Tag: Jocelyn Benson

ERRATA: Correcting a misstatement in my reporting from Monday night’s LGBT forum in Ann Arbor

ERRATA: Correcting a misstatement in my reporting from Monday night’s LGBT forum in Ann Arbor

When I wrote up my piece following Monday night’s LGBT forum in Ann Arbor where a community forum took place on the topic of a ballot initiative for LGBT civil rights, I indicated that Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson had helped to write the ballot language. That statement came from civil rights attorney Dana Nessel’s opening remarks: […]

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INTERVIEW: Josh Silver of Represent.Us, keynote speaker at next week’s Michigan Election Reform Conference

INTERVIEW: Josh Silver of Represent.Us, keynote speaker at next week’s Michigan Election Reform Conference

A week from today on Friday, April 4th, 2014 the Ann Arbor-based group Reclaim Our American Democracy (ROAD) is holding their 2014 Michigan Election Reform Conference at Cleary University in Ann Arbor. You can have a look at the brochure for this important event HERE (pdf). Registration is only $25, $10 for students and you may purchase a boxed lunch […]

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Jocelyn Benson wisely declines to run in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District

Jocelyn Benson wisely declines to run in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District

Like many Democrats, I’m all for seeing Benson run for office. But not running for this one is a smart move. It’s been a topic of great speculation in the last month or so — especially after meetings with high-level Democrats in Washington — but Jocelyn Benson announced on Tuesday that she will not be running for Congress in Michigan’s […]

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Jocelyn Benson looks likely to enter the race in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District

Jocelyn Benson looks likely to enter the race in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District

The story’s still unfolding, but this could be one heck of an interesting race. In breaking news on Friday, Inside Michigan Politics (IMP) reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has been calling members of Michigan’s congressional delegation to say Jocelyn Benson is running in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District. The information came from two “highly placed” Democrats, but a […]

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Two Democrats are officially running for Kerry Bentivolio’s Congressional seat

Two Democrats are officially running for Kerry Bentivolio’s Congressional seat

There’s a third possibility, too, in what’s shaping up to be an interesting race. In his first media interview, counterterrorism expert Bobby McKenzie told Inside Michigan Politics early Thursday that he’s running for Michigan’s 11th Congressional District as a Democrat. McKenzie, who most recently worked for the U.S. State Department, is set to announce his bid on Thursday. He told […]

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Jocelyn Benson considers run for Kerry Bentivolio’s U.S. Congressional seat

Jocelyn Benson considers run for Kerry Bentivolio’s U.S. Congressional seat

Democrats may soon have a strong candidate to get behind so they can take back Michigan’s 11th Congressional District. Democrats have been looking for someone to run for Rep. Kerry Bentivolio’s seat in the U.S. House in 2014 — and they may have found her. Jocelyn Benson, Dean of the Wayne State University Law School and the Democratic Party’s nominee […]

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GUEST POST: A report from the Michigan Election Reform Conference in Traverse City, MI (10/11/2013)

GUEST POST: A report from the Michigan Election Reform Conference in Traverse City, MI (10/11/2013)

As I wrote about last month, the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, Michigan Center for Election Law, and Common Cause Michigan held a conference on election and campaign finance reform in Traverse City last Friday. Although I was unable to attend, my good friend and blogging pal Amy Kerr Hardin was there and put together a comprehensive report. At the request […]

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INTERVIEW: Dan O’Neil talks about the Michigan Election Reform Conference in Traverse City – Oct. 11, 2013

INTERVIEW: Dan O’Neil talks about the Michigan Election Reform Conference in Traverse City – Oct. 11, 2013

A conference for anyone who is interested in fair government. The corrosive impact of money in our elections, particularly here in Michigan, is clearly evident to anyone who pays the slightest bit of attention. Even the elections for our state Supreme Court justices are fueled by money from corporate interests and wealthy individuals. Unfortunately, due to the permissive laws of […]

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Jocelyn Benson on MSNBC talks about Michigan, Detroit, and working together to solve problems

Jocelyn Benson on MSNBC talks about Michigan, Detroit, and working together to solve problems

Michigan represent!

Michigan’s next Secretary of State, Professor Jocelyn Benson was on Up with Steve Kornacki this morning, talking about what’s happening in Michigan right now, how Detroit got to where it is today, and our path forward. It was a refreshingly smart and thoughtful conversation.

Watch it after the jump.

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All-star Justice Caucus panel at MDP convention talks about campaign finance transparency and reform of our election laws

All-star Justice Caucus panel at MDP convention talks about campaign finance transparency and reform of our election laws

This should be a non-partisan issue

As I wrote about last week, the Justice Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party held a discussion panel at the statewide convention on Saturday titled “Citizens United v. FEC – The Invisible ‘Person’ in Michigan Elections”. Organized by former Washtenaw County Democratic Party Chair and well-known Michigan attorney and activist Stu Dowty, the panel discussion was wide-ranging and covered everything from undisclosed donors in our judicial elections to the repeal of the odious Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.

My write-up after the jump.

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Michigan Corporate Accountability Amendment effort postpones until 2014

Stay tuned… Earlier this month, I wrote about an effort being spearheaded by Jocelyn Benson to put a constitutional amendment up for vote in November called the Corporate Accountability Amendment. The amendment would bring a level of transparency to our state’s elections that is sorely needed: Michigan has some of the weakest lobbying and ethics laws in the country, with […]

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