Author: Eclectablog

46% of Flint homes tested still showing lead contamination, Snyder admin smacked down by federal judge

46% of Flint homes tested still showing lead contamination, Snyder admin smacked down by federal judge

We talked about this during this week’s podcast but I think it deserves a post all of it’s own. Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards recently completed a new round of testing of the water entering the homes of Flint residents and found that 43% of them are still contaminated with lead: Water in Flint continues to improve, researchers reported Friday […]

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UPDATED: Jill Stein’s Michigan presidential election recount likely to end TODAY

UPDATED: Jill Stein’s Michigan presidential election recount likely to end TODAY

As I mentioned in my update last night, a Michigan Court of Appeals panel ruled that the Board of State Canvassers needed to reconsider Jill Stein’s petition to force a recount and reject it. At nearly the exact same time, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the federal order allowing the recount, rejecting the appeal by Michigan Attorney […]

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BOOM! Facing withering backlash, Michigan Republicans back down from attacks on first responders

BOOM! Facing withering backlash, Michigan Republicans back down from attacks on first responders

As I wrote about earlier this week, one of the more outrageous things being pushed through during the Michigan legislature’s lame duck session is a 13-bill package that would “end post-retirement health care for new local government workers and generally force existing workers and retirees to pay 20% of their post-retirement health care costs”. This was the first time that […]

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UPDATED: Michigan presidential recount update – it’s getting very, very ugly

UPDATED: Michigan presidential recount update – it’s getting very, very ugly

When Green Party candidate Jill Stein announced her intention to demand recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, I was skeptical. In fact, it looked to me like she was simply using it as a way to raise money and, more importantly, her profile along with getting Democrats to sign up for her email list. I’m still not so sure that […]

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Trump’s pick for Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos UNVEILED & REVEALED with special guest Prof. Mitchell Robinson

Trump’s pick for Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos UNVEILED & REVEALED with special guest Prof. Mitchell Robinson

The show notes for Episode 9 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2016/12/trumps-pick-for-sec-of-education-betsy-devos-unveiled-revealed-with-special-guest-prof-mitchell-robinson.html Eclectablog: DeVos family responsible for HALF of campaign contributions to Michigan House Republicans in last quarter of 2015. Rachel Tabachnick: The Right’s “School Choice” Scheme. Betsy DeVos could ‘destroy’ public schools with vouchers, Michigan educators worry. Andy Kroll | Mother Jones: Meet the New Kochs: The DeVos Clan’s Plan to Defund […]

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Michigan Republicans add appropriation to voter suppression bill making it democracy-proof (immune from citizen referendum)

Michigan Republicans add appropriation to voter suppression bill making it democracy-proof (immune from citizen referendum)

This past week I wrote about a package of voter suppression bills currently being blasted through the state legislature (HERE and HERE.) They are House Bills 6066, 6067, and 6068. Here’s a piece of what I wrote on Friday: First, we have the voter suppression effort that I wrote about on Wednesday. This legislation does away with the option to […]

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Lame duck is underway in Michigan and it’s going to be a VERY rough ride for progressive values

Lame duck is underway in Michigan and it’s going to be a VERY rough ride for progressive values

It was just a few weeks ago that I was thinking, “Well, since Republicans control EVERY aspect of our state government now, at least lame duck should be quieter than usual.” That, of course, was delusional thinking and Republicans are making that very clear as we begin the 2016 lame duck – or, as I like to call it, “inflamed […]

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Empathy as an antidote to Trump with special guest Dawud Walid of CAIR Michigan

Empathy as an antidote to Trump with special guest Dawud Walid of CAIR Michigan

The show notes for Episode 8 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2016/11/empathy-as-an-antidote-to-trump-with-special-guest-dawud-walid-of-cair-michigan.html Over 3,000,000 confirmed tickets were issued for @realDonaldTrump rallies. One more data point to gasp at. #Trump — Brad Parscale (@parscale) November 29, 2016 Eclectablog: Jill Stein appears to be gearing up for 2020 run with seemingly phony election audit ploy by exploiting Dem hopes & fears Ari Berman: Donald Trump […]

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LAME DUCK ALERT: Michigan GOP rushing through voter suppression legislation requiring photo ID to vote

LAME DUCK ALERT: Michigan GOP rushing through voter suppression legislation requiring photo ID to vote

As the inimitable Ari Berman talked about in detail in our podcast a few weeks ago, one of the chief ways of disenfranchising poor people – particularly minorities – is to make it hard for them to vote. And one of the ways they do that is by passing laws that require a photo ID to vote on Election Day. […]

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Jill Stein appears to be gearing up for 2020 run with seemingly phony election audit ploy by exploiting Dem hopes & fears

Jill Stein appears to be gearing up for 2020 run with seemingly phony election audit ploy by exploiting Dem hopes & fears

Before I get started, I’ll say what I have said during our weekly podcast: I do not think Green Party candidate Jill Stein is the reason that Hillary Clinton lost in Michigan. Despite the fact that if only a quarter of Stein voters hadn’t thrown their vote away on a candidate they KNEW would never come close to winning, the […]

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Washtenaw County leads the way on how to be a welcoming community in the Trump era

Washtenaw County leads the way on how to be a welcoming community in the Trump era

As many of you know, in addition to my blogging, I am also the Chair of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party. Washtenaw County, which is the home of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is a bit of a progressive bubble. In terms of local elections, our primaries are most often where the real […]

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