From the Chair
Michigan Democrats are focused: focused on good policy, focused on spreading our message effectively, and focused on making sure we continue to steadfastly “pound the pavement” for Michigan Democrats.
This week, many of you have read about the Michigan Republican Party imploding within its ranks. Even though the MI GOP appears to be in disarray, we cannot will not let up or get complacent concerning our objectives and agenda.
Our message is strong: Democrats have a record of getting things done for the nation and state.
The Biden-Harris Administration is making a significant difference for Michiganders with more jobs, higher wages and lowering costs. Inflation across the country has fallen for 12 months in a row to 3%, the lowest it’s been in more than 2 years. Here in Michigan, Governor Whitmer and Democrats in the legislature are focused on policy that increases economic development, supports working families, expands personal freedoms and supports small businesses.
We can see the results in our daily lives:
- Gas prices have dropped $1.50 a gallon; prices for used cars, airline tickets and even a dozen eggs are down from a year ago.
- If you want a job, you can find one. 13.2 million jobs have been created during the Biden-Harris administration.
- The President and Democrats in Congress are taking on Big Pharma to lower prescription drug costs and cap insulin at $35 a month for seniors.
- Investments in clean energy creates jobs, and moves against climate change which is devastating the nation.
- And the President has strengthened America internationally, restoring and expanding the critical NATO alliance and taking the fight to Putin with unified support for Ukraine.
Republicans? They are focused on the past, working to take us back to the 1950s…and continuing to fight democracy by supporting the Big Lie, enacting voter-suppression laws, protecting the polluters who are behind climate change and fighting to lower taxes for the wealthy.
Focused on Our Record as Democrats
From the Governor: What’s in the Budget to Lower Costs for Michiganders?
From the White House: FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces New Actions to Lower Health Care Costs and Protect Consumers from Scam Insurance Plans and Junk Fees as Part of “Bidenomics” Push – The White House
Joining this week’s podcast is state Representative Emily Dievendorf from Lansing.
Before being elected to the House, Representative Dievendorf enjoyed a long career in public service and advocacy. They served as executive director for Equality Michigan, president of the Lansing Association of Human Rights (LAHR), vice president of the board of the Firecracker Foundation (which advocates for survivors of childhood sexual trauma) and board member of the Lansing Area AIDS Network and the Ingham County Women’s Commission.
They were federally appointed in 2015 to the Michigan Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and later served as co-chair. For nearly a decade, they worked in the Michigan House of Representatives for Democratic state legislators, including as chief of staff for Rep. Andy Coulouris. They also co-founded a nonprofit bookstore in downtown Lansing.
As a legislator, Rep. Dievendorf is passionate about advocating for progressive policy, particularly on LGBTQIA equality, racial justice and equality, sexual and domestic violence, women’s rights, and HIV/AIDS.
A proud Spartan, Rep. Dievendorf graduated from James Madison College with a bachelor’s degree in social relations. They’ve lived in Lansing for 25 years.
News Stories We’re Following This Week
Federal Courts Underfire
- Data for Progress Polling on SCOTUS
- Supreme Court Term Limits – Brennan Center for Justice
- The Trump Documents Case Puts the Justice System on Trial – The New York Times
- Senate panel plans to move forward on Supreme Court ethics bill after Alito report – POLITICO
- How Supreme Court decisions are activating a generation of young voters – The Washington Post
Michigan Policy and Politics
- Whitmer creates new Michigan education department MiLEAP- Detroit Free Press
- Michigan AG: Salon Owner’s Refusal of Service to Transgender Clients Unacceptable – Advocate.com
- Federal prosecutors interviewed Michigan secretary of state in special counsel’s election interference probe – CNN Politics
- Trump endorsed by full Michigan GOP congressional delegation – Bridge Michigan
- Biden campaign reacts to Michigan Trump endorsements – Detroit Free Press
- Why one GOP rep (John James) endorsed Trump after saying he ‘can’t be trusted’- MSNBC
- Judge: Michigan law broadly bans ‘undue possession’ of tabulators- Detroit News
- Election law at heart of Michigan voting machine investigation – Detroit Free Press
- Scuffle breaks out at Michigan GOP state committee meeting – Detroit News
- Kicked in groin, Michigan Republican downplays party feud: ‘Some people are crazy’ – Bridge Michigan
- In key battleground state, GOP shows new signs of unraveling – MSNBC
- Michigan lawyer Dave Kallman wants to save GOP’s conservative ideals – Detroit Free Press
- Former lawmakers plan new group to stop No Labels presidential bid – The Washington Post
- Michigan: Double payment concerns suspended $25M Clare health campus grant – Bridge Michigan
- Oakland County wastewater being tested for polio – The Oakland Press
- Lessons of Leadership — Dome Magazine
National Policy and Politics
- US inflation falls to 3%, lowest level in more than 2 years – AP News
- CPI June 2023: Inflation rose just 0.2%, less than expected as consumers get a break- CNBC
- Dude, where’s my recession? New York Times
- First GOP debate next month faces threats of boycott as lower-polling candidates scramble to qualify – AP News
- Few US adults support full abortion bans, an AP-NORC poll finds – AP News
- Iowa’s GOP-led legislature passes 6-week abortion ban bill – The Washington Post
- Transgender Care Ban Allowed to Take Effect in Tennessee, Appeals Panel Says – The New York Times
- A Nebraska Mom Helped Her Daughter Get an Abortion. They Are Both Facing Prison Time. – Mother Jones
- House GOP floats rewriting D.C.’s election laws in latest hearing – The Washington Post
- Editorial | House GOP’s Confidence in Elections Act would limit D.C. voting rights – The Washington Post
- Republicans plan efforts to tout early voting tactics they once vilified – The Washington Post
- GOP AGs Target Target – Judd Legum, Popular Information
- Why Republicans aren’t slamming the LIV-PGA Tour deal – The Washington Post
- Gift cards for cash: Doug Burgum pledges to spend up to $1 million getting to the debate stage – POLITICO
- Prosecutor David Weiss refutes allegations by Hunter Biden whistleblowers – The Washington Post
- Indictment of Republican informant Gal Luft becomes conspiracy fodder – The Washington Post
- Video: Sen. Tommy Tuberville doubles down on comments about White nationalism and the military – CNN Politics
- Congress must act now to defend 2024 election from cyber attacks. – IndyStar.com
- Flooding, extreme heat waves, and hot oceans will continue — and get worse – The Washington Post