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Trott Takes Pride Foreclosing on Michigan Families, Makes Millions

“Encompassing highly skilled teams, our mortgage foreclosure department prides itself on efficiency and a passionate commitment to accuracy.” That’s how Trott Law describes its most lucrative revenue stream, the one that made Dave Trott the richest member of the 2014 Congressional freshman class. He cashed out of Trott Law to the tune of $73.5 million, which means that he personally…



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William
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The Michigan Democratic Party Needs An Animal Protection Caucus

Paperwork was filed in January 2017 with the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) to start an animal protection caucus to advocate for humane legislation, educate legislators and their staff on the need for sensible animal protection legislation, and improve animal welfare in the state.  The MDP is dragging its feet on approving the caucus that would protect the voiceless in our…



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William
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The State Harasses Food Assistance Recipients

Those in Michigan who need food assistance and healthcare are increasingly facing obstacles from the State of Michigan. I am one case in point. Around 2009/2010, I applied for food stamps myself. The Department of Human Services (DHS) kept giving me the runaround requesting paperwork I had already sent them. Only after I had a letter to the editor published…



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Sarah
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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…



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Sam
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We All Know It’s Broken: Let’s Fix the Coordinated Campaign

The Democratic coordinated campaign in Michigan is routinely panned by activists, organizers, and party leaders every two years. For those unfamiliar, the “coordinated” is an opportunity for candidates running at the federal, state, and local level to share resources, create economies of scale, and increase overall democratic turnout. Most of this is led by the “statewide coordinated” program, which hires…



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Liano
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State Central Committee Motions Announcement

The Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) State Central Committee (SCC) is meeting this coming Saturday, April 29th, in Holland, Michigan. There are several motions being prepared by Michigan for Revolution. In order to give SCC members time to review and consider our motions adequately, we’re publishing them in advance. The links are below. I encourage anyone with any questions to post…



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William
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Animal Cruelty Secrecy: Less Transparency in USDA Under Trump

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the USDA inspects puppy mills, traveling animal acts, animal testing labs, roadside zoos, etc. for violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and Horse Protection Act (HPA).  The USDA inspects over 9,000 licensed facilities with animals in the U.S., almost 150 of which are in Michigan.  Under the Trump Administration, many…



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Liano
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MDP’s Orwellian Doublespeak on Proportional Voting

On 24 February Michigan for Revolution delivered five appeals to Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) headquarters in Lansing regarding the elections held at Cobo Center two weeks earlier. Last week, the MDP Appeals Committee rejected every appeal, on every point, unanimously. What follows is the first article in a series, each taking up one point from the MDP’s written denials of…



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Liano
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MDP Directive on Proportional Voting Violates MDP Rules

The Michigan Democratic Party operates in direct violation of its own Rules and its own Directive on Proportional Voting (DPV). MDP’s process for slate voting, and the example it provides to members, promotes a mathematical formula for calculating seats the DPV itself repeatedly asserts is the wrong formula. A well established body of research (e.g., Lijphart, Benoit, & Gallagher) shows…



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Andrew
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Michigan For Revolution: What is the Revolution?

It’s an organization that formed almost overnight. In less than two months Michigan for Revolution recruited over 500 new members to the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) and won major seats at the Michigan Democratic Convention. We had an election platform, we had a bird, we knew the rules, and we were prepared. Bernie Sanders asked us to fight for political…