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Michigan Progressive Women's Caucus unveils legislation to improve birth control access

Michigan Progressive Women’s Caucus unveils legislation to improve birth control access

Legislation aims to prevent unintended pregnancies and improve women’s access to essential healthcare services.

No matter where you stand on a woman’s right to choose, everybody wants to see fewer unintended pregnancies and abortions.

Because we know that abstinence education doesn’t work — after all, biology is what it is, and people are inclined to have sex when given the chance, especially hormonally-charged teenagers — the real solution is broader access to birth control.

In Michigan, the unintended pregnancy rate is as high as 80 percent among young women ages 15-19. That’s an awful lot of unintended pregnancies. To help reverse that trend, the Progressive Women’s Legislative Caucus has unveiled legislation that would help women take charge of their reproductive health.…

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"Grandfather of the Tea Party" Republican Tim Walberg put "On Notice" by EMILY's List

“Grandfather of the Tea Party” Republican Tim Walberg put “On Notice” by EMILY’s List

EMILY’s List, America’s premier group for helping get pro-Choice Democratic women elected into office – referred to as a “radical pro-abortion group” by anti-Choicers – has compiled a list of Republicans they are putting “On Notice”. Being “On Notice” means EMILY’s List is actively recruiting and supporting women candidates to take out the anti-Choice incumbent currently holding that spot.

On the “On Notice” list is my very own “representative” Republican Tim Walberg. Here’s what EMILY’s List has to say about him:

Tim Walberg – MI-07
  • Supported an absolute ban on abortion, with “rare” exceptions.
  • Cosponsored and supported two abortion bans.
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Tim Walberg moved to GOP's "Vulnerable Patriots Program" amid dismal fundraising results

Tim Walberg moved to GOP’s “Vulnerable Patriots Program” amid dismal fundraising results

Michigan’s 7th District Congressman Tim Walberg is in deep trouble if recent events are any indication. It started with his sole Democratic opponent Gretchen Driskell raising more money than him during the last quarter. According to FEC filings, Driskell raised $173,732 compared with only $165,929 for Walberg.

Those numbers don’t tell the entire story, however. Driskell didn’t even get into the race until the second week of February so Walberg had nearly twice the time in which to raise that money. Those fundraising amounts include the $47,000 Walberg raised from 21 different committees compared to Driskell who only raised $4,549 from 12 different committees.…

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State House member Gretchen Driskell announces candidacy for 7th District Congressional seat in 2016

State House member Gretchen Driskell announces candidacy for 7th District Congressional seat in 2016

This morning, Gretchen Driskell, State House Representative from the 52nd District and former mayor of Saline announced that she will run for the 7th District Congressional seat to oust tea partier Tim Walberg. During her time in office Driskell has been a fierce advocate for working families, education, the environment, and small businesses. She was the first female mayor in Saline and is now in her second term as a State Representative.

This early announcement will give Driskell, a tireless campaigner, time to introduce herself to the seven counties that comprise the 7th Congressional District – Monroe, Lenawee, Hillsdale, Branch, Jackson and Eaton Counties, as well as western Washtenaw County where she is based.…

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Michigan Democrats introduce bills to protect women's health

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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UPDATED: Michigan Dems take leadership role on women's access to contraception and LGBT civil rights

UPDATED: Michigan Dems take leadership role on women’s access to contraception and LGBT civil rights


Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer

This week, as Michigan’s legislature comes back to work, Michigan Democrats are taking a proactive leadership role on two critical issues.

First, Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer and House Rep. Gretchen Driskell (maybe we should call them “The Fighting Gretchens”?) announced that they will introduce legislation requiring companies who choose to deny women access to specific types of contraception based on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision to notify existing and prospective employees of this fact:

“Whether or not a company’s reproductive health coverage is comprehensive can be an important factor for a family to consider when making decisions about a job prospect,” Rep.…
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Ann Arbor Labor Day "Laborpalooza" picnic to feature Mark Schauer, John Dingell, Gary Peters, and MORE!

Ann Arbor Labor Day “Laborpalooza” picnic to feature Mark Schauer, John Dingell, Gary Peters, and MORE!

The place to be on Labor Day

On Labor Day (Monday, September 2nd, 2013), the Ann Arbor Dems, in conjunction with the Washtenaw County Democratic Party, are having their annual “Laborpalooza” Labor Day picnic. This year there will be an all-star cast of Michigan Democrats in attendance including Dean of the House Congressman John Dingell and his wife Debbie along with Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer and Senate candidate Democratic Congressman Gary Peters.

Here are the details:

The Ann Arbor Democratic Party Club will host Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, Senate candidate Gary Peters, Congressional candidate Pam Byrnes, and several Democratic elected leaders at Labor Day Laborpalooza Monday, September 2nd, from 3 p.m.…
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Gretchen Driskell to get a huge boost in MI-52 from GOTV efforts across ALL of Washtenaw County

Gretchen Driskell to get a huge boost in MI-52 from GOTV efforts across ALL of Washtenaw County

We’re not losing this one


Photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog

As I wrote yesterday, the Washtenaw County Democratic Party’s Precinct Organizing Committee (led by me and organizer Tad Wysor of Ypsilanti) has been holding a series of Grassroots Empowerment Orientation sessions across the county over the past month. These meetings are the first steps toward building a network of neighborhood teams across the county that will work between now and Election Day 2014 to turn out as many Democratic voters as possible.

At our sessions, we had the pleasure of hearing from Democratic Floor Leader David Rutledge as well as his House colleagues Representatives Jeff Irwin and Adam Zemke.…

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Organizing for Michigan for the 2014 elections has already begun in Washtenaw County

Organizing for Michigan for the 2014 elections has already begun in Washtenaw County

Don’t stop believin’…

Back in February, I penned an essay titled Why I, as a dedicated and stalwart supporter of OFA, am asking you NOT to work with OFA in Michigan. In it, I implored Michigan Democratic activists to focus their attention solely on the task at hand: defeating Michigan Republicans at every juncture.

It’s not going to be easy. With gerrymandered districts and insane amounts of corporatist money flooding into our state, we have our work cut out for us. That’s why, in Washtenaw County, we have already started.

I am the co-Vice Chair for Precinct Organizing with an amazing organizer named Tad Wysor from Ypsilanti.…

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1-term Michigan House Representative Mark Ouimet exits stage left without class or grace

1-term Michigan House Representative Mark Ouimet exits stage left without class or grace

“Nice guy”, my ass

When we moved to Dexter about seven years ago, our State House Representative was the amazing House Speaker Pro Tempore Pam Byrnes. She was term limited out of office and, in the crashing tea party wave of 2010, this historically Democratic seat was lost to “Nice Guy” Republican Mark Ouimet. As I have reported in the past, this “nice guy” actually participated in some pretty lowbrow campaigning with Michigan Republican Party attacking his opponents with poo-smeared brushes. Ouimet attempted to stay above it all but his protestations were feeble at best.

This year, however, he did not prevail.…

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