Lift the censorship ban on MI Representatives Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum
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Chair, Democratic Women's Caucus
Marcia Hovey-Wrigh
Representative
Barbara Byrum
Speaker of the House
Jase Bolger
Speaker Pro Tempore
John Walsh
Majority Floor Leader
Jim Stamas
Minority Floor Leader
Kate Segal
Representative
Lisa Brown

Lift the censorship ban on MI Representatives Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum

    1. Susan Masten
    2. Petition by

      Susan Masten

      Okemos, MI

Free speech is a fundamental right enshrined in the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

On June 13th during a debate of House Bill 5711on the floor of the Michigan House, Representatives Lisa Brown and Barbara Byrum used the words vagina and vasectomy in their eloquent and courageous speeches.  Apparently, these medically-correct terms are shocking to the Republicans who control all three branches of the Michigan government. 

As a result, Speaker of the House Jase Bolger along with Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas have stripped these eminent legislators of their first amendment rights to free speech.  They not only censured these legislators, but they silenced the voices of all those whom Representatives Byrum and Brown represent.  Speaker Bolger and Floor Leader Stamas violated the basic principle upon which the American Revolutionary War was fought - No taxation without representation. 

No reason for their censure was given other than decorum must be maintained.  No length of time for this punishment was provided.

The decision by the Republican House leadership to discipline the two  female legislators constitutes misconduct in office and abuse of power.  It is Republican leadership who should be disciplined, not Reps. Brown and Byrum.

Michigan NOW calls for the discipline of the Republican leadership and a lifting of  the censorship of Representatives Lisa Brown and Barbara Byrum.  We also call for the Speaker of the House Jase Bolger and Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas to issue a public apology to these outstanding and courageous women. 

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Michigan National Organization for Women Calls For Discipline of Republican

      Susan Masten
      Petition Organizer

      Silencing female legislators is misconduct in office and abuse of discretion.

      Michigan NOW condemns the action of House Speaker Jase Bolger, Speaker Pro Tempore John Walsh, and Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas to deny the right of Reps. Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum to speak on the House floor yesterday. The women were silenced for the day based on a trumped-up charge of “lack of decorum” during Wednesday’s consideration of HB 5711, a bill which would close down most abortion clinics in Michigan with onerous and expensive over-regulation.

      The decision by the Republican House leadership to discipline the two female legislators constitutes misconduct in office and abuse of power. It is Republican leadership who should be disciplined, not Reps. Brown and Byrum.

      For more information, click on link below.

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. Comments from Rep. Mike Callton, R- Nashville

      Susan Masten
      Petition Organizer

      "'What she said was offensive," said Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville. 'It was so offensive, I don't even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company.'

      Apparently, Mike is still back in pre-school where one can't say words like vagina or penis. Feel free to let Rep. Callton know that we are adults.
      MikeCallton@house.mi.gov (517) 373-0842

    5. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Adam Waxler MORTON GROVE, IL
      • 7 months ago

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    • Adam Waxler MORTON GROVE, IL
      • 7 months ago

      i am an illinois Democrat voter.

      ( i already voted for the Brad Schneider Democrats of illinois. )

      ( i already voted for President Barack H Obama. )

      ( i already voted for Governor Pat Quinn

      , and i already voted for Lt Governor Shelia Simon for illinois. )

      (( i stand with President Obama

      no matter what. ))

      (( P.S. you have permission

      to tell the Wendy Davis Democrats of Texas

      that i support their efforts on the Democrat side. ))

      (( i support the Mary Burke Wisconsin Democrats. ))

      (( i support the Amanda Renteria California Democrats. ))

      (( i am one of the illinois Democrats

      who signed the

      i support Wendy Davis Texas Democrats petition. ))

      (( the Texas Democrats are right

      about supporting Pro-Choice in General. ))

      (( illinois won on the Marriage Equal Rights Debate

      so illinois will have marriage for all adults. ))

      (( the Alison Lundergan Grimes Democrats

      versus the Mitch McConnell Republican guy. ))

      (( the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republicans are wrong

      on many issues

      including pro-choice and women's reproductive rights. ))

      (( the illinois residents would like to see the Democrats

      win the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republican seat

      since this would be a victory for all Americans. ))

      (( hint : Mitch McConnell seat needs to be replaced. ))

      (( http://alisonforkentucky.com/

      Kentucky Democrats ))

      (( http://www.heathermizeur.com/

      Maryland Democrats ))

      (( http://www.burkeforwisconsin.com/

      Wisconsin Democrats ))

      (( http://www.amandarenteria.com/

      Amanda Renteria California Democrats ))

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    • Adam Waxler MORTON GROVE, IL
      • 12 months ago

      i am an illinois Democrat voter.

