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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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Kyle Bird
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AG Sessions Aims to Punish People, Not Solve Problems

Reform Rollback On May 12, 2017, Attorney General Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions announced he was rolling back the Obama Administration’s drug offense sentencing guidelines promulgated under former Attorney General Eric Holder. Attorney General Sessions stated in his memo to the Department of Justice that, "prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense", and that, "The most serious offenses…



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Felicia Copeny
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Flint: A Forgotten Crisis

Does anyone remember the Flint water crisis? Did you know that it is still happening? As you read these words, my city is still without clean water. We are three years into a situation with no end in sight. It all started back in April, 2014 when the emergency manager, appointed by the state, decided to switch the water from…



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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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George
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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…