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Democrats Overturn Party Elections
Full disclosure: I am a founding member of the MISolidarity team. MISolidarity is a grassroots organization working for democracy and progressive policies at every level of politics. Remember 2018 when McConnell and Republicans held a 52 to 48 majority in the Senate?...
A New Era in the MDP
This week, MISolidarity is conducting an open primary election in each CD for spots on the Solidarity Slate. The people of each CD will decide who should and who should not stand for election to represent them on the State Central Committee. More than 100 candidates are running in the MISolidarity primaries across the state, from Ironwood to Detroit.
The Unconventional Call to Convention
The Call also says that none of the elections for Convention Committees matter in the slightest, because CD Chairs can just decide who gets on to these Committees regardless of what the members decided by their vote at the election. From the Call to Convention: “the Congressional District Chairperson shall have the final responsibility for approving appointments to Convention committees”. It doesn’t matter how you vote, your CD Chair has the right to approve or disapprove any decision made by the membership, according to the Call. Nothing in the MDP rules suggests this is allowed. Nothing in Robert’s Rules of Order (Party rules default to Robert’s Rules on issues they don’t address) suggests this is allowed. It’s just a power grab.
Progress Report 2020: The Political Revolution In Michigan
Four years into the political revolution in Michigan, progressives and leftists have won many victories large and small. Here’s my report on the accomplishments and setbacks of the progressive insurgency in the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) over our first four years. All offset quotes are language the progressive movement added to the 2020 MDP platform.
Responding to Senator Lee on Democracy
The common theme underlying virtually every Republican talking point is the people must never wield power. For example, when Republicans talk about the Electoral College, they recoil in terror from the dreaded “tyranny of the majority.” What’s the difference between “tyranny of the majority” and “majority rules?” Absolutely nothing. The first is just a derogatory way of saying the second. The Senate, the House, the Supreme Court – every branch of our government where more than one person holds power uses majority rule. Is the normal operation of the House, Senate, or Court “tyranny of the majority”? Why aren’t Senator Lee and other Republicans screaming about “tyranny of the majority” in Congress and the Court?