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Brooks, Boehner, and Janice had a Tea Party

By Congressman Gary Peters
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

You know that I am not generally prone to hyperbole, but I would say that this past week demonstrated everything that is wrong with our political discourse - why we're all so frustrated and angry with politics as usual.

What the Tea Party is doing to our politics in Greater Detroit, Lansing, and Washington D.C. is infuriating, and it is time for progressives to band together and fight back.

What Democrats Do

By Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair, DNC
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

If you follow political news like I do, you may remember this year for its GOP horse race: who was up, who was down, who had an "oops" moment. But that's not how I'll remember it.

Senate Republicans continue selective rejection of Snyder agenda

By Robert McCann, Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Senate Democrats gave their Republican counterparts yet another opportunity to support Governor Snyder’s work-sharing proposal today, and the Senate majority again failed to support their own Governor’s plan that would keep people on the job.

Governor signs "Republican Power Grab" bill into law

By Frank Houston, OCDP Chair
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Today, Governor Snyder signed House Bill 5187 into law; retroactively changing the rules of redistricting for just Oakland County.

“Today is a sad day for more than just Oakland County voters or Democrats, but for people everywhere who care about the rule of law and the separation of powers that the Constitution calls for,” said Frank Houston, Chairman of the Oakland County Apportionment Commission, and Chair of the Oakland County Democratic Party.

“Mr. Snyder apparently has decided to be ‘the Governor who stole democracy’ this holiday season. It is outrageous that Governor Snyder signed this Republican power grab bill into law; in-effect changing redistricting, retroactively just for Oakland County.”

GOP Trying Massive Retroactive Power Grab

By Mark Brewer, Chair, Michigan Democratic Party
Thursday, December 8, 2011

Today in the Michigan State House Republicans are expected to push through legislation (House Bill 5187) that changes Michigan county redistricting law to allow just one county to redo their redistricting process – Oakland.

The objective – to allow the Republican controlled Oakland County Commission to choose the voters they want for elections for the next 10 years. In the last 50 years of redistricting in Michigan, never has a County Commission been allowed to draw their own districts; let alone retroactively.

Just now in the U.S. Senate

By U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
Thursday, December 8, 2011

Just a few minutes ago, Senate Republicans once again voted to block a middle-class tax cut and instead to raise taxes on middle-class families. If Congress doesn't pass a bill this month, a 2% payroll tax cut for the middle class will expire at the end of the year.

I am a cosponsor of the bill we voted on this afternoon. Our bill extends and expands the tax cut, putting an average of $1,400 in the pockets of Michigan taxpayers next year.

Senate Republicans Continue Assault on Michigan Workers by Crippling Worker’s Compensation Program

By Alex Rossman, Michigan Senate Democrats
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Senate Democrats voted against Republican legislation today that cripples the state’s Worker’s Compensation program as part of yet another Republican attack against the benefits, rights and support of Michigan’s workforce.

Today’s action comes one week after Senate Republicans passed legislation to similarly dilute Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance system and again make it harder for workers to receive and keep their rightful benefits.

An unprecedented meeting in January

By U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Leaders from the 65 Tea Party groups in Michigan will have an unprecedented meeting in January to hand-pick your U.S. Senator. This hasn't happened before.

They know that Michigan is going to be a prime battleground next year. They think that if they start early, they can pick a candidate who will push their extreme agenda of eliminating Social Security and Medicare, repealing historic health care reform, and defending irresponsible tax breaks for millionaires and wealthy special interests.