The recent college admissions scandal reported at length in the New York Times in which wealthy parents spent millions of dollars, bribing college consultants to falsify test scores for their children and athletic coaches to accept them for college teams (even if they’d never played that sport) dramatizes the extreme inequities in the college admission process…
Many states have tried to regulate the death penalty, to make its practice more equitable, to purge it of racial discrimination and wrongful convictions. These state efforts simply haven’t worked. In addition, as the only western developed country to retain the death penalty, the United States is castigated for a practice now considered barbaric by most of the world.
In a 5-4 decision this week, the Supreme Court ruled against a group of immigrants – who were mostly green card holders – in a case about the government’s power to detain them after they’ve committed a crime but finished their sentences…
Critical bills that could help stem the alarming rise in Michigan’s suicide rate were recently introduced to the Michigan Legislature. Enactment of Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) legislation, would allow law enforcement and concerned family members to ask a judge to temporarily prohibit individuals known to be at risk of harming themselves or others from purchasing or possessing guns. ERPO type bills are also commonly known as Red Flag laws or Gun Violence Restraining Orders.
Katie Fahey, the founder and Executive Director of Voters Not Politicians, spoke at the PEG Speaker Series on Sunday. In 2018, Michigan voters and Voters Not Politicians made history by passing a redistricting reform amendment with 61% of the vote to end gerrymandering. Their efforts involved recruiting thousands of volunteers across the state to go door-to-door and holding town halls in their own communities. They held VNP town halls anywhere they could manage, and ended up holding a town hall in every single county in Michigan!
Almost 2 years ago, we sent you the first PEG newsletters in hopes of engaging individuals in the fight for equality and acceptance in our government and to sustain those efforts through 2020 and beyond. Thank you for supporting and joining our vision!
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) just released its annual count of hate groups. Trump spread fear about the country’s growing diversity, and he wasn’t alone. Fox News served as both his megaphone and a source for his incendiary claims during 2018. You can read their new report and see their latest interactive hate map showing the names, types, and locations of the 1,020 hate groups operating across America.
Rep Debbie Dingell, a Democrat (12th District), and Rep Fred Upton (6th District), a Republican, discussed the importance of bipartisanship at a forum on February 18, 2019, at the UM Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy. The two representatives are part of the Problem Solvers caucus–a group that works to create bipartisan cooperation on important policy issues.
Michigan Senate approved a resolution to “disapprove” Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order to morph the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) into the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). Last week the Michigan House of Representative also rejected Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order.
Serving in the House of Representatives for 59 years, from the presidencies of Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama, John Dingell’s legislative legacy is extraordinary and he will be missed!