From the chair
Choosing our government through free-and-open elections is the foundation of our representative democracy. Throughout our nation’s 234 history the right to vote has evolved multiple times to make that right more inclusive. For the first 131 years of our Constitution, half of us – women – couldn’t vote. Now not only can we vote, but In Michigan three of our top four statewide officials are women … and the fourth is a Black man whose ancestors’ right to vote was denied for the first 79 years of the Constitution.
A majority of the Democrats in both the state House and Senate are women, including the Senate Majority Leader and the chairs of both Appropriations Committees. The Speaker of the House is Black and the Speaker Pro-Tem is a woman. Five of our seven U.S. Representatives (and one of our two Senators) are women.
As political scientist Larry Sabato has noted, “Every election is determined by the people who show up.” And all too often, people who crave power have worked to prevent those who disagree with them from showing up, or having their vote matter. They do it through gerrymandering, voter purges, manipulating the number and location of voting precincts, excessive voter i.d. requirements, and barriers to voting by mail.
Under Democratic leadership in Michigan, we are doing just the opposite: removing barriers that unfairly make voting a burden. This week, Governor Whitmer signed a package of 23 Democratic bills which further our goal of having every adult being able to readily exercise their right to vote.
The bills update voter registration with a more complete, streamlined and secure automatic voter registration process in Michigan, and allow 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote. Other bills expand and secure early voting, ban deep fakes and require disclosure if Artificial Intelligence is used to create campaign advertising, protect the safety of election workers, and clarify that only the Governor can transmit Michigan’s presidential to Congress.
At the bill-signing ceremony, House Elections Committee chair Representative Penelope Tsernoglou summed the philosophy behind Democrats’ efforts:
“Today, with the signing of these bills, we affirm Michigan as a place where every voice matters and that our state is dedicated to truly being a government for the people.”
Another issue of importance to every Michigan family: healthcare.
Once again, Republicans are threatening the availability of healthcare for upwards of 750,000 Michiganders.
Even before taking office in 2017, Donald Trump was promising a new and better healthcare plan. It was always coming in two-to-three weeks. (Click here for video of 19 times he promised a replacement plan!)
What is certain: if he is elected and given a Republican Congress, the Affordable Healthcare Act will be repealed. Their replacement? We could go back to the pre-ACA days with out-of-control insurance premiums, tens-of-millions left with no medical coverage, and profiteering by pharmaceutical companies.
To find out more about how the ACA has impacted Americans (and what repeal would mean for our state) we’re joined by Dr. Farhan Bhatti. Dr. Bhatti is medical director and CEO at Care Free Medical, a nonprofit clinic in Lansing which serves more than 13,000 uninsured and underinsured people each year. Since clinic founder Barry Saltman designated Bhatti as his successor in 2015, Bhatti is credited with tripling the size of the clinic and broadening its services. He also serves on the board of the Committee to Protect Medicare.
In the News
- Michigan workforce quietly passes pre-pandemic levels, shows resilience – Bridge Michigan
- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs Michigan election law overhaul that aims to prevent ‘chaos’ – Bridge Michigan
- Michigan Democrats’ clean energy package approved by Whitmer- Detroit Free Press
- Michigan first state in Midwest to set power storage benchmark – mlive.com
- Promises made, how many kept? Comparing Whitmer’s speeches to results – mlive.com
- Ottawa mulls paying for concealed carry gun permits for county workers – Bridge Michigan
- Stateside Podcast: Congressman Dan Kildee on retirement – Stateside Podcast
- Democrat Liz Whitmer Gereghty ends run for NY’s 17th Congressional District, endorses Mondaire Jones – AP News
- Secret fund run by Lansing lobbyists entangled in Chatfield probe – Detroit News
- Michigan GOP feud intensifies as Karamo removes critics from posts- Detroit News
- Kevin Kijewski, Attorney for Alleged MI Fake Elector Clifford Frost, Wants Co-Defendants to ‘Shut Up’ – The Daily Beast
- Pugh becomes first Democrat to confirm she’s running for Kildee congressional seat – mlive.com
- Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Passes Away at Age 96 – The Carter Center
- Trailblazer Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Has Died – Mother Jones
- Kathy Wilbur dies at 70. She led state departments and helped MSU, CMU – Lansing State Journal
The GOP Zoo
- Florida GOP Chairman Christian Ziegler involved in criminal investigation – The Washington Post
- Trump aims to ‘terminate’ Obamacare again, despite its popularity – The Washington Post
- Opinion | Would Trump be a dictator? And can he be stopped? – The Washington Post
- It’s not the economy. It’s the fascism. – Frank Bruni/New York Times
- Opinion | Trump Has a Master Plan for Destroying the ‘Deep State’ – The New York Times
- Trump hints at expanded role for the military within the US – AP News
- Trump’s brazen use of pardon power reaping political benefits as he runs for election – Washington Post
- Trump says he could use FBI, DOJ against his enemies in Univision interview – The Washington Post
- Paleoconservative or Moderate? Questions for Staffing the Next G.O.P. White House. – The New York Times
- Donations to GOP drop as worries mount about the party’s finances – The Washington Post
- Biden doesn’t need to pivot right — he needs to turn up the volume on his progressive economic agenda – The Hill
- Election 2024: Trump says he would renew efforts to replace ‘Obamacare’ – AP News
- White House Calls Out GOP Obamacare Threat After Trump Suggests He’d Repeal Law – The Messenger
- Mysterious woman tells school board that Scholastic book sparked porn addiction- Judd Legum/Popular Information
- Russia’s Supreme Court outlaws LGBTQ+ activism in landmark ruling – AP News
- Ohio voters just passed abortion protections. Whether they take effect is now up to the courts – AP News
- Montana advocates propose constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights- Montana Free Press
- Idaho Banned Abortion. Then It Turned Down Supports for Pregnancies and Births. — ProPublica
- How the GOP Is Undermining Citizen-Led Abortion Ballot Initiatives Across the Country — ProPublica
- Powerful Activists and Lawmakers Have Blocked Post-Roe Abortion Ban Exceptions — ProPublica
- Red states’ efforts to rein in blue cities increase post-pandemic – The Washington Post