Tag: voting

House Comm passes bill to eliminate straight-ticket voting with a $1 million appropriation to make it democracy-proof

House Comm passes bill to eliminate straight-ticket voting with a $1 million appropriation to make it democracy-proof

Today a Republican-led House Elections Committee voted to eliminate the ability for people in Michigan to cast one vote for all of the candidates in a given political party with one vote. These “get big government out of my life” conservatives are only against rules and regulations when they aren’t benefiting them and they know that creating long waits, longer […]

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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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Michigan Republican legislator on why schools ‘fail’: “We can’t fix that. We can’t make an African American white.” (Updated)

Michigan Republican legislator on why schools ‘fail’: “We can’t fix that. We can’t make an African American white.” (Updated)

This past Wednesday during a Senate Education Committee hearing, Committee Vice Chair Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy) was discussing why some schools “fail”. During the course his comments, he made a statement that has dropped jaws across the country. “You mentioned why these schools fail,” he said. “You mention the economically disadvantaged and non-white population are contributors to that. And, you know, […]

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Michigan Senate passes straight-ticket voting ban bill, adds $1 million appropriation to make it referendum-proof

Michigan Senate passes straight-ticket voting ban bill, adds $1 million appropriation to make it referendum-proof

After legislation to ban straight-ticket voting passed out of the Senate Elections Committee yesterday, the full Senate quickly took it up and passed it last evening. As I mentioned yesterday, voters in Michigan have already shot down the same ban in 2002 when a ballot referendum overturned a Republican law to stop straight-ticket voting. In my piece, I predicted that […]

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Michigan Republicans advance bill to eliminate straight-ticket voting because making voting harder is what they do

Michigan Republicans advance bill to eliminate straight-ticket voting because making voting harder is what they do

This morning the Michigan Senate Elections Committee voted to advance a Republican-sponsored bill – S.B. 13 – that will eliminate straight-ticket voting in our state. If it becomes law, you will no longer have the convenience of simply pulling one lever, filling in one oval, or punching one chad to vote for all the candidates in your preferred party. The […]

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No, Washington Post, President Obama didn’t “suggest requiring everyone to vote”

No, Washington Post, President Obama didn’t “suggest requiring everyone to vote”

Ya gotta admit, it’s terrific clickbait, though, right? Yesterday, the Washington Post ran a piece titled “Obama suggests requiring everyone to vote”. It was total clickbait that went nuts on Facebook. Other media outlets followed suit but it was the WashPo piece that went viral. And it’s pretty provocative, right? I mean, what sort of dictator would take away your […]

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V to Shining V: Detroit Lady Parts Justice party proved that Michigan stands with women

V to Shining V: Detroit Lady Parts Justice party proved that Michigan stands with women

If Michigan gets this kind of turnout on Election Day, pro-women candidates will win big. Michigan’s first annual V to Shining V event was a smashing success! Held at the Park Bar on September 27, this official Lady Parts Justice gathering brought in talent from across the country, along with some of Michigan’s strongest advocates for women. The nearly sold-out […]

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INTERVIEW: Lizz Winstead on standing up for women, from V to Shining V

INTERVIEW: Lizz Winstead on standing up for women, from V to Shining V

A conversation with the co-founder of Lady Parts Justice on feminism, grassroots activism and using humor to drive serious change. Lizz Winstead is a woman with a mission. If you’re lucky enough to talk with her one-on-one, there’s no missing her fiery determination. She’s serious about changing the landscape of reproductive laws across the country that hold women back — […]

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