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Happy November Supporter.  This week isn't only the Election, it's also start of the Legislature's lame duck session, which could mean big things for the RTA!  Read on and help out. . .

RTA Action in Lame Duck?  Keep Pressure on Senate Leader to Act Now!!

After Tuesday's election, the Michigan legislature comes back into session to get some last minute business done before the end of the year.  Called the Lame Duck session, it could mean big progress for the RTA!

We've got a majority of the Michigan Senate committed to supporting the RTA once they finally get a chance to vote on it.   

Now we've heard that Senate Majority Leader Richardville may hold the vote as early as this Thursday, their first day back after the election (and only day before Thanksgiving).  But other issues could still distract. 

Please keep up the pressure!  Help us get 1,000 messages to Leader Richardville before the lame duck session starts Thursday!

Please tell Senate Leader Richardville to hold the RTA vote this week!! 

Then urge all your friends to do the same, because he needs to hear lots of voices speaking out!!

Plus keep the calls coming to your Senator and House members, so they're ready to pass the RTA!!

And thanks!!

Make Sure You are Ready to VOTE!

Election Day is this Tuesday, November 6.

The polls are open from 7am-8pm.  Make sure you are ready:

Know where you vote. The Michigan Voter Information Center can show you, with a map, phone number, and more.

Decide what time you'll vote and leave yourself plenty of time, so the rest of life doesn't get in the way.

Know what you'll be voting on, especially at the bottom of the ballot.  The Voter Info Center also shows you exactly what will be on your ballot, with links to candidate webpages and campaign finance records.    

Publius.org provides even more information, including Detroit Free Press candidate questionaires and videos and a lot more webpage links,especially on judges and university regent races (the ones I often need to know more about!).  

Remind your friends, family, co-workers, bus buddies, and co-workers to VOTE and share these resources too!  Thanks!!

If you have any questions or problems, go to Michigan.gov/VOTE or Vote411.org or call 866-OUR-VOTE.  

Most importantly GO VOTE!  Thanks!

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 VOTE NO on Proposal 5 to Enable Future Transit Funding! 

And one last reminder to VOTE NO on Proposal 5.

Proposal 5 amends the Michigan Constitution to prohibit new or additional taxes by the State of Michigan unless approved by a 2/3 majority of members in each chamber of the legislature or by a statewide vote of the people.

Even with the current rules, state funding for transit has not been increased in 25 years.  This proposal would make it far harder to fund transit and other important services.

We urge all Michigan voters to oppose Prop 5 - a radical and harmful change to our state constitution.

Don't just take our word for it.  Every single newspaper who has taken a position is opposed.  Dozens of business, labor, environmental, health care, education, public safety, and human service groups are all strongly opposed.

In support?  Only Matty Maroun and the vague Michigan Alliance for Prosperity, who's website won't even say who is involved.

Given the crowded ballot, few people are really aware of this enormous threat. Please help spread the word to your friends, family, and other contacts!  

Here are some great resources for spreading the word:

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                                         Megan

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