Progress Michigan http://www.progressmichigan.org Uncompromised progressive politics for Michigan. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:46:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.5 Lucrative Contracts & Massive Campaign Contributions: Bill Schuette’s Cozy Relationship with Warner Norcross & Judd http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/lucrative-contracts-massive-campaign-contributions-bill-schuettes-cozy-relationship-with-warner-norcross-judd/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/lucrative-contracts-massive-campaign-contributions-bill-schuettes-cozy-relationship-with-warner-norcross-judd/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:46:52 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=38240 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan April 27, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Lucrative Contracts & Massive Campaign Contributions: Bill Schuette’s Cozy Relationship with Warner Norcross & Judd Attorney General received $68K in campaign cash, while law firm received $728,000 in state contracts  MICHIGAN — Bill Schuette and his former employer, Warner Norcross & Judd, […]

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Lucrative Contracts & Massive Campaign Contributions: Bill Schuette’s Cozy Relationship with Warner Norcross & Judd

Attorney General received $68K in campaign cash, while law firm received $728,000 in state contracts 

MICHIGAN — Bill Schuette and his former employer, Warner Norcross & Judd, have enjoyed a cozy and mutually beneficial relationship ever since he took over as Michigan’s Attorney General. That relationship has resulted in at least $68,000 in contributions to Schuette from the law firm’s PAC and roughly $728,000 in state contracts for the law firm, which calls into question the nature of Schuette’s relationship with his former employer and raises the issue of whether or not Schuette is engaging in pay-to-play politics of the worst kind.

Progress Michigan has compiled information that shows money continually changing hands between Bill Schuette and WNJ ever since Schuette took office.

“Based on these public reports, the question needs to be asked: is this a pay-to-play operation? Bill Schuette has been doling out massive contracts to Warner Norcross & Judd while, at the same time, the law firm has given him piles of campaign contributions and access to their stable of attorneys to push his far-right agenda,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “No one could look at this data and think, ‘Yes, this is how it’s supposed to work,’ because, frankly, this could be corruption and cronyism at its worst.”

Now the controversial relationship has made its way to the United States Supreme Court.

Schuette selected John Bursch of Warner Norcross to argue in favor of the state’s marriage equality ban. But this isn’t the first time Schuette has tapped his former employer for assistance before the top court in the land. In 2011, Schuette named Bursch to the position of solicitor general, the state’s main lawyer to argue before the Supreme Court.

While Warner Norcross & Judd has attempted to distance itself from the same-sex marriage ban case set to take place on Tuesday, their campaign contributions have spoken louder than their words. The law firm has given at least $68,000 to Schuette through its PAC over the years for his AG campaigns and even provided office space during campaign season.

“The heads of Warner Norcross can claim until they’re blue in the face that they’re not on the side of discrimination, but if you give money to Bill Schuette, you’re directly supporting state-sanctioned discrimination,” Scott said. “If you support Schuette, you support discrimination. Our Attorney General and discrimination are inseparable.”

According to publicly available records, Schuette and WNJ have had a questionable relationship ever since he took office. Beginning in 2012, WNJ’s state contracts ballooned from a $25,000 and a $24,000 contract to include a $500,000 contract. Later that year in October, WNJ received two additional state contracts for about $25,000 each. That same month, Schuette received a $34,000 campaign donation from WNJ.

Throughout the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, WNJ received several state contracts totaling about $178,000. In 2014, WNJ donated twice to Schuette: in one instance a June $2,000 donation and the other — valued at $32,000 — the day before the November election.

Since taking office, Schuette has received at least $68,000 in campaign contributions from the Warner Norcross & Judd PAC, while the law firm has received about $728,000 worth of state contracts.

“It’s sad to see our Attorney General use his power and influence to peddle out huge contracts to his well-connected cronies,” Scott continued. “What’s even worse is seeing this questionable relationship rear its ugly head in front of the Supreme Court. The people of Michigan don’t want this type of behavior from the people’s attorney, but that’s exactly what we’ve seen from Attorney General Bill Schuette.”

