Tag: Democracy

At the ballot box, Michiganders must remember Lansing and DC Capitol attacks to protect our democracy

At the ballot box, Michiganders must remember Lansing and DC Capitol attacks to protect our democracy

The following guest post was written by Michigan State Representative Mari Manoogian. Every day, it seems, we learn something new about investigations of the January 6th Committee and other investigations by various law enforcement agencies into the Big Lie. Former President Trump’s election lies and his supporters’ subsequent attacks on our democracy shocked all of us — and understanding the […]

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Defending democracy in Michigan and across America is a full time job – with special guest Erica Peresman

Defending democracy in Michigan and across America is a full time job – with special guest Erica Peresman

Erica Peresman, Voter Protection Director for the Michigan Democratic Party, on Twitter: @Erica_Peresman Learn more about Erica Peresman and her advocacy HERE. Heidi Przybyla at Politico: ‘It’s going to be an army’: Tapes reveal GOP plan to contest elections Veronica Ortega at WZZM13: Michigan state leaders testify before Jan. 6 committee Arpan Lobo & Paul Egan at the Detroit Free […]

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Free virtual event with renowned scholar of racism Prof. Ian Haney-López – 2/10/22

Free virtual event with renowned scholar of racism Prof. Ian Haney-López – 2/10/22

Pre-registration for this FREE event is required. Click HERE to register. In his recent important essay “Can Democracy Survive Racism as a Strategy?“, Professor Ian Haney-López makes the case that the future of democracy in America lies in the future success of the Democratic Party. With Republicans showing daily that democracy is no longer a bedrock value for their party, […]

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Our next Founding Fathers are actually Founding Mothers

Our next Founding Fathers are actually Founding Mothers

Upon leaving the Constitutional Convention, Ben Franklin is quoted as saying that the constitutional delegates had chosen for America “a Republic, if you can keep it.” This came years after the founding fathers sat down and declared their independence from the British monarchy. Our democratic republic was an experiment, which had never been tried before as a form of government. […]

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2021: A far more Dangerous year for Democracy in America than 2020

2021: A far more Dangerous year for Democracy in America than 2020

Our political process was tested in 2020 in ways that it has never been tested before.  With the outbreak of COVID-19 nationwide, election administrators were forced to come up with creative ways to make sure voters could cast their ballots safely, while trying to avoid large gatherings at polling places, wherever possible. Election infrastructure and processes had to be updated […]

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Michigan GOP Board of State Canvassers member Norman Shinkle: No hero for democracy

Michigan GOP Board of State Canvassers member Norman Shinkle: No hero for democracy

As news of Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers finally certifying Michigan’s 2020 election results sinks in, it’s worth drawing attention to the antics of hyper-partisan Board member Norman Shinkle in the process. While his Republican colleague Aaron Van Langevelde acted honorably, following Michigan’s law that requires the Board of State Canvassers to certify the election and voting YES to certify, […]

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Disinfecting wipes to combat COVID-19 with absent voting

COVID-19 and Election Administration

May Special Election to be a mail election as a result of COVID-19. Yesterday morning, the Office of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson issued a news release that her office will mail an application for an absent voter ballot to all qualified registered voters who have a May Special Election.  Michigan Law requires that voters submit a written request […]

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Federal court rules Michigan’s Congressional, State House, and State Senate districts unconstitutional – Here’s why that’s a BFD

Federal court rules Michigan’s Congressional, State House, and State Senate districts unconstitutional – Here’s why that’s a BFD

In what can only be described as some of the best news I have heard this year, particularly regarding Michigan, a three-judge federal panel declared many of Michigan’s Congressional, State House, and State Senate districts to be unconstitutional. Their decision (which you can read HERE) was unanimous: The “predominate purpose” of the redistricting plan approved by the GOP-led Legislature in […]

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Michigan Dems offer a one-sentence bill to repeal Emergency Manager Law that GOP apologists irrationally still defend

Michigan Dems offer a one-sentence bill to repeal Emergency Manager Law that GOP apologists irrationally still defend

On Monday, Michigan Democrat David Knezek introduced Senate Bill 734. The bill contains a single sentence: The local financial stability and choice act, 2012 PA 436, MCL 141.1541 to 141.1575, is repealed. Wouldn’t it be beautiful if the entire anti-democratic failed experiment known as Michigan’s Emergency Manager law, a law and policy that has done so much harm to our […]

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Ban on straight-ticket ballot option in Michigan may not pass Senate because it doesn’t make voting difficult enough

Ban on straight-ticket ballot option in Michigan may not pass Senate because it doesn’t make voting difficult enough

This week the Republicans in the Michigan House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 13, a bill that would eliminate the option of straight-ticket voting on Michigan ballots. While they claim it’s to make us all “more responsible” voters, the obvious intent is to make it just that more difficult to vote in Michigan. In fact, Progress Michigan recently showed how […]

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Mich. GOP Senate Elections Committee Chair thinks “voting should not be effortless”, introduces bill making it even harder

Mich. GOP Senate Elections Committee Chair thinks “voting should not be effortless”, introduces bill making it even harder

Sen. Dave Robertson (R-Grand Blanc Township) is the chairman of the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee. You would think that a man in that position would be working night and day to figure out how to make voting as easy as possible so that we would have more Michiganders participating in the democracy that is the bedrock of our […]

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