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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

LANSING — Today, House Minority Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mount Morris Township), on behalf of his five co-plaintiffs and the House Democratic Caucus, filed an application for leave to appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court seeking to reverse the Court of Appeals’ ruling and order the House Republicans to follow the Michigan Constitution.

“Until the constitutionally guaranteed rights of legislators — and, by extension, their constituents —are secured, we will continue to fight for those...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

“I strongly support the effort of Democrats calling for a one-man grand jury to investigate the recent election-rigging attempt by Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) and State Rep. Roy Schmidt (R-Grand Rapids). From the beginning I have called for a complete and thorough investigation, but that has yet to happen. As new information continues to surface, more questions are raised not answered. The fact that questions remain unanswered, that the State Police investigation remains incomplete and...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

“Today we were disappointed to learn that the Court of Appeals decided against the House Democrats’ lawsuit to ensure that the state Constitution is followed. The Court clearly didn’t hear our argument that with the support of one-fifth, or at least 22 members, the Constitution gives us the right to receive a record roll call vote. This request has been repeatedly denied. The ruling today essentially states that Courts cannot force the legislature to follow...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

LANSING - House Democrats today said that Senate Bill 1040, which significantly changes teacher benefits for current and retired teachers, will significantly hurt new teachers, retired teachers, and will again harm Michigan women who make up the majority of teachers in Michigan public schools.

“Once again, the governor and Legislative Republicans have attacked retirees and women by passing a public school pension bill that will hurt retirees already living on a fixed income, and hurt...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

LANSING - Michigan House Democrats today offered necessary amendments to a Republican-sponsored bill to end election fraud in response to recent news about Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger’s and Democrat-turned-Republican Representative Roy Schmidt’s effort to defraud and mislead voters by rigging an election.

While the Republican-sponsored bill, HB 4907, would help military service members overseas have more time to vote by absentee ballot, which the Democrats support, it does not go far enough to ensure...