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GOP Plans RFRA Hearing Under Cover of Supreme Court Hearings http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/gop-plans-rfra-hearing-under-cover-of-supreme-court-hearings/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/gop-plans-rfra-hearing-under-cover-of-supreme-court-hearings/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:04:15 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=38229 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan April 24, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org GOP Plans RFRA Hearing Under Cover of Supreme Court Hearings Controversial legislation scheduled on same day as start of marriage equality case LANSING — In a pitiful attempt to avoid public criticism and less media scrutiny, Republicans are taking testimony on a Religious […]

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April 24, 2015

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GOP Plans RFRA Hearing Under Cover of Supreme Court Hearings

Controversial legislation scheduled on same day as start of marriage equality case

LANSING — In a pitiful attempt to avoid public criticism and less media scrutiny, Republicans are taking testimony on a Religious Freedom Restoration Act bill the same day as the United States Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments on marriage equality.

“It’s insulting for conservatives to think they can sneak this type of legislation past the eyes of the public by pushing it out the day the Supreme Court is hearing a monumental case that could finally bring about progressive change to this country,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “This legislation doesn’t belong in the halls of our Capitol or the committee rooms where legislation is groomed — it belongs in the backwater fever swamps where this type of discriminatory mentality festers.”

The hearing on the controversial legislation comes on the heels of yet another attempt by the conservative legislature to use religion as a guise for discrimination. Earlier this week, a Senate committee voted to allow adoption agencies to discriminate against and turn away families whom they didn’t want to serve. The LGBT community, non-Christians and single parents are at risk of being denied the opportunity to adopt and children denied a loving home under this legislation.

“This sleight of hand by the Republican leadership won’t fool the public and they should be ashamed of even giving this legislation the time of day,” Scott continued. “This rush by the GOP to enshrine discrimination into state law is a waste of resources and the legislature’s time. RFRA hurts families, is bad for businesses and would make Michigan a national embarrassment.”

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Money Speaks Louder than Words http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/money-speaks-louder-than-words/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/money-speaks-louder-than-words/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:27:14 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=38224 By Brad O’Neil Our elected leaders are back in session and yet another piece of legislation is being rammed through the Republican-controlled legislature with little review and even less debate. Senate Bill 248 puts corporate profits above the health and well-being of accident victims by enacting major changes to Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system. The […]

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By Brad O’Neil

Our elected leaders are back in session and yet another piece of legislation is being rammed through the Republican-controlled legislature with little review and even less debate. Senate Bill 248 puts corporate profits above the health and well-being of accident victims by enacting major changes to Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system.

The Michigan no-fault system is meant to take care of the medical needs of accident victims in a predictable and effective way while avoiding the expensive litigation involved in suing people to establish fault. It’s a system that has worked for decades and has taken good care of seriously injured Michiganders.

But republicans claim this system needs to be overhauled because they are concerned about high insurance rates. The rushed nature of the bill and its strong monetary ties to members of the Senate Insurance Committee, however, paint a vastly different picture.

Nothing in the bill actually addresses rate decreases, not even in Detroit – the supposed reason for action. In fact, Governor Snyder is working on separate legislation with Mayor Duggan on Detroit rates. So, what’s the likely reason this bill is being pushed though? It’s been paid for.

Senator Joe Hune (R-Hamburg Township), Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee and sponsor of the bill, has received $108,075 from the insurance industry. Senator Virgil Smith (D–Detroit), the lone Democrat to vote yes on the bill, received $36,800. The donations to other Senators who voted yes include $23,550 to Senator Jack Brandenburg (R-Harrison Township), $30,000 to Senator Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage) and $24,100 to Senator Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge).

The bottom line is that insurance companies stand to gain the most from this legislation, not you. To add insult to injury the law also has a provision that ensures voters cannot repeal the new law by referendum. The message is unmistakable – public input or opinion on this matter is not welcome. But what they don’t seem to realize is that we don’t need a welcome mat.

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Senate Committee Approves Anti-Family Bill Package That Hurts Children http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/senate-committee-approves-anti-family-bill-package-that-hurts-children/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/senate-committee-approves-anti-family-bill-package-that-hurts-children/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:10:04 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=38222 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan  April 22, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Senate Committee Approves Anti-Family Bill Package That Hurts Children Adoption discrimination bills passed out of a Senate Committee today LANSING — A package of bills passed out of a Senate committee today would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against and refuse services to […]

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April 22, 2015

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Senate Committee Approves Anti-Family Bill Package That Hurts Children

Adoption discrimination bills passed out of a Senate Committee today

LANSING — A package of bills passed out of a Senate committee today would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against and refuse services to people because of their faith, sexual orientation or gender identify, or marital status.

