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Tuesday's results in Washington and Michigan

Tuesday was an important day for progressives in Washington and Michigan. Both states had their primaries, and we have some excellent news to report!

We can't say the "V" word

What's the "V" word? We can’t say the word "Vagina" out loud, or we too might be banned from speaking on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives. This happened to farm team member and State Rep. Lisa Brown on Wednesday.

Her exact comment (on yet another anti-choice and anti-woman bill which the Republican-controlled house rammed through) was "Finally, Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but no means no."1

A Republican Autocracy in Michigan

Elected officials removed and replaced with a non-elected official. Laws passed illegally by ignoring one party’s votes. Autocracy meets Michigan.

We've got to beat this guy

Are you kidding me?  Women and women’s health have been under vicious attack lately and it isn’t stopping anytime soon.  Anti-choice zealots are coming out of the woodwork to run for office and it seems like the ones in office are putting up crazy anti-women’s health bills by the day.  Take Bob Gray in Michigan for example.    Bob Gray is a right-wing, anti-choice conservative who wants to prohibit women from making their own health choices.  His website says, “Does God approve of what will take place at 1625 N. Opdyke Road and what Planned Parenthood will be doing if we don’t put a stop to their madness?”

State Politics Cheat Sheet - 8/5/11

It may be August recess, but politics never rest! Here's what's happening in Progressive Majority's 9 target states this week:

The truth behind Right to Work laws

Michigan is the latest state to start lobbying for Right to Work laws. Here's a look at their coalition's news conference yesterday.

Governor Snyder is killing the American Dream

Governor Snyder has been going crazy lately...

Michigan Republicans vote to cut off benefits for newly unemployed

Late yesterday, Michigan Republicans took action to limit unemployment benefits to newly unemployed workers by decreasing the amount of time someone, who just lost their job, can receive unemployment benefits.

If the law goes into effect, future unemployed workers will see a reduction in benefits from 26 to 20 weeks. Conservative legislators snuck the provision into a bill whose purpose was to make a technical change in the law to draw down federal extension benefits for unemployed workers.

Republicans' Shared Sacrifice Sacrifices the American Dream

If I had a dime for every time I heard the phase “shared sacrifice” come out of a Republican’s mouth I’d be a millionaire by the end of the year. 

It'd be one thing if the conservative movement was serious about sharing the pain in terms of budget cuts and the sort, but when “shared sacrifice” means only sacrifice coming from the hide of working America, on the backs of the working poor, and out of the fixed incomes of seniors, what we have is one of the biggest jokes in modern political times.  And the joke is on us!

Elected Official Roundup 3/11/11

Your roundup of our elected officials in the news:

Brett Hulsey (State Rep. WI) and Assembly Dems continue to voice opposition to Walker's bill. "The bill assaults our families, our freedom, it undermines our future in a needless way," said Hulsey in the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

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