Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Farmington Hills state representative and two of her colleagues promote a package of bills that supports women's health.
Discussions about women's health care in Michigan often revolve around one topic: abortion. But a package of bills supported by State Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) and other House Democrats aims to change that. Barnett, Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods) and Dian Slavens (D-Canton) spoke at the Farmington Community Library Main Library Monday afternoon about four bills and three resolutions: "Earlier this year, House Democrats went on a listening tour ... and one of the things we heard repeatedly is that Michigan is letting down its women when it comes to access to health care," Lipton said. Democrats know they'll have to negotiate with their Republican colleagues to pass the bills, all of which have been introduced …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Republican challenger Bruce Lilley praises campaign team and talks about measuring success in a different way.
State Rep. Vicki Barnett cruised into her third and final term in the Michigan House on Tuesday, taking slightly more than 61 percent of the vote in the 37th District, which includes Farmington and Farmington Hills. Barnett finished with a wider margin of victory over Republican challenger Bruce Lilley of Farmington than when she won her first term in 2008. "I really want to thank the voters for repudiating the negative attacks and the robocalls that came out for my opponent's side," Barnett said during an election night party at Page's Food & Spirits. "They made it very clear that you win an election in Farmington and Farmington Hills by having ideas and positive things to say." "We walked all over this district," Barnett campaign …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Maxine and Neil Goodman say Barnett has worked 'tirelessly and effectively' on behalf of the community.
To the editor: As long time residents of Farmington Hills, we want to express our strong support for the re-election of Vicki Barnett to the Michigan House of Representatives. In her roles as a City Council member, Mayor and State Representative, Vicki has always worked tirelessly and effectively on behalf of the residents of our community. Her leadership and voting record demonstrate that our voices are being heard in Lansing on the important issues facing our community and our state. We are fortunate to have a committed public servant like Vicki Barnett fighting for us, and we urge our fellow citizens to return her to Lansing for another well deserved term on November 6th. Maxine and Neil Goodman Farmington Hills
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
An incumbent state representative and Republican challenger talk education, 'right to life' and renewable energy at the Council of Homeowners Associations Tuesday event.
This is one in a series of articles on a three-hour candidate forum held Tuesday at Farmington Hills city hall. The event was hosted by the Council of Homeowners Associations, the League of Women Voters Oakland Area (LWVOA) and the City of Farmington Hills Committee to Increase Voter Participation. Incumbent Democrat Vicki Barnett and Republican Bruce Lilley, candidates for the 37th District State House seat, gave voters a taste of their positions on a wide range of issues during a Tuesday candidate forum held at Farmington Hills city hall. Here are just a few of the topics they discussed: Barnett said the Republican-dominated Michigan House leadership took $1 billion away from education to make up for revenue cuts, which cost Farmington …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Rep. Lisa Brown of West Bloomfield referenced her Jewish faith and personal anatomy arguing against legislation restricting abortion.
Updated: June 15, 8:26 a.m. Get Patch-ed in to daily news, right to your inbox every morning. Sign up now. State House Rep. Lisa Brown said she was not told why she was prohibited from speaking on the floor Thursday about an education bill, though she assumed it had to do with her referencing her vagina in a speech against new abortion legislation. Brown (D-West Bloomfield), a Jewish mother of three, was barred from speaking after she claimed House Bill 5711 forces contradictory religious beliefs upon her and others. "Wherever there is a question of the life of the mother or that of the unborn child, Jewish law rules in favor of preserving the life of the mother," Brown said on the floor Wednesday. "I have not asked you to adopt and adhere…
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Republicans say their education funding bill is part of a two-year budget that helps address billions in future retirement costs.
Michigan House Republicans are defending an omnibus education funding bill, now in conference committee, that Democrats say leaves students behind. While Dems speaking at a Monday press conference criticized the speed with which the legislation moved through the House, Rep. Ken Goike (R-Ray Township) said it was part of a two-year budget process. While he acknowledged the bill moved "pretty quick", he said, "Most of the heavy lifting was done last year ... There was transparency all over the place." He said Democrats are being "disingenuous" when they refer to a $470 per pupil funding cut implemented last year. He said $170 of that was the loss of one-time stimulus money from the federal government, and funds were set aside for …
Friday, March 16, 2012
Senate-passed bill would affect new motorists with graduated licenses.
Cellphones and the youngest drivers don't go together safely, a majority of Michigan senators believe. Under a proposal that passed the Senate by a 28-10 vote Thursday, teens with Level 1 or 2 graduated licenses could be ticketed and fined for driving while chatting on a phone – even in hands-free mode. The bill now goes to the state House. Backers want to reduce risky distractions among newcomers behind the wheel. Some senators voted against the measure because they favor a broader crackdown, the Associated Press reports. The legislation is called "Kelsey's Law" in memory of a Sault Ste. Marie 17-year-old who had a fatal crash while talking on her phone in 2010. Teens with Level 3 licenses, typically issued to 17-year-olds, would be …