Author: Eclectablog

Guns will be banned in protest zone at the Republican Convention. Water guns, to be specific. Regular guns are A-OK!!!

Guns will be banned in protest zone at the Republican Convention. Water guns, to be specific. Regular guns are A-OK!!!

There is a great deal of fear surrounding the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in a few short weeks. The presumptive candidate, Donald Trump, draws more protestors than the average GOP presidential candidate and, this year, that means there will be more right-wing protestors there to greet them. For example, a white nationalist group that was involved in a bloody altercation with leftist protestors in Sacramento last week is planning to attend to “make sure that the Donald Trump supporters are defended.”

It’s gotten so bad that law enforcement officials are having to defend their plans to keep the peace and at least one law enforcement group from another state has decided against lending a hand.…

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North Carolina works to make odious transphobic law into a “Papers, please” law for transgender people

North Carolina works to make odious transphobic law into a “Papers, please” law for transgender people

In late March, the North Carolina legislature convened a one-day special session where they steamrolled through legislation making it illegal to use a public restroom not corresponding to your gender at birth. It was quickly signed into law later that night and the state has faced an unprecedented firestorm ever since. The NBA is talking about moving the 2017 All-Star Game scheduled in Charlotte next February to another state. Businesses are refusing to expand into North Carolina. Musicians and other artists are refusing to perform there. The list goes on and on.

Facing this backlash and the economic toll it’s taking on the state, North Carolina lawmakers are back at the drawing board, hoping to pass new legislation that will mollify their detractors.…

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New report shows Michigan massively underfunding education and the scandalous impact of that is all around us

New report shows Michigan massively underfunding education and the scandalous impact of that is all around us

Last year, as part of the deal over road funding that led to Proposal 1 on the May 2015 ballot, a school financing report was commissioned by the state to determine what it takes to educate a child in Michigan. This week, that report was released and it shows, as anyone who is paying attention to education in our state had already figured out, Michigan is woefully underfunding education.

Here are some of the “highlights” (lowlights?) drawn from reporting by the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News:

  • There is significantly more variation in per-pupil revenues and expenditures across districts than is desirable for an equitable school finance system.
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Michigan AG Schuette continues to waste tax dollars to put corporate profits ahead of protecting us from toxic mercury

Michigan AG Schuette continues to waste tax dollars to put corporate profits ahead of protecting us from toxic mercury

Bill Schuette sweeping up horse manure
[courtesy photo]Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has been on a four-year crusade to protect corporate profits from the tyranny of keeping our citizens from being exposed to the highly toxic heavy metal mercury. It all started when he joined other tea party extremists in suing the USEPA over new regulations on air emissions that lead to utilities having to do upgrades to coal-powered power plants to reduce the amount of mercury and other contaminants they spew into the environment.

Last summer, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed that the USEPA needed to take the costs of regulations into consideration when promulgating new rules.…

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Celebrating a year of marriage equality: “Joy” – June 26, 2015 (PHOTOS)

Celebrating a year of marriage equality: “Joy” – June 26, 2015 (PHOTOS)

This is a repost of piece Anne posted a year ago. The piece has photos taken in Braun Court in Ann Arbor, part of Kerrytown, where the celebration of the Supreme Court decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case which made marriage equality for all Americans the law of the land took place.

Whether you’re married or not, we hope you enjoy the day and reflect on the fact that America became just a little bit more of a perfect union a year ago today.

Enjoy.
The following images were captured at the Braun Court Decision Day celebration in Ann Arbor on June 26, 2015.…

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What is a Good Job?

What is a Good Job?

The following guest post was written by Rebecca Thompson. Thompson is a native Detroiter and the Executive Director of Good Jobs Now, a partner of the Center for Popular Democracy. The organization fights for economic and social justice for low wage workers and Detroiters. She lives on Detroit’s east side.

Enjoy.

Today marks the 78th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the law that gave us the minimum wage and a host of other protections to protect workers from the most cutthroat tendencies of capitalism.

