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MI Progressive Groups Celebrate Wins, Look to Future

Supporters of Proposal 2 say they're now focused on a clean 2020 Census. (Voters Not Policitians)
Supporters of Proposal 2 say they're now focused on a clean 2020 Census. (Voters Not Policitians)
November 8, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – Voters in Michigan did an end run around the Legislature this election, approving ballot measures on clean elections and legal marijuana, then they went on to force a change at the top, installing Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, as governor-elect.

Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan, says the election was a resounding success for progressive candidates and values, and hopes Whitmer will be able to work with the Republican-controlled Legislature on key issues.

"Progress Michigan will be there to support better transparency, quality public education, funding for our infrastructure and roads, protections for our environment, clean drinking water and affordable quality health care," he stresses.

Scott says Whitmer also has a mandate to work on environmental issues such as the Line 5 oil pipeline, the Flint water crisis and PFAS water contamination.

Voters also passed a measure to allow people to register on Election Day and vote absentee without having to give a reason.

In addition, more than 2 million people voted to create an independent redistricting commission in an attempt to end gerrymandering when districts are redrawn after the 2020 Census.

Katie Fahey founded the group Voters Not Politicians, which wrote Proposal 2.

"It shows that Michiganders, Democrats, Republicans, independents want accountability in our government again,” she stresses. “People are sick of politics as usual. They are tired of deals happening behind closed doors that impact their lives, and so if our government isn't going to change that, we will."

Voters elected the state's first Muslim-American woman from Michigan to Congress, Democrat Rashida Tlaib.

Republicans held onto their majorities in both houses of the state Legislature, but lost their super majority in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - MI