From the Chair:
As the world watched, President Biden flew into a war zone to provide leadership in protecting Israel from the terrorism of Hamas, and working to prevent that war from growing. At the same time, Republicans in Washington continue to embarrass themselves and the nation as they can’t even elect a Speaker of the House, paralyzing Congress for more than two weeks – making it unable to do anything in support of America’s allies in Israel and Ukraine.
In Lansing, Governor Whitmer and legislative Democrats continued the work of governing. Just this week, the Governor signed into law Democratic bills guaranteeing Michigan citizens their rights under the Affordable Care Act, and another bill creating a first-in-the-nation guarantee of clean, healthy water for every school child. The state House approved legislation reforming our juvenile justice system. The state Senate passed bills expanding reproductive healthcare rights.
Republicans, meanwhile, held a news conference in support of the aging and environmentally dangerous Enbridge 5 pipeline … amazingly on the same day another oil pipeline ruptured spilling thousands of gallons of oil in Branch County.
While Michigan Democrats were passing reproductive rights laws, a Republican would-be U.S. Senator was working to hide his anti-reproductive rights record. The non-profit online publication “The Gander” exposed Mike Rogers record of supporting a complete ban of abortions, even in the case of rape or incest – a position he’s now trying to hide. There’s a link to the exposé on our website.
While Michigan Democrats were enacting legislation to protect and expand voter rights, 5 Michigan Republicans in Congress were voting to elect as their Speaker a leader of the efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. And the other Republican, John James, waited until every other Representative had voted before casting a totally symbolic vote against Trump ally Jim Jordan.
Jordan, by the way, has never had a bill signed into law during his 16 years in Congress. None. Zip. Nadda. He’s been a disrupter, a constant guest on Fox News and a fast-talking attack dog in committee hearings. He’s never shown an interest in actually legislating.
Bottom line: one political party governs. The other major party shows it is incapable of governing.
Also this week, a state House committee approved a three-bill package regulating the use of Artificial Intelligence in political campaigns. It used to be the “seeing and hearing was believing.” With deep fakes so easy to create, that’s no longer true. The state House Elections Committee has approved a three-bill package aimed at preventing deception of voters through the use of deep-fake audios and videos. We talked with one of the sponsors of the bipartisan package, House Majority Whip Ranjeev Puri of Canton Township.
Stories We’re Following
- Artificial Intelligence and Election Security – Brennan Center for Justice
- Michigan targets ‘deepfakes,’ campaign ads that use artificial intelligence – Bridge Michigan
- AI voice clones are all over social media, and they’re hard to detect – The Washington Post
- Michigan legislation would give workers 15 weeks paid family leave – Detroit Free Press
- Whitmer signs bills to codify Affordable Care Act into Michigan law – Detroit Free Press
- Package of legislation aimed at reforming juvenile justice passes in state House, Senate – WWMT
- Michigan makes history, requires filtered water in all schools, daycares – Bridge Michigan
- Michigan drug immunity law repeal passes state Senate – Detroit Free Press
- Michigan Republicans to China: Stop buying our farms. Experts: Threat overblown – Bridge Michigan
- Mystery group stirs up criticism of battery plants linked to China – mlive.com
- Mike Rogers tries to distance Senate campaign from his anti-abortion record – The Gander
- Kristina Karamo blames ‘deep state,’ as Mackinac fundraiser drives Michigan GOP deeper in debt – Bridge Michigan
- Bribe-taking pot regulator tied to secret donations before appointment – Detroit News
- Ex-governor candidate Kelley sentenced to 60 days in prison for Jan. 6 charge – Detroit Free Press
- Adam Hollier challenges Shri Thanedar for US House seat – Detroit Free Press
- Tlaib co-leads measure calling for cease-fire in Israel, Gaza – Detroit News
- IRS has collected $160 million in back taxes by cracking down on millionaires – CNN Politics
- Hurricanes are now twice as likely to zip from minor to whopper than decades ago, study says – AP News
- America’s zombie “crime wave” – Popular Info
- Despite Fox News’s pre-midterm obsession, violent crime was down in 2022 – The Washington Post
- Opinion | House Republicans go down in flames — again – The Washington Post
- Trump co-defendant Kenneth Chesebro pleads guilty in Georgia election case – The Washington Post
- Cornel West draws max donation from GOP megadonor Harlan Crow- NBC News