Tag Archives: states rights

Betsy DeVos turns her back on trans students

Yesterday, there was a lot of talk online about how Betsy DeVos, our controversial new Secretary of Education, had taken a principled stand on behalf of transgender students, pushing back against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Trump, both of whom had apparently urged her to support the rollback of protections extended by the Obama […]

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Democracy for America’s Jim Dean on the circumstances that led to the creation of Donald Trump, his brother’s support of Clinton, and his belief that Bernie Sanders can go all the way

I had the opportunity to spend some time this afternoon with Jim Dean, the co-founder and chair of Democracy for America (DFA), as he stopped by the Ypsi-Arbor campaign office for Bernie Sanders on his way to Flint. Among other things, we discussed Bernie’s chances in the Michigan Democratic primary, what the Sanders campaign could […]

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Yet another unarmed black man has been killed by police… What’s next?

I would have thought, given the rapid proliferation of video recording devices throughout society, and the intense media scrutiny that came in the wake of the Eric Garner and Michael Brown killings, that police officers might be a little more inclined to show restraint when dealing with members of the public. Apparently, though, old habits […]

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Reverend Dr. William Barber II on reclaiming the moral high ground and building a majority coalition around issues of social justice

Reverend Dr. William Barber II, the North Carolina minister who founded the Forward Together moral movement, is in the press today. It would seem that a young man in his group was arrested yesterday in Charlotte, at one of Barber’s Moral Monday events, for putting voter registration information on the windshields of parked cars. As […]

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Hoekstra advocates for the repeal of the 17th Amendment, suggesting that Washington insiders and special interests could do a better job of picking our senators

Our favorite race-baiting candidate for Senate, Pete Hoekstra, is in the national spotlight again. This time it’s for comments he made concerning the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution, which, as you may remember from sixth-grade history class, passed in 1913, allowing American citizens the opportunity to directly elect their Senators by popular vote. (Prior to […]

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