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THEY DID IT!!! In primaries across Kansas, Arizona, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio last night, TWENTY ONE @MomsDemand volunteers won and will advance to the general election in November.

Follow and support these gun-sense champions to help elect them this November! 👇#DemandASeat
Last night was a BIG NIGHT in KANSAS, where not only did the pro-choice movement get a huge win, but @MomsDemand volunteers @NinaforKansas, @joellahoye, @Linda4Kansas also won their primaries! Support their campaigns for more wins on issues you care about.
In ARIZONA, our gun sense candidates are up against some frightening gun extremists. Thankfully @MomsDemand volunteers @ChristinePMarsh, @lauraforAZ, @JenLongdon, @allmond4az and @nancygforAZ will be on the ballot and leading the fight for public safety. #azleg
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A few thoughts on the term limit changes/financial disclosure amendment that #MILeg voted to put on the ballot yesterday and why I was a yes (🧵):
Firstly, this was a vote to simply put the measure on the ballot. Nothing effectually changed yesterday, and I want that part to be clear. But given the conversations over the last several years I've had with constituents, I know this is a matter people are passionate about...
and should have the ability to vote on. Regarding the term limits piece, this would change the current limits (3 two-year terms in House, two 4-year terms in Senate, 14 years total) to a total of 12 years in/between either chamber. Term limits have had many negative effects,...
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Michigan Sen. Lana Theis joins the growing conservative trend of baselessly accusing political opponents of being pedophiles/groomers. #MILeg
Sen. Mallory McMorrow, who was mentioned by name in Sen. Lana Theis' fundraising email, points out that campaign rhetoric can have real world consequences.
Sen. Lana Theis' fundraising email accusing Sen. Mallory McMorrow of grooming seems to be backfiring.

McMorrow's response on the Senate floor now has 3.5 million views and counting, with fundraising links in the replies, after Hillary Clinton shared a video of the speech. #MILeg
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@SenMacDonald10 , "Michigan School Safety Task Force" Macomb County Representative @PLHornberger and the disgraced, illusive and removed from committee assignments Domestic Abuser Rep. Steve Marino Mi #HD24 have as you guessed it, all stayed silent
On today's gun violence that took place at @cvhs_bigreds . No surprise task force member @PLHornberger hasn't spoken out, after all she displays the @NRA sign proudly in her office. We need elected officials who will stand up for #schoolsafety not those who turn a blind eye
@SenMacDonald10 I'm calling on you to support SB550 and SB553 - and do whatever it takes to get them passed! Gun violence happened in YOUR district on YOUR time, are you really going to stay silent during an election cycle? Just so happens you decided to run for my district--
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Sen. @rosemarybayer on the Oxford HS shooting in her district: "It’s been more than 2mos since that day, & sadly, more than 7mos since legislation was intro'd in the House & Senate that, had it been acted on, might have made a difference in the outcome." #MiLeg #EndGunViolence 1/
Sen. @rosemarybayer on how SBs 550-553 & HBs 5066-5069 would save lives:

"These are bills that would require guns to be stored safely to prevent injury & provide criminal penalties if failure to safely store a gun results in injury or death." #MiLeg #EndGunViolence 2/
"Guns would have to be kept in a secure lockbox, in a location a reasonable person would believe is secure, or securely locked w/ a locking device.

We are all safer when guns are stored unloaded, locked & separate from ammunition." — Sen. @rosemarybayer #MiLeg #EndGunViolence 3/
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As Michiganders work hard & play by the rules, Republicans devise plans like a $2B giveaway to corporations that raked in profits during the pandemic. That's 6X what the GOP would offer nurses, first responders &other working families — &they're hoping you won't notice. #mileg 1/
"When I think of who needs the biggest break right now, it's exhausted teachers, nurses, childcare providers, grocery clerks & delivery drivers. The ppl who have suffered most during COVID, making middle class wages, w/ mouths to feed & bodies to clothe." — Sen. @jimananich 2/
Sen. @JimAnanich on the GOP bill to shower corporations that profited during the pandemic w/ $2B in giveaways:

“The small businesses that have truly struggled during the pandemic – like restaurants & brick-and-mortar retailers – would get virtually nothing.” 3/ #mileg
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👏👏👏 "Phone rates for prisoners will drop down to 21 cents per minute down from 91 cents per minute. The move comes as part of a mandate from the @FCC requiring lower fees for prisoner phone calls." #PhoneJustice…
"A 2014 study of incarcerated women found that those who had any phone contact were less likely to be reincarcerated within the five years after release. In fact, phone contact had a stronger effect on #recidivism compared to visitation." #PhoneJustice
#Michigan families bear the costs of prison and jail phone calls, paying tens of millions to talk to their loved ones. #PhoneJustice
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The @ProgressMich report shows the dangerous hypocrisy coming from the GOP & especially Michigan Rs. Read:👇🏾 1/6…
This is what is said aloud in interviews
“Senate GOP spokeswoman Abby Walls responded: “We need to focus on unity, not pushing around partisan reports meant to further divide us.”