While the law is still on the books, its power is fading. The federal minimum wage today – unchanged since 2009 – doesn’t let workers afford the most basic essentials, from a mortgage to monthly groceries.…

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Rep. Elijah Cummings: “Gov. Rick Snyder now appears to be openly defying Congress” regarding the #FlintWaterCrisis

Rep. Elijah Cummings: “Gov. Rick Snyder now appears to be openly defying Congress” regarding the #FlintWaterCrisis

The Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Washington, D.C. is Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland. He has been a fierce progressive advocate during his tenure as Ranking Member, standing up to Republican absurdity and malfeasance during the Benghazi Inquisition, the Planned Parenthood Inquisition, and during hearing on the Flint water crisis where Republicans seemed more intent on hanging the responsibility for what happened in the beleaguered city on the federal government and the USEPA than on the true culprits: the Snyder administration.

Following the Flint water crisis hearings, Ranking Member Cummings said publicly that the Committee had not received all of the information they had requested from Gov.…

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GUEST POST: We have laws regulating voting, why not owning guns?

GUEST POST: We have laws regulating voting, why not owning guns?

The following post was written by a close friend of mine, Mark Ferguson, a self-described “absolutely worst sort of privileged white male with degrees from Michigan State University, Indiana University, and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.”

Enjoy.

Let’s talk about gun legislation

Are your hackles raised yet? It’s a touchy subject fraught with knee-jerk responses. We need to get past that. I think there’s a ready way to frame the discussion.

Gun legislation is, without doubt, a thorny, complex issue. The discussion, as far as it exists, devolves quickly into a “from my cold, dead hands” response from those that oppose any such notion.…

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VIDEO: Rep. Debbie Dingell’s powerful House floor speech on guns during Democratic sit-down strike

VIDEO: Rep. Debbie Dingell’s powerful House floor speech on guns during Democratic sit-down strike

Can’t you come to the table? Can’t we have a discussion? Can’t we say enough is enough?

Yesterday, starting at 11:25 a.m., House Democrats staged a dramatic sit-in protest on the floor of the House of Representatives, demanding a vote on legislation that would prevent suspected terrorists of being able to purchase a gun and require universal background checks. The historic protest was led by Georgia Democrat John Lewis who knows a thing or two about civil disobedience and protests. Republicans, obeying orders from their NRA benefactors, refused to hold the vote. They did, however, manage to hold votes on some other items including an attempt to override President Obama’s veto of legislation that would relieve investment bankers/advisors from their fiduciary responsibility to give advice about retirement investments that is in the best interest of consumers instead of their own personal profit.…

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UNDER NEW (EMERGENCY) MANAGEMENT: How Donald Trump helped end democracy in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Back in January of last year, Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stripped Atlantic City residents of their democracy and took over control of the city with an Emergency Manager. The move came after the implosion of the casino industry plunged the city into insolvency.

The road to the loss of democracy in Atlantic City began, in part, when Donald Trump, exhibiting his most trumpish self, created what Steven P. Perskie, the former chairman of the Casino Control Commission and a former state Democratic legislator, called a “Potemkin village”, a huge boondoggle that sucked large numbers of individuals and businesses into the vortex behind its false façade and then, when it collapsed in narcissistic egotistical ruin, spit them out.…

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To the tea party activists who blew up the Republican Party, welcome to your worst nightmare: President Hillary Clinton

To the tea party activists who blew up the Republican Party, welcome to your worst nightmare: President Hillary Clinton

The Detroit News recently published an article highlighting two Michigan tea party activists who are working on a “Dump Trump” campaign to deny Donald J. Trump the Republican nomination for president by changing the rules of the Republican convention.

One of them is Wendy Day, a Howell-based tea partier who is best known, at least to me, as the woman claimed, after failing to derail the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) in Michigan with a ballot initiative petition drve, that “We didn’t fail. We just didn’t succeed enough.”

Day has a long history of failures. She was elected to the Howell Board of Education while she was homeschooling her own kids.…

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