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Republican Congressman Walberg’s takeaway on the #FlintWaterCrisis: “Government can’t protect us against everything”

Republican Congressman Walberg’s takeaway on the #FlintWaterCrisis: “Government can’t protect us against everything”

Yesterday on the Michigan’s Big Show, MI-07 Republican Congressman Tim “I was a tea partier before there was a tea party” Walberg was asked about the Flint water crisis. His takeaway message from the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water with the powerful odorless, tasteless, invisible neurotoxin lead is that “government can’t protect us against everything”:

“This shows that government can’t protect us against everything. It comes down to people watching out for themselves and staying attuned.”

You can listen for yourself here (his comment comes in at the 6:50 mark):

This is a truly astonishing comment from a man who sits on the U.S.…

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Three Michigan Congressional races added to DCCC’s highly-competitive “Red-to-Blue” program

Three Michigan Congressional races added to DCCC’s highly-competitive “Red-to-Blue” program

Three Michigan Congressional races have been added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) “Red-to-Blue” program, a highly competitive program that targets races where the DCCC believes the Democratic candidate can oust the incumbent Republican. The DCCC describes the Red-to-Blue program as a program that “highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support. The program will introduce Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns.”

The three races named for the 2016 Red-to-Blue program are:

  • MI-01 – Democrat Lon Johnson who seeks to replace Republican Dan Benishek who is not running for reelection.
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INTERVIEW – Gretchen Driskell campaigning hard in Michigan’s 7th District to beat “Caucus of No” member Tim Walberg

INTERVIEW – Gretchen Driskell campaigning hard in Michigan’s 7th District to beat “Caucus of No” member Tim Walberg

In 2012, Gretchen Driskell did what few thought possible and what fewer Michigan Democrats were able to do: she beat a locally-popular Republican incumbent, Mark Ouimet, to take back a state House seat, beating him by by six points in the Republican-leaning 52nd District. Two years later, she was such a strong candidate that the Republicans put up a weak candidate that Driskell beat by over 12 points.

This past February, Driskell announced her candidacy for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District. The seat is currently held by Tim Walberg, an ultra-right conservative and former preacher who claims he “was a tea partier before there was a tea party.” Walberg was ousted from the seat by Mark Schauer in 2008 but took it back again in 2010 and has held it ever since.…

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Courser resigns, Gamrat ousted, and Dems score a huge victory on behalf of transparency, integrity, & accountability

Courser resigns, Gamrat ousted, and Dems score a huge victory on behalf of transparency, integrity, & accountability

In what can only be described as a dramatic day in Michigan politics, House legislators convened for over 14 hours yesterday to consider the matter of expelling philandering liars Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser from their institution. The first two rounds of votes failed to oust the two as Democrats held their position, many refusing to cast a vote, in order to ensure that a full investigation by an independent agency with under-oath testimony from everyone involved. During that time Courser belligerently held his own ground, refusing to resign and posting to Facebook asking for his supporters’ prayers. Gamrat went to the press to complain that she had been tricked into signing off on the process and findings of the “Select Committee to Examine the Qualifications of Representatives Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser” which ended up recommending expulsion instead of censure for her anyway.…

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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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