Michigan Democrats call on Republican lawmakers who objected to election results to resign
DETROIT – On Tuesday, the Michigan Democratic Party announced it wants the three Republican representatives from Michigan who objected to the election results to resign. Republicans Lisa McClain, Tim Walberg and Jack Bergman all objected last Wednesday after rioters stormed the US Capitol. The call Tuesday for those resignations also comes as there is growing pressure in Washington and Lansing for lawmakers to be held accountable for furthering false election claims. “Walberg, McClain and Bergman’s actions have been nothing short of an attack on our democracy, a betrayal of those who they represent,” wrote MDP Party Chair Lavora Barnes. The next big thing we will be watching is how these members vote on impeachment Wednesday morning.
Judge blocks Election Day ban on the open carry of guns near Michigan polling places
DETROIT – A judge has blocked a sudden ban on the open display of guns near Michigan polling places on Election Day. Judge Christopher Murray acted Tuesday, just a few hours after hearing a challenge from gun-rights groups. They said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, had exceeded her authority in banning people from openly carrying guns within 100 feet of polling places. Critics argued that Benson failed to go through a formal rule-making process as required under state law. We cannot allow guns to be brought to polling places to intimidate voters.”
Michigan court blocks 2-week absentee ballot extension
DETROIT – Absentee ballots must arrive by Election Day to be counted, the Michigan Court of Appeals said Friday, blocking a 14-day extension that had been ordered by a lower court and embraced by key Democratic officials in a battleground state. Any changes must rest with the Legislature, not the judiciary, the Republican-appointed appeals court judges said in a 3-0 opinion. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson last week said 2.7 million people had requested absentee ballots, a result of a change in law that makes them available to any voter. Michigan law says absentee ballots must be turned in by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be valid. The case was heard by appeals court judges Boonstra, Michael Gadola and Thomas Cameron.
Michigan Democratic Party releases statement before first presidential debate
The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Lavora Barnes ahead of Tuesday night’s presidential debate:"Tonight, Donald Trump will say outrageous things, he will spin, he will deflect, and he will spout egregious lies in pursuit of making this campaign about anything but his attacks on our health care. When you’re watching, you will see a president in Donald Trump who tries to obfuscate what is at stake, and you will see a candidate in Joe Biden who will articulate exactly why Donald Trump is a threat to our working families. We are seeing unprecedented energy and excitement on the ground and we are ready to turn that energy into votes and elect Joe Biden, Gary Peters, and Democrats up and down the ticket in every corner of this state.”Read: Trump Victory releases statement ahead of first presidential debateLIVE COVERAGE: Trump, Biden in first Presidential Debate of 2020 election
'March Against Police Brutality’ planned in Detroit today
DETROIT – A march to protest police brutality is planned in Detroit on Friday afternoon following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this week. Event info: “Hosted by Progressive Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party, Occupy Detroit, Detroit Anarchist Black Cross, March for Black Women Detroit, Michigan United, Abolish ICE Detroit and Metro-Detroit Political Action NetworkMPD Officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd in cold blood, Sha’Teina and Dan Grady were assaulted and tased by Washtenaw County PD, LAPD drove their cars directly into protesters marching for George Floyd.”Organizers are asking people who attend to continue to practice safe social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They are also encouraging people to wear masks and gloves. It will begin at 4 p.m. at 1301 Third Street in Detroit (Detroit Public Safety Headquarters). Find more on the event here on the Facebook page.
He made a mistake,' Michigan Democratic Partys Black Caucus chair says about Biden
The Chair of the Michigan Democratic Partys Black Caucus said Friday Fmr. Vice President Joe Biden should make amends with black voters after a joking remark about who is considered black while on a popular radio show. Bidens comments were however immediately seized by Republicans and Biden-opposers as offensive. In video online, Senate Candidate John James, who is black, said the Bidens comment was out of line. IN response to criticism, Biden campaign advisor Symone D. Sanders, who is also black, said Bidens comments were meant to set himself apart from Mr. Trump.