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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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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!

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

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

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

“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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It’s a new day. Again.

I've been fightin' for tomorrow all my life

Shortly after Wednesday, November 5th, 2008, I changed my iPhone ringtone to "It's A New Day" by will.i.am and I haven't changed it since then. Over the past few weekends, whenever our GOTV canvassers called me in our Obama campaign office, my back pocket would ring out with that oh-so-perfect tune. So much in the lyrics of will.i.am's song resonated with me in 2008 and still do today, particularly this part: If you and I made it this far, Well then hey, we can make it all the way And they said no we can't And we said yes we can Remember it's you and me together I woke up this morning Feeling alright I've been fightin' for tomorrow All my life Yeah, I woke up this morning Feeling brand new Cause the dreams that I've been dreaming Have finally came true More after the jump.
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Mark Ouimet: Wrong for Washtenaw County, wrong for Michigan

On so many levels...

Back in 2010, I documented the obscene campaign run against Democrat Christine Green in Michigan's 52nd State House District. While Michigan Republicans ran no less than five hideous robocalls against her, sent out mailings with her home phone number on them and generally ran a smear campaign against one of the most upstanding citizens in the Ann Arbor area, Mark Ouimet sat back and allowed it to happen. And, all the while, said he was going to bring peace and civility to the House and work across the aisle with Democrats in our state legislature. This turned out to be completely false and was just one more in a long list of deceptions from Ouimet over the past two years. My take on why Mark Ouimet does not deserve to represent the 52nd District after the jump.
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Mark Ouimet: Phony “moderate” Michigan Republican who voted against his party exactly 0.8% of the time

Let's go to tape, Mark...

Mark Ouimet rode the 2010 Republican wave to replace Democrat Pam Byrnes as the Michigan State House Representative of the 52nd District. In a dirty campaign with hideous robocalls against his Democratic opponent Christine Green (listen to them HERE, HERE, and HERE), Ouimet appealed to voters with a claim of being moderate and willing to work across the aisle with Democrats. Two years have passed and just how many times has Ouimet voted against the majority of his own party? 0.8%. Much more after the jump.
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INTERVIEW: Gretchen Driskell – Successful Democratic mayor takes on the Republican smear machine

Gretchen Driskell embodies what Mark Ouimet pretends to be

As Democrats in Michigan attempt to retake control over the House of Representatives, one of the most closely-watched races is in the 52nd District, the area west of Ann Arbor. Long a Democratic stronghold, it went to Republican Mark Ouimet in the 2010 Republican wave. The 2010 races was pure gutter politics on the part of the Republicans who ran no fewer than five increasingly offensive and nearly slanderous robocalls against Democrat Christine Green. This year, another Democratic woman will face the Republican smear effort in the 52nd -- Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell. Driskell is less a politician than she is a true public servant. As Saline's first woman mayor and longest-serving mayor, she's been on the front lines of making her community the kind of place where people want to be to raise kids, start a business and enjoy the city's charm. She's served the community for over 20 years spending six years on the city council and another 14 as mayor. I sat down for an with Driskell this week to discuss her candidacy. Please click through for the interview.
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