Walter Briggs Connolly Jr. Condemns the Philip A. Hart Democratic Club for Tarnishing his Uncle’s Good Name

“Senator Phil Hart married into our family. At the time I was working for Senator Robert Kennedy. Over the years, I worked with Senator Hart, who was known as 'the Conscience of the Senate.' I know that he would not want his good name associated with a PAC engaged in negative, false attacks against another Democrat, especially one as dedicated to good government and high ethical standards as state Senator Steve Bieda,” said Walter Briggs Connolly Jr. 

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Bieda Files Bingo License Complaint with Michigan Lottery Bureau Against Democratic Club

“The Philip A. Hart Democratic Club has made a mockery of the Act by using funds derived from bingo games to finance blatantly political advertising. The club has also made a mockery of the good name of Senator Philip Hart, who was a Michigan treasure and was considered the ‘conscience of the Senate.’ As the author of the only major piece of ethics legislation to be signed into Michigan law in the last decade, I am appalled by the Philip A. Hart Club’s tactics and had no choice but to ask the Michigan Lottery Bureau to review its bingo license.” — Steve Bieda

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Steve Bieda: Use it or lose it? Don't purge Michigan voters

For many of us, it was one of the first lessons we learned in our high school government class: Every U.S. citizen has the right to vote.

However, everything we once believed about our voting process is about to change.

It used to be that a miner in Ishpeming, a teacher in Traverse City, a farmer in Alma and an autoworker in Detroit all had one voice — and one vote in the ballot booth. It was this guarantee of democracy that made America the greatest country in the world, but a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling is threatening to derail that promise.

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Sen. Steve Bieda Takes on Gerrymandering

“We tend to look at redistricting as one party over the other, but a lot of the times you’re seeing members of the majority party, and for that matter, members of the minority party putting forward ideas that clearly benefitted them personally.” – Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren)

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Bieda: GOP to Michigan workers — Expect cuts under prevailing wage repeal

Unions built Michigan’s middle class.

It was our neighbors who fought for fair wages, which gave us the greatest era of economic expansion. It was our friends who negotiated reasonable health care and retirement benefits for their families, and it was our families who advocated for secure work environments, which led to less deaths and injuries than ever before.

At a time when union members are being demonized by white-collar politicians and political pundits, who have never gotten their hands dirty, we have to ask ourselves: why is the middle class disappearing?

Michigan is falling behind because lawmakers continue to strip workers of their rights to negotiate basic aspects of their job, together, that everyone else gets to negotiate — including the push to repeal our Prevailing Wage law.

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