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Common Cause Michigan Launches Effort to Track and Organize for True Government Reform in Michigan

By Melanie McElroy, Common Cause Michigan
Thursday, February 2, 2012

Today Common Cause Michigan launched RightToKnowMichigan.Org, a website that will track the progress of true ethics reform in our state.

“We are asking all Michigan citizens who care about protecting their right to know when corporations spend money to influence elections or government officials to visit RightToKnowMichigan.Org, where they can sign on to our petition calling for real reforms in Lansing,” announced Melanie McElroy, executive director of Common Cause Michigan.

Welcome back to Michigan, Mr. President!

By U.S. Congresman Gary Peters
Friday, January 27, 2012

Today President Obama will lay out his blueprint to make college more affordable and accessible to all Americans at the University of Michigan.

To help welcome President Obama back to Michigan and drive this plan forward, this morning I published an op-ed in the Free Press that you can read online by clicking here.

Happy Birthday!

By U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Today, we celebrate the 175th birthday of the Great State of Michigan! On January 26, 1837, President Andrew Jackson signed the law giving Michigan statehood. And what an incredible 175 years it has been!

Update on SOPA / Protect IP Act

By U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I wanted to take a moment to update you on legislation in Congress designed to crack down on intellectual property theft on the Internet.

President Calls on States to Prioritize Higher Education, Michigan Poised to Be Leader

From the Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer said today that Michigan can be a national trailblazer in increasing access to college following President Obama’s emphasis on higher education in his State of the Union address last night. The Michigan Senate Democrats recently announced their Michigan 2020 Plan to offer free college tuition to all Michigan high school graduates at no additional cost to taxpayers, which would be the first program of its kind in the country.


By U.S. Congressman Gary Peters
Monday, January 16, 2011

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we pay tribute to the life, the legacy and the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As we mark this occasion, I hope we can all recommit ourselves to carrying on his mission of peace, justice and unity across all of our communities.

Looking Back and Looking Forward

By U.S. Senator Carl Levin
Friday, January 13, 2011

The past year has been a challenging one for our country. I'd like to share with you my thoughts on what we experienced in 2011 and about the coming year.

The economy and the deficit are likely to dominate 2012 just as they dominated the past year. Unemployment, both in Michigan and nationally, has fallen, and recent reports give us hope that the jobs recovery is accelerating. We've seen signs over the year that some of the steps we took to promote economic recovery are paying off.

Happy Holidays

By Congressman Gary Peters
Friday, December 23, 2011

As we approach 2012, we want to wish you a warm and happy holiday season. During these final days of the year, I hope you are able to spend some quality time with your friends, family and loved ones.