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While Gov Snyder and AG Schuette fight in court, still no action to replace lead water lines in the #FlintWaterCrisis

While Gov Snyder and AG Schuette fight in court, still no action to replace lead water lines in the #FlintWaterCrisis

It has now been 328 days since Gov. Rick Snyder publicly admitted that the drinking water in the city of Flint, Michigan had been contaminated with the powerful neurotoxin lead. This admission came months and months after the problem had been brought to light and, in the 328 days since then, no lead water service lines have been replaced through the actions of his administration. This is despite the fact that the poisoning was the direct result of cost-saving measures taken by his appointed Emergency Manager overseers and the failure of top administrator in his administration, Dept. of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant, who was clearly unqualified for his job.…

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Maybe Donald Trump just doesn’t understand

Maybe Donald Trump just doesn’t understand

Here’s a subtle way to point out that Trump is the least qualified candidate for president we’ve ever seen

You can’t see it in the polls — which show Hillary Clinton leading by more than 10 percent in states that would give her 298 electoral voters — but Donald Trump’s campaign has done one very smart thing recently.

Trump has stopped doing interviews with anyone but the friendly folks/Trump advisors at Fox News. The last interview he gave to a non-Fox employee was the one where he attacked the Khan family.

So you can understand why they’ve pulled back.

But even in his “friendly” interviews, he often betrays his complete lack of policy knowledge — even about the defining policy of his campaign.…

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What if it only gets worse after Trump?

What if it only gets worse after Trump?

Unlike “Conservatism,” the “alt-right” has a natural constituency beyond billionaire donors

You probably lost your ability to be shocked by the time a man whose only political credential was demanding the first black president’s ID won his first Republican presidential primary.

But we have to take a moment to register some outrage over a moment that will go down in history — way down in history.

The white nationalist “alt-right” has surrendered its unofficial role as Trump campaign’s unofficial muse and meme factory and officially taken over the Trump campaign in the form of Breitbart.com’s publisher Steve Bannon.

“The alt-right sees limited-government constitutionalism as passé; it holds that only nationalist populism on the basis of shared tribal identity can save the country,” writes former Breitbart editor and anti-“alt right” conservative Ben Shapiro.…

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This poll should be a flaming warning for Republicans — and insurance companies

This poll should be a flaming warning for Republicans — and insurance companies

A USA Today/Rock the Vote poll reminds us that the phrase “young Republican” is an oxymoron:

In the new survey, half of those under 35 say they identify with or lean toward the Democrats; just 20% identify with or lean toward the Republicans.

Greg Sargent points out that you can’t blame this entirely on Donald Trump (though Republicans probably will for decades to come):

The Republican Party’s failure to evolve on gay rights, immigration, and other issues was already alienating young people, as even the RNC’s own autopsy into what went wrong in 2012 conceded.

Sargent notes that Democrats have actively targeted Trump’s “chauvinism, his vow of mass deportations, and his own particularly buffoonish brand of climate denialism (he has called climate change a hoax invented by the Chinese).”

But the chart below from PEW points out why so-called millennials were not exactly prone to join the GOP — which was around 90 percent white before they went full Trump — anyway:

There are already more potential millennial voters than Baby Boomers, but you know that young people are far less likely to show up at the polls.…

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If only the mayor of NYC on 9/11/01 would remind Rudy Giuliani there WERE Islamic terrorist attacks in the US before Obama

If only the mayor of NYC on 9/11/01 would remind Rudy Giuliani there WERE Islamic terrorist attacks in the US before Obama

I really don’t know how to respond to this. Rudy Giuliani, the mayor of New York City on the day of the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, literally claimed that … well, here are his words from a pro-Trump rally this morning featuring Trump’s running mate Mike Pence:

Under those eight years, before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States. They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office.

Let’s roll tape in case you think I’m just making this up:

Giuliani was in Ohio when he gave this speech.…

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Multi-millionaire GOP Congressman David Trott illegally exploits free mail privileges to save a few thousand dollars

Multi-millionaire GOP Congressman David Trott illegally exploits free mail privileges to save a few thousand dollars

As part of the Code of Laws of the United States of America – 39 U.S.C. § 3210(3)(a) to be specific – “It is the policy of the Congress that the privilege of sending mail as franked mail shall be established under this section in order to assist and expedite the conduct of the official business, activities, and duties of the Congress of the United States.”

Basically this means that members of Congress get to send mail to their constituents free. However, section 3210(5)(c) prohibits franked mail that “specifically solicits political support for the sender”.

This is a commonly abused law and many members of Congress go months, even a year between sending their constituents mail.…

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Donald Trump proposes immigration policy that would prevent HIM from immigrating to America

Donald Trump proposes immigration policy that would prevent HIM from immigrating to America

Today, back on his “Look, I can read stiltedly from a teleprompter” pivot, Donald Trump laid out one of the most extreme foreign policy proposals since the Cold War. His new policy – what he calls “extreme vetting” – would force immigrants to take an ideology test to see if they are worthy of being in America.

The deep, twisted, disgusting irony of his proposal is that he himself would be barred from entering the USA as an immigrant if it was implemented.

Here’s what he had to say:

A Trump Administration will establish a clear principle that will govern all decisions pertaining to immigration.…

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Clinton campaign opens Ann Arbor office with standing room only crowd

Clinton campaign opens Ann Arbor office with standing room only crowd

On Sunday, August 14th, the “Coordinated Campaign” which is the joint effort of the Hillary for American campaign, the Michigan Democratic Party, the Michigan House Democrats, the Washtenaw County Democratic Party, the Ann Arbor Democratic Party, and the Western Washtenaw Democrats, opened the first office in Washtenaw County. Located at 5060 Jackson Road, it’s a sweet location that has ample parking, easy access from the highway, and is on a bus route.

How sweet is it? This sweet:

The Office Opening Party was promoted by the local Democratic organizations, by HFA emails, calls by volunteers in the 12th Congressional District, and most importantly by phone calls from Coordinated Campaign staff and volunteers.…

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GUEST POST: Schuette’s attempt to reinstate a law banning straight-ticket voting is unacceptable

GUEST POST: Schuette’s attempt to reinstate a law banning straight-ticket voting is unacceptable

The following guest post was written by Barb Byrum. Barb is currently the Ingham County Clerk and is a former State Representative who served three terms in Michigan House of Representatives from 2007-2012. She is currently running for re-election to serve a second term as the Clerk of Ingham County. Byrum grew up in Onondaga, Michigan, a small rural town in southwestern Ingham County and continues to live there today with her spouse and children.

Enjoy.
Attorney General Bill Schuette’s attempt to reinstate a law banning straight-ticket voting through the 2016 General Election is unacceptable. Michigan voters have had the option to cast a straight-ticket vote for more than a century and changing it now, right before the State General Election is wrong.…

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If you care about the Supreme Court, you need Trump to go down in a landslide

If you care about the Supreme Court, you need Trump to go down in a landslide

For people who don’t hate their fellow citizens or fear refugees might be lurking in their drywall, there is an endless list of reasons to want Donald Trump to lose in a historic landslide that would at least reminiscent of Obama’s sweep of 2008 — coattails and all.

Here are a few:

  • Trump deserves nothing less and far worse
  • If it’s close at all we’ll get months of his whining about something being rigged, which means more Trump
  • It’s the best hope of injuring the movement that has gleefully embraced Trump’s bigoted demagoguery

But the most important reason Hillary Clinton needs to win big is to execute her agenda, which requires her to be able to appoint Supreme Court justices the way all presidents used to be before Republicans decided their party was dying so it wasn’t worth preserving democracy.…

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Hillary Clinton in Michigan August 11, 2016.
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PHOTOS: Hillary Clinton in Michigan – “This is personal for me. I’m a product of the American middle class.”

“‘Stronger Together’ is not just a slogan for our campaign. It’s a guiding principle for the future we’re going to build.”

All photos by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog.

Hillary Clinton was in Warren, Michigan today and continued to outline the stark contrast between her vision for America and Donald Trump’s dystopian view of our incredible country.”He describes America as an embarrassment,” she said. “He said – quote — ‘We’re becoming a third-world country.’ “I don’t believe that. We have a lot of urgent and important work to do – and that’s what I’m going to talk about today – but all the people I’ve met in this campaign have convinced me that Donald Trump is wrong.…

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