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Introducing our newest Eclectablogger: Judy Matlock

As I so frequently say during our fundraisers, it’s your contributions that not only allow me to pay the regular contributors here at Eclectablog a small token for their creative output, but also make it possible for me to bring on new writers. Last week, in a bit of a “soft launch”, we published the first piece by our newest Eclectablogger Judy Matlock.

I first met Judy in the comments section of Eclectablog. While we have many terrific commenters on this site, Judy’s comments stood out from the others. They showed a level of “insight with an edge” that got my attention.…

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A heartfelt thank you, a racially-conscious redneck, and cats freaking out with bananas

I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who came through in such a profound way for this quarter’s fundraiser. Thanks to your generosity we have enough in the coffer to keep paying our writers and even bring on a new one (who I will be announcing soon.) In particular, the response to Anne’s Facebook post was nothing short of amazing.

Since it’s the last day, I thought I’d dispense with the blah and share my favorite two videos from the week with you. Information on how donate on this final day of the fundraiser follows the second video. And, once again, THANK YOU!

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It takes an internet community…

Earlier this week, I was feeling pretty low. It was Day Two of our quarterly fundraiser and we had gotten a single donation of ten dollars. Usually by the second day we have a couple hundred, at least. It seemed like we were headed for a disastrous week and, with my business checking account nearly drained, there would be no way to pay my writers. I feel pretty certain that all of the Eclectablog writers would do it for free but, although some may see it as a mistake, I simply won’t bring on writers unless I can pay them at least something.…

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Living our progressive values every day

While we work toward a better America for everyone, we must act “as if.”

Progress takes time. Consider that the first President to propose universal health insurance was Teddy Roosevelt, but the first major step toward that kind of health reform didn’t happen until Barack Obama’s presidency.

But the Affordable Care Act did become law because Democrats and progressives never lost sight of their ultimate goal. It happened because we never stopped working toward that goal and we held fast to the values we share — the values that define who we are.

Democrats and progressives want America to be a place where no one goes broke because they were diagnosed with a serious illness.…

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Has something you rely on ever disappeared?

Throughout the course of my work as a broadcaster, blogger, activist and advocate I often wonder where I would be without Eclectablog. What if, as I shudder, Eclectablog didn’t exist? What then?

I asked Chris Savage, the founder and editor of this great blog, how does he do what he does? How is he so plugged in? (and I am NOT unfamiliar to being plugged in.) He said it was a result of all the mailing lists that he is on. Well, I am on many, if not most, of the same lists. So, although I appreciated his dismissal of my praise, I wasn’t convinced that it was just mailing lists.…

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What are you going to do about it?

The Koch brothers have announced that their fundraising network will raise close to $1 billion to elect the next president of the United Stateswho could easily appoint four Justices to the Supreme Court. Ted Cruz’s presidential Super PACs say the junior Senator has commitments of $31 million for his run at being America’s Next Top Rick Santorum. Jeb Bush is plotting to spend $50 million to win Florida alone.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court won’t even hear a case that could disenfranchise 300,000 voters in Wisconsin, even though there’s zero evidence the law does anything, except disenfranchise voters.

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Day 2: 2nd quarter fundraiser – In non-election years, your support is even more important

Besides your contributions, we make some money with ads. The plain Jane ads you see that are the same on other sites you go to don’t pay much (it’s pretty ridiculous, actually.) However, the ads that groups take out directly with me instead of through a third-party ad network are much more helpful. In election years, that can really help us to pay our bills.

However, in non-election years like this one, almost nobody advertises on Eclectablog and our revenues drop precipitously because of it. It’s not because we aren’t providing the same quality content. It’s not because we take it easy on non-election years because there is nothing to write about.…

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Day 1: 2nd Quarter Fundraiser – Please support your dedicated bloggers

Today is the first day of our second quarter fundraiser. One week per quarter we come to you and ask you for your financial support for the work we do here at Eclectablog. It’s your support that is the main funding source that allows all of our regular contributors – LOLGOP, Amy Lynn Smith, Tony Trupiano, and Emma White – to be paid for their creative efforts.

It’s also essential for us to continue to grow and in the next week or so, I’m excited to announce that we’ll be bringing on a new Eclectablogger. So, please give what you can so that we can keep expanding and providing more content and perspectives.…

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Walmart and me

There are several ad spaces on Eclectablog that are filled by a third party. They serve up ads based on who is paying for them and then push them out to various sites like ours. That’s why the ads change when you visit more than once.

I recently took some heat for having a Walmart ad on my site. I understand the animosity toward and even hatred of Walmart. I myself have only shopped there a couple of times when there was no other option or I was given a gift card. I hate what they represent, the damage they do to communities, and the way they benefit from our tax dollars which help subsidize the slave wages they pay when their employees are forced to go on government assistance.…

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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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