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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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Lee Neuman
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Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed brought his campaign for Governor of Michigan to the Downriver for Revolution group on Sunday, May 7th.  He took questions from the group and answered what questions he could in the 90-minute time frame. He spoke of his of his background, education, and experience re-creating the Health Department in Detroit – eliminated by an emergency manager during…



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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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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…



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Liano
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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…