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EclectaFundraiser party update – new sponsors and beer glasses!


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Our party is coming up fast – this Saturday at 7 p.m. – and we’ve added some new sponsors to the list.

Here is the list of current sponsors:

BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORS – $250

  • Michigan Nurses Association
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan
  • Zack Pohl
  • Doug and Joanna Scott
  • Clean Water Action
  • DiSano Strategies
  • ACLU of Michigan
  • Michigan Democratic Party

SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS – $500

  • Michigan AFL-CIO
  • Matt and Rene Greff – Arbor Brewing Company

GOLD LEVEL SPONSOR – $1,000

  • Progress Michigan

PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSOR – $2,500

  • None : (

If you would like to become a sponsor, it’s not too late.…

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Former Education Achievement Authority Chancellor John Covington still looking for a school district to run

Former Education Achievement Authority Chancellor John Covington still looking for a school district to run

When John Covington bailed out of the Education Achievement Authority shortly after spending irregularities and a host of other problems were making news, he said it was to care for his ailing mother. However, soon after he left, he formed a company called the National Institute for Student-Centered Teaching and Learning. After that, he threw his hat into the ring to be the superintendent of a South Carolina school district. Fortunately for them, however, he wasn’t selected.

He’s still looking, though, and has managed to make the final round in the search for the next Director of Nashville Public Schools.…

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New polling shows just how gerrymandered the blue state of Michigan really is

New polling shows just how gerrymandered the blue state of Michigan really is

Given the results of the last few elections in Michigan where Democrats received the majority of the votes but Republicans won a majority of the seats in the state legislature, there is little to argue about when it comes to discussing gerrymandering and how terribly gerrymandered our state is. There are hardly any competitive seats in our state anymore. Period.

However, a new poll out from Public Policy Polling brings the reality of this into sharp relief. Without question, the voters in our state lean toward progressive, sometimes sharply, on a wide array of issues while our state legislature is as Republican as any southern state.…

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Tell Michigan leaders you don't want any more harmful RFRA laws

Tell Michigan leaders you don’t want any more harmful RFRA laws

Find out why these “license to discriminate” bills are bad for Michigan, then sign a petition opposing RFRA legislation.

The ink was barely dry on the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide when Michigan Republicans began pushing for more so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) legislation. In fact, their assault on equality began even before the Supreme Court decision.

The most sobering example is the fact that Governor Rick Snyder signed into law the “RFRA for Adoption” bills that allow state-funded faith-based adoption agencies to turn away anyone based on religious objections to who they are, who they love or what they believe.…

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This is what happens to your poll numbers in the GOP primary when you insult immigrants

See that red line? That’s Donald Trump.

His argle-babble about immigrants (who commit crimes at a lower rate than any ethnic group) has led to him being dumped by Univision, NBC, Macy’s and now Serta. Trump’s reputation is now so bad that businesses want nothing to do with him and Republicans do.

It’s important to not read too much into this as it’s largely about name recognition and the complete lack of charm of his fellow GOP competitors. The Washington Post‘s Dan Drezner points out that at the peak of his birtherism, Trump was getting something like 25 percent in the polls, probably because that wasn’t just racial dog whistling.…

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One way to help correct radical income inequality

One way to help correct radical income inequality

Federal Communications Commission chairman Thomas Wheeler has proposed increasing the current Lifeline telephone subsidy to help the poor get Internet service. Such access is good for the economy, good for job and service searches, and good for connecting poor children and their families to their schools, churches, health care providers, and governmental institutions.

Most of us know the Lifeline program as “Obamaphones”, even though the service subsidies began in 1985 under Reagan based on some of the same reasons the FCC chairman now promotes the high-speed Internet service. The need for the subsidy is based on the estimate that fewer than half the households with income less than $25,000/year have Internet service, while more than 95% of households with income above $150,000 do have it.…

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Fellow Midland judges overrule homophobic coworker, weddings to continue in 75th District Court. ALL weddings.

Fellow Midland judges overrule homophobic coworker, weddings to continue in 75th District Court. ALL weddings.

The decision by 75th District Court judge Michael Carpenter to stop ALL marriages in the 75th District Court in Midland to avoid having to marry same-sex couples sent a shockwave of outrage and disbelief throughout the country yesterday. What he did was legal in the technical sense because District Court judges are authorized, not required to perform marriages. However, given that they have performed this service in the 75th District Court and in basically all other Michigan District Courts basically forever, it is a de facto part of his job and pulling the trigger on this decision showed the true motives of this self-described “man of faith”.…

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Can't wait to get hitched now that marriage equality is here? Don't wait to get health insurance, either

Can’t wait to get hitched now that marriage equality is here? Don’t wait to get health insurance, either

Everything LGBT people need to know about signing up for health insurance after getting married.


Last week’s historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court affirming marriage equality for everyone across the country means there are going to be a lot of weddings this summer. But that’s just the beginning of the good news.

Many LGBT people may not realize that once they begin their lives of legally wedded bliss, they have a special opportunity to enroll in quality, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Getting married is considered a “qualifying life event” under the Affordable Care Act. That means that newly married couples qualify for a “special enrollment period,” which lets them sign up for a new health plan or make changes to the plan they enrolled in during the last open enrollment period.…

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