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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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August MDP SCC Meeting Motions and Resolutions

On August 12, 2017 at the State Central Committee meeting of the Michigan Democratic Party, Michigan for Revolution plans to propose the following resolutions and motions in an effort to demonstrate  our goal to bring integrity, fairness, transparency and democracy back to our country. These were shared to the Online SCC Forum earlier this week, and changes based on comments…



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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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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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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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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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Building a Democratic Party that Wins Part 1

It was standing room only. Many meetings were overflowing into the halls. Elections were often chaotic. Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) officials, staff, and volunteers were overwhelmed by the turnout. Some couldn’t run a large meeting smoothly. Some didn’t know their own rules. In at least one caucus, voter intimidation and intentional violations of the rules were reported. Such was the…