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State Representative Gretchen Driskell stands up for Michigan women

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Representative Gretchen Driskell & Minority Senate Leader Gretchen Whitmer are joined by Representatives Phil Phelps, Pam Faris, & Adam Zemke during a press conference in Lansing to announce their legislation.

State Representative Gretchen Driskell is partnering with State Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer to demand more from Michigan businesses when it comes to providing insurance information on the contraceptive coverage that they offer to employees. Read this recent MLive article to learn more:

“New legislation would require employers to provide reproductive health information

By: Emily Lawler | elawler@mlive.com 
on September 09, 2014 at 10:46 AM, updated September 09, 2014 at 12:20 PM

LANSING – Employers would have to provide insurance information on contraceptive coverage to prospective and current employees under bills slated for introduction in the House and Senate today.

Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, and Rep. Gretchen Driskell, D-Saline, will be introducing legislation in the Senate and House, respectively.

“Whether or not a company’s reproductive health coverage is comprehensive can be an important factor for a family to consider when making decisions about a job prospect,” Driskell said.

The legislation would require an employer to inform potential employees of its contraceptive coverage policy not just in a job offer but in any job postings or advertisements. It would also require that an employer notify employees of changes to contraception coverage 90 days before they take place.

Whitmer said she was disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case, when it ruled that closely held private companies could decline to provide contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act based on religious beliefs.

“Over my entire legislative career I have worked to ensure that women have a voice in all matters, but when it comes to reproductive health care I think we’ve seen attack after attack,” Whitmer said.

The legislation is being introduced by Democratic members at a time when both chambers are controlled by Republicans. But Whitmer said it wasn’t intended to be partisan or divisive.

“I would like to think that we can all agree that employees should be able to know what is going to be covered in terms of their health care,” Whitmer said.

Emily Lawler is a Capital/Lansing business reporter for MLive. You can reach her atelawler@mlive.com, subscribe to her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter:@emilyjanelawler.”

 

Primary Election Day is tomorrow, August 5th!

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Tomorrow is Primary Election Day in Michigan, and it is absolutely crucial that Democrats across the state get out and vote! From statewide offices to local millage’s, there are important races up and down the ballot, and we need you to make your voice heard. Not sure what’s on your ballot or where to vote? You can click below to preview your sample ballot and find your polling place.

CLICK HERE FOR ELECTION DAY INFORMATION

The Primary Election is the first real chance for us to show that Democrats mean business and refuse to settle for the GOP’s backwards priorities. A strong turnout tomorrow sets the stage for November, when we can change the path our state is on to make it a good one for Michigan’s families, kids and seniors.

We need you to go to the polls tomorrow and vote. And when you do, don’t go alone. Take a family member or friend with you, because we know that when we turn out the vote, we win!

College Dems Meet U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

Engaging young Democrats in the political process during this election cycle is going to make all of the difference in Michigan. That is why the Washtenaw County Democrats were thrilled to sponsor tickets for two college students who have been involved in Washtenaw County elections to attend an event in support of U.S. Congressman Gary Peters in his campaign for U.S. Senate with special guest U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. Check out what these students have to say about their experience:

Mary Bridget Lee, Former Communications Director,
University of Michigan College Democrats

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“It was so exciting to meet Senator Warren in Detroit last week! As a student, I really appreciate Senator Warren’s work on student loan debt reform and her willingness to fight for everyday Americans. Senator Warren is a great, truly progressive voice in the Senate and I can’t wait to see Rep. Peters join her!”

Stephen Culbertson, Communications Director,
University of Michigan College Democrats

Elizabeth Warren

“I had a wonderful time at the Peters for Michigan fundraiser. I am always excited any time I have the opportunity to hear from public figures like Debbie Dingell, Senator Debbie Stabenow, and of course Congressman (and soon-to-be Senator) Gary Peters. However, I was especially excited to hear from the Guest Speaker, Senator Elizabeth Warren, whom I was fortunate enough to meet! I’m incredibly appreciative to the Washtenaw County Democratic Party and to Fran Brennan for allowing me to attend this fundraiser, and giving me the opportunity to hear Senator Warren and others speak. I was honored to have represented the College Democrats at the University of Michigan at the fundraiser.”

You can contribute to the Washtenaw County Democrats today in order to help us give more young Democrats the opportunity to participate in political events in Michigan!