Progress Michigan blog posts.

Setting the Record Straight on Abortion

  This week, the House Committee on Families held a hearing to discuss bills that would ban a standard abortion procedure and punish doctors who perform the procedure with two years in prison. It’s the latest in a long list of GOP-led attempts to sacrifice our reproductive rights to pander to religious conservatives—and Michiganders are…

Tackling the Student Debt Crisis

  We need to talk about student loan debt. It’s an issue that affects 70 percent of college graduates, totaling more than 40 million Americans. Here in Michigan, 58 percent of 2017 graduates owe money on student loans, with an average debt of $31,289. Nationally and in our state, the problem is only getting worse.…

Nominee Spotlight: Representative Vanessa Guerra

Who is she? Representative Vanessa Guerra represents House District 95, serving Bridgeport Township, Buena Vista Township, Carrollton Township, James Township, Kochville Township, the city of Saginaw, Spaulding Township, Zilwaukee and Zilwaukee Township. She serves on the elections and ethics and judiciary committees. Representative Guerra is serving her third term in the House. Before joining the…

Women’s Voices Matter Too, Fellas

  Last week, Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell spoke on the House floor in favor of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which has encountered opposition from Republicans and NRA due to a provision that would prevent convicted stalkers and abusers from buying guns. She delivered a passionate defense of the reform and asked Republicans…

Nominee Spotlight: Senator Stephanie Chang

  Who is she? Senator Stephanie Chang represents Senate District 1, serving Detroit and Downriver communities. Senator Chang seves as the Minority Floor Leader and serves on the Finance, Government Operations, Judiciary and Public Safety committees. She was elected to the Senate in 2018 after serving two terms in the House. Prior to being elected,…

Nominee Spotlight: Rep. Darrin Camilleri

  Who is he? Rep. Darrin Camilleri represents the 23rd District, including Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron, Trenton, Woodhaven, and Brownstown. He currently serves as the Minority Whip and previously served on the Education Reform, Energy Policy, and Commerce and Trade Committees. Rep. Camilleri was elected in 2016 at age 24, the youngest Latino and first…