Progressives call to end Lame Duck legislative sessions

    Michigan Capitol | Susan J. Demas

    Is it time to end Lame Duck action in Michigan?

    Sam Inglot

    Sam Inglot, Progress Michigan’s relentless deputy communications director, has a provocative op-ed in the Lansing State Journal this week slamming Republicans for “gut[ting] popular policies that help working families” in this late-year session.

    The GOP-controlled Legislature has taken up a number of bills giving progressives heart palpitations, including cutting minimum wage and paid sick leave proposals; tinkering with the anti-gerrymandering Proposal 2 just passed by voters; keeping the Enbridge oil pipeline running up north; taking aim at public sector unions; and yanking powers away from Gov.-Elect Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General-Elect Dana Nessel and Secretary-Elect Jocelyn Benson, who are all Democrats.

    Inglot argues enough is enough and it’s time to ax Lame Duck sessions altogether:

    “Lame duck is a dangerous time because for many of the legislators leaving office, they have no future in public office. They will never be held to account for their actions during lame duck. … It’s a broken process that needs to be fixed because whether it’s Democrats or Republicans who are leading the charge during the session, it’s filled with unaccountable, last minute decisions. That’s not how our democracy should work.” 

    There’s also been plenty of social media chatter from progressives about gathering signatures to put a constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot ending Lame Duck.

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    Susan J. Demas is an 18-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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