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Voter Suppression in Michigan

The following is an editorial written by State Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga). If you have questions about this commentary, please contact Rep. Byrum’s office by calling (517) 373-0587. Republicans in the legislature recently passed House Bill 5061 and Senate Bills 751 and 803, which would add unnecessary barriers to the voting process and would suppress…

Pat Somerville, Principled Moderate?

Rep. Pat Somerville is out with his first mail piece of the fall campaign, and it should come as no surprise to anyone who knows how vulnerable he is: it claims “outside groups and special interests” are distorting his legislative record and stresses his votes against Snyder’s pension tax and education cuts.  Check it out…

Unequal

Income inequality is defined as “the unequal distribution of household or individual income across the various participants in an economy.” Based on this definition, it’s clear Lansing Republicans have the wrong priorities. The evidence shows that support for middle class families and funding for K-12 schools in Michigan have fallen by the wayside, while big corporations and…

Burning Healthcare Bill

We’ve all experienced the bitter taste of disappointment in life. We’ve all had reactions we regret. But as the Hartland Township “Retake our Government” group is about to prove, there are always new lows for extreme reactions to disappointment. The local “tea party” group planned to burn then bury the 2,409 page Affordable Care Act.…

#SCOTUS will rule today

UPDATE: The Affordable Care Act is upheld – the individual mandate stands. Remember: this isn’t win for Obama but for the millions of Americans who will be covered! Today is the day! Shortly, the Supreme Court of the United States will rule on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and whether or not the…

‘Time out’ for Speaking Out

“Temper tantrums.”  “Time out.” No matter how Republicans have spun state Reps. Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum being muzzled on the House floor, it’s still wrong. Rep. Wayne Schmidt in an interview with Michael Patrick Shiels recently described it as “a time out.” Listen: “You know, as I said to someone up north here, it’s…

War on Women

The Republicans in the state of Michigan have openly declared war on middle class families, the poor, seniors and students. So it should come as no surprise that they’ve expanded their attacks to women. A massive 60-page omnibus bill introduced last week drastically limits women’s health access, and could shut down every abortion provider in…