From the Chair
The people charged with leading our state should expect to be held to account for the actions they take as public officials. That is at the heart of a new initiative by your state Democratic Party: holding Republicans in the Legislature accountable for how they vote on critical issues.
We are beginning with two of the most important issues facing all of us: gun safety, and personal freedom. First, gun safety.
Your party has launched a six-figure ad campaign calling out specific Republican legislators who voted against common-sense gun safety legislation overwhelmingly supported by their constituents in the wake of the tragic Michigan State University Shooting.
The new campaign directly targets six Representatives – Steele, Tisdel, Thompson, DeSana, Kuhn, and St. Germaine – in vulnerable districts that are 2024 priority seats to turn from Red to Blue. Through a combination of TV, digital, and billboard ads, the campaign is calling out these representatives for opposing common sense gun safety measures, like universal background checks and extreme risk protection orders.
When Republicans chose to blindly follow the NRA instead of prioritizing the safety of their constituents, we promised we would hold them accountable. Now, this is just the beginning of us keeping our word. In launching this campaign, we are making it clear to Michiganders in these districts exactly what their representatives did, who they stood with, and who they turned their backs on.
The second issue where we are holding Republicans accountable: your healthcare freedom. This week, House Republicans made yet another egregious attack on Michiganders’ fundamental right to abortion.
Just mere weeks after House Freedom Caucus members (that’s right, the same legislators who voted against bills to prevent sexual assault) sponsored a bill package to repeal the right to reproductive freedom and make it a felony to perform an abortion, a group of House Republicans on Tuesday introduced a resolution to condemn abortion statewide.
This wasn’t just any resolution – it was filled with vitriolic language. Specifically, a section of the resolution reads:
“Resolved by the House of Representatives, That we recognize an individual unborn child as a distinct human life and that any effort to eliminate this life is akin to homicide; and be it further Resolved, That we condemn the practice of abortion and condemn any deliberate intent to procure an abortion as murderous.”
Despite the fact that Michiganders made their support for reproductive freedom abundantly clear at the ballot box in November, House Republicans refuse to accept reality.
By introducing this resolution, Representatives Friske, Rigas, Alexander, Cavitt, and Maddock join the rest of their extremist colleagues in ignoring the will of their constituents, attacking fundamental reproductive rights, and jeopardizing health care access across our state.
But one thing is clear: they have and will continue to fail, thanks to our Democratic majorities and Governor Whitmer, who are deeply committed to protecting bodily autonomy and freedom for every Michigander.
Democrats are also acting to reinforce a basic principle of democracy: guaranteeing that the candidate who gets the most votes wins the election. The United States is the only democracy on the planet where the second-place finisher in a national election can win. It has happened twice in the 20 years: the candidate for President who finished second in the voting was still sworn into office anyway thanks to the arcane Electoral College. There’s a national movement to stop this. We’re joined by the House sponsor of legislation supporting the National Popular Vote, Rep. Carrie Rheingans.
News on Politics and Policy
- <Accountability> In divided Michigan, campaigns begin anew, seven months after last election – Bridge Michigan
- White House, memo: GOP efforts to cut entitlements – Politico
- Michigan begins ‘new chapter for voting.’ What changes are coming in 2024 – Bridge Michigan
- Michigan election law updates planned ahead of 2024 cycle – Detroit Free Press
- Michigan nears ‘biggest change in how we vote in a generation’ – Detroit News
- Q&A: Jocelyn Benson on new election laws, ethics reform, running for gov – Detroit News
- Republicans set to push mail ballots, voting methods they previously blasted as recipes for fraud – AP News
- I looked for Republican running for US Senate at Mackinac conference – Detroit Free Press
- Robert F. Kennedy Jr. tests the conspiratorial appetite of Democrats – The Washington Post
- Playbook: What do you do with a problem like RFK Jr.? – POLITICO
- Supreme Court: Alabama must draw new voting map favorable to Black residents – The Washington Post
- Ahead of Pride, Biden unveils new initiatives bolstering LGBTQ+ individuals – The Washington Post
- Biden takes steps to protect LGBTQ Americans amid onslaught of attacks – USA Today
- High court weighs requiring Michigan judges to use preferred pronouns – Detroit News
- Do transgender Michiganders feel safe in the state?
- (The GOP anti-Trans agenda) Transgender rights in Indiana: New laws on LGBTQ issues – Indianapolis Star
- Texas Gov. Abbott signs law banning gender-affirming care for minors – The Washington Post
- Senate panel to consider bills banning conversion therapy – Detroit Free Press
- Tennessee’s Ban on Drag Shows Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules – Mother Jones
- (The GOP anti-democracy agenda) Opinion | States Are Silencing the Will of Millions of Voters – The New York Times
- Bill banning hair-based discrimination in Michigan headed to governor’s desk – Bridge Michigan
- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs bills banning distracted driving in Michigan – Detroit Free Press
- Gretchen Whitmer forms ‘Fight Like Hell PAC’ to back federal candidates – Bridge Michigan
- Can climate migrants offset Michigan’s population woes? Maybe, experts say – Bridge Michigan
- Livengood: Climate migration can be Michigan’s growth strategy – Detroit News
- Opinion | It’s Biden, Not Trump, Who Has Helped U.S. Manufacturing Surge – The New York Times
- Editorial | Trump indictment, with a shower full of documents, is solid but somber – The Washington Post
- Editorial | Trump’s Indictment: The Department of Justice Had No Choice – The New York Times
- Perry Johnson: Pardon Donald Trump (via Twitter)
- Opinion | In the <U.S.> House, a spectacular flameout – The Washington Post
- GOP conservatives shutter <U.S.> House to protest McCarthy-Biden debt deal, setting up next budget brawl – AP News
- The Supermajority: How the Supreme Court Divided America – Brennan Center for Justice