Today is December 15, 2014 and that, in itself might mean many things to you. However, for political observers, pundits, analyzers, etc., today marks the final days of the Michigan Legislative agenda for 2014 and will also usher in, in a few very short weeks, a new House and Senate. This is the last week of what is known as Lame Duck, a time when, at least in the last few election cycles, has ushered in laws that have been shocking, partisan, and hurtful even. Lame Duck is NOT a legislative effort required by law. In fact, Lame Duck is not anything but one last chance, especially for those who are term-limited breast beaters, to get in one last dig and attempt to force upon the people of the state of Michigan new laws that they will not have to be held accountable for.…
Prove to your constituents that you care about everyone in the state — not just big-money special interests.
Dear Governor Snyder:
I didn’t vote for you in either election, but you are Michigan’s governor. I haven’t agreed with you on much, but you did support Medicaid expansion in Michigan, although you could have done a lot more to urge the Legislature to act decisively. You also said you supported Michigan creating a state-based insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare), although you put up even less of a fight on that one.
Now, with your re-election behind you and the health insurance of nearly 240,000 Michiganders at risk, it’s time to lead.…
Study released by the University of Michigan shows how Michigan may set an example for other states.
The Michigan Republican Party is looking for a few good young men and women to exploit and take one for the team!
Do you enjoy wearing super-secret spy glasses to secretly record Democrats being Democrats? Do you have mad skillz posing as a CNN reporter? Can you pull off pretending to be a Schauer supporter and offering to volunteer for a statewide Democratic gubernatorial campaign? Are you willing to be thrown under the bus by the Michigan Republican Party if you get busted doing any of this stuff, possibly ending any chance at a career in politics?
If so, the Michigan GOP wants YOU!!!
Successful applicants will have the opportunity to witness and learn the inner-workings of the Michigan Republican Party at our office headquarters in Lansing, work out of our other regional office locations, meet elected officials, attend special “behind-the-scene” events, and more.…
This Democrat knows first-hand that getting the right care at the right time can be life-saving.
When Deb Havens entered the race in Michigan’s 28th State Senate District, healthcare access wasn’t at the top of her issues list. The former educator was heavily focused on safeguarding the public school system and everything that once made Michigan the envy of other states, from high employment rates to an abiding respect for the state’s natural resources.
But two months into her campaign, Havens found another issue to champion: healthcare access for all. That’s because she was diagnosed with breast cancer during a routine mammogram.…
Facing withering national ridicule for their botched Party-wide effort to spy on Democrats with super-secret spy glasses and create “gotcha!” moments in the campaign, the Michigan Republican Party released a video showing the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer advising people not to cross over to vote in GOP primaries after he himself voted in the 2012 GOP primary.
It’s obvious why nobody else is paying any attention to this. President Obama ran unopposed in 2012, giving Democrats the opportunity to vote in their opponents’ primary.…
It’s been a mixed bag for women’s reproductive rights in Michigan this week.
Good to know people are paying attention. News about the heinous package of three fetal heartbeat bills introduced by Republican State Rep. Tom Hooker in the Michigan House quickly went national. So Michigan now has the dubious distinction of joining the ranks of some of the most extremist states in the country when it comes to anti-choice legislation.
Democratic State Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright issued a strongly worded statement on the bills, which would eliminate nearly all abortions in Michigan and require women seeking an abortion to submit themselves to humiliating and invasive medical procedures.…
If the legislation passes, many women won’t even know they’re pregnant before it’s too late to get a legal abortion.
On the same day conservative Rep. Eric Cantor was primaried by his Tea Party candidate for being too liberal, Michigan Republicans proved just how far they’re willing to go to satisfy their extremist supporters.
Rep. Tom Hooker and 16 co-sponsors — all men, 15 Republicans and one Independent — introduced a package of bills that would make it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, unless the life of the mother is at risk.…
Unsurprisingly, they failed to offer a suitable explanation. The apology women deserve does not seem to be forthcoming.
After posing for a photo holding fashion magazines and insisting that they understand women, three Michigan Republicans have made no attempt to apologize for their insulting behavior. Of course, they tried to make excuses, but I don’t buy it. No one should.
Frankly, even if they did apologize (which I’m not holding my breath for), it would not erase the stench of misogyny that surrounds these legislators and their Republican cronies.
Time and time again, Michigan Republicans vote against the best interests of women.…
When you vote against women and then openly mock them on the House floor, you can’t pretend you’re not waging a War on Women.
Do they not have actual work to do? Michigan Republicans Peter Pettalia, Roger Victory and Ben Glardon posed for a photo today on the House floor with women’s fashion magazines.
The photo was tweeted out by Jake Neher, State Capitol Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, who added the quote which he attributed to Rep. Pettalia. “He said it a couple times, jokingly,” Neher said in response to a question on Twitter.
The look on the Representatives’ faces is worth a thousand words.…
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