PEG 12th Congressional District
Newsletter #87, Thursday, November 29, 2018
107 weeks down, 5 weeks until 116th congress convenes
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Sunday, December 9. “The November Mid-Term Election: What Happened and What Does It Mean?”
Professor Michael Traugott, Senior Research Professor in the Center for Political Studies at University of Michigan and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication Studies, is nationally recognized for his research on the media and its impact on political campaigns and candidates, as well as for his expertise in polling and survey design. Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, 48103 . 3 pm
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Lame Duck Thrashing
The lame duck session in Michigan’s House and Senate has begun, and Republican lawmakers are rushing to finalize legislation before Governor-elect Whitmer can put her veto pen to them when she takes office in January. A coalition of liberal and progressive organizations are mobilizing to campaign for the minimum wage and paid sick leave laws the Republicans are trying to gut.
Republicans are also trying to rush through unproven educational policy to address Michigan’s declining achievement scores in grades K-12, no-fault insurance, protection of “dark money” to political campaigns (sb1176), and a revision of teacher’s pensions which Republicans would like switched from a defined benefit retirement pension plan to a defined contribution plan like a 401(K).
Perhaps most seriously--and lethally--is the proposed bill SB1197; Republican lawmakers would allow Enbridge to bypass all environmental and governmental reviews normally required in construction of an oil tunnel and expose Michigan to enormous liability and danger. Native American groups as well as the League of Women Voters of Michigan, Clean Water Action and the Straits of Mackinac Alliance all oppose the bill. More detailed information on the growing opposition to the bill is available at this link .
If you’d like to contribute to the future well-being of Michigan and Michiganders, you can sign up here for calling parties to protest the proposed legislation.
Bill information can be tracked at . The Michigan House of Representatives agenda can be found at by clicking on Today's Calendars on the menu to the left.
Disappointed by the outcome of Stacey Abrams' race in Georgia?
Want to help stop voter suppression in Georgia? Help ensure the right to vote next time around? Help elect a Georgia Democratic Secretary of State--John Barrow. The runoff election is December 4th . You can help in Georgia or remotely. Sign up here to help. -Risestronger
Thursday, November 29. Appreciation Party in Ypsilanti
The WCDP will provide drinks and food while supplies last. 734 Brewing is potluck so feel free to bring a dish. Click here to RSVP . Questions can be sent to Susan Baskett. 15 E Cross St, Ypsilanti. 6:30–9:30 pm
Calling parties to protect One Fair Wage with Michigan Resistance
There's something called the One Fair Wage. It increased Michigan's minimum wage and protected Michigan's workers.
But here's the thing. It was supposed to be a ballot proposal. If it had passed on the ballot, it would've been really hard for the legislature to change. So instead, the Republicans passed it earlier this year in the legislature so they could prevent it from going on the ballot and then gut it later on. And that's precisely what they're doing. They think nobody is paying attention. Click here to RSVP for a calling party.

Saturday, December 8. Ann Arbor Dems monthly membership meeting
Breakfast is free of charge – donations are optional. Breakfast includes: coffee, juice, bagels, cream cheese and fruit. Washtenaw Administration Building, 200 N Main St, Ann Arbor. 9:30–noon
Tuesday, December 11. Planned Parenthood planning meeting
This will be a chance to move forward and continue planning on embedding Planned Parenthood in the community. A free dinner will be served. Ann Arbor Health Center, 3100 Professional Dr, Ann Arbor . 6:15–7:45 pm
Wednesday, December 12. Wyandotte Dems monthly meeting
Copeland Center, 2306 4th St, Wyandotte . 7–8 pm

Thursday, December 13. 12th District Dems monthly meeting
Please email with any questions. Executive meeting is at 6:15pm. UAW, 9650 South Telegraph Rd, Taylor . 7–8 pm
Things to read, watch, and listen to
Americans are still struggling with drug costs
More than 2 out of 5 Americans say paying for their prescription drugs in the past year was difficult, even though most have health insurance, according to a new survey from GoodRx, a consumer site that compares drug costs. Read more here. - Axios
Trump moves to lower Medicare drug costs by relaxing some patient protections
The Trump administration proposed on Monday to cut costs for Medicare by reducing the number of prescription drugs that must be made available to people with cancer, AIDS, depression, schizophrenia and certain other conditions. Read more here . - The New York Times
Nearly 2500 teenagers are being held in a tent detainment camp in Texas
Two weeks ago, under the inspired leadership of Rabbi Josh Whinston (Temple Beth Emeth, Ann Arbor, MI) a multi-faith pilgrimage was made to Tornillo, Texas. The reason? A “camp” which was established in June on Federal land for allegedly just a few hundred young people, has since expanded to detain 2354 teenagers… and it’s increasing in size. The situation is abhorrent.
The teenagers are seeking asylum. They are unaccompanied. Many are being detained illegally for weeks or months. We learned this week that fingerprinting and FBI checks have not been done on the staff, putting the young people at risk. There is inadequate mental health care. They are being treated as prisoners.
Two important articles have been written elucidating the conditions in the tent camp, aka “prison,” in Tornillo. One was published this week by the Associated Press , with a mention of the pilgrimage. The other was published last week in The Atlantic, written by Richard Parker, who joined the pilgrimage in Texas and covered it extensively. Since one of the purposes of the pilgrimage was to publicize the horrific situation, the extensive press coverage has been welcome.
Please read these articles, publicize your outrage, write letters to elected officials, and let the world know what this administration is doing to the children!
Good News
Native American turnout in North Dakota greatly increased
After facing opposition to restriction on voting due a voter ID law that required a street address and not a post office box, a registration drive was started in earnest. Turn out was unprecedented. In an interesting twist, the legislator from the Republican leaning Fargo area who sponsored the voter ID law lost his seat to Ruth Buffalo, a Native woman and a Democrat. Read more here. --NPR
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