This week’s headlines provide stunning contrasts between Democrats and the current Republican party. The differences in the two parties span multiple issues:
- In Florida, the right-wing Legislature and Governor have virtually outlawed abortions with a draconian 6-week limit – before most women even know they are pregnant.
In Michigan, the 1931 law criminalizing abortion has been repealed.
- Republican state Attorneys General are behind the lawsuit which would ban the use of the drug mifepristone for safe pharmaceutical abortions – another step towards a nationwide ban on abortions. They shopped their lawsuit to an anti-abortion activist appointed by Trump to the federal bench.
In Michigan, Attorney General Dana Nessel is actively fighting to protect womens’ reproductive health rights attacked by this horrible lawsuit.
- Florida’s Governor went behind closed doors with NRA officials and pro-gun lawmakers to eliminate virtually restrictions on concealed carry of firearms.
In Michigan, Governor Whitmer just signed two more gun safety laws, and the state House has approved a red flag law to get guns out of the hands of persons who have violent mental health or domestic abuse issues.
- Tennessee’s Republican state House expelled two young African American members for speaking out on gun safety.
In Michigan, the Speaker of the House is a young African American Democrat who is leading the political battle for gun safety.
- More than a dozen Republican-run states are passing laws denying civil rights to trans people, many of them even banning medical support for their trans citizens.
In Michigan we have a new law expanding civil rights protections to all, including LGBTQ+ Michiganders and a Governor who has flown a Gay Pride flag outside her office.
- Across the nation, horrific climate events are killing dozens and causing untold billions of dollars in damages even as Republicans block meaningful climate change laws.
In Michigan, home of the auto industry, the Whitmer administration is working hand-in-glove with manufacturers, the UAW and the Biden administration on transitioning to electric vehicles.
Joining the podcast this week is one of the primary sponsors of the Clean Energy Future bills, Senator Sue Shink. Senator Shink is a community advocate, public servant, and mother who has dedicated her adult life to building healthier, more resilient communities. She is serving her first term in the Michigan Senate where she is fighting for working families.
She grew up in Southeastern Michigan and earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and law degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Prior to being elected to the Senate, Senator Shink served as Chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners and as a Northfield Township Trustee. She has just introduced the Clean Energy Future Plan – a direct response to the climate change crisis.
News Stories We’re Following This Week
Climate Change and Environment
- Michigan Democrats: Utilities must use 100% carbon free energy by 2035 | Bridge Michigan
- Momentum Builds in Michigan Senate for Clean Energy Transition | Evergreen Action
- Senate Democrats Introduce Clean Energy Future Plan – Senator Sue Shink
- NEW POLL: Michigan Voters Want Legislature to Take Action on Clean Energy and Climate, Hold Utility Companies Accountable Following Blackouts – Evergreen Action
- Biden Proposes Emission Rules to Boost Sales of Electric Cars – The New York Times
- Sen. Shink Introduces Sustainability-Centered Legislation to Repeal ‘Ban on Bag Bans’ – Senator Sue Shink
- Here’s why the downpour in Fort Lauderdale just wouldn’t stop – AP News
- At Michigan State University, Whitmer signs first gun reform bills ⋆ Michigan Advance
- What Michigan’s new gun proposals would actually do – Lansing State Journal
- Gun groups sue House, Senate over ability to testify on firearms bills – Detroit News
- White House Memo re: NRA Convention and gun safety
- The Democrat Who’s Betting Her Senate Bid on Gun Control – The New Republic
- Whitmer: Abortion pill remains ‘legal in Michigan,’ despite judge’s ruling – Bridge Michigan
- AG Nessel Joins Multistate Coalition to Fight Back Against Decision to Block Medication Abortion Access
- Appeals court decision raises questions about access to abortion pill – Detroit Free Press
- Abortion pill legal fight heads toward Supreme Court showdown – NBC News
- DeSantis signs Florida GOP’s 6-week abortion ban into law – AP News
Democrats in the News
- Michigan Democratic Party Legacy Dinner Tickets
- Governor Whitmer: The First 100 Days (video)
- Dems make major inroads in the youth vote. And it’s not just college kids. – POLITICO
- Chicago to host 2024 Democratic National Convention – Chicago Sun-Times
- Michigan Democrats: Give driver licenses to undocumented immigrants – Bridge Michigan
- House Introduces Bills to Expand Support for Crime Victims – Rep. Julie Rogers
Republicans in Disarray
- Tenure of new Michigan GOP chair who spread Beyoncé paganism conspiracy theory is off to a rocky start – CNN Politics
- Michigan GOP may scrap 2024 primary for closed caucus. That could help Trump – Bridge Michigan
- Ex-Michigan Senate leader’s nonprofit still spending 3 years later – Detroit News
- Special counsel focuses on Trump fundraising off false election claims – The Washington Post
- Clarence Thomas Didn’t Disclose Harlan Crow Real Estate Deal — ProPublica
- Justice Thomas failed to report 2014 real estate deal with Texas mega-donor – AP News
- Editorial | Ron DeSantis says he’s for freedom. His Florida agenda says otherwise. – The Washington Post