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Weekly Address: Helping Protect Our Kids by Reducing Gun Violence

President Barack Obama
March 23, 2013

It has now been three months since the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut. Three months since we lost 20 innocent children and six dedicated adults who had so much left to give. Three months since we, as Americans, began asking ourselves if we’re really doing enough to protect our communities and keep our children safe.

Remarks of President Barack Obama Weekly Address

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address

Lemont, Illinois
March 16, 2013

Hi, everybody. As a nation, our top priority is growing our economy and creating good middle class jobs. That’s why this week I’m speaking to you from the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, because few areas hold as much promise as what they’re focused on right here – harnessing American energy.

Thank You

by Steve Baker
Thursday, February 28, 2013

It is my great pleasure to welcome and congratulate Marcia Ham as our new Secretary and officer of the Berkley Democratic Club. She brings a passion for our democratic principles, a wealth of creativity and fresh perspectives, and a dedication to helping move the club and our region forward.

Senate Democrats Review of State of State Address

Senate Democrats Say Governor’s Address Completely Missed the Mark

January 16, 2013
Robert McCann

LANSING—Senate Democrats called out Governor Snyder for once again delivering a State of the State address that focused on doing what’s best for corporations rather than what’s best for Michigan’s families. Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer specifically called out the Governor for only mentioning education twice during his address, once in terms of expanding his bankrupt state school district and the other in terms of providing early childhood education to only a select group of our kids.

Welcome to the New Year!

Gretchen Whitmer - Michigan Senate Democratic Leader
January 1, 2013

Friends –

Let’s face it, 2012 was a year full of frustrations inside Michigan’s Capitol. We saw our Speaker of the House admit to playing a role in an election rigging scandal. We watched as our Governor lied to Michigan’s public and locked them out of the Capitol as he pushed through his politically fueled agenda. And we spoke out in protest time and time again as legislation was passed that took money away from middle-class families, kids and our communities to give it away instead to those already at the top.

(Just a couple of) the Obama Administration's accomplishments

Obama for America
October 31, 2012

Every now and again, the other side likes to claim President Obama doesn't have a record to run on. They're wrong. Here's a taste of why:

(Just a couple of) the Obama Administration's accomplishments:

The first bill President Obama signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, to help women fight back when they don't get equal pay for equal work.

His Recovery Act supported millions of jobs and helped to stave off a second Great Depression.

He pushed for and won middle-class tax cuts that benefitted every American worker, and saved the typical family $3,600 in taxes over the last four years.

President Obama rescued the auto industry, and now GM and Chrysler are healthier than they've ever been. The American auto industry has added nearly a quarter of a million jobs since June 2009 -- and they most likely wouldn't exist right now without President Obama's leadership.

A Vote for a President to Lead on Climate Change

Michael R. Bloomberg
Nov 1, 2012

The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast -- in lost lives, lost homes and lost business -- brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief.

The floods and fires that swept through our city left a path of destruction that will require years of recovery and rebuilding work. And in the short term, our subway system remains partially shut down, and many city residents and businesses still have no power. In just 14 months, two hurricanes have forced us to evacuate neighborhoods -- something our city government had never done before. If this is a trend, it is simply not sustainable.

Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be -- given this week’s devastation -- should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.