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Mark Miller on the DPV Review

Editor’s Note Mark Miller has served many years on his municipal board of trustees, where his duties included managing local elections. Last year, he was elected clerk of Kalamazoo Township. He is also Chair of the MDP Sixth District. At the second SCC meeting last year, Mark, along with 27 other Democrats, was appointed to the Standing Rules and Political…



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Liano
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Partisan Arsonists and the Letter of the Law – Part 1

Partisan Arsonists A few days ago, six anonymous lawyers and a helpful journalist whistled up a media firestorm against a good man doing his best to serve the people of Michigan. Their smear campaign against Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is couched in deep concern for Democratic voters and the people of Michigan, tainted by racism, xenophobia, and the clawing hand of authoritarianism, poorly…



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Mark Miller on the “Line by Line” Review

Editor’s Note Mark Miller is what my grandfather would have called a mensch. He didn't use the word often. Long before I got here Mark was fighting for clarity, transparency, and democracy in the Michigan Democratic Party and beyond. He has served many years on his municipal board of trustees, where his duties included managing local elections. Last year, he…



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MDP Rules Committee Wraps Up “Line by Line” Review

On January 23, the Michigan Democratic Party Rules and Political Reform Committee wrapped up business on the “line by line” review of the rules mandated by the State Central Committee at its second meeting last year. In the months leading up to the February 2017 MDP Convention, Michigan for Revolution Chapters and allies across the state organized at the county…



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Michigan Progressive Staff
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Why I’m a Democrat

Every day someone asks me, “why do you continue to try to work within the Democratic Party?” Every day it gets more and more difficult to answer this. The reality is - we live in a country where the two party system controls our government. With that said, only one of those parties even comes close to aligning with my…



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Stephen Monti
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Uninterrupted Access

On December 15th, thousands of Michiganders may lose access to lifesaving medicine. Provisions of the MMFLA (Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act) due to go into effect on that date would effectively shut down the medical marihuana industry in Michigan for six months, and put thousands of Michiganders at terrible risk. Fortunately, Michigan Representative Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) is introducing legislation…



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Robert Fidler
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District 9 – Healthcare for All Rally

As GOP members of Congress seek to furtively remove healthcare for millions by gutting the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to create tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, Congressional Democrats are striking back with HR 676. Authored by Representative John Conyers (D-MI-13), the bill is designed to expand Medicare to cover the basic medical needs for all citizens. However, Representative Sander Levin (D-MI-9), has yet to…



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Liano
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MDP Rules Review

Whatever you may think of Nietzsche more generally, he got this one both right and wrong. It depends on the context. In a culture of mutual knowledge, where society values at least fairness over force, everything is still subject to interpretation, but whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of mutual knowledge - truths that everyone shares,…



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The Cannabis Caucus

Activists sharing ideas at the first meeting of the MDP's Cannabis Caucus. This week members of Michigan’s Cannabis community have scored a huge victory in the fight to end the 60 year prohibition on Cannabis. Cannabis activists have been working with allies in the MDP, including chair Brandon Dillon, to form an official caucus within the MDP. And on May…