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Monday, November 19, 2012

LANSING - The Michigan House Democratic Caucus chose Rep. Tim Greimel(D-Auburn Hills) to become the House Democratic Leader for the 2013-2014 session. Rep. Rudy Hobbs (D-Southfield) will serve as Democratic Floor Leader.

“My pledge to the families, seniors and students of Michigan is to work tirelessly on their behalf by fighting for policies that will help them and move our state forward,” Greimel said. “I know that people around the state have been struggling under the...

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...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

LANSING – House Democratic Leader Richard E. Hammel (D-Mount Morris Township) and Democratic Floor Leader Kate Segal(D-Battle Creek) today called for an investigation by the House Oversight, Reform and Ethics Committee into the election-rigging scam perpetrated by House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) and State Representative Roy Schmidt (R-Grand Rapids).

“We agree with Kent County Prosecutor Bill Forsyth that what Bolger and Schmidt did to the people of Grand Rapids and the integrity of the House was a travesty,”...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

“I congratulate Gov. Rick Snyder on his brave decision to veto three of the more egregious bills in the voter suppression package. The package as a whole would have discouraged thousands of Michigan voters from going to the polls and disenfranchised many more while doing nothing to make elections more fair. Studies have repeatedly shown that Michigan has no problem with voter fraud. As the Governor said, voting rights are precious and we need to...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Today House Democrats fought against Senate Bill 1040 (H-3). In the end, the bill passed by a vote of 57 to 47. The package of bills will amend the Michigan Public School Employee’s Retirement System (MPSERS).

“Our teachers will be forced to take on the burden in such an extensive way, that it will not only make it more difficult for them to survive, but will also impede on their ability to maintain an effective...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

LANSING - Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas (R-Midland) today banned two Democratic women legislators from speaking on the House Floor as the House of Representatives takes up its final legislation before the summer recess. State Representatives Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) and Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) were not told why the ban was put in place, but it is widely believed it stems from their opposition to radical anti-choice legislation that passed the House yesterday.

“Both Representative Byrum and I were...

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