The adoption discrimination bills are just the latest attempt by elected officials to curry favor with the far-right conservative wings of their party who wish to use religion as a cloak for discrimination.

“The ones who are hurt most by this legislation are the children of this state that desperately need loving homes. This adoption discrimination package is just another attempt to enshrine discrimination into state law,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Kids need loving families — they don’t need our representatives depriving them of that basic necessity.”

The bill package, HB 4188-4190, has already passed the Michigan House and is now headed for a vote on the Senate floor.

“Gov. Snyder has been noticeably silent on this issue,” Scott continued. “We hope that any bill that hurts kids like this would receive a swift and decisive veto from the Governor. Discrimination against children and families has no place in Michigan.”

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Al Madrigal of The Daily Show to Headline Progress Michigan Fundraiser http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/al-madrigal-of-the-daily-show-to-headline-progress-michigan-fundraiser/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/al-madrigal-of-the-daily-show-to-headline-progress-michigan-fundraiser/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:54:09 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=38217 News from Progress Michigan April 21, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Al Madrigal of The Daily Show to Headline Progress Michigan Fundraiser More information on “Stand Up For Progress” event to come  LANSING — The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal will headline a June 3, 2015 fundraiser for Progress Michigan, the watchdog and advocacy organization announced today. The event, “Stand Up For Progress,” will […]

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April 21, 2015

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Al Madrigal of The Daily Show to Headline Progress Michigan Fundraiser

More information on “Stand Up For Progress” event to come 

LANSING — The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal will headline a June 3, 2015 fundraiser for Progress Michigan, the watchdog and advocacy organization announced today.

The event, “Stand Up For Progress,” will be emceed by the Fake Rick Snyder (played by Mark Boyd) and will feature special guest standup from Lansing City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar. The event will take place June 3rd at the Rackham Auditorium in Ann Arbor. More information will be released in the coming weeks, including where and how to buy tickets.

“Progress Michigan is proud to ‘stand up for progress’ every day in Michigan and we couldn’t be happier that Al Madrigal will be joining us for this event,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “We hope folks will join us for an evening of comedy and fun.”

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Snyder to Terminally Ill Man: Drop Dead* http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/snyder-to-terminally-ill-man-drop-dead/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/snyder-to-terminally-ill-man-drop-dead/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:53:37 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=38213 Last week, Rick Snyder made it clear where he stands on compassion for others. In a five-page brief filed in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Michigan, Snyder refused to recognize a marriage that legally occurred in New York State between two Michigan citizens. Bruce Morgan of East Grand Rapids, who is […]

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Last week, Rick Snyder made it clear where he stands on compassion for others. In a five-page brief filed in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Michigan, Snyder refused to recognize a marriage that legally occurred in New York State between two Michigan citizens.

Bruce Morgan of East Grand Rapids, who is suffering from terminal brain cancer and sought a special exemption from the Governor so that he could have his marriage recognized by the state where he lives, brought the case. However, Snyder has refused to recognize this marriage despite the fact that he begrudgingly recognized about 300 marriages that occurred in March 2014.

This decision to refuse “special treatment” for a man with terminal brain cancer comes on the heels of the revelation that Snyder issued a pardon for a politically connected lawyer for a drunk driving offense.

One would think that Governor Snyder has a valid argument in the Morgan case. I mean, why would we expect Rick Snyder to bend the rules to benefit one person? It’s not like Mr. Morgan suffers from an inability to drive sober. It’s not like Mr. Morgan is a well-connected lawyer in Republican circles. Mr. Morgan is just an average person with a terminal illness who wants legal recognition of his marriage, not a drunk driver who wants legal protection from the state.

These two decisions sum up Rick Snyder’s warped worldview. In one case, he shows empathy and compassion for a man who put countless others at risk during an alcohol-fueled drive around town and gave him a new lease on life. In the other case, Snyder shows a cold, unsympathetic side to a man dying of cancer and refused to recognize his legal marriage. If you ever needed a window into the “money talks and drunk drivers walk” mentality of Rick Snyder, these decisions will show you that Rick Snyder values money over literal life and death situations.

*Rick Snyder, like Gerald Ford before him, didn’t really say “Drop Dead” but really he might as well have.

