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Welcome our newest Eclectablogger, journalist and communications specialist Jen Eyer!

Welcome our newest Eclectablogger, journalist and communications specialist Jen Eyer!

I am thrilled to announce today that we have added a new writer to Team Eclectablog. Jen Eyer has written a couple of dynamite guest posts (HERE and HERE) for the site and she’s clearly a great fit for our team.

Jen is the Vice President of Vanguard Public Affairs and has a long history in the world of journalism. She got her journalism degree from Michigan State University’s School of Journalism and has worked in for a variety of news outlets, most recently running the newsroom for MLive’s Ann Arbor News. She’s got mad social media skills and is a talented communicator.…

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PHOTOS: Eclectablog’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser Party a huge success – THANK YOU!

PHOTOS: Eclectablog’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser Party a huge success – THANK YOU!

Well, the 2016 Eclectablog Fundraiser Party is now in the history books. It was an incredible evening with a room packed with around 100 blog readers & fans and progressive leaders from a wide variety of organizations. Here are some photos taken by Anne of the evening. Read more ›
THANK YOU! Here’s our final sponsor list for tonight’s Eclectablog fundraiser

THANK YOU! Here’s our final sponsor list for tonight’s Eclectablog fundraiser

In just three hours we’ll be kicking off the Third Annual Eclectablog fundraising party at the ABC Microbrewery in Ypsilanti. If you’re in the area, we’d love to have you join us. Although it’s slated to run from 7-9 p.m., we have added musical entertainment by the amazing folk duo Mustard’s Retreat so we’ve extended the time to 10 p.m.

Here is the final list of sponsors and it’s an amazing list (newly added sponsors in bold:

Protector of the Public sponsorship:

  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan
  • 12th District Democrats
  • Zack Pohl
  • AFT Michigan
  • State Rep. Jeff Irwin
  • Barb Fuller, candidate for State House District 52
  • Jane Forman
  • Grassroots Midwest
  • Sierra Club – Michigan Chapter
  • Pat & Paul Cousins
  • Eli Savit & Amanda Rice

Champion of the Commons sponsorship:

  • Doug Scott
  • DiSano Strategies
  • Mustard’s Retreat
  • Matt & Rene Greff
  • Washtenaw County Clerk/Register of Deeds Larry Kestenbaum and Janice Gutfreund
  • UAW Region 1A
  • Clean Water Action

Equality Evangelist sponsorship:

  • Gerald & Christine Erickson
  • ACLU of Michigan
  • Michigan Democratic Party

Guardian of Good Government sponsorship:

  • Michigan Nurses Association
  • Progress Michigan

Democracy Defender sponsorship

  • Michigan Education Association
  • Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights
  • UAW-Community Action Programs (CAP)
  • American Federation of Teachers (National)

Legislative Challenge sponsorship

  • Washtenaw County Commissioner Andy LaBarre

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors.…

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Can’t afford a ticket to Eclectablog’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser party? Come anyway! (Read this post for details)

Can’t afford a ticket to Eclectablog’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser party? Come anyway! (Read this post for details)