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The 2020 Michigan Progressive Voters Guide aggregates endorsements from 10+ state and national organizations dedicated to supporting equality and justice for all Americans regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, economic status, age, concern for the environment or other divisive lines drawn between us and our fellow citizens.

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Between The Lines presents the Progressive Voters Guide for Michigan, which includes endorsement information from five key progressive sectors of the electorate – LGBT Issues, Women’s Rights, Labor, Sensible Gun Safety and the Environment. All in one place, voters can see which candidates support fairness and equality on a host of issues. The Guide also provides right wing endorsements so voters can see which candidates, if elected, would actively work against progressive values in Michigan. Here is a key to each of the organizations that have endorsements included in this Progressive Voter Guide:

LGBT Issues

BTL – Between The Lines is Michigan’s weekly newspaper serving the LGBT community in Michigan. BTL has produced a LGBT Voter Guide every other year since 1996. Endorsements are based on responses to questionnaires, incumbents voting records and candidates public positions on LGBT issues including workplace fairness, access to healthcare, adoption and family rights, marriage and safety, including their positions on bullying.

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EQMI – The Equality Michigan Pride PAC is an independent Political Action Committee that evaluates and endorses candidates based on their responses to a questionnaire that is sent to every candidate running for public office.

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HRC – The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national LGBTQ civil rights organization, HRC will endorse a candidate based upon these criteria; support for issues of concern to the LGBTQ community, demonstrated leadership on HRC’s issues, and viability. They also grade incumbent legislators, assigned a percentage of pro-LGBTQ votes.

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Women’s Rights

Emily’s List – A national PAC committed to electing pro-choice Democratic women to office.

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Michigan NOW – A chapter of the National Organization for Women dedicated to bringing women into full participation in the mainstream of American Society.

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The Progressive Women’s Alliance – is committed to influencing public policy through the election of candidates and the advocacy of progressive values.

Planned Parenthood – Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan is a 501©(4) nonprofit focused on fundraising to endorse pro-choice candidates and electoral work in Michigan.

Environmental Groups

SIERRA CLUB - Michigan Political Committee is responsible for electing environmentally-minded officials and lobbying in Lansing. They also created a 2014 legislative scorecard for both the Michigan House and Senate.

MLCV – Michigan League of Conservation Voters is the leading non-partisan political voice for protecting Michigan’s land, air, and water. MLCV seeks to elect and hold accountable public officials to ensure the right policies are enacted to protect our families’ - and future generations’ - health, economic well-being, and ability to enjoy the pure beauty of our state.

Gun Control Groups

This column includes endorsements from at least one of the these gun control advocacy groups:

Moms Demand Action - Michigan - Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. They have over 6 million supporters with chapters in every state.

Brady United - A national organization that promotes a comprehensive approach to preventing gun violence. Jim Brady became permanently disabled from a gunshot would during a 1981 attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan. Brady and his wife, Sarah, founded Brady United in 1993. 

Labor Groups

AFL-CIO – The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations is a national trade union center made up of 56 national and international unions representing over 11 million people worldwide. They endorse candidates and initiatives that support collective bargaining and workers rights.

UAW – United Auto Worker’s Community Action Program (CAP) endorsements are based upon membership input and leadership ratification. Decisions are made after examining the voting records of incumbents and previous officeholders or the stated positions and pledges of new candidates. Members often get to grill candidates directly on important issues facing workers. 


CTV – Citizens for Traditional Values political action committee supports candidates that are anti-LGBT, anti-choice, support teaching creationism in schools and want the government to reflect Judeo Christian values.

MI-RTL – Michigan Right to Life political action committee endorses candidates who support a federal Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would outlaw all abortions, even in cases of rape, incest or to protect the mother’s life.

NRA-PVF - The NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is the National Rifle Association’s political action committee. The NRA-PVF states that “gun control” schemes are an infringement on the Second Amendment and a proven failure in fighting crime.

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