Michigan doctor wants to be the first Muslim governor in US history

Abdul El-Sayed says America is ready for its first Muslim governor. He’s thrown his hat in the ring in his home state of Michigan, banking on his advocacy for progressive policies like a single payer health care and legalizing marijuana to reap the tax benefits.

“Think about what it would mean for our country,” El-Sayed said, “if one of the states that helped push Donald Trump over the edge turned around and elected a 33-year-old Muslim-doctor as governor.”

A first-generation American, El-Sayed is also a former star athlete, Rhodes Scholar and university professor. He cut his teeth in public service as director of Detroit’s public health system, a job he took on at just 30 years old. At the time, El-Sayed was working as a professor at Columbia University and became frustrated studying health disparities and feeling like he could not have an immediate impact.  Read More

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This Tax Bill Is a Trillion-Dollar Blunder

Last month a Wall Street Journal editor asked a room full of CEOs to raise their hands if the corporate tax cut being considered in Congress would lead them to invest more. Very few hands went up. Attending was Gary Cohn, President Donald Trump’s economic adviser and a friend of mine. He asked: “Why aren’t the other hands up?”

Allow me to answer that: We don’t need the money.

Corporations are sitting on a record amount of cash reserves: nearly $2.3 trillion. That figure has been climbing steadily since the recession ended in 2009, and it’s now double what it was in 2001. The reason CEOs aren’t investing more of their liquid assets has little to do with the tax rate.  Read More

Senators Stabenow and Peters to introduce resolution to overturn net neutrality repeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters say they and other senators will be introducing a resolution to overturn the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality.

Stabenow tweeted that the decision was “terrible for all Americans who want equal access to a free and open internet.”

Senator Peters issued a statement via news release in which he blasted the decision to end the Obama-era provisions.

“Today’s FCC vote to scrap net neutrality protections is an anti-consumer decision that disadvantages small businesses and everyday internet users,” said Peters via the release. “This action could usher in a two-tiered internet, where large corporations that can pay for a fast lane have the power to slow down or block content, and consumers and small businesses are relegated to the slow lane.”  Read More

MSU ignorance claim seems sketchy

FILE-Nassar-3It looks like Michigan State University got exactly what it paid for when it hired an outside investigator to examine whether any school officials were culpable in the molestation of at least 144 women and girls over a 20 year period.

Former Federal Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald told state Attorney General Bill Schuette in a letter that MSU Dr. Larry Nassar had “fooled everyone around him” in his serial molestation of female gymnasts and other athletes.  Read More

The Silence Breakers

Movie stars are supposedly nothing like you and me. They’re svelte, glamorous, self-­possessed. They wear dresses we can’t afford and live in houses we can only dream of. Yet it turns out that—in the most painful and personal ways—movie stars are more like you and me than we ever knew.

In 1997, just before Ashley Judd’s career took off, she was invited to a meeting with Harvey Weinstein, head of the starmaking studio Miramax, at a Beverly Hills hotel. Astounded and offended by Weinstein’s attempt to coerce her into bed, Judd managed to escape. But instead of keeping quiet about the kind of encounter that could easily shame a woman into silence, she began spreading the word.  Read More

Michigan’s emergency manager law is racist, lawsuit argues

Michigan’s emergency manager law is facing another legal challenge, this time from a Outside the State Capitol before Governor Rick Snyder's State of the State address. Angela J. Ceseregroup arguing that the law is unconstitutional because it disproportionately targets black communities and continues a “narrative of structural and strategic racism.”

Detroit attorney Herb Sanders said the emergency manager law violates the U.S. constitution’s equal protection clause, and that more than half of Michigan’s black residents have, at one time, lived in a community where elected, local governance has been stripped away by emergency managers.  Read More

MDP Statement on Retirement of Congressman Sandy Levin

“Congressman Sandy Levin’s work for his district and our state has improved the lives of all Michiganders — Democrat, Republican, Independent, or no label at all. His has been a life dedicated to public service and serving as a champion for working and middle-class families. Sandy Levin has spent his entire career leading on trade issues to protect Michigan workers, working to grow American manufacturing and jobs, and fighting for better healthcare, a fairer tax code, education, the environment, and a society and system of government that is more open, equal, and honest so that everyone, no matter their tax bracket or the one they were born into, gets a shot at the American Dream. We thank Congressman Levin for his decades of service and wish him well in this next chapter.”  Read More