Senate Democrats: ‘Petition gatherers should not be lying to the public’

// on Fri, Oct 23 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Democrats today responded to the prevalent reports of petition circulators using shady tactics to promote their cause by introducing a package of bills to ensure voters are not deceived into signing onto ballot proposals they otherwise would not support.“Ballot proposals are… Read More


Weekly Update

// on Fri, Oct 16 2020 / Newsletter

Friends,  Small businesses are the backbone of our community. They provide services and goods that are unique to the special needs of Detroiters. That’s why, this week, I sat down with Victoria Washington who owns Detroit Dough, an edible cookie dough company. Washington is a… Read More


Weekly Update

// on Fri, Oct 9 2020 / Newsletter

Friends,  Late last week, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that a 1945 emergency powers law was unconstitutional. While that put in jeopardy many of the rules keeping us safe, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has stepped in to make sure we mask… Read More


Weekly Update

// on Fri, Oct 2 2020 / Newsletter

Friends,  It’s been a busy week in Lansing. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the bills for the Fiscal Year 2020-21 state budget, which includes money for: The Goodwill Flip the Script Program, Detroit-Area Pre-College Engineering Program, The Children’s Center for behavior health sciences and the Michigan… Read More


Weekly Update

// on Fri, Sep 25 2020 / Newsletter

Friends,  Yesterday, Sept. 24, early voting began across Michigan. While Election Day isn’t until Nov. 3, you have a constitutional right to vote early in Michigan. You can do this by requesting either a mail-in ballot, early ballot, or absentee voting application from your local… Read More


Weekly Update

// on Fri, Sep 18 2020 / Newsletter

Friends,  Last Saturday, I recorded a special video for the Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society Annual Meeting. The virtual meeting was an incredible opportunity to meet with local people to talk about African American family history in our region. I also talked about COVID-19, how… Read More


Weekly Update

// on Fri, Sep 11 2020 / Newsletter

Friends,  Today is 9/11, or Patriot Day, during which we reflect upon the 19th anniversary of the fateful attacks and hijacked planes that crashed into the Twin Towers, Pentagon and in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania in 2001. I was only a sophomore in high… Read More


Weekly Update

// on Fri, Aug 21 2020 / Newsletter

Friends,  Fall sports are officially cancelled in Michigan with the Big Ten, MAC and MHSAA halting play for logical reasons. I know players are disappointed, but administrators made the right decision. Recently, the Washington Post wrote an article about the dangers of COVID-19 in teenagers. The… Read More


Weekly Update

// on Fri, Aug 14 2020 / Newsletter

Friends,  The school year is about to start, but there are still a lot of questions to be answered about it. After my colleague, Sen. Tom Barrett, tested positive for COVID-19, session had to be delayed so everyone could be tested. To ensure there is… Read More


Weekly Update

// on Fri, Aug 7 2020 / Newsletter

Friends,  This week, the Legislature was again hit by COVID-19 when one of my colleagues, Sen. Tom Barrett, tested positive for the coronavirus. As many of you know, he recently joined me for a district exchange. I’m grateful to all of you who reached out… Read More

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