But they ignore that there’s #NoUnityWithoutAccountability & refuse to be held accountable.
The @ProgressMich report is clear and damning and based on their very own words and those of their supporters. 3/6

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Michigan Senate GOP releases results of 2020 election investigation and, not surprisingly, concludes the outcome 'represents the true results.' It recommends citizens use a critical eye toward people who've 'pushed demonstrably false theories for their own personal gain.' #MILeg
Michigan Senate GOP urges AG Nessel to consider investigating people using misleading and false info about Antrim County to raise money or publicity for their own ends.
Michigan Senate GOP's report commends clerks for discovering and removing 3,500 absentee ballots submitted by voters who were alive but then died before Election Day. Oversight Committee concludes most allegations of deceased or non-residents voting were false. #MILeg
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Bills I intro'd w/@StateRepSteph inspired a @JohnAuchter cartoon in @MichiganRadio due to the ridiculous reaction they evoked from the MI GOP. The state of our politics are in a very sad place as these are thoughtful bills that would solve a problem for residents across MI #mileg Image
The bills would help SOS @JocelynBenson address the backlog of people/businesses needing to renew licenses, registrations, permits, etc. with the SOS due to COVID - with one-time federal COVID relief funding. #mileg
GOP leadership in the #mileg played a key role in creating this problem by granting 13-months of extensions for renewing licenses, registrations, etc., and then requiring all of that business to be conducted overnight when they let the extensions abruptly expire on March 31.
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Today, MI Sen. Elections Committee is passing voter suppression bills that threaten to disenfranchise thousands of voters. Sen. Republicans designed these bills to take away choices on Election Day by removing the option to prove a voter’s identity by signing an affidavit. #MILeg
Michigan already has a voter ID law on the books that has effectively balanced the need for security and accessibility in our elections for decades. These anti-voter bills are just another attempt to put up barriers between people and their right to vote.
There is no significant evidence, after decades of studies, of voter fraud related to Affidavit Ballots. Maybe because the only form of fraud policies like this prevent – someone impersonating another voter - is so inefficient and carries high penalties.
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House Republicans are advancing a bill that would fine Michiganders $1,000 who have a CDC vaccine card. You know, the card that is provided when you get the vaccine. The card you need to get your second dose. #mileg
The bill defines "governmental entity" and states that "A person who violates this act may be ordered to pay a civil fine of not more than $1,000.00 for each violation." The violation falls on the person, not the govt. entity as the bill is written. It's a deeply flawed bill...
If you want to help us Flip the House and restore sanity in Michigan you can do so by supporting the #BrixieBlueWaveFund🌊🌊🌊…
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New: Gretchen Whitmer + GOP legislative leaders were so close to a big deal.

Framework was in place for board deal on easing COVID-19 rules, allocating billions in fed. $ and formalizing new role for #mileg on health orders.

Today? Everything's in flux…
Sources tell me the two sides were to the point of negotiations where they discussing wording on planned joint statements.

Then, the governor announced her plan to tie vaccine metrics to easing COVID-19 rules. It caught some GOP lawmakers off guard…
But that plan essentially shows the governor and health leaders acquiescing to a longstanding GOP-request: publishing specific benchmarks for rolling back COVID-19 rules.…
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Mike Shirkey: "very proud" & "not backing off one oz." on 39 #VoterSuppression bills on call w #ALEC front-group NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business).

|@TheCenterSquare: Michigan SOS Benson: #MIGOP voting package "un-American"… #ALECexposed
The "National Federation of Independent Business" (#NFIB)👉… was OUTED as corporate/billionaire-funded "front" for #ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) NOT small business by @WashingtonPost (2014)👉… #ALECexposed #KOCHexposed
NFIB touts itself as champion for "Small Business" community nationwide & in States, but pushes BIG BIZ, #ALEC & BILLIONAIRE issues like the "death tax" and privatization.

More on the FRAUDULENT "National Federation of Independent Business"👉… #ALECexposed
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THREAD: "Michigan Witches Against Patriarchy" rally in Lansing to call for an END to "abusive language" & "attacks on fem elected officials" (Gov Whitmer, AG Nessel & SOS Benson and others) by #MIGOP misogynists Shirkey & Weiser.

Statement @Eclectablog👉…
The #MiWAP #Lansing #Protest is about Republican MEN (recently @RonaldWeiser @MIGOP Chair & @SenMikeShirkey) & ON-GOING use of "Patriarchal Violence" & verbal assaults on women in leadership & #MILeg.

