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PROGRAMMING NOTE: Team Eclectablog join the Farmington/Farmington Hills Dems & Kalamazoo Dems this week

If you are in the Farmington Hills area on Wednesday this week, April 16th, please consider joining Anne and I for an Eclectablog presentation to the Farmington/Farmington Hills Democratic Club. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be at the Pipefitters Local 636, 30100 Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills. Their Facebook event page is HERE.

The following night, Thursday, April 17th, we’ll be with the Kalamazoo County Democratic Party. That event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at Theo & Stacy’s at 5225 Portage Rd, Kalamazoo. Their Facebook event page is HERE.

At both events, Anne will talk about her photography and her time as a White House photographer during the 2012 presidential election.…

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Last Day, Second Quarter fundraiser

I won’t bore you with a list of reasons to support Eclectablog. You’ve seen them all already this week : ) We simply ask that, if you find value in what you read here, you make a small contribution to keep us going.

Thanks so much.

Here’s how you can contribute:

First, you can make your donation using the PayPal link below. You can change the amount if you wish. The default is $50, less than $1 per week — way less than you would spend on a newspaper subscription, and less than it would cost to buy even a gas station coffee once a week.…

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Day 6, Second Quarter fundraiser: Good news! Federal law allows unlimited donations to Eclectablog!

Speak loudly

We are in an epic battle in this country, particularly here in Michigan, to wrest control of our elections and our government back from the corporate giants that are increasingly more powerful. On one side you have a national network of groups coordinated under the State Policy Network which pump massive infusions of cash into groups like the Mackinac Center. The Mackinac Center then churns out pro-corporatist, anti-labor, anti-public schools propaganda masquerading as “news” and “journalism” and their writers are paid handsomely to do it. They even hire former journalists for these paid positions.

On the other side you have people like the team here at Eclectablog.…

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Day 5, Second Quarter Fundraiser: The life you improve may be your own

Will blog for change.

I won’t lie, I hate asking people for money. It’s the primary reason I would be reluctant to run for office, in fact. But, the reality is that, if we want to sustain the model we have at Eclectablog where writers are paid for their work, we have to do it. As progressives, we talk a LOT about fair wages and treating people with dignity so it’s a model we’re compelled to adopt if we’re going to be true to our values. It’s also the right thing to do.

But here’s an interesting thing: when you give to the causes that you support, it improves your own life in sometimes unanticipated ways.…

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Day 4 (Second Quarter Fundraiser): Knowledge is power — and it can outsmart big money

Bottom line: You need us and we need you.

You know what we’re up against. There’s a giant pile of money being shoveled into Republican campaigns, more than ever since the Supreme Court ruling on McCutcheon v. FEC.

But there’s something money can’t buy: The passion and energy of dedicated people who are devoted to making this country a better place to live and work. Not just for the wealthiest few, but for every single American.

Those dedicated people are you. They’re us. They’re everyone who is going to step up to help Democrats win in 2014 and stem the tide of corporate influence and ruthless attacks on the middle class.…

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Day 3 (Second Quarter Fundraiser): Chris Savage is my anti-Koch

Give a little, get a lot

Here’s some good news: After months of the Koch brothers’ front Americans for Prosperity spending millions of dollars to spread misinformation about Obamacare in an attempt to smear Gary Peters, Republican Terri Lynn Land now trails Peters by 5 percent.

The Senate Majority PAC has played a key role in this comeback with ads exposing Land’s Kochnections and her support for Paul Ryan’s cruel budgets.

But Eclectablog and our readers have also played a small but crucial role in helping to expose how the two stories in AFP’s ads were purposely abridged to deny the fact the families in the ads could be saving money thanks to Obamacare.…

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It’s Eclectablog’s 10-year blogaversary and we’re having a party! Lizz Winstead will be there and you should, too!

OMG!!! 10 years old!!!

It’s hard to believe I’ve been at this for 10 years. But that’s something worth celebrating so we’re having a party! The best part is that Lizz Winstead — comedian, author, co-founder of Air America Radio and co-creator of The Daily Show — will be our special guest. She’ll be doing a special eclectablog comedy set and talking about her exciting new project, Lady Parts Justice, which will be bringing a special political event to Lansing right before the election.

Please come help us celebrate and support Eclectablog writers. We’ll have free beer, free snacks, free Lizz Winstead, and even door prizes!…

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Day 2 (Second Quarter Fundraiser): 3 Reasons You Should Support Eclectablog

Your donation supports…

1. Voices you don’t hear anywhere else

No one else in Michigan is covering the problems with the EAA (the state takeover of Detroit’s schools) in the kind of depth that Chris is. And he is making space for the teachers working under the new authority to share what they are seeing on the ground in a way that absolutely no one else is.

2. A great team of commentators

Just look at how the blog covered the Obamacare roll-out: Amy’s stories of people helped by the ACA; LOLGOP’s highlighting deceitful anti-ACA ads; and Charles Gaba on his own site tracking actual enrollment.

3. Anne’s beautiful photography (and writing)

Like this beautiful piece about a lesbian couple married in Ann Arbor last month.

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Day 1: 2nd Quarter fundraiser – Changing the conversation through relentless positive blogging

Support your local bloggers!

This week we’ll be coming to you once a day for our second quarter fundraiser. I am determined to prove that we can have a successful site where all of the writers are paid. However, that can only happen with support from our readers. Your financial support will also allow us to bring on new writers, something I am keen to do this year.

It’s been an incredible quarter. The highlight for me was my series of interviews with teachers and staff at schools in Governor Snyder’s educational experiment with Detroit students, the Education Achievement Authority. These exposés along with related reporting showed that things are not as rosy as they are beging portrayed and there is no question that they helped to put the brakes on further expansion (so far) of this failed model.…

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NEW ECLECTA-BLOGGER: Emma White, communications specialist

I am very pleased to announce that Emma White is joining our Eclectablog team and will be a regular contributor to the site. Emma is an Ann Arbor-based pollster, strategist, and is the owner of Emma White Research, LLC. Her background in the realm of communications will bring depth to our stable of writers and I’m thrilled to have her on board. She contributed a widely-read guest post here recently titled “What the Koch brothers’ debunked Boonstra ad has to teach us about communicating with facts”.

I got to know Emma through our mutual friends Rene and Matt Greff, owners of the Arbor Brewing Company, and through her wife, Stephanie White, political director for the Mark Schauer for Governor campaign.…

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