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Thursday, January 27, 2011

LANSING – Demanding less partisanship and more public input, State Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) today introduced a plan to reform Michigan’s redistricting process so that it is more transparent and draws legislative districts that provide fair representation for Michigan residents. Byrum’s plan was not adopted by the House on a partisan vote of 45-63.

“Our current redistricting process is flawed because it is driven by partisan agendas and it shortchanges our residents,” Byrum said. “These...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"Democrats are encouraged that the Governor sounds prepared to get moving on initiatives we have long supported to create jobs now, such as breaking ground on a second international bridge and giving more tools to small businesses. We stand ready to work with him on developing more specifics about these and other ideas, but his commitment to taking on special interests and helping middle class families is a good start."

Thursday, January 13, 2011

LANSING – House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mt. Morris Township) said today that he wants quick bipartisan action on three plans that will put tens of thousands of Michigan workers back on the job in the coming months.

“People in Michigan need jobs, and they need them now," Hammel said. “House Democrats have been working for years on concrete plans to create jobs. As we start the new legislative session, we hope that it...

Monday, January 3, 2011

LANSING – State Representative Richard E. Hammel (D-Mt. Morris Twp.) was chosen by his colleagues today to serve as House Democratic Leader for the 2011-2012 session. State Representative Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek) will serve as Democratic Floor Leader.

"I'm humbled to be chosen to lead House Democrats during this critical time for our state," Hammel said. "We are committed to standing up for Michigan's workers and families. We want to make sure no...