 

 

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Our Kids’ Future: Competition or Collaboration? http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/our-kids-future-competition-or-collaboration/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/our-kids-future-competition-or-collaboration/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:24:50 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=38209 Last night, the litany of cuts that our elected leaders have made to public education funding finally hit home.  My wife and I attended an open house for schools in our area in order to start making a decision about where our five-year-old son will attend school this fall. We have struggled recently, as many […]

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Last night, the litany of cuts that our elected leaders have made to public education funding finally hit home.  My wife and I attended an open house for schools in our area in order to start making a decision about where our five-year-old son will attend school this fall. We have struggled recently, as many parents do, with making a decision and are continuing to explore options and visit schools so we can make the best choice for him – a choice that will set the course for the rest of his life.

We are lucky, in that we have the resources and the flexibility to send our son to a school of our choosing. With our alternating work schedules and family that lives close by and helps us with childcare, we can make that decision comfortably. It’s a privilege that I am thankful for.

There have been several guiding factors in our decision-making process. Neither my wife nor I believe that education should be a for-profit industry, so charter schools are completely off the table. We have also really struggled with whether to stay in our home district or choose a district that is close by and boasts stronger scores on state assessments and a greater variety of educational programs. It has been a lot to consider, but beyond being overwhelmed, I am angry.

I am angry that the reason I have to make a “choice” at all is because of the relentless cuts conservatives have made to our school districts, making clear that they value profit above our children’s education.

I am angry that one open house that we attended for a top-tier school, a school that should stand on merit alone, felt more like a bazaar where each vendor was selling you the same goods with a different spin.

I am angry that our public schools have to compete with each other for students and try to scrape together budgets so kids can have books and paper without the teacher having to pay for it out of pocket.

Most of all, I am angry that because of conservatives’ disdain for the teachers’ union they will do anything in their power, including undermining students’ educational achievement, to try and break them.

We’ve been sold an idea that competition is what makes everything better, but with our kids’ future at stake, when does competition end and collaboration begin?

The truth is that our public schools need greater investment, but we can’t do it if we give for-profit charter schools $1 billion with zero accountability. We can’t do that if we continue to hand big business huge tax giveaways. And we sure as hell can’t do it if conservative legislators don’t stop playing politics with our kids’ future.

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The War on Drugs: A Chronic Failure http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/the-war-on-drugs-a-chronic-failure/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/the-war-on-drugs-a-chronic-failure/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:33:25 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=38205 By Sam Inglot and Denzel McCampbell From straight edge to stoner, we can all agree that marijuana prohibition has failed and we need serious reforms. Many media reports focus on the economic impact that legalizing marijuana would have on the state. According to the Detroit Free Press, there are three groups pushing for marijuana legalization […]

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By Sam Inglot and Denzel McCampbell

From straight edge to stoner, we can all agree that marijuana prohibition has failed and we need serious reforms.

Many media reports focus on the economic impact that legalizing marijuana would have on the state. According to the Detroit Free Press, there are three groups pushing for marijuana legalization ballot proposals in 2016 and all groups have touted the economic benefits that Michigan could gain through legalizing pot. A spokesperson for one of the groups is even quoted as saying, “Our proposal is not about pot. It’s about the revenue and jobs that are going to be created.”

There’s no question that the potential for extra revenue for much-needed public investment is a welcome conversation. As the Free Press article also points out, the state could take in more than $180 million per year with a legalization plan similar to the state of Colorado’s.

However, there is a human impact that marijuana prohibition has had on our state that is often overlooked.

The conversation for legalization should include the realities of the war on drugs and marijuana specifically. In Michigan, selling the smallest amount of marijuana is a felony offense and carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison and a fine of $20,000 (penalties increase with the amount of marijuana).

With these harsh penalties and the fact that people of color are disproportionately targeted for drug arrests, there is an opportunity for the state to rid itself of a drug policy that has torn apart thousands of families and communities. We also have a chance to create a new class of business entrepreneurs that includes the communities of color that these failed policies have long put at a disadvantage.

Prisons are meant to hold violent criminals who must be kept out of our communities, not folks who sell marijuana to put food on the table and a roof over their family’s heads. In a state where we spend more on prisons than higher education, lawmakers should be clamoring for a way to reduce the prison population without endangering public safety. Loosening the stiff penalties on marijuana would be a perfect way to do just that.

Although study after study proves that marijuana is significantly less harmful than the “Reefer Madness” era of thinking would let have you believe, the health effects are still commonly used to speak out against legalization. This occurs at the same time that we allow adults to consume alcohol and cigarettes, which have proven to be much more harmful to your health.

Why? Freedom — that’s why.

