Author: Eclectablog

Detroit’s water system and the roots of the Flint Water Crisis

Detroit’s water system and the roots of the Flint Water Crisis

The following guest post was written by Dennis L. Green, a retired certified Professional Engineer from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD). Dennis graduated from Cass Technical High School’s Electrical program in 1963 and received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Tech in 1969. After graduation, Dennis went to work for the Detroit Water Department, Engineering […]

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[PODCAST] – Activists had more success in Trump’s first 100 days than Trump wsg Bill McKibben

[PODCAST] – Activists had more success in Trump’s first 100 days than Trump wsg Bill McKibben

The show notes for Episode 29 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/04/episode-29-activists-had-more-success-in-trumps-first-100-days-than-trump-wsg-bill-mckibben.html ALERT! Trump intends to jam a government funding bill that would fund the wall and ALSO pass AHCA 2 (“American Health Care Act) this week. Call 866-426-2631 or go to www.ContactingCongress.org and let your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to fight these. Donald Trump’s Contract with the American Voter Sean […]

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Announcing our first round of Eclectablog fundraiser party sponsors! You should join them!

Announcing our first round of Eclectablog fundraiser party sponsors! You should join them!

I’m pleased to announce our first round of sponsors for the 2017 Eclectablog fundraising party. These folks have stepped up to make sure we can continue our good work and to keep growing, all the more important during this crisis time in America. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor – and many of our sponsors are individuals as […]

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Turning Michigan blue again: Dem proposal for a graduated income tax is precisely what they should be fighting for

Turning Michigan blue again: Dem proposal for a graduated income tax is precisely what they should be fighting for

In March of 2015, Michigan Democrat Jim Townshend introduced legislation in the House – House Bill 4341 – that would change Michigan’s regressive flat state income tax to a graduated tax. Not surprisingly, it never went anywhere in the Republican-controlled House. And that’s a shame because, if implemented, it would increase state tax revenues by as much as $700,000,000 $870,000,000 […]

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Episode 28 – Time for Democrats to go on the offense – on everything – wsg Ari Berman

Episode 28 – Time for Democrats to go on the offense – on everything – wsg Ari Berman

The show notes for Episode 28 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/04/episode-28-time-for-democrats-to-go-on-the-offense-on-everything-wsg-ari-berman.html Alex Roarty at McClatchy: Time for Republicans to start worrying about 2018 Aaron Gould Sheinin at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Ossoff raises record haul in race for Georgia’s 6th District John Wagner at the Washington Post: Trump will keep list of White House visitors secret White House: President Trump: Creating an Efficient, […]

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An Easter PHOTOdiary: Peeps & global warming

An Easter PHOTOdiary: Peeps & global warming

It’s Easter Sunday and that can mean only one thing: it’s time for the annual repost of our Peeps® post. However, before we get into that, today is the last day of our first quarter fundraiser. It’s been an rather quiet week on the fundraiser front, something that is a little dismaying. Our costs here at Eclectablog increase each year […]

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Hope is cute, words are nice, action is required: The many facets of resistance and getting in the way

Hope is cute, words are nice, action is required: The many facets of resistance and getting in the way

I’ll be blunt: we live in a time where the moral imperative is that we resist the decline of our country toward fascism with everything we have. It’s no longer enough to talk about politics over beers or coffee with our pals. It’s no longer enough to post fun memes on Facebook. The time is at hand for actual action. […]

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The cost of independent journalism vs. the costs of living WITHOUT independent journalism

The cost of independent journalism vs. the costs of living WITHOUT independent journalism

Would you pay 20¢ a day to make sure independent journalism survives? Then you should. I don’t generally refer to myself as a journalist. That said, there have been times when we have engaged in some dead serious journalism here at Eclectablog. During a time when commentators around the country were justifying and excusing the anti-democratic power grab known as […]

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Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum: Michigan laws for overseas military voters need to change so ALL votes are counted

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum: Michigan laws for overseas military voters need to change so ALL votes are counted

The following editorial essay was written by Ingham County Clerk and former State Representative Barb Byrum. Enjoy. Administering elections is a fascinating job, and one that I take very seriously. Like Michigan’s other 82 county clerks, I’m focused on providing reliable, secure, and hassle-free voting for all U.S. citizens, including military and overseas voters who face unique challenges in exercising […]

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Here’s something tangible you can do to make a difference in the world

Here’s something tangible you can do to make a difference in the world

There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t hear some version of, “Wait, you don’t do this as your full-time job?!” And the answer is always the same: No. This blog is what I do when I’m done with my full-time job as a chemist and nearly full-time (volunteer) job as the Chair of the Washtenaw County Democratic […]

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BIGOTRY DENIED! Anti-LGBT “activists” smacked down by court in Jackson, Michigan

BIGOTRY DENIED! Anti-LGBT “activists” smacked down by court in Jackson, Michigan

Earlier this year, the City Council of Jackson, Michigan passed a non-discrimination ordinance (NDO) that prohibits discrimination against anyone for housing, employment, or public accommodation based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The vote was 5-2. Shortly thereafter, a local group of Jackson residents, supported by clergy in local Catholic churches, started to circulate petitions to rescind the NDO and […]

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