READ @BarbByrum's "Misogyny in Michigan" @Eclectablog👇
What's "Patriarchal Violence" (PV) and why is it dangerous to ALL Michiganders, not just women in politics? It's hate, oppression, and growing.

|@SPLCenter: Misogyny from the Far Right to the Mainstream… #MIGOP #WaronWomen #MiWAT #Witches #Protest #Lansing
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The @BrennanCenter has updated its tally of new state voting provisions, finding that as of March 24, state legislators have introduced 361 new bills with voting restrictions — an increase of more than 100 bills since their last update in February.…
Last week, the Texas Senate advanced a bill that would limit early voting hours and prohibit drive-through voting and the sending of vote-by-mail applications to all voters. #txleg…
The new Georgia voting law makes it harder for Georgia residents to vote — and makes it a crime to hand out water to those waiting to vote.

Now, a new Florida bill would also ban giving water to people in line to vote. #FlaPol…
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I heard that it was advised one should read the 39-bill #votersuppression package that dropped in #MIleg yesterday before calling it a voter suppression package. I've spent the last two days pouring over all of the bills and am feeling quite prepared to comment. A🧵...
These bills are copies of voter suppression bills that have been introduced in 40+ other states – that perpetuate lies and conspiracies to strip Michigan voters of their rights. This isn't what anyone wanted or needed
Many of these bills are non-solutions in search of non-problems. On their face, most of the bills are the same attacks sweeping the nation. A direct retaliation to a record number of voters turning out to make their voices heard. But this package is uniquely insidious and racist.
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The new federal COVID relief law contains provisions that would essentially call a three-year truce in new state corporate welfare programs. As then-VP @JoeBiden famously said about the Affordable Care Act, "this is a big f**king deal." Quick thread:
The American Rescue Plan Act creates a $220 billion Coronavirus State Recovery Fund. To share in this money, states can't "directly or indirectly" fund new tax cuts with it. That specifically includes "a rebate, a deduction, a credit or otherwise."…
That means that between 60 days from now and the end of 2024, states that create new tax credit programs will have to pay the federal government back the net amount of however much tax revenue they lose to those programs. Essentially, any tax abatement would cost twice as much.
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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is giving another update on the state's fight against COVID-19. Watch live here:…
Whitmer notes US surpassing 500,000 deaths due to COVID-19.

"It's enough to fill the Big House in Ann Arbor five times over."
Whitmer: "If we took one minute of silence to recognize each life, it would last" more than 10 days.

Says it is important to remember the cost of the pandemic and to stay vigilant against its spread.
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Just now, SML Mike Shirkey, on a hot mic on the floor of the Senate speaking to Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist: "I frankly don’t take back any of the statements I made — I take back some of the words I chose." #mileg
I need to wait for the recording to posted for this session video to confirm this, but the Senator appeared to stand by the assertion that supporters of former President Trump did not instigate the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
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.@GovWhitmer delivering her latest presser on COVID-19 now. Watch live here:…
Whitmer's presser comes a few hours after the Senate GOP unveiled its own plan for how to use federal relief funds.

The plan is different than her plan, but also different than the House GOP plan.

Differences = delays in allocating money…
Whitmer: We are seeing an increase in vaccines provided by the Biden administration.

"It's not nearly as fast as we would all want, but it's headed in the right direction and we are grateful."
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New: You know those (debunked) stories about dead voters in Michigan?

Several bipartisan bills filed *before* the Nov. 3 election could've cleared up some confusion/misinfo about "dead" voters (along w/other issues).

The bills are back before #mileg now…
Michigan lawmakers are discussing these and other election bills now. Many of these bills have bipartisan support and, in theory, create changes that may restore confidence in the electoral process.…
House GOP lawmakers discussing fears they and other Republicans have expressed about chance for fraud when state mass mails absentee ballot applications (possibly going to non-eligible voters.)

Don't note these same apps are widely available online…
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It’s crazy to think that it has been exactly one month since the riot & siege on the Capitol by domestic terrorists. An actual month has gone by. A 🧵👇🏾
And 2 days ago the House voted to remove MGT (who—similarly to others—pedaled in the conspiracy theories that led to it) from her committees—as pretty much everyone now knows. And *only* 11 congressional GOP members voted to remove her from committees. Only 11. 2/11
That’s 199 members who are okay with someone who (among other things) shared a meme of a noose with these words superimposed:

“If we want to make America great again we will have to make evil people fear punishment again.”

The meme is awful & in👇🏾 3/11
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There’s been a lot on my mind lately as we grapple and contend with the recent events over the past months occurring in Michigan & last month in D.C.

You know what’s coming: A 🧵👇🏾
Not going to lie—it’s been traumatizing. Part of me thinks it’s foolish to admit that because there are those for whom that is the point. 2/17
The cruelty of perpetuating the trauma—retraumatizing people and communities of color is the point. But we can’t change or fix it if we don’t talk about the elephant in the room. So talk I must.🗣 3/17
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