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Hug a music teacher today…

Hug a music teacher today…

Every time I go out to observe one of our music student teachers, I come away thinking three things… 1. These new music teachers are really, really good. Much better than I was just coming out of school. More musically versatile, more aware of the profession, so passionate about teaching kids about music. In spite of the doom & gloom […]

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Announcing the 2018 Eclectablog Annual Fundraising Party with special guest Jordan Zakarin from Progressives Everywhere!

Announcing the 2018 Eclectablog Annual Fundraising Party with special guest Jordan Zakarin from Progressives Everywhere!

We normally do our fundraiser in late spring but some health issues on my end foiled that plan. Then came the midterm election. Then came the general election. So, now that the dust has settled, we are finally getting the opportunity to hold our annual fundraiser. And we NEED to! Our coffers are nearly depleted! This year we’re thrilled to […]

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Michigan Senate Republicans only allow their Democratic colleagues half the resources to serve their constituents

Michigan Senate Republicans only allow their Democratic colleagues half the resources to serve their constituents

Perusing the Facebook pages of some of the Democrats who won their elections last week, I came across a post by Jeff Irwin, the newly-minted Democratic Senator in Michigan’s 18th state Senate district. In it, he reveals that Democratic members of the state Senate are given $129,700 plus two staff benefit packages (for two staff members.) Republican senators, in sharp […]

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How to beat corporate PAC money – with special guest Sean McElwee from Data for Progress

How to beat corporate PAC money – with special guest Sean McElwee from Data for Progress

[T]he three main factors of the election last week seem to be (1) Trump repulsing everyone but billionaires, temporarily embarrassed billionaires and white people who’ve never slept in a dorm, (2) historic turnout for a midterm fed by massive  organizing efforts like the Women’s March and Indivisible and (3) Democrats magnifying their reach by donating everywhere. The Cook Report’s Dave […]

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The GOP is trying to decide if it can clone or destroy ActBlue. It probably can do neither.

The GOP is trying to decide if it can clone or destroy ActBlue. It probably can do neither.

We are the Koch brothers we’ve been waiting for There’s much to mourn but a brief period of gloating may now begin. At a safe distance, you can now tell your aunt’s Trump-loving boyfriend, who added you on Facebook before he discovered Infowars and meth in early 2016, that we have seen a wave and it looks a little blue-ish. […]

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The Great Lakes State’s electoral blue wave crashed on the breakwall of Republican gerrymandering – AGAIN

The Great Lakes State’s electoral blue wave crashed on the breakwall of Republican gerrymandering – AGAIN

The biggest and most profound victory in Michigan on Election Day was, for me at least (and LOLGOP chides me about mentioning this on the pod all the time) that Michigan’s Bigot-in-Chief, Bill Schuette is being replaced as Attorney General by lesbian attorney Dana Nessel. Dana is the amazing woman who helped bring marriage equality to the USA, something Schuette […]

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Bill Schuette, and His Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Ideas About Education in Michigan

Bill Schuette, and His Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Ideas About Education in Michigan

Attorney General Bill Schuette has been part of the team running the state of Michigan for the past 8 years. Why anyone would think he has suddenly come up with some new, out-of-the-box ideas on how to improve the state’s schools, just because he’s now running for governor, is simply beyond me. But the good folks over at Bridge took […]

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Vote the WHOLE ballot; the whole ballot MATTERS! with special guest Andy Slavitt

Vote the WHOLE ballot; the whole ballot MATTERS! with special guest Andy Slavitt

One thing Jesus was clear about was how he felt about starving migrants—feed them. He was—as far as this fellow Jew can tell—far less clear about how he felt about the baking of gay wedding cakes. Yet I see no conservative Christians making a religious stand for migrants. So, let’s stop pretending these concerns are religious. It’s all about race […]

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5 reasons Michigan has the second best ballot in the nation

5 reasons Michigan has the second best ballot in the nation

Fighting with Trump with what he hates most — women, weed and democracy Michigan finally has a ballot we deserve and Michiganders are rushing to vote, possibly at record numbers. To be fair, Florida probably has the best ballot in the nation, in a year that offers so many fine choices in contrast to so many terrible alternatives. And Florida’s […]

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Michigan Republican Party creates front groups to fund effort to promote a Green Party candidate and draw votes from Democrat Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan Republican Party creates front groups to fund effort to promote a Green Party candidate and draw votes from Democrat Gretchen Whitmer

The stench of desperation has overcome the Michigan Republican Party. As I reported yesterday, they sent mailers to the districts of three of their House candidates claiming they are endorsed by the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM). They are not and, in fact, in two of those races, the POAM actually endorsed the Democratic candidate. Today I have evidence […]

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Michigan Republican Party sent out political mailers lying about their candidates’ endorsements in three state House races

Michigan Republican Party sent out political mailers lying about their candidates’ endorsements in three state House races

The Michigan Republican Party has been caught sending out misinformation about their candidates in three State House races. Mailers sent by the MRP claim three of their candidates, Annette Glenn in the 98th House District, Dave Morgan in the 62nd House District, and Andrea Schroeder in the 43rd House District, were endorsed by the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM). […]

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