Advance editor-in-chief Susan J. Demas rounded up the gun control legislation that the Michigan State Legislature could take up in the wake of last weekend’s shootings in El Paso and Dayton, including roughly a dozen bills that would do things from toughening background checks to restricting gun sales from purchasers with a high risk of committing violence. But, we have some people standing in the way of pushing forward, it seems.
Sue Hadden and Terri Voepel-Lewis exemplify the new breed of activists who’ve come to the fore since 2016 when Republicans swept to victory in the US House, Senate, and presidency. Soon after Hillary’s defeat, Terri heard about Indivisible, the emerging national progressive organization that was utilizing Tea Party methods, proven so effective in previous elections.
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.
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.
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez responded to a tweet from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offering Democrats a choice for reaching a deal to fund the government by thanking McConnell for his “ransom note.” On Friday afternoon, Perez responded to a tweet from McConnell offering Democrats a choice between protecting Deferred Action…