The Week Ahead: September 10

Federal

56 more days until the mid-term election. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, October 9th. Even if you think you are registered, please confirm your registration at the Michigan Secretary of State website: https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/MVIC/ Ask your family and friends to confirm their registration as well.

While the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are completed, the Senate will not vote until later in the month. There is still time to contact your friends in states represented by Republican Senators (especially Collins in Maine and Murkowski in Alaska) and have them call and tell their Senators to vote no on Kavanaugh. The number for the Capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121.

Remember: all of the immigrant families separated are still not reunited yet.

State and Local

An appeals court reinstated the state legislature’s ban on straight ticket voting. This decision is being elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court, but if it’s not heard, or if it’s upheld, straight ticket voting may not be allowed in the November general election. This could lead to long lines at the polls, especially in urban areas. Plan ahead for this possibility and if you are in line to vote by the times the polls close, stay in line.

The Promote the Vote ballot initiative was approved by the Board of Canvassers to be on the November ballot. The initiative is designed to make voting more accessible, fair, and secure. It includes things like no-reason absentee voting, anytime voter registration, and automatic registration at Secretary of State offices unless the voter declines. Learn more at https://promotethevotemi.com/

As anticipated, the state legislature passed bills for raising the minimum wage and enacting paid sick leave this week. This effectively removes them from the ballot in November and some are concerned that this is cynical effort to gut the legislation after the election by the Republican majority. These laws passed by the legislature can be amended by a simple majority vote rather than a three-fourths vote if the ballot measures had been approved by voters. After the election, we need to be watchful that Republicans in the legislature don’t renege on workers and families by drastically cutting back these bills.

MEETINGS/TRAINING (Thanks to Linda Kristensen and The Hub – Organize for much of this information.)

TUESDAY  September 11

  • Education on the Ballot – Candidate Town Hall, 7-8:30 PM, East Grand Rapids High School, 2211 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506

WEDNESDAY – September 12

  • Blue Wave Wednesday, watch the Facebook feed on Wednesday morning for who the spotlight candidate is for the week and donate! Any amount is ok.
  • Kent Dems Meeting, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, American Postal Workers Union, 2554 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
  • Newaygo County Wednesday Canvass & Phonebank, 5 PM, Newaygo County Dems Office, 26 W. Main St., Fremont MI 49412
  • Medicare for All Workshop, 6:30-8:30 PM, Eastown Community Association, 415 Ethel Ave SW, Grand Rapids MI 49506

THURSDAY – September 13

  • Justice for Our Neighbors, 12 – 1 pm, Grand Rapids Pride Center, 343 Atlas Ave SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
  • People’s Commission on Ending the Contract with ICE, 8-10 am, Calder Plaza 300 Ottawa Ave NW Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
  • OUR WATER, OUR VOTE, 5 – 7 pm, Creston Brewery, 1504 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
  • GR Water Protectors Meeting, 6:30 – 8 pm, Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505

FRIDAY  September 14

  • no events scheduled

SATURDAY – September 15

  • Kent County Progressive Caucus Meeting, 12 – 2 pm, Riverside Park NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
    Other ways to get involved: Blue Wave Wednesdays, Adopt-A-Day (to work on a campaign contact: rtinney@1campaignmi.com)

SUNDAY – September 16

  • no events scheduled

On the Horizon

  • General election voter registration deadline – October 9
  • General election! – November 6