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PEG 12th Congressional District Newsletter 274

Thursday, July 21, 2022


PEG’s Videos of the Week

Check out this new recurring section each week to see our favorite trending videos online. We encourage you to click and share the links to these fun and informative short form videos on your favorite social media platforms!

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Events and Classified

Tuesday, July 26. Into Action Lab “Meme the Vote” WebinarMemes are powerful tools for the conversation and defining position. Access memes from Into Action Lab (click on “Get the GIFs” link) is ready to help your team seamlessly incorporate political and cultural memes into your digital and field strategies. Learn how to “Meme the Vote” at the virtual info session at 2 pm ET. Register Here.

Participate in the Elections

Volunteers are needed for the August and November elections. Review the jobs here and sign up! Examples of positions include Early voting observers, Election Day Poll Challenger, Cure Team and Poll Worker

Paid jobs for the Michigan Democratic Party can be found here. Examples of positions include Field Organizers, Campus Organizers and Digital Field Organizers.

Visit the PEG website for the full list and details of 
Upcoming Events

Gas prices could soon drop to $4 a gallon

Biden’s advisor believes gas will drop to around $4/gallon. In the last month, gas has fallen roughly .50/gallon. Reasons cited are:

  • Less demand        
  • Crude oil prices are sensitive to economic concerns
  • Tapping the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve recently supplying the U.S. market with a million barrels a day. Read more

More things to do, read, watch, and listen

Connect with over 100 local groups who share our values

Take action today with ActionHub, from the Washtenaw Dems. Find many ways to help and catch up on what you can do from home, events in our area, and connections with allied organizations at the WCDP Mobilize dashboard.

How Democrats can win on inflation messaging

Democrats need to go on the offense and turn every question about inflation into an indictment of the Republican Party. It’s time to start throwing some punches. Reports of inflation are always backward-looking and don’t fully reflect the recent drop in gas prices. And they have fallen significantly. But the media is not to blame for the real concern most Americans have about inflation.

The message should be, “Republicans are not people who can fix the inflation problem.” It’s not about the cost of gas and groceries as much as which party we want to guide us out of this. While voters agree with the Republicans on economic policy matters 40 to 33, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are more popular than Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi are more popular than Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy. And the Democratic Party is more popular than the Republican Party.

Inflation is not unique to the US, it’s rampant across the globe, with many countries having a much worse time of it. One factor is that Putin’s invasion has jacked up gas and grain prices. Biden cares and is doing his best with the limited levers he has. Inflation is largely beyond his immediate control.

Republicans are way too friendly towards corporations and the wealthy. They side with the economic bad guys. Democrats want to end tax subsidies for the oil companies and make corporations pay their fair share in taxes. Republicans want to cut taxes for corporations, keep tax breaks for highly profitable oil companies, and are bankrolled by Big Oil. Voters want their politicians to share their concerns about inflation. But the Republican strategy to date is to lay low, hope Democrats take all the blame, and try to fire up their base with their off-topic and bigoted culture war.

Democrats passed bills to deal with price-gouging from oil companies and reduced the cost of insulin. They are working on legislation to lower the cost of food and fuel. Republicans are too busy banning abortion, books, gay marriage, contraception and policing the speech of teachers and the sports choices of trans youth to do anything about inflation. The GOP is too busy trying to appeal to the extremist MAGA fringe to help families. Learn more HERE. –Adapted from The Message Box by Dan Pfeiffer

How the Calvinball Supreme Court Upended the Bar Exam

Aaron Regunberg, a longtime progressive organizer, former Rhode Island state representative, and law student wrote this article for New Republic while studying for the July 2022 Bar Exam.

Studying for the Bar Exam involves hours of reading, memorizing, analyzing and answering questions on practice tests. It is tedious and extremely stressful as you assess both your correct and incorrect answers. You can feel the writer’s angst about studying for the exam while also questioning the fundamental meaning of “the rule of law” in America today based on the recent Supreme Court decisions that made long-standing laws obsolete overnight. One of the founding principles of the American government was “a government of laws, not of men.” The current court decisions demonstrate a shift from the principles of democratic governance to that of minority rule. Regunberg compares Calvinball, a game that has no actual rules in the Calvin and Hobbes comic to what constitutional law has become in this country today.

