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Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing proves she’s unqualified, dangerous, and out of her league. PLUS: GRIZZLIES!!!

Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing proves she’s unqualified, dangerous, and out of her league. PLUS: GRIZZLIES!!!

It’s unmistakably clear that Republicans are doing everything they can to protect their corporatist benefactor Betsy DeVos from having to face any sort of real scrutiny in her bid to become the nation’s Secretary of Education. They scheduled her confirmation hearing BEFORE the U.S. Office of Government Ethics had released its report on her so that she can’t be questioned […]

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Gov. Snyder spent 70 seconds talking about cows, 95 seconds about the #FlintWaterCrisis in State of the State Address

Gov. Snyder spent 70 seconds talking about cows, 95 seconds about the #FlintWaterCrisis in State of the State Address

To say that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State Address last night was a whitewash of the reality we face in our state is an understatement. He avoided any serious discussion about his plans to remedy the slow motion infrastructure catastrophe that is in visible progress. He never mentioned the tens of thousands of out of work Michiganders […]

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Grading Betsy DeVos’ confirmation day exam

Grading Betsy DeVos’ confirmation day exam

Betsy DeVos believes these 5 things about government. As a career teacher, I thought I’d take this opportunity to grade Ms. DeVos’ responses as though they were answers on an exam. I understand she’s a big fan of “accountability,” so I’m sure she will appreciate the feedback, especially as she crams for her confirmation hearings, scheduled for later today… 1. […]

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Episode 15 – How to avoid DOUBLING the maternal mortality rate w/ Erica Sackin of Planned Parenthood of America

Episode 15 – How to avoid DOUBLING the maternal mortality rate w/ Erica Sackin of Planned Parenthood of America

The show notes for Episode 15 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/01/episode-15-how-to-avoid-doubling-the-u-s-maternal-mortality-rate-w-erica-sackins-of-planned-parenthood-of-america.html Washington Post: City parking permits for 200 buses are being sought for Inauguration Day. The number for the Women’s March: 1,200. People magazine: D.C. Dress Shops Dispute Trump’s Claim That They Are ‘Sold-Out’ for Inauguration: ‘There’s Never Been Less Demand’ LOLGOP in The National Memo: To Defeat ‘Disgusting Donald,’ We Must […]

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America’s Truth: The Moment We Must Now Face

America’s Truth: The Moment We Must Now Face

This movement moment is calling on those of us who believe in the vision of Dr. King to respond. This movement moment is calling on us resist. But, what does resistance look like? In 2014, I published an article in the beloved, but now defunct, Michigan Citizen newspaper called, “A Time for Visionary Resistance”. In that article, I said in part: We […]

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The pendulum swings back: Young people are about to be reminded of what Dr. King taught us about being Americans

The pendulum swings back: Young people are about to be reminded of what Dr. King taught us about being Americans

Four years ago this weekend, my wife and I spent the day after Pres. Obama’s second inauguration touring some of the national monuments in Washington, D.C. It’s an incredible experience walking around our nation’s capitol and reading powerful progressive messages carved into granite and marble, a reminder that the truly great Americans in our country’s history all had messages that […]

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Congressman Dan Kildee on what’s at stake if the ACA is repealed and what Democrats can do to stop it

Congressman Dan Kildee on what’s at stake if the ACA is repealed and what Democrats can do to stop it

An exclusive interview with one of the most outspoken champions for the American people in the U.S. House of Representatives. Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee gets it. He’s been fighting for the American people, particularly working families, his entire career. And when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, he understands the human consequences better than most people: […]

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“Success” gets a new definition in TrumpLand

“Success” gets a new definition in TrumpLand

The following guest post was written by Walt Sorg, a long time political activist and observer from Lansing, Michigan. Walt was a candidate for the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012 in the 67th State House District. Follow him on Twitter at @WaltSorg. Enjoy. We look at the cabinet appointments of the incoming President, and we are baffled. It is […]

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Thousands gather at Michigan rally to tell Congress: ‘Save our healthcare’

Thousands gather at Michigan rally to tell Congress: ‘Save our healthcare’

This was one of 70 rallies across the country today — and the first of many actions to come to protect and improve the Affordable Care Act. This was more than a great turnout. The response to the “Save Our Healthcare” rally in Warren, Michigan, was so overwhelming the event had to be moved to a larger venue than the […]

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A peek behind the curtain at Eclectablog

A peek behind the curtain at Eclectablog

My wife Anne wrote this last year and it’s all basically still true (except that I’ve written 4,909 posts now.) I thought it was worth sharing it with you on the last day of our fundraiser as a reminder of why we do what we do. Thanks for any support you can give. I don’t like painting ceilings. I don’t […]

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‘I used to be a Republican, but never again’ says man worried about losing health insurance

‘I used to be a Republican, but never again’ says man worried about losing health insurance

Mel and his wife don’t know what they will do if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed without a replacement. Mel voted for Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. But he says he’ll never vote Republican again. He’s angry about the climate of divisiveness in this country, about Republican threats to cut Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security — which he’ll […]

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