Eclectablog

About Eclectablog

Chris Savage is the owner and publisher of Eclectablog, your one-stop shop for progressive state & national political news & commentary.
Author Archive | Eclectablog
UPDATEDx3: Obama administration and diplomacy score major victory, still waiting for Sen. Gary Peters to do the right thing

UPDATEDx3: Obama administration and diplomacy score major victory, still waiting for Sen. Gary Peters to do the right thing

Last month, Republicans in the U.S. Senate introduced a formal resolution of disapproval of the historic deal brokered by the Obama administration that will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon for the forseeable future. Despite millions of dollars being spent by pro-war groups, yesterday Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) became the 34th senator to come out in support of the deal, giving President Obama enough votes to survive a promised veto.

UPDATE: Today, Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey became the 35th senator to support the accord.

UPDATE 2: Senator Mark Warner of Virgina became the 36th senator to support the accord today.…

Read full story Comments { 0 }
The Trump Effect: Empowering the previously voiceless bigots of America like Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.

The Trump Effect: Empowering the previously voiceless bigots of America like Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.

It’s easy for Democrats to hope that Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination because it’s easy to believe he can’t win. For those of us who watched in horror as George W. Bush won (twice), we know otherwise. For those who watched the Michigan state legislature be completely taken over by tea party religious zealots, we know otherwise.

Trump, who sat glowering as President Obama skewered him at the 2011 White House Corresponents’ Dinner, has in the past shown himself to be tremendously thin-skinned. However, he now seems to feed on his opponents’ attacks. Attacking him only seems to drive him to be more provocative now.…

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Leelanau County Democrats call on Senator Gary Peters to support Iran nuclear deal

Leelanau County Democrats call on Senator Gary Peters to support Iran nuclear deal

The Leelanau County Democratic Party up in the “pinky” of Michigan has sent a letter penned by their County Party Officers and Leadership Team, on behalf of their membership, urging Democratic Senator Gary Peters to join with Sen. Debbie Stabenow in supporting the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration (a position we have also taken here at Eclectablog.)

Here is the full text of their letter:

August 19, 2015
To: Senator Gary Peters
From: The Leelanau County Democratic Party

Dear Senator Peters;

We, the undersigned members of the Leadership Team of the Leelanau County Democratic Party — which includes LCDP officers and 44 others who represent our 357 members — urge you to vote in support of the Iran nuclear deal that is now before you.

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Michigan GOP House Speaker Cotter absolves himself while Todd Courser goes deeper into BizzaroLand

Michigan GOP House Speaker Cotter absolves himself while Todd Courser goes deeper into BizzaroLand

One of the worst parts about my chronicling of the Gamrat/Courser fiasco is that, as much as I’m sick of it and want to stop, I’m now all but obligated to continue writing about it as things continue to unfold unravel. Today is no exception. We now have the House Business Office (HBO) “Report on the Investigation of Alleged Misconduct of Representative Todd Courser and Representative Cindy Gamrat”, Todd Courser’s typo-filled tome of over 4,000 words constituting his “response”, and another of their former aides stepping forward to dish dirt on the pair.

Starting with HBO’s report, what we have is nine pages from a group controlled by Republican House Speaker Kevin Cotter which absolve Speaker Cotter of any responsibility with only passing mention that “in hindsight”, his office should have investigated complaints by staffers earlier in the process.…

Read full story Comments { 0 }
GUEST POST: The Paradox of the Apple

GUEST POST: The Paradox of the Apple

This story arrived in my email inbox today from the most excellent group Local Harvest. It’s an important story about how our food supply cycles and our food demand cycles can be out of sync to the point where we literally throw away delicious, healthy, nutritious food and import the same food from other countries. In this case, the supply and demand cycles that are out of sync are those for apples.

