Gov. Snyder vetoes anti-abortion license plate

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LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday he has vetoed legislation requiring Michigan to create and sell an anti-abortion fund-raising license plate.

Snyder said in a news release that the plate sends a “political message” with the potential to “bitterly divide” millions of residents. He said it’s inappropriate for a state-issued plate.  Read More

Elizabeth Warren Calls For Democrats To Embrace Single-Payer Health Care

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says it’s time for Democrats to run on single-payer health care across the country.  President Barack Obama “tried to move us forward with health care coverage by using a conservative model that came from one of the conservative think tanks that had been advanced by a Republican governor in Massachusetts,” Warren, referring to Mitt Romney, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published Tuesday.

 

“Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single payer,” she said.  Warren’s comments represent a shift to her position on the U.S. health care system. In March, she said her support for switching to single-payer ― in which the government handles coverage of health care costs, rather than insurance companies ― would depend on whether Democrats could find Republican lawmakers willing to help fix the Affordable Care Act passed under Obama.  Read More

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer Looks To Separate Herself in Field of Candidates for Governor

It is very early in Michigan’s 2018 gubernatorial race. That said, the race is beginning to take shape as hopeful candidates, such as Gretchen Whitmer, have started to announce their intention to run for governor. Whitmer, the former state Senate minority leader, announced her candidacy in January.

Since then she has been going all over Michigan to get a sense of the issues that people care about.

Whitmer speaks with Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson about politics in general and the beginning stages of her campaign.   Read More

Democratic Candidate for Governor Abdul El-Sayed on Religion and Politics

Right now, there are two official candidates for the Democratic nomination  for governor in 2018. One, former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, is a name that’s well-known in Michigan politics and has been in the mix for some time. The other is a relative newcomer to politics, and a name few Michiganders probably recognize. Former Detroit Health Department Director Abdul El-Sayed admits his is also a name that conjures many emotions and stereotypes for some voters.  Read More

 

 

 

 

 

Letters: Pension change bad for teachers

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The recent Detroit News editorial regarding MSPERS (“Don’t delay teacher pension overhaul, May 28”) is off the mark. First, people who leave school employment before vesting receive a refund of all their contributions. They lose nothing. If a defined contribution plan were indeed superior to the current hybrid plan, it is reasonable that more than 20 percent of new employees would have chosen it. The News values choice in education, so let’s indeed give school employees the choice they have now.  Read More

 

 

 

 

Pulling out of Paris climate accord a ‘mistake,’ U.S. Rep. Fred Upton says

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, the former chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said President Donald Trump’s decision to back out of the Paris climate accord is “a mistake.”

During an interview with MLive at the Mackinac Policy Conference, Upton said the agreement was carefully crafted and has many positives, including caveats to monitor countries with high pollution such as China and India.

“If they’re on, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t stay on,” he said. “For us to join with the ranks of Syria and Nicaragua as being the only countries not to sign on this, I think is a mistake.”  Read More

Polling Shows Strong Support for ELCRA Amendment

A statewide survey was conducted by EPIC-MRA among active and likely November 2018 general election voters. Legislation was introduced Tuesday in Michigan that would do what the following question asked on the survey proposes:

“The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act in Michigan provides civil rights protections against discrimination based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status or marital status. Would you favor or oppose legislation to amend this law to include protection against discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity?”  Read More