Tuesday, January 17, 2017

            “I was incredibly disappointed this evening to see Gov. Rick Snyder take complex statistics out of context and use them to defend his claim that our state is on the rebound. Referencing things like declining unemployment numbers is all well and good, until you recognize that we still don’t have training for those who lose their job when companies ship work overseas, and we still do not have a...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) joined his House colleagues today to open the new legislative session at the ceremonial swearing-in held in the House Chamber at the state Capitol. Rep. Durhal was sworn in by state Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack. He was joined by his father and former state Rep. Fred Durhal Jr., Andre’a Lige and Alize Asberry, as well as staff members Mark Payne and Sharvin Jackson.

“During the...

State Rep. Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) takes the oath of office from Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at the state Capitol in Lansing. With him are his father, former state Rep. Fred Durhal Jr., Andreá Lige, his significant other, Alize Asberry his friend, and his staff members Mark Payne and Sharvin L. Jackson.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

LANSING — A three-bill package that will create prohibitive barriers to voting for those in vulnerable communities was voted out of the House today and now heads to the Senate. The legislation would institute a photo ID requirement at voting booths across the state.

“The ability to vote is not only a cornerstone of our democracy, it is one of our most constitutionally protected rights,” said state Rep. Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline). “Rather than enacting legislation...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — House Democrats resoundingly rejected the state omnibus budget tonight because it fails the families, seniors and students of Michigan. Rather than putting the people of Michigan first, it cuts vital programs and spends $3 million for additional state defense costs related to legal liabilities stemming from the Flint water crisis.

“I would have been happy to vote for a bill that matched the needs of the working families, seniors and young people of...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

LANSING — Members of the Detroit Caucus voiced concern today regarding the ongoing debate over the direction of Detroit Public Schools, citing the continued refusal to acknowledge Detroit voices as a key failure of the numerous bill packages offered to address issues in the school district. The most recent iteration — a package pushed through by the House Republicans during a late night session in May — has been widely criticized by governmental officials at...

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