What’s good about this essay is that it doesn’t just talk about the problem. The author, Rebecca Thistlethwaite from Farm Business Consulting and author of the books Farms With a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business and The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising & Selling, also points out things each of us can do to help address the issue.…

Read full story Comments { 0 }
New Chrome browser extension replaces "political correctness" with more accurate term on all webpages

New Chrome browser extension replaces “political correctness” with more accurate term on all webpages

One of the things that (a) sets progressives’ teeth on edge and (b) quickens the heartbeats of ignorant racists, bigots, misogynists, and sexists is the idea that “political correctness” is censorship. It is, of course, nothing of the sort. It’s actually an expression of our fundamental right to call someone out on their racism, bigotry, misogyny, and sexism. You’re free to be one of these closed minded people but you are decidedly NOT free to be immune from criticism for your shitty views.

A developer of a new extension for the Chrome browser has an answer for this. They developed PC2Respect, an extension that was inspired by this quote from author Neil Gaiman:

I started imagining a world in which we replaced the phrase “politically correct” wherever we could with “treating other people with respect”, and it made me smile.…
Read full story Comments { 0 }
OMG_ONOZ

The Detroit News concern trolls Medicaid expansion in Michigan, ignores glaring Republican failure to invest savings

“Obamacare savings may be short-lived”! shouts the headline of an editorial in today’s edition of The Detroit News. They are referring to Medicaid expansion in our state, a program that is fully funded by the federal government until 2017 and funded at a level of 90% after that, all while giving an additional 600,000 working poor Michiganders health care coverage they wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise and saving the state $220 million a year.

So, what has happened that prompted The News to sound the warning bells? Have health care costs suddenly skyrocketed under the Affordable Care Act?

No.…

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Michigan Republicans show an abject failure of leadership and why a recall of Courser & Gamrat is better for Democrats

Michigan Republicans show an abject failure of leadership and why a recall of Courser & Gamrat is better for Democrats

The summer of 2015 will go down in the annals of Michigan history as a time when the Republican in our state displayed an complete and utter lack of leadership. Don’t forget that the GOP controls literally every level of government of significance – and have for the past five years – so this abject failure is theirs and theirs alone.

The most egregious failure to lead, of course, is their inability to figure out how to pay for critical infrastructure repairs to our roads and bridges. Their party now has so many anti-tax zealots that they have become paralyzed. The partially sane wing of the Michigan GOP knows that there is no way to fill the over $1 billion hole we’re in with regard to road repair without raising new revenue.…

Read full story Comments { 0 }
GUEST POST: Jimmy Carter and Donald Trump - Some Thoughts

GUEST POST: Jimmy Carter and Donald Trump – Some Thoughts

The following guest post is from my dear friend Wally Welch. In it, he compares and contrasts former President Jimmy Carter (a personal hero of mine who is battling brain cancer) and Donald Trump (not a hero of mine who is battling xenophobia, racism, and sexism.)

Enjoy
Jimmy Carter, 91, in typically cheerful, humble, and matter-of-fact fashion, recently announced he is battling cancer. At the same time, Donald Trump, the newly discovered darling of the GOP, bragged about his wealth, promised a beautiful wall to take the place of Lady Liberty (at no cost to taxpayers), and implied the 14th Amendment to the Constitution is ‘stupid’.…

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Michigan GOP continues to do the bidding of major utility companies, may slash tax credit for home solar installations

Michigan GOP continues to do the bidding of major utility companies, may slash tax credit for home solar installations

Michigan Republicans have long been known for as being ultra-friendly to our major utility companies. The most recent evidence of that comes from legislation that will end what’s known as “net metering”. With net metering, homeowners who install solar installations that produce more energy than they use can send the bonus electricity back to the grid and receive a credit on their bill. When they don’t generate enough electricity for their own use, they can cash in the credit.

New legislation – Senate bill 438 – would force these homeowners to purchase ALL of their electricity from the local utility at retail prices.…

Read full story Comments { 0 }
eXTReMe Tracker