All registered voters are eligible to vote by mail – Protectors of Equality in Government


To use the Online Absent Voter Ballot application tool below, you need to be registered to vote in Michigan and have a valid Michigan driver’s license or state ID. If you need to register to vote, click on “Registering To Vote.”

A weekly, non-partisan web-series about Michigan Elections – Protectors of Equality in Government

Weekly sessions will be held through November and feature department staff and experts discussing a range of non-partisan election topics including helpful voter how-tos, a deep-dive into how Michigan elections are run, and tips for how voters and partners can help prepare their communities for election season.

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Your elected representatives

Find your county commissioner here.

State Senator Jeff Irwin has a regular Virtual Coffee Hour — To receive the Zoom access code and the next date, please fill out this form:https://senatedems.com/irwin/coffee-hour-sign-up/

State Rep. Yousef Rabhi, 53rd House district: yousefrabhi@house.mi.gov, Phone: (517) 373-2577. https://housedems.com/yousef-rabhi/. Currently virtual coffee hours with Yousef are at 10 am on the 4th Saturday of the month. Register for Saturday coffee hours

State Rep. Ronnie Peterson, 54th House district: ronniepeterson@house.mi.gov Phone: (517) 373-1771 | Toll-Free: (855) 347-8054, https://housedems.com/ronnie-peterson/

State Rep. Donna Lasinski, 52nd House district: donnalasinski@house.mi.gov, Phone: (517) 373-0828 | Toll-Free: (855) 627-5052, https://housedems.com/donna-lasinski/ (sign up for emails here). 

State Rep. Felicia Brabec, 55th House district: FeliciaBrabec@house.mi.gov, Phone: (517) 373-1792,

Did you make an “oopsie” on your absentee ballot?

If you made a mistake OR if you have had a change of heart about a candidate after you mailed in your ballot, it is not too late! You have the option to “spoil” your ballot and cast a new one. Spoiling a ballot is the same as canceling the old one. If the canceled ballot reaches you or the clerk after you’ve spoiled it, it won’t count. The latest you can spoil a ballot is 4 pm the day before the election. If you spoil your ballot at the last minute, ask your clerk what your options are to cast your vote. 

Spoil the Ballot

The Washtenaw County Clerk’s webpage enumerates in detail the elections, proposals and candidates to date. A few of the important remaining dates are listed below.

What are the remaining election dates in 2022?

  • July 29, 2022 – deadline for requesting absentee ballot
  • August 2, 2022 – deadline for returning a voted ballot by mail

To vote absentee, a request must be received no later than 5 pm the Friday before the election. The ballot must then be returned by 8 pm on Election Day.

  • August 2 – State Primary as well as proposals that are not yet “official” – including the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority proposal
  • November 8 – State General Election 

What are the voter registration deadlines?

Visit MichiganGov/Vote to register

  • NOW: through 8 pm on August 2 In-person registration with local clerk with proof of residency. (168.497)
  • October 24: Last day to register in any manner other than in-person with the local clerk for the November general election. (168.497)
  • October 25 through 8 pm on November 8: In-person registration with local clerk with proof of residency. (168.497)

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A special thanks to our newsletter contributors: Ellen Halter, Leslie McGraw, Leslie Kamil, Lisa Kamil, Richard Gaeth, Bette Cotzin, Bernie Banet, and Chuck Newman for their contributions and help preparing our newsletters. PEG is a (somewhat) non-partisan volunteer organization whose mission is to assure that our government will treat all Americans with equality and acceptance. PEG’s work is primarily done by recruiting, educating and nurturing supporters for worthy organizations, actions and events that reflect our beliefs.  To subscribe to this free weekly newsletter, go to our sign up form by clicking here.

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