Preparing for Our First Pro-Voter Endorsements of 2024

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Voters Not Politicians is preparing for a big election year, with six total elections. While there will certainly be a lot of attention paid to presidential candidates, we must remember that every member of the Michigan House of Representatives is up for reelection in 2024. For every election since 2020, Voters Not Politicians has assembled […]

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Legislative Update: It’s a Lot

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After the 2022 elections (our first with independently and transparently drawn maps!), voters elected pro-democracy majorities in both the Michigan House and Senate. That’s when Voters Not Politicians staff and volunteers got started, putting countless hours into championing pro-voter policies to the legislature.  The short version is: we’ve had a lot of wins in some […]

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Spotlight: Familiar Face in a New Role!

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A familiar face to many volunteers, this year we welcomed Jacob Barondess back to VNP as a full-time staff member!  A lifelong resident of Okemos, Jacob was certainly no stranger to our grassroots movement, even before he joined our staff. I remember voting for Prop 18-2 to end gerrymandering, and I was impressed and inspired […]

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Voters Not Politicians Call to Action on Ethics and Transparency

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Hi Team,  I’m going to be very frank with you: our state legislature is failing at its job right now.  Last year, voters passed Proposal 22-1, a clear call for ethics and transparency reforms in our state government. Over 65% of voters approved this ballot measure because Michiganders are tired of the corruption that has […]

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Newsletter: Final Quarter, Final Push – Here’s what VNP will accomplish by the end of the year

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October 4, 2023 | Volume 5, No. 10 Hi friend, Where has the year gone?! It’s already October, we are entering the final quarter of 2023, and even with so much already accomplished this year, Voters Not Politicians still has plenty of work left to do.  As the Programs Director for Voters Not Politicians, I […]

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Spotlight: New Grants Manager Helps Keep Our Grassroots Movement Growing

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Voters Not Politicians has always been a grassroots organization. As we’ve grown our pro-democracy programming, we’ve learned will need even more support to be able to continue and expand that important work.  Tashia James is the new Grant Manager at Voters Not Politicians, and she’s helping to keep our grassroots movement growing strong! Tashia joined […]

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Blog: Democracy Reform Strategy in Full Swing!

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Last month we announced the kick off of our fall field plan and we have hit the ground running. We started things off with an Anti-Corruption Webinar to discuss the ins and outs of our legislative goals and took to the doors in Benton Harbor and Wyoming to ensure elected officials hear from their constituents […]

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Newsletter: Summer Successes and Fall Priorities – What’s Next for Voters Not Politicians

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September 6, 2023 | Volume 5, No. 9 Hi friend, We’ve certainly had a busy summer here at Voters Not Politicians! (No such thing as an off-year for democracy.) This summer, we’ve seen continued progress in the grassroots lobbying, clerk engagement, and civic education programs that we launched way back at the beginning of the […]

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Spotlight: Former Librarian and New York Times Bestselling Children’s Book Author is Lending Her Support to our Development and Diversity Teams

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As Voters Not Politicians evolves, expands, and launches more pro-democracy programs across the state, we are also continuing to grow our staff, and bring in more talent and skills to help us fund the work that keeps Michigan’s democracy strong.  Debbie Diesen, our new Development Associate, is bringing her passion and dedication to support every […]

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Blog: Preview VNP’s Fall Field Strategy

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This month Voters Not Politicians is launching our legislative advocacy plans for the rest of this year! With this pro-democracy legislature, we have a real opportunity to advance key parts of the ethics and transparency bill package that VNP has been advocating for since 2021. Voters Not Politicians volunteers know too well that structural democracy […]

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