Hill Harper Enters Senate Race
HCDP News for July 18th, 2023
New: Hill Harper Enters Senate Race
Updated: Still Time to Volunteer - Summer Service Project
Updated: Stand Up for Reproductive Freedom
New: Governor Whitmer Creates New MiLEAP Department
Updated: More Good Things Happening in Lansing
Updated: Save the Date - Upcoming HCDP Events
Updated: Community Events
Last week Hill Harper announced his entry into the race for the US Senate seat being vacated by Debbie Stabenow. You may recognized Harper’s name from his roles in the TV series The Good Doctor and CSI:NY. Hill also is a lawyer, author, and union organizer.
The Michigan Chronicle has good coverage of his kickoff event and the issues he’s running on. You can also click through to his website and view his launch video below -
Harper joins a list of five other candidates for the Democratic nomination. In alphabetical order here are the other candidates, along with their campaign websites:
Detroit businessman Nasser Beydoun - Website: Bet on Beydoun
Ann Arbor lawyer Zack Burns - Facebook: Burns for Michigan
Former 10th District State Rep Leslie Love - Website: Love for Michigan
President of the State Board of Education Pamela Pugh - Website: Pugh for Michigan
US House Representative for MI-07 Elissa Slotkin - Website: Elissa Slotkin for Michigan
We're still looking for volunteers to join an HCDP Dems team working with a local nonprofit startup on a house painting mission. We’ll need to get a head count to the organizers shortly - we'd love to have a good turnout for this community improvement event!
We’ll be supporting this nonprofit that has partnered with the Village of Laurium to identify low-income senior recipients for this service project. Volunteers will be painting all or part of the exterior of the recipients’ home in two stages. We will be working on one of the homes.
On Saturday July 29th our team will do Painting Prep Day. We will be stripping, sanding, etc. in preparation for actually painting.
On Saturday August 12th our team will return for Paint Day. We’ll be painting at the same home we prepped two weeks before. Volunteers will not be required to climb ladders - any painting required above arms length will be professionally contracted by the nonprofit.
Volunteers will meet at Faith Lutheran in Calumet at 8am each day for breakfast and the briefing. Breakfast and lunch, along with t-shirts and supplies will be furnished both days. If you can only make one day, that's fine.
This spring we asked for your help in standing up for reproductive freedom for our friends and family in Wisconsin. We’re asking again, this time for Ohio.
You’ll recall that this spring the issue was the makeup of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Trump ally Daniel Kelly was running against liberal judge Janet Protasiewicz in a race that could have tipped the balance of Wisconsin’s Supreme Court in favor of restricting reproductive freedom. With help from all across the country, including volunteers who phone banked and wrote post cards, the race was won by Protasiewicz.
While that was playing out in Wisconsin, in another of Michigan’s neighboring states, Ohio, there has been a ballot initiative gathering signatures on a proposed amendment to Ohio’s constitution to protect reproductive rights. Republican politicians and lobbyists have reacted to that petition drive by calling a special election to increase the barriers to amending the state’s constitution.
Instead of a simple majority voting in favor of a ballot to amend (as has been the case in Ohio since 1912), the new requirement under the GOP’s proposed ballot Issue 1 would be a super-majority of 60% of voters necessary to amend the constitution.
The GOP backed Issue 1 goes before the voters in a special election slated for August 8th, but early voting began last week. So, once again, we are asking for your help.
On Tuesday of last week Governor Whitmer signed an executive order establishing the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement and Potential (MiLEAP).
The new department does not replace the existing state Department of Education but does consolidate efforts from various existing departments into one place.
The new department will provide focus for the Governor’s goals to expand pre-kindergarten educational opportunities for all 4-year-olds in Michigan and increase the number of working-age adults with a skill certificate or college degree.
Both the state House and Senate continued their summer break last week. They will be in session for three days this week before resuming their break.
Governor Whitmer has been active this past week though. Beyond signing the executive order establishing MiLEAP, as covered in the item above, Governor Whitmer took the following actions:
On Tuesday the Governor signed eight bills that together ban child marriage in Michigan, and protect sexual assault victims who are married to their abuser. Before these bills were signed Michigan was one of only a handful of states that had NO minimum age for marriage (though parental or a judge’s permission had been required for minors).
Also on Tuesday the Governor signed the package of bills around sexual abuse that have been stuck in the legislature since the Larry Nassar scandal in 2018. The bills were finally passed this legislative session under Democratic leadership.
On Wednesday the Governor signed legislation ending the asset test for food aid. “No one should be forced to sell their car or empty their savings account to feed themselves and their children,” Whitmer said. “Food benefits must be accessible for Michiganders who need them without illogical tradeoffs.”
The Detroit Free Press notes that two Democratic House reps are running for Mayor in their respective cities this fall. If they both win their mayoral races the House Democrats will (at least temporarily) lose their majority.
Here are dates to hold for upcoming HCDP activities:
July 29th: Service Project: Painting Prep Day
August 12th: Service Project: Paint Day
August 19th: Pasty Fest Parade in Calumet
August 24 thru 27th: Booth at Houghton County Fair