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Statement from Progress Michigan on SB 136, religious refusal bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Thursday, March 14, 2012 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, jessica@progressmichigan.org, (517)974-6302 “Its appalling that Republicans think they have a right to shove their political agenda between a woman and her doctor,” said Jessica Tramontana, Communications Director of Progress Michigan. “This bill allows health care providers and insurance companies to refuse…

Conservative Leader Blasts Violent Rant Out to Email List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, jessica@progressmichigan.org, 517-974-6302 Thanks for “firing your muskets…keep your powder dry,” Jack Hoogendyk proclaims LANSING – Progress Michigan condemned the dishonest and unhinged rhetoric of conservative leader Jack Hoogendyk regarding the expansion of Medicaid in Michigan. Hoogendyk sent out an op-ed from Florida’s…

Citizens to Republican Politicians: Don’t Rig Our Elections!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Tuesday, March 13, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, jessica@progressmichigan.org, 517-974-6302 Over 20,000 Michiganders sign petition against electoral college changes LANSING – Michigan citizens are urging Republicans in Lansing to reject any attempt to change the way the state’s electoral votes are allocated. The proposal was overwhelmingly endorsed by delegates…

Progress Michigan Praises Michigan Secretary of State for Change of Heart

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Monday, March 11, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, jessica@progressmichigan.org, 517-974-6302 After two years of working to suppress votes, Secretary Johnson pivots to transparency LANSING – As Sunshine Week 2013 kicked off, citizens’ watchdog Progress Michigan praised Michigan Secretary of State for her newfound focus on fixing the state’s outdated…

ALEC Member Aric Nesbitt: Allowing Communities to Protect Paid Sick Leave Would Be “Economic Suicide”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, jessica@progressmichigan.org, 517-974-6302 LANSING – East Lansing Mayor pro tem Nathan Triplett and citizens’ watchdog group Progress Michigan condemned Rep. Aric Nesbitt today for suggesting in a regular meeting of the House Commerce Committee that allowing Michigan communities to adopt employer-provided paid sick leave ordinances…

Progress Michigan to Rep. Walberg: Apologize for Lying to Michigan Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Monday, March 4, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, jessica@progressmichigan.org, 517-974-6302 Walberg sent misleading press release and held interview with radio station claiming he had supported the Violence Against Women Act LANSING – Citizens’ watchdog group Progress Michigan is calling on Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Tipton) to apologize to women across…

Rep. Walberg Lying About Vote on Violence Against Women Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Friday, March 1, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, jessica@progressmichigan.org, 517-974-6302 After voting NO, Congressman tells local radio station he voted YES LANSING – Yesterday Congressman Tim Walberg (R-Tipton) voted NO on a bill to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). According to the official Congressional Roll Call, Walberg was…

Statement from Progress Michigan Communications Director Jessica Tramontana on the Passage of the Violence Against Women Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Thursday, February 28, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, jessica@progressmichigan.org, 517-974-6302 “It’s a long overdue victory for millions of women that the House of Representatives has finally reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act,” said Jessica Tramontana, Communications Director of Progress Michigan. “However, it’s appalling and ridiculous that right-wing male politicians…

Statement from Progress Michigan on the Appointment of David Viviano to the Michigan Supreme Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan Wednesday, February 27, 2012 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, 517.974.6302, jessica@progressmichigan.org “This appointment is disappointing, but not surprising, as partisan politics once again trumps the best interests of Michigan citizens under Gov. Snyder,” said Zack Pohl, Executive Director of Progress Michigan. “Our highest court should reflect Michigan’s diverse population. Unfortunately,…

Sen. Tom Casperson Doubles Down on Birther Claims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan February 27, 2013 Contact: Jessica Tramontana, jessica@progressmichigan.org, 517-974-6302 Politician insists President Obama “didn’t produce” birth certificate LANSING – Yesterday evening, State Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) doubled down on comments he made earlier in the day questioning President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Last night Casperson told MIRS News, “People…