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Senate Republicans Vote Unanimously to Protect Michigan Business Tax

From the Michigan Senate Democrats
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Despite spending the summer telling Michigan voters that they had eliminated the “job killing” Michigan Business Tax, Michigan Senate Republicans voted unanimously today to specifically allow the MBT to continue to exist for decades to come.

Last Night

By Congressman Gary Peters
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Last night something happened in Congress that Speaker Boehner never saw coming.

You see, House Republicans wanted to fund emergency disaster relief by defunding a program that helped create over 41,000 auto manufacturing jobs - in fact, experts directly credited this program for bringing the manufacturing of the Ford Focus from Mexico to Detroit.

That's Not the Smell of Fudge

By Wally Nowinski, Stabenow for Senate
Thursday, September 22, 2011

It won't be the sweet smell of Mackinac Island's famous fudge that will be wafting off Mackinac Island this weekend when the Republican Presidential and U.S. Senate candidates gather there for planning meetings and PR stunts. It will be something far worse... far more pungent... and dangerous.

Whitmer to Republicans: Agenda Must be Focused on Jobs

From the Michigan State Senate Democratic Caucus
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lansing – As the Michigan Senate Republicans prepare to announce their agenda for the Fall session this afternoon, Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer delivered a message that job creation and economic renewal must be the overriding theme of their plan.

September 11th

By U.S. Congressman Gary Peters
Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ten years ago today, terrorists launched the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor. Nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives simply because they got up and went to work on a Tuesday.

Remembering 9/11

By U.S Senator Carl Levin
Sunday, September 11, 2011

None of us will ever forget where we were on the morning of September 11, 2001, nor the terrible events of that day. I wanted to share with you my statement today on the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country.

Help Michigan Fire Rick Snyder

Compiled from Daily Kos, MoveOn.Org, and FireRickSnyder.org
Saturday, September 10, 2011

Last fall, when Rick Snyder and the Republicans swept into complete control of the government in Michigan, we knew things could get ugly. But "ugly" is a polite word for what we've seen.

Michigan Republicans have gone on a right-wing binge, giving out new corporate tax breaks while also passing deep budget cuts that are pushing us toward a double-dip recession. And Republicans are pushing the same far-right agenda in state capitols across the country.

Update From the State Capitol

By State Representative Ellen Cogen Lipton, 27th House District
Thursday, September 8, 2011

With summer drawing to a close I hope this update finds you well. The Legislature reconvened on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and will continue its regular voting schedule. My return to Lansing is a welcomed one as I am able to proudly represent those of you in the 27th District.

I’d like to take this opportunity to provide you with a legislative update as well as provide you with information regarding services and programs in the community that you may find beneficial.