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Day 6: First Quarter fundraiser – One huge reason to donate to Eclectablog now? Obamacare success stories

Obamacare is an amazing success. It’s helping taxpayers save as much as $600 million as we’ve added over a decade of life to Medicare while massively expanding coverage. It’s an imperfect improvement from the status quo and the greatest attempt to reduce inequality we’ve made as a nation since the 1960s.

But calling the “Obamacare success story” an underserved genre is generous.

It barely exists.

Sure, you get the occasional special guest at the State of the Union to symbolize the more than 10 million Americans who have gained coverage over the last 12 months, which just happen to be the best 12 months of job creation we’ve experienced this century.…

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Debbie Dingell for Congress website wins national award, site photos by Eclectablogger Anne Savage

We don’t get to brag about our team very often but today is one of those days. Campaigns and Elections magazine gives out annual awards – called The Reed Awards – in a variety of categories related to, as you might expect, campaigns and elections. This year’s winner in the category of “Best Website for Congressional Candidate” went to Power Thru Consulting, a media group headed up by my good friend Laura Packard, for their design of the Debbie Dingell for Congress website.

What’s fun about this is that Eclectablogger (and Eclectawife) Anne C. Savage was the photographer for the site.…

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Help Eclectablog and do your online shopping at at the same time

I've recently become an Amazon affiliate partner which means that you have an opportunity to help out the blog financially without it costing you a dime. Any time you are placing an online order with, if you do it from the widget at the top of the right sidebar, we will get a percentage of the sale price. ...
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LAST DAY: 4th Quarter fundraiser – “Keep doing what you’re doing, it’s making a difference”

Last night we had a amazing fundraising event for an amazing women who is an amazing candidate and will do an amazing job being and amazing state legislator – Betsy Coffia. She’s raised roughly $60,000, all from small donors. The average donor to her campaign is around $90. Most of her donors give her $5, $10, $25, $50.

It’s the same here at Eclectablog, frankly. We don’t have a whole lot of “big donors”. What we have is a whole lotta people who care enough about what we do here to chip in to make sure we can keep doing it, to expand, to constantly improve.…

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Day 6: 4th Quarter Fundraiser – Eclectablog made a commitment, and now it’s your turn

I’m the new kid on the block here at Eclectablog, but not in any way new to Eclectablog. During the four years that have used Eclectablog as a resource for my radio show, and then when founder Chris Savage joined me as a regular guest not long into my most recent incarnation in radio, I came to respect his journalistic skills and commitment to telling a story correctly. But, not just that: most importantly is his telling the stories most media outlets ignore. I was not just a fan but also a devotee. I am also thrilled, blessed even, that I can call Chris and Anne Savage good friends.…

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FW: FW: FW: RE: All hope is lost — Day 5: 4th Quarter Fundraiser

Support Eclectablog and help the rebel alliance reveal the plans to the Koch-funded Death Star

Dear Citizen,

We noticed that you completely ignored our messages entitled “Our flesh is literally on fire with need,” “Nate Silver just pronounced us dead,” “Rand Paul says you have Ebola,” “Why are they pooping on our Obamacare?” and “Never going to give you up (DON’T DELETE).”

The truth is that in the last four years our campaign finance system has been shattered by a series of Supreme Court decisions that have undermined the role of an independent judiciary and unleashed a tsunami of lies funded by independent expenditures.…

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Day 4: 4th Quarter Fundraiser – Got a minute?

Seriously, that’s all it takes: 60 seconds.

Yeah, I know. If you’re like me, headlines like this make you wince. Especially at this point in the campaign cycle. My inbox is overflowing, too.

But there’s a good reason campaigns ask for donations: They need your help to get the job done. Just like Eclectablog.

So I’ll make this quick. Eclectablog’s biggest supporters are you, our readers. We literally wouldn’t be here without you.

It doesn’t take a lot. Just a few bucks can make a big difference. And the best part? We only bug you about this four times a year.

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Day 3: 4th Quarter Fundraiser – A model that matches our liberal ideals

There’s a dirty secret that nobody likes to talk about in the liberal blogosphere: most liberal/progressive websites don’t pay their writers. Even some big sites that you’d expect bring in a fair amount of revenue operate using a model that counts on free content from authors. Even the BIGGEST site, Daily Kos, pays only their front page writers. The vast majority of the posts on the site are provided without compensation.

This model can work for sites like Daily Kos that provide writers with an audience that they would not normally have. They offer writers a way to get their name and voice out there, hopefully leading to something more later.…

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Day 2: 4th Quarter Fundraiser – Breaking news, interviews, and photos, oh my!

Photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog

We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished here at Eclectablog. What started as the random, eclectic musings of a wannabe writer has turned into something so much more. People tell me on a regular basis that Eclectablog is one of their “must visit” sites every day so that they can stay abreast of what’s happening in Michigan and for insightful commentary on national issues.

Why? Because we offer something a bit different than any other site. Here are three things that set us apart:

1. We break news stories that other sites and news outlets pick up later
Here are some of the stories that you read about first on Eclectablog this past year:


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Day 1: 4th Quarter Fundraiser – If you like it, then you should put some “ching” on it

On an average day, roughly 5,000 people stop by Eclectablog. Sometimes it’s a bit less and, when we do something that REALLY gets attention, it’s way more.

That’s a lot of people who are better informed because of the work we do here. Whether it’s breaking news that you haven’t seen elsewhere like today’s piece on cronyism in the state Attorney General’s office, holding Republicans accountable for their shenanigans, or giving you a fresh perspective on state and national issues, Eclectablog is unparalleled in its scope.

What we don’t do is hide behind a paywall. Instead, we put our stuff out there and then, for a week every quarter, we ask you to put a price tag on the value you get here and, to quote Beyoncé, “put a ring on it”.…

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