Help Support Michigan Voting Rights Act Bills | Two Advance in WI Supreme Court Primary

HCDP News for February 28th, 2023

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FEB 28 2023

  • Party News

    • NEW: Help Support Michigan Voting Rights Act Bills

    • NEW: Two Advance In WI Supreme Court Primary

    • NEW: Family at President Carter's Side in Home Hospice

  • Upcoming Events

    • NEW: Next General Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday March 1

    • NEW: Campaign & Community Events

Party News

 Help Support Michigan Voting Rights Act Bills 

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson recently announced her efforts to work with legislators to enact a Michigan Voting Rights Act. The bills noted below are part of that effort. They will protect election officials from harassment and keep polling places free from blatant intimidation of voters by armed activists.Work on these bills is moving quickly. They are scheduled to appear on the agenda of the House Elections and Ethics Committee this week, and could be reported to the House for a vote right away.It's important that our House representative hear from us, his constituents, that we support this effort. Please contact Greg Markkanen at (517) 373-0850 to voice your support as soon as possible. You can also email him at [email protected].

House Bill 4127 bans guns at, or within 100 feet of, polling places, early voting centers and, for 40 days prior to election day, within 100ft of ballot drop boxes.House Bill 4128 prohibits guns at, or within 100 feet of, locations where absentee ballots are being processed.House Bill 4129 prohibits intimidation of election officials, and prohibits anyone from preventing election officials from doing their job. House Bill 4130, tie-barred with (i.e. companion bill to) HB 4129, establishes felony sentencing guidelines for anyone who intimidates an election official or prevents them from doing their work.

Jocelyn Benson speaking beside a podium

Secretary of State Benson is working with lawmakers to ban guns at polling places

Two Advance in WI Supreme Court Primary

The good news from last week's Wisconsin primary is that Janet Protasiewicz, a Milwaukee County circuit court judge, advanced to the general election. She was endorsed by Emily's List, and has rallied against current Wisconsin legislation forbidding abortion as well as against Wisconsin's gerrymandered district maps.The bad news is that, unfortunately, Daniel Kelly also advanced to the general election. He is a Trump ally and has ties to the "fake electors" scheme in Wisconsin.Protasiewicz won with 46% of the total vote, a strong showing based on high Democratic voter turnout. Kelly received 24% of the vote. The top two vote getters in the primary move on to the general election.While it may seem from the primary vote totals that Protasiewicz is assured a victory in the general election that may not be the case. Because of the role of the state Supreme Court on abortion law, and because her victory would tip the balance of power on the Wisconsin Supreme Court - which is now 4 to 3 Republican - the race is expected to attract a lot of outside spending. Spending is expected to exceed the previous record for a state Supreme Court seat of $15 million (set in Illinois in 2004).Also motivating the large spending is the fact that the Wisconsin Supreme Court came within one vote of overturning Joe Biden's win in the state in 2020. Another close presidential vote in 2024 could put the state's election results back in the hands of the Court.

If you'd like to help make sure your friends and family in Wisconsin have a Supreme Court that understands and supports both reproductive freedom and the voting rights of its citizens you can help. There will continue to be opportunities to call or to request postcards sent to Wisconsinites - urging their vote for Protasiewicz- right up until the general election on April 4th.Postcard Campaign - sign up here: Friend to Friend Postcards for the Wisconsin Supreme CourtCall Voters - sign up here: Wisconsin Supreme Court Phonebank

Family at President Carter's Side in Home Hospice

Family members, including former President Jimmy Carter's children and grandchildren, are remaining at his side as hospice care continues at his home. The former president beat brain cancer in 2015, but at 98 his current health woes have led to his decision to enter end of life treatment.

The Carter Center has set up a link for those who would like to send their own well wishes to President Carter.

Please keep the President, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and their family in your thoughts.

Former President Carter looks off to his right, smiling

Former President Jimmy Carter

Upcoming Events

Next General Meeting on March 1

Our next General Meeting will be tomorrow, Wednesday, March 1 at 7 PM. As usual, the meeting will be both in-person at the Super 8 Motel in Houghton and remote by Zoom.You do not need to be a member to attend our monthly meetings, and we would welcome your attendance.

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Campaign & Community Events

Wed. 3/1:

  • The Hancock City Council meets at 6 PM in the Hancock City Hall Council Chambers.

  • March 1st is the start of Women's History Month. The national celebration of Women's History had its origins in the 1981 resolution of Congress creating Women's History Week. Since 1995 Presidents have issued annual proclamations declaring March to be Women's History Month.

Thur 3/2

  • The South Range Village Council meets Thursday at 6:30 PM in the South Range Community Building. For more information contact the Village at [email protected] or (906) 482-8833