As a society, we believe adults should be free to make decisions about what to consume as long as they’re not hurting other people. We apply that standard to alcohol and tobacco, so why not marijuana?

Marijuana prohibition has been an all-around disaster— it’s time to end the madness.

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Progress Michigan: Will House Insurance Committee Follow the Money or Lead for Their Constituents? http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/progress-michigan-will-house-insurance-committee-follow-the-money-or-lead-for-their-constituents/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/progress-michigan-will-house-insurance-committee-follow-the-money-or-lead-for-their-constituents/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:01:11 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=38200 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan April 20, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Progress Michigan: Will House Insurance Committee Follow the Money or Lead for Their Constituents? Progress Michigan research finds that insurance lobby donated over $40,000 to members of House Insurance Committee in 2014 election cycle LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan released research that […]

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April 20, 2015

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Progress Michigan: Will House Insurance Committee Follow the Money or Lead for Their Constituents?

Progress Michigan research finds that insurance lobby donated over $40,000 to members of House Insurance Committee in 2014 election cycle

LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan released research that shows that the insurance lobby gave over $40,000 in direct political contributions to members of the House Insurance Committee. The revelation comes just one day before the committee is set to vote on an overhaul of Michigan’s Auto No-Fault law that will benefit the insurance industry at the expense of survivors of catastrophic auto accidents. Progress Michigan is urging members of the committee to cast their votes based on what is in the best interest of the people of Michigan rather than the lobbyists that funded their campaigns.

“As the House of Representatives rushes to pass these bills, we think it’s important to take a look at how much money has been doled out to members of the committee by the insurance lobby,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Our hope is that by calling attention to these donations, we can show the people of Michigan that some elected leaders prioritize lobbyists and campaign checks more than their constituents. We urge the committee members to do the right thing and side with those who had catastrophic injuries instead of those who fill their campaign coffers.”

This comes on the heels of a report by Progress Michigan showing that the insurance lobby has spent over $200,000 in direct contributions to members of the Senate Insurance Committee who voted to pass the same bill last week.

“When a person is injured in an accident they should have the peace of mind that they will be taken care of and that their state representative will have their best interests at the forefront of their minds,” Scott continued. “The citizens of Michigan deserve better than this attempt to further rig the system to benefit the wealthy and well-connected.”

A document detailing direct political contributions from the insurance lobby to each lawmaker on the committee can be found below.

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Republican War on Women Now Waged Against Republican Women? http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/republican-war-on-women-now-waged-against-republican-women/ http://www.progressmichigan.org/2015/04/republican-war-on-women-now-waged-against-republican-women/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:31:41 +0000 http://www.progressmichigan.org/?p=38198 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Progress Michigan April 16, 2015 Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org Republican War on Women Now Waged Against Republican Women? Representative Cindy Gamrat Ejected From Republican Caucus; Rep. Courser allowed to stay despite making the exact same criticisms LANSING — Today, State Representative Cindy Gamrat confirmed that she has been barred from attending Republican Caucus meetings as punishment for […]

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April 16, 2015

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Republican War on Women Now Waged Against Republican Women?

Representative Cindy Gamrat Ejected From Republican Caucus; Rep. Courser allowed to stay despite making the exact same criticisms

LANSING — Today, State Representative Cindy Gamrat confirmed that she has been barred from attending Republican Caucus meetings as punishment for disagreeing publically with Speaker Kevin Cotter on budget issues. Rep. Gamrat’s opposition to the budget was centeredon funding daycare programs, dental care for children, and Medicaid funding among other criticisms.

Rep. Gamrat was not the only Republican Representative to make the same complaint however. Today, Representative Todd Courser made the exact same complaint in a post on Facebook. Despite this fact, it has not been reported that Rep. Courser was told not to attend the same meetings.

“It seems that the Republican War on Women now extends to Republican women,” said Hugh Madden, communications director for Progress Michigan. “If Rep. Gamrat is not allowed to attend caucus meetings, why is Rep. Courser still allowed? Why is Dave Agema still allowed to represent Michigan Republicans at the national level?”

Speaker Kevin Cotter has not called for Dave Agema to step down for his statements disagreeing with Republican leadership.

“It’s fitting that just days after Equal Pay Day, that Kevin Cotter would dish out unequal punishment to a woman in his own caucus,”Madden continued. “Speaker Cotter has made it clear that dissent will not be tolerated – unless you are a man.”

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