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Get registered!

I’ll keep this short: Today is the deadline to register to vote for the August primary.
Once upon a time, Mark Twain famously said, “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.”
I vote Mark Twain is wrong (in this instance.) Sorry, Mark. In reality, voting is one of our most fundamental freedoms and if we want a say in how our state is run then voting is the best way to get it.
Not sure if you’re registered to vote? You can find out here.

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The Week in Progress

It’s been a short workweek, but a hell of a lot has happened.
SCOTUS, maggots, and more SCOTUS! Happy 4th, everyone!

This Week in PM Blogging:
Liberty and Justice for Some
Religious liberty now means having your boss’s beliefs shoved down your throat, thanks to the Supreme Court. But those religious values only apply when you’re talking about providing basic health coverage for women.

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Hope is a dangerous thing

When maggots were found in a food preparation area in a Michigan prison, Governor Rick Snyder told reporters: “The most recent problems are not acceptable.”
He was talking about Aramark, the private, out-of-state corporation he awarded a $145 million, 3-year contract to run our state’s prison food services last year.

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Michigan United: Youth Civic Engagement Coordinator

Organization Background:
Michigan United is a statewide coalition of faith, labor, civil rights, business, and social service organizations working together for racial and economic justice through community organizing. We are currently engaged in campaigns to:

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The Fault in our Court

Imagine if the United States Supreme Court ruled that certain people were “partial” employees, therefore not entitled to the full menu of worker rights, and then on the same day ruled that corporations – you know pieces of paper – had religious views that could be used to deny medical care to human beings that worked for them. Sounds far-fetched, right? There’s no way a court would give corporations more rights than people, right?
Wrong. Yesterday, the Supreme Court made two rulings that have me shaking my head.
“Partial Public Employees”

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Three Ways You'd Be Better Off as a Business

Jonathan Moore, ACLU of Michigan Communications Intern

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Today in “Companies Are Just Like Us” news, the Supreme Court has decided that Hobby Lobby, a for-profit chain of crafts stores that wants to discriminate on the basis of religion and not provide female employees access to contraceptives, is indeed exempt from following federal law!

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Liberty and Justice for Some

In this country, we value religious liberty. Religious liberty means more than possessing the right to practice your beliefs as you wish, it also means having the freedom not to have religion imposed on you by others. Religious freedom has always been just that, free.
But as of today, that freedom has a price tag.  

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Progress Michigan Blasts SCOTUS Decision on Hobby Lobby Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News from Progress Michigan
June 30, 2014
Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org
Progress Michigan Blasts SCOTUS Decision on Hobby Lobby Case
Court says CEOs can force religious beliefs onto employees 

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This Week in Progress

We’re all over the map. We weigh in Michigan’s failed charter experiment, the conservative War on Women shows no signs of ceasing, we travel to Chicago to fight climate change, and talk about Iraq.
Let’s dig in.
This week in PM blogging:
Public Dollars, Private Profit

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Is this ergonomically correct?

First, State Sen. Roger Kahn actually said he was tired and wanted to go home in the midst of marathon legislative sessions attempting to fully fund our roads. Then, one day after Michigan’s legislative leaders left for their three month paid vacation after a job not done, renovations began on the Capitol steps. Now, lawmakers are debating whether they should spend $100,000 of our tax dollars on new “ergonomically correct” chairs - even though they arent in Lansing.

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