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“Dear President Obama, it held on as long as it could”

Dear President Obama,

I wanted to explain to you why I did what I did. I’m afraid I had to take your ’08 bumper sticker off my car. Actually, it was starting to fall off. It’s not like I washed my car very often so it didn’t really get disturbed much. Plus I park my car in a garage so it was out of the elements most of the time. But I didn’t want to leave it on looking all shabby like it was. That just felt disrespectful, like flying a tattered U.S. flag. Believe me I know how disrespectful that can be.…

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When Progressives support Progressives, Progressives win

It’s the second week of the fourth quarter and that can only mean one thing: We’re going to beg you for money once each day for the next week.

Seriously, though, it is the contributions of our readers that allows Eclectablog to be one of the few progressive political blogs where the regular contributors are all paid for their writing. And your financial support ensures quality writing from a wide variety of progressive intellects (we now have EIGHT contributors!)

Over the past quarter we’ve stayed on top of the major issues and political happenings in the state and the country. When people want to know what’s happening with the Cindy Gamrat/Todd Courser debacle, they come to Eclectablog for the details.…

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C'mon, you know you want to ...

C’mon, you know you want to …

… make a donation to Eclectablog and feel good about yourself.

Yeah, I know, it’s a cheap way to get your attention. But now that you’re here, I’ll cut right to the chase.

You are a reader of Eclectablog, maybe every day or just every once in a while. But the point is, you are here. You’re reading these words, and chances are you’ll read the words of my fellow members of Team Eclectablog in the weeks and months to come, because we all have a unique point of view. We all have something to offer, whatever your interests may be.…

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How else are you going to get the whole story on philandering, false-flagging Tea Partiers?

When a Michigan story goes national — like the bizarre sexcapades of moralizing Tea Partiers Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat — you can bet Eclectablog has been on the case for a while.

When a corporate front group launches a sneak attack to cut wages, we’re there.

When Donald Trump takes on auto workers with perfect distillation of how billionaires like him destroy the middle class, it’s on Eclectablog — along with the truth about Trump’s dog whistled, conservative appeals that much of the media is afraid to name and shame.

The middle class needs Eclectablog and Eclectablog needs you.…

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We're all in this together

We’re all in this together

Today I’m reposting something my wife Anne wrote during our last fundraiser. It helps folks see why their contributions to Eclectablog are so important. Information on how you can help follows her short essay.
We are not unlike a lot of other Americans. We have no savings, two older cars pushing 200,000 miles, and we rarely vacation. I mean we’ve had two one week vacations in 10 years. We might take off for a long weekend now and again and that too is usually to visit family or we camp. Together we make the equivalent of two teachers’ salaries. We have enough to take care of two special needs dogs and are lucky enough to buy organic food if we choose, and to go out to dinner from time to time.…

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ICYMI: We didn’t

The past few months have been a whirlwind in Michigan (and national) politics and Eclectablog has been there providing you with ongoing coverage of the Courser/Gamrat scandal, giving you front row seats of the #BlackLivesMatter protest at the 2015 Netroots Nation conference, and even getting former Congressman and Dean of the House John Dingell to read his “Greatest Hits” tweets live at our annual fundraiser. If there was big news in Michigan politics, Eclectablog was there to give you the information and analysis you need to be informed and engaged.

However, it costs money to do this, especially since, unlike many other political news & commentary sites, the regular contributors are all paid.…

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Courser and Gamrat and Glenn, oh my!

Courser and Gamrat and Glenn, oh my!

The ongoing saga/scandal of Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat continues apace this morning. Noted homophobe and former pal of Courser and Gamrat, Gary Glenn, is throwing the pair under the bus, calling for their resignation. Meanwhile, the Allegan County Republican Party is considering a resolution calling for Gamrat to step down. Pretty much everybody and his brother & sister are asking Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to investigate them, as well.

We’ve been writing about Todd Courser and his hideous brand of politics since before he got elected last year because holding Republicans accountable is what we do here at Eclectablog.…

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Give a little bit…

It’s been a crazy summer and the third quarter fundraiser sort of got forgotten so we’re a bit late this time around. I’ll keep it short and sweet today. Every day we deliver rich content to you in bite-sized pieces to keep you informed and in-the-know. In return, we ask you to give a little bit back so that we can keep doing what we’re doing. Whether it’s keeping you up-to-date on the shenanigans being pulled by the Republicans, breaking news stories, or helping you learn ways to take action and be effective, Eclectablog gives a little bit to your life each day.…

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Welcome new Eclectablogger John Waite - "On Civility"

Welcome new Eclectablogger John Waite – “On Civility”

Today, thanks to the success of our recent fundraiser, I am thrilled to announce our newest Eclectablogger John Waite. John grew up and lives in Muskegon County and has been blogging since 2004. His work has appeared on Michigan Liberal and Blogging for Michigan where he as a contributing editor, as well as at Daily Kos. Born with spina bifida, John deals with health issues and the healthcare system on an ongoing basis. In addition to writing about these issues, he will also be covering LGBTQ equality, equitable access to affordable, quality healthcare, reproductive health issues, and disability access issues. You can follow John on Twitter at @JRWStormy

Please welcome John to Team Eclectablog.

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VIDEO: John Dingell named “The Dean of Twitter”, reads some of his “greatest hits” tweets LIVE at the Eclectafundraiser

Last Saturday evening, history was made when former Congressman and Dean of the House John Dingell was named “The Dean of Twitter” at the 2nd Annual Eclectablog Fundraiser Party. At the party, he was presented with a custom-made “Dean of Twitter” stole and then he read some of our favorite tweets.

But, not only that. He interspersed his readings with some additional quips and comments that had the audience laughing and applauding throughout. You won’t want to miss it.

Lots of Anne’s photos from the event can be seen HERE.

A HUGE shout out, thanks, a deep gratitude to Brian Greminger of Honey Creek Video.…

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