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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 - Michigan House Democrats said this evening they are bitterly disappointed that Gov. Rick Snyder has signed so called “right-to-work” bills into law, making Michigan the 24th state to weaken collective bargaining rights. “I had hoped that at the last minute, Gov. Snyder would show a modicum of respect for the democratic process. He chose not to,” said House Democratic Leader-Elect Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills). “An issue as momentous as bargaining rights deserves an...

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...

Monday, December 10, 2012

LANSING — Members of the House Democratic Caucus called on Republicans in the Legislature to stand up to their leadership and do what’s best for middle-class workers and the democratic process by sending controversial right-to-work legislation to conference committee. Leading the call were House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (Mt. Morris Twp.), House Democratic Leader-Elect Tim Greimel (Auburn Hills) and Representative-Elect Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids).

“This legislation went from floor introduction to passage in 90...

House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (Mt. Morris Twp.) speaks at a press conference with current and future members of the House Democratic Caucus asking Republicans to send right-to-work bills to conference committee for discussion. To the left and right of Hammel, respectively, are Representative-Elect Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and House Democratic Leader-Elect Tim Greimel (Auburn Hills), who also spoke at the press conference.
Thursday, December 6, 2012

“This afternoon, the House Democrats, standing in unity with the thousands of middle class families who were shut out of their state Capitol during the floor debate on ‘right-to-work’ legislation, walked out of the House chamber and refused to vote on HB 4054 until the people were let back into the Capitol.

“The House Democrats left the chamber to make sure the citizens of the state, who pay for the upkeep and maintenance of the...

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