      ( i already voted for the Brad Schneider Democrats of illinois. )

      ( i already voted for President Barack H Obama. )

      ( i already voted for Governor Pat Quinn

      , and i already voted for Lt Governor Shelia Simon for illinois. )

      (( i stand with President Obama

      no matter what. ))

      (( P.S. you have permission

      to tell the Wendy Davis Democrats of Texas

      that i support their efforts on the Democrat side. ))

      (( i am one of the illinois Democrats

      who signed the

      i support Wendy Davis Texas Democrats petition. ))

      (( the Texas Democrats are right

      about supporting Pro-Choice in General. ))

      (( i signed the illinois petition

      to change illinois from a civil union state

      to illinois as a marriage equality state

      since i live in illinois. ))

      (( if the illinois Government

      wants the state Constitution of illinois

      to say marriage equality

      i would support that type of change

      for the state of illinois. ))

      (( the Alison Lundergan Grimes Democrats

      versus the Mitch McConnell Republican guy. ))

      (( the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republicans are wrong

      on many issues

      including pro-choice and women's reproductive rights. ))

      (( the illinois residents would like to see the Democrats

      win the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republican seat

      since this would be a victory for all Americans. ))

      (( hint : Mitch McConnell seat needs to be replaced. ))

      (( http://alisonforkentucky.com/

      Kentucky Democrats ))

      (( http://www.heathermizeur.com/

      Maryland Democrats ))

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      New Jersey Democrats ))

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    • Adam Waxler MORTON GROVE, IL
      • 12 months ago

      i am an illinois Democrat voter.

      ( i already voted for the Brad Schneider Democrats of illinois. )

      ( i already voted for President Barack H Obama. )

      ( i already voted for Governor Pat Quinn

      , and i already voted for Lt Governor Shelia Simon for illinois. )

      (( i stand with President Obama

      no matter what. ))

      (( P.S. you have permission

      to tell the Wendy Davis Democrats of Texas

      that i support their efforts on the Democrat side. ))

      (( i am one of the illinois Democrats

      who signed the

      i support Wendy Davis Texas Democrats petition. ))

      (( the Texas Democrats are right

      about supporting Pro-Choice in General. ))

      (( i signed the illinois petition

      to change illinois from a civil union state

      to illinois as a marriage equality state

      since i live in illinois. ))

      (( if the illinois Government

      wants the state Constitution of illinois

      to say marriage equality

      i would support that type of change

      for the state of illinois. ))

      (( the Alison Lundergan Grimes Democrats

      versus the Mitch McConnell Republican guy. ))

      (( the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republicans are wrong

      on many issues

      including pro-choice and women's reproductive rights. ))

      (( the illinois residents would like to see the Democrats

      win the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republican seat

      since this would be a victory for all Americans. ))

      (( hint : Mitch McConnell seat needs to be replaced. ))

      (( http://alisonforkentucky.com/

      Kentucky Democrats ))

      (( http://www.heathermizeur.com/

      Maryland Democrats ))

      (( http://www.buonoforgovernor.com/

      New Jersey Democrats ))

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Adam Waxler MORTON GROVE, IL
      • 12 months ago

      i am an illinois Democrat voter.

      ( i already voted for the Brad Schneider Democrats of illinois. )

      ( i already voted for President Barack H Obama. )

      ( i already voted for Governor Pat Quinn

      , and i already voted for Lt Governor Shelia Simon for illinois. )

      (( i stand with President Obama

      no matter what. ))

      (( P.S. you have permission

      to tell the Wendy Davis Democrats of Texas

      that i support their efforts on the Democrat side. ))

      (( i am one of the illinois Democrats

      who signed the

      i support Wendy Davis Texas Democrats petition. ))

      (( the Texas Blue Democrats are right

      about supporting Pro-Choice in General. ))

      (( hint : i think that Texas can be more like illinois

      when it comes to supporting the Blue Democrats. ))

      (( the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republicans are wrong

      on many issues

      including pro-choice and women's reproductive rights. ))

      (( the illinois residents would like to see the Democrats

      win the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republican seat

      since this would be a victory for all Americans. ))

      (( hint : Mitch McConnell seat needs to be replaced. ))

      (( hint : First and Second Terms of President Barack H Obama. )

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