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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

LANSING - Members of the Michigan House Democratic Caucus agree with Gov. Rick Snyder’s decision today to veto Senate Bill 59, which would have allowed concealed weapons to be carried in schools, day care centers, hospitals and other places.

“This is not the time to carelessly advance an expansion of concealed weapons in Michigan,” said Rep. Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak). “Concealed weapons are a serious matter, and any new rules about them must be made...

Monday, December 17, 2012

LANSING — Members of the House Democratic Caucus are preparing for the next attack on the democratic process upon hearing that Republicans plan to introduce legislation to shift Electoral College votes to individual congressional districts, essentially giving more weight to a portion of citizens. Leading the charge against this proposal is state Representative Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids).

“The system of electing a president set forth in the Constitution has worked successfully for more than 200...

Monday, December 17, 2012

LANSING — House Democratic Leader-elect Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) and the House Democratic Caucus today denounced legislation passed during the Legislature’s lame duck session. New laws that attack middle-class economic security and women’s health, weaken accountability and transparency in elections, and override the will of the people were all passed and sent to the governor over the past two weeks. Topping the Christmas tree of shame is a new $1 billion giveaway to corporations that...

Friday, December 14, 2012

LANSING - Michigan House Democrats early Friday morning denounced a last-minute Republican effort to squash voter rights by making recalls of elected officials virtually impossible and limiting the ability of citizens to cast a ballot. The measures were introduced to the Senate late Friday evening and passed by the House around 2:15 a.m. in the closing minutes of the 2012 legislative session.

“Republicans should be ashamed of what they are doing to democracy in our...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

LANSING — The House Democratic Caucus, led by House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (Mt. Morris Twp.) and House Democratic Leader-Elect Tim Greimel (Auburn Hills), fought for almost four hours and exhausted all legislative avenues but were unable to stop the so-called “right-to-work” legislation. House Bill 4003, the public-sector bill, passed on a 58-51 vote. Senate Bill 116, the private-sector bill, passed on a 58-52 vote.

“It’s a sad day for the middle class and the state...