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Health Insurance Rebates Show How Bad Insurance and State Regulators Can Be

Business Insider
Angry Bear Blog
July 2, 2012

Protecting the Rights of Voters

Gretchen Whitmer
July 9, 2012

Friends –

Over the past 18 months, Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican legislature have passed more than 600 bills into law, one of the most aggressive legislative periods that Lansing has seen in years. It often seemed over that time that no matter how controversial a proposal has been, whether it was taking billions of dollars from our public schools, raising taxes on seniors or throwing people off of the unemployment line, the GOP has put their stamp of approval on every single one of them with barely a whisper of disagreement.

Last week, however, that unified front suffered one of its very first public blows when Governor Snyder vetoed the most controversial portions of a package of anti-voter legislation being pushed by Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Speaker of the House Jase Bolger.

Reflections this Independence Day

Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton
June 27, 2012

I love the Fourth of July. I always participate in parades alongside local and federal officials and spend my evening with family and friends. As I celebrate with fireworks, picnics and parades, I feel great pride for the United States and Michigan. This special holiday is a day on which I celebrate our nation's independence; it is also an opportunity to renew my commitment to work together with other state and national leaders to strengthen our nation’s security and prosperity.

It's Just Not Right!

By: Senator Carl Levin
May 9, 2012

Senate Republicans are preventing the Senate from even debating legislation to fix the looming increase in student loan interest rates. It's just not right.

On July 1, the interest rate on student loans is going to increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. It's going to double unless we act. That will cost 7.4 million college students and their families money that many families do not have to spare. So the need to act is urgent.


By Colleen Ochoa Peters
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Equal pay for equal work – pretty straight forward.

You put in a good day of work and you should earn the same amount as anyone else - no matter your sex.

Unfortunately this is not the case!

Big Win

By Andy Meisner, Oakland County Treasurer
Friday, April 6, 2012

Our lawsuit that gained national attention won in court last week when we took on mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Oakland County now leads the nation in recovering millions of dollars for hard-working taxpayers.

Why Vote Obama in for a Second Term?

By Marcia Ham
Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Affordable Care Act

A friend of mine has a 23 year old daughter. She was living on her own and had a job but it didn’t pay benefits. She was in desperate need of dental surgery but was unable to pay for it. Because she was too old to be on her mother’s health care plan and her employer didn’t offer health care coverage for her, she went without much needed dental care.

Whitmer Champions January Job Growth, President Obama’s Economic Efforts

From the Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus
Friday, February 3, 2012

LANSING – Following the release of the national January jobs numbers today, Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer noted that Michigan and the nation continue to benefit from President Barack Obama’s economic policies.

The report showed that the national economy added 257,000 private sector jobs last month, making January the 23rd straight month of private sector job growth under President Obama’s leadership.