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VIDEO: Rep. Debbie Dingell’s powerful House floor speech on guns during Democratic sit-down strike

VIDEO: Rep. Debbie Dingell’s powerful House floor speech on guns during Democratic sit-down strike

Can’t you come to the table? Can’t we have a discussion? Can’t we say enough is enough?

Yesterday, starting at 11:25 a.m., House Democrats staged a dramatic sit-in protest on the floor of the House of Representatives, demanding a vote on legislation that would prevent suspected terrorists of being able to purchase a gun and require universal background checks. The historic protest was led by Georgia Democrat John Lewis who knows a thing or two about civil disobedience and protests. Republicans, obeying orders from their NRA benefactors, refused to hold the vote. They did, however, manage to hold votes on some other items including an attempt to override President Obama’s veto of legislation that would relieve investment bankers/advisors from their fiduciary responsibility to give advice about retirement investments that is in the best interest of consumers instead of their own personal profit.…

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UNDER NEW (EMERGENCY) MANAGEMENT: How Donald Trump helped end democracy in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Back in January of last year, Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stripped Atlantic City residents of their democracy and took over control of the city with an Emergency Manager. The move came after the implosion of the casino industry plunged the city into insolvency.

The road to the loss of democracy in Atlantic City began, in part, when Donald Trump, exhibiting his most trumpish self, created what Steven P. Perskie, the former chairman of the Casino Control Commission and a former state Democratic legislator, called a “Potemkin village”, a huge boondoggle that sucked large numbers of individuals and businesses into the vortex behind its false façade and then, when it collapsed in narcissistic egotistical ruin, spit them out.…

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Justin’s story: Advocating for respect and compassion

Justin’s story: Advocating for respect and compassion

This father of a transgender daughter is committed to overcoming ignorance, online and off.

This is part of a story series about the lives of transgender people. Read the introduction here.

At some point, a Facebook meme that demeans transgender people — usually with vicious lies — has come across your feed. If you’re a person with any empathy, it’s probably made you angry, sad or at least disappointed in the person who shared it.

Now imagine you’re the father of a transgender daughter, who is subjected to a barrage of these images day after day, particularly in the wake of the anti-LGBT “bathroom bill” law in North Carolina.…

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Let’s raise Rick Snyder’s taxes

Let’s raise Rick Snyder’s taxes

It may be our only way to “thank” him for all he’s done

In a private ceremony on Tuesday, Rick Snyder signed the Detroit Public School’s “rescue” bill into law. The bill abandoned 15 months of bi-partisan negotiations in favor a giveaway to the charter school industry with almost no accountability.

Meanwhile, for the third straight summer, residents of Flint are still depending on bottled water thanks to decisions made by the governor’s direct reports.

Despite evidence that he’s been in any way humbled or enlightened by the damage done to Flint, cries to “arrest” Snyder or even recall him have faded.…

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To the tea party activists who blew up the Republican Party, welcome to your worst nightmare: President Hillary Clinton

To the tea party activists who blew up the Republican Party, welcome to your worst nightmare: President Hillary Clinton

The Detroit News recently published an article highlighting two Michigan tea party activists who are working on a “Dump Trump” campaign to deny Donald J. Trump the Republican nomination for president by changing the rules of the Republican convention.

One of them is Wendy Day, a Howell-based tea partier who is best known, at least to me, as the woman claimed, after failing to derail the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) in Michigan with a ballot initiative petition drve, that “We didn’t fail. We just didn’t succeed enough.”

Day has a long history of failures. She was elected to the Howell Board of Education while she was homeschooling her own kids.…

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Democratic progressive warrior Rep. Elijah Cummings to headline MDP Justice Caucus Millie Jeffrey Awards Dinner June 26

Democratic progressive warrior Rep. Elijah Cummings to headline MDP Justice Caucus Millie Jeffrey Awards Dinner June 26

The Michigan Democratic Party Justice Caucus is hosting their 2016 Millie Jeffrey Awards Dinner later this month and their keynote speaker is progressive champion Congressman Elijah Cummings. The Ranking Member on the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, Rep. Cummings has been a fierce warrior for a wide array of progressive issues and has held the line again Republican partisanship and game playing. His comments and questions during the Benghazi hearings, the inquisition against Planned Parenthood, and in holding Michigan Republicans like Gov. Rick Snyder culpable for their actions in the Flint water crisis are recent examples of Rep. Cummings leadership.…

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REMINDER: This election is also about whether millions gain health insurance or tens of millions will lose it

REMINDER: This election is also about whether millions gain health insurance or tens of millions will lose it

Medicaid expansion and the ending of discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions are the greatest victories for working Americans in generations

Rejoice, fellow Americans who don’t enjoying seeing your fellow Americans die of indifference! More than 200,000 Louisianians will have health insurance on July 1 because the state elected a Democratic governor last year.

And this could just be the beginning of the good news for Medicaid expansion, the aspect of Obamacare that most directly takes on income inequality by taxing the well-off a bit to get the working poor basic health coverage.

“If it becomes obvious the Affordable Care Act won’t be repealed, a number of states will opt into the expansion fairly quickly,” Louisiana’s new governor John Edwards told Modern Healthcare.…

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After Trump’s terrible two weeks, expect a ‘comeback’ but prepare for a landslide

After Trump’s terrible two weeks, expect a ‘comeback’ but prepare for a landslide

Donald Trump wrapped up the Republican nomination and instead of exploiting a 6-week head start, he preceded to frack deep into his soul to new depths.

Listing his foibles would take weeks so let’s sum up the highlights: He attacked his party’s most prominent elected Latina; he spent a full week explaining that an American-born judge couldn’t be fair because he is “Mexican;” he congratulated himself for a terror attack that killed 49 people; finally, he accused the president of the United States of conspiring with ISIS and then banned one of the nation’s most important newspapers from covering him because it correctly reported that he made this accusation, which he later repeated using a link from Breitbart dot com as proof.…

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GUEST POST: Michigan budget passes state legislature with Flint supplemental

GUEST POST: Michigan budget passes state legislature with Flint supplemental

The following guest post was written by Sean McBrearty, Campaigns Organizer for Clean Water Action in Michigan.

Enjoy.
Nayyirah Shariff of Flint Rising addresses a press conference at the State Capitol on supplemental funding for Flint

Last week in a legislative session that went until the early hours of Thursday morning, both chambers of the Michigan Legislature passed the budget for 2017. Included in the budget omnibus bill is $114.3 million in emergency supplemental funding for solutions to the Flint water crisis. As late as the week before it looked like there was a good possibility that the Legislature would adjourn for summer recess without passing funding for Flint.…

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It’s time for national media outlets to show solidarity with the Washington Post and other outlets banned by Trump

It’s time for national media outlets to show solidarity with the Washington Post and other outlets banned by Trump

On Monday of this week, Donald Trump revoked the media credentials of journalists working for the Washington Post covering his events. This follows on the heels of his blacklisting of multiple other national media outlets including Gawker, BuzzFeed, Foreign Policy, Politico, Fusion, Univision, Mother Jones, the New Hampshire Union Leader, the Des Moines Register, the Daily Beast, and Huffington Post.

Trump, who describes himself as having “very strong, very thick skin“, is clearly afraid of the sort of scrutiny that a viable free press in the USA demands of anyone running for president, particularly one running on a major party ticket.…

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Will Gov. Snyder keep wasting taxpayer funds to screw teachers out of over a half-billion dollars? Sign the petition!

Will Gov. Snyder keep wasting taxpayer funds to screw teachers out of over a half-billion dollars? Sign the petition!

Late in the Granholm administration as Michigan’s economy was at its worst thanks to the Bush recession, the state legislature passed a law requiring teachers to give up 3% of their paycheck to fund their retirement account, something they had never had to do in the past. The America Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Michigan Education Association (MEA) sued the state on the basis that teachers were being asked to pay in advance for benefits they may never receive.

The teachers won round after round of court battles all the way up to the state Supreme Court in 2012 where the case languished on their docket for two years.…

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