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Enough with the bonuses, Mr. President*!

Enough with the bonuses, Mr. President*!

In the aftermath of yet another horrific school shooting, this one leaving 17 students and teachers dead in Parkland, FL, President Trump has ignored the cause of the problem, and has instead offered an almost incomprehensibly bad solution to the wrong problem–suggesting that teachers who agree to carry loaded weapons into schools, and received some sort of firearms training, would […]

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EPISODE 71 – A document as important as the INDIVISIBLE GUIDE??? wsg Sharon Shutler of @WofAVA

EPISODE 71 – A document as important as the INDIVISIBLE GUIDE??? wsg Sharon Shutler of @WofAVA

The show notes for Episode 71 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2018/02/episode-71-a-document-as-important-as-the-indivisible-guide-wsg-sharon-shutler-of-wofava.html Sharon Shutler of We of Action: @WofAVA Virginia Grassroots in on the web at VirginiaGrassroots.org. Get Lessons Learned from the 2017 Virginia Elections – How the Grassroots Helped Flip VA Blue HERE. WhyVAMatters2017.org The Good: Emma Gonzalez’s amazing speech: Transcript HERE. Devlin Barrett and Josh Dawsey at The Washington Post: Florida […]

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The 2018 elections are a national emergency

The 2018 elections are a national emergency

Anything less than a wave will be a victory for Trump You probably don’t need nightmare juice. Sorry, but here’s a shot: “Elections are about choices,” [Vice President Mike Pence] said in the interview, in which he discussed his midterm outlook in detail for the first time. “If we frame that choice, I think we’re going to reelect majorities in […]

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Arm Teachers? Yes! (But not with guns…)

Arm Teachers? Yes! (But not with guns…)

Teachers can’t get their schools to pay for the professional development they need for the jobs they have now. Most teachers I know are paying out of pocket for travel to and from conferences, registration fees, professional membership dues, and graduate courses. Where’s the money going to come from to purchase each teacher a weapon and provide the training needed […]

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I don’t want to hear about how outraged you are by the latest mass school shooting

I don’t want to hear about how outraged you are by the latest mass school shooting

Before I get started today, I’d like to thank our loyal readers for their patience as I have worked through a rather extended saga of diverticulitis. It started in late January and involved two stays in the hospital as well as an outpatient surgical procedure. It also featured me having a nearly-lethal anaphylactic allergic reaction after the installation of a […]

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Naming the Toxic Male Elephant in the Room

Naming the Toxic Male Elephant in the Room

“I have been training with rifles and pistols since the first time my Dad took me to shoot. Age 8. I know the laws to carry. I have spoken with LEO’s about it. I have a lawyer who works with concealed carry cases only. Truth is I’m more responsible than just point and shoot. I know to identify my target and […]

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Imagine what we could do with $1.5 trillion

Imagine what we could do with $1.5 trillion

Republicans never gave a shit about the deficit, but they’ll definitely pretend they do again. Let’s be ready this time. You may be shocked to learn Republicans are eagerly exploding the deficit after a decade of using fears of financial imbalance to stunt our recovery. It’s shocking in the way the sun coming up or a Burrito Supreme giving you […]

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Michigan Gov. Snyder’s failure as a leader continues into his last year, appoints anti-LGBTQ bigot to Civil Rights Commission

Michigan Gov. Snyder’s failure as a leader continues into his last year, appoints anti-LGBTQ bigot to Civil Rights Commission

Most governors with a history of poisoning an entire city of Black people, an administration full of corruption and ineptitude, and with a laundry list of pro-corporate policies that have harmed the state in myriad ways would probably spend their final months in office being as non-controversial and quiet as possible. Not so with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. Despite his […]

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VIDEO: Michigan gubernatorial forum held on Feb. 3, 2018 with a standing room only crowd. Dems are FIRED UP!

VIDEO: Michigan gubernatorial forum held on Feb. 3, 2018 with a standing room only crowd. Dems are FIRED UP!

Shri Thanedar, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Bill Cobbs, Gretchen Whitmer, and Abdul El-Sayed, photo by Anne C. Savage This past weekend, the Washtenaw County Democratic Party hosted a gubernatorial forum for the top four candidates for governor in the 2018 election cycle: Bill Cobbs, Abdul El-Sayed, Shri Thanedar, and Gretchen Whitmer. The event was so popular that we had to stop […]

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EPISODE 70: What makes the Russian investigation different? – with special guest Marcy Wheeler (@EmptyWheel)

EPISODE 70: What makes the Russian investigation different? – with special guest Marcy Wheeler (@EmptyWheel)

The show notes for Episode 70 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2018/02/episode-70-what-makes-the-russian-investigation-different-with-special-guest-marcy-wheeler-emptywheel.html Marcy Wheeler on Twitter: @EmptyWheel Marcy Wheeler at New Republic: All Glenn Greenwald’s Women Marcy Wheeler at Huffington Post: The Nunes-Ryan Civil Liberties Sham Marcy Wheeler at Vice.com: All the Key Details Republicans Left Out of Their Famous Memo Marcy Wheeler at Politico: Democrats Embraced a Flawed Dossier — And Gave […]

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Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Never underestimate Donald Trump’s ability to divide us

His knows his supporters want to be lied to and he loves giving them what they want Here’s one lesson of 2016 that we can’t ignore: Just because you see through Donald Trump’s bullshit, you can’t assume it isn’t working. Trump isn’t meant for you. In fact, you should just assume that the more upset he is making you, the […]

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