimes on the internet can get them in trouble.

He told the Associated Press:

[The Steubenville rape] definitely played a role in causing us to think, ‘Who do we need to focus upon?’ We thought, ‘Let’s start calling athletic directors and coaches to see if they’re interested.…
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ACTION: Tell the Michigan Senate not to let “morals” interfere with healthcare

Sign the petition and make your voice heard.

The very first post I wrote for Eclectablog was about Senate Bill 136, the “Religious Liberty and Conscience Protection Act.”

This bill would allow healthcare providers, facilities and insurers to refuse to provide or cover “objectionable” healthcare services on religious or moral grounds.

As I explained in that post and two that followed, this bill is dangerous and discriminatory. It puts all the power in the hands of healthcare providers or facilities who might have religious or moral objections to performing a particular service — taking away patients’ choices about their own care and offering no protection for their rights.…

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DFA launches YouPower to super-charge your issue campaign. Sign Equality Michigan’s petition TODAY!

Okay, THIS is cool!

Democracy for America (DFA) has launched an exciting new project to help activists and organizers achieve their goals with a far more powerful set of tools than they would have otherwise. It's called YouPower and it's revolutionary. Click through for details and to sign one of the first petitions started with YouPower.
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Federal study of energy & water issues is 8 years late – please sign the petition to move it forward NOW!

Ensuring our energy policy doesn't compromise our water supply

In 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (pdf) into law. This comprehensive law does everything from providing new subsidies and incentives for renewable energy production (like wind, solar, biomass, wave & tidal, and geothermal) and tax breaks for energy conservation improvements on homes to providing incentives for increased drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and exempting oil and gas producers from certain requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. It even extended Daylight Savings Time by a week. There's a fine summary of this 551 page bill HERE. One of the components of the Energy Policy Act was Section 979 which compelled Energy Secretary to study the interaction and interplay of water-related issues and energy-related issues. The intent was to ensure that we fully understand how our country's energy policy impacts our water resources. The study is eight years late and there's a petition to sign to move it forward. Details are after the jump.
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State Rep Andy Schor introduces resolution to expand Medicaid in Michigan

C'mon, Governor Snyder, do the right thing

As regular readers of this site know, we have been calling on Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to expand Medicaid coverage in our state, one of the many excellent provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka "Obamacare".) You can read LOLGOP's pieces on this HERE and HERE and my piece HERE. Now the Michigan Democrats are starting to move on this issue. Today, State Representative Andy Schor (D-Lansing) introduced a House Resolution today calling on Governor Snyder to expand Medicaid under the federal ACA. As Rep. Schor notes in his press release, "under the ACA, the cost of expanding Medicaid to more residents would be covered 100 percent by the federal government from 2014 through 2016. After that, the federal government would cover no less than 90 percent of the cost." Much more after the jump.
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What you need to know about Medicaid expansion

PLEASE NOTE: All that stands between 17 million Americans getting free public health care and lower rates for all is the GOP.

Republican governors in states that re-elected President Obama are considering turning down the best thing to happen to the middle class since Medicare. Because of this people are going to die unnecessarily and we’re all going to pay more for our health insurance.

I’m still amazed that people aren’t screaming about this in the streets, or at least the their tweets. So here’s another shot at a perfectly clear explanation of why Medicaid expansions is so crucial that you need to sign our petition or contact your governor to say, “WTF!

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SIGN THE PETITION: Expanding Medicaid is a BFD!

The BFDness of Obamacare continues to roll out

Earlier this week, LOLGOP explained how a component of the Affordable Care Act, lovingly called "Obamacare" by those who understand that our President cares about Americans without health insurance, includes a huge expansion of Medicaid. He also explained how this is free to states for the first two years and they are on the hook for only 10% of the additional costs after that. He also explained how upwards of 670,000 more Michiganders will be covered by health insurance under this expansion of one of the most beloved and official government programs that we have. Follow me after the jump for a couple of other things about it that make it even more attractive. And don't forget to sign our petition!
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Obama administration shoots down the idea of a planet-destroying Death Star — in the most epic way imaginable


On November 14th, a petition was submitted to the White House on their We the People website that said this: "Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016. By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense." The White House policy is to respond to petitions that 25,000 signatures within 30 days. This one has over 34,000 signatures so the White House responded. Their response can be read HERE but, it's so epic and awesome, I'm reproducing it here on the blog (after the jump.)
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Sign the petition to defeat loosening of concealed weapons rules in Michigan

Let your voice be heard

Last week, I wrote about Senate Bill 59 in my piece "Michigan Republicans move to make guns easier to get, permit concealed weapons in churches, schools, bars, & stadiums". S.B. 59 will allow the carrying of concealed weapons in schools, churches, bars, daycares, college dorms, hospitals and stadiums. If made into law, this bill would allow those with a concealed pistol license to carry a concealed pistol in no-carry zones if they complete an additional course. Rev. Eric A. Stone from the St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Essexville, Michigan has put up a petition to fight this dangerous legislation. Details after the jump.
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