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Michigan Dems call for two investigations into Terri Lynn Land’s violation of federal & state campaign finance laws

Pressure is mounting for Terri Lynn Land to come clean about her potential violations of federal and state campaign finance laws. Land is one of the top self-funded politicians in the country — she has dumped nearly $3 million of her own money into her campaign coffers — yet she has not reported assets in financial disclosure statements that indicate where these millions came from.

Land claims that forgetting to mention a joint bank account she holds with her husband that contains millions of dollars was simply an an “oversight”. This is a remarkable statement considering that she was once the Michigan Secretary of State, responsible for monitoring campaigns and elections in our state.…

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VIDEO: The riveting speech of the Rev. William Barber, leader of the Moral Mondays movement, at Netroots Nation

For me, one of the highlights of last week’s Netroots Nation conference was the powerful, riveting speech by Rev. William Barber, the charismatic leader of North Carolina’s Moral Mondays movement. He spoke about “a moral movement for a moral crisis as the only way to higher ground” and what he calls the “moral fusion movement”. There have been several times in the history of the USA when our country faced a catastrophic moral crisis — slavery and the civil rights era, for example — and a movement rose up to meet and defeat it.

Today, Rev. Barber told us, we face a similar crisis and a new movement must rise up to meet it.…

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Eric Schertzing picks up key endorsements from Michigan women leaders in MI-08 Congressional race

The race to replace CNN guest star Mike Rogers in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District has four Democrats running. One of them, Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing, picked up some key endorsements today from Michigan women leaders.

Here’s the list and it’s an impressive one:

  • State Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer
  • Former State Representative Joan Bauer
  • MSU Trustee Dianne Byrum
  • Ingham County Commissioner Rebecca Bahar-Cook
  • Ingham County Commissioner Carol Koenig
  • Ingham County Commissioner Deb Nolan
  • Ingham County Commissioner Dianne Holman
  • Ingham County Commissioner Kara Hope
  • Ingham County Commissioner Kathie Dunbar
  • Ingham County Commissioner Jessica Yorko
  • East Lansing City Councilmember Kathleen Boyle
  • East Lansing City Councilmember Susan Woods

Senator Whitmer released the following statement highlighting her reasons for supporting Schertzing:


We need and deserve real leadership in Washington, DC.…
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Proof that Eastern Michigan University’s EAA affiliation is hurting College of Education student teachers

The faculty and students of Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education have been actively seeking to end the institution’s affiliation with the Education Achievement Authority, Gov. Snyder’s failed education experiment on Detroit students. Among the many horror stories coming out of the EAA, we learned this past week that they are literally experimenting with 100-student kindergarten classes.

I’m not kidding.

There has been a protest rally, a petition, and open letters which I have posted HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Each time, the students and faculty have been rebuffed by their Board of Regents.

Things have gotten so bad that nearly a dozen school districts refuse to accept EMU College of Education students as student teachers.…

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Terri Lynn Land to file amended financial disclosure statement after “forgetting” a bank account with millions of dollars in it

Really, Terri???

A week after the Detroit Free Press reported that Terri Lynn Land has made nearly $3 million worth of donations to her own campaign while filing tax returns that show no such funds available, Land is finally getting around to saying that she’s finally going to get around to obeying federal election laws by refiling her taxes financial disclosure statement:

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land says she’s close to filing an amended financial disclosure statement to account for nearly $3 million she’s given her campaign.

Spokeswoman Heather Swift says Land likely will fix the “clerical error” this week.

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VIDEOS: Michigan Republican “super secret spy glasses” FAIL now a national news story

How can we lose to these idiots?

After the Michigan Republican Party was busted earlier this month for using “super secret spy glasses” to surreptitiously videotape Democratic candidates, the story has gotten legs. Yesterday, Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog posted additional exclusive video taken from the memory card found at a Democratic event at a union hall after Republican operatives lost it. The video shows John Howting, a James O’Keefe wannabe, in training sessions with young Republican staffers who are sent to Democratic Party events to do the Republican Party’s dirty work for them:

Howting has a history of this sort of illicit crap.…

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Michigan unemployment rate up, now 3rd highest in the country

NOW can we ask, “Where are the jobs”???

Back in February, Michigan had the 4th highest unemployment rate in the country.

Today, we have the 3rd highest at 7.5%. That’s up from last month, by the way.

In fact, only Mississippi and Rhode Island – who are tied for last place – and Nevada are higher. 46 states and the District of Columbia have lower unemployment rates.

I know the changes that Republicans have made to raise taxes on the middle class and on retirees and to slash school funding to give a huge tax break to corporations and the repeated laws kneecapping labor unions including making the birthplace of the modern labor movement a right to work for less state probably will take time to show results.…

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PHOTOBLOG: A recap of the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit

Last week, over 3,000 people from around the country and around the world came to Detroit to participate in Netroots Nation, the largest conference for progressive organizers in the world. Team Eclectablog was there to help, of course, but none so much as Anne Savage who was a staff photographer for the event. Anne took all of the photos for this piece (except for the one of her).

I was privileged to be the opening speaker for the conference, welcoming everyone to Michigan and to Detroit. I was, of course, contractually obligated to make reference to everyone’s built-in map of our state.…

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Day 1: 3rd Quarter fundraiser – Eclectablog represents for Michigan, represents for YOU. Please help support US!

Support your local bloggers!

This week we’ll be coming to you once a day for our second quarter fundraiser. I am determined to prove that we can have a successful site where all of the writers are paid. However, that can only happen with support from our readers. Your financial support will also allow us to bring on new writers, something I am keen to do in the coming year.

This past week, Team Eclectablog was at the Netroots Nation conference, helping to promote the causes that we care about and representing on behalf of our state and on behalf of YOU.…

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UPDATED: Despite protest on the left, Eclectablog will be at Netroots Nation in Phoenix next year – here’s why

Last Friday, a crowd of over 1,000 protesters, bolstered by hundreds and hundreds of Netroots Nations attendees, filled the streets of downtown Detroit. An event that would likely have seen scant national coverage became a huge media story with reporting by the New York Times, MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal, Democracy Now!, the Los Angeles Times, and countless others. The attention the protest march and rally received, including a surprise main stage speech by actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, helped propel the plight of Detroit residents to the national stage in a way that it never would have without the presence of the Netroots Nation conference and the outpouring of support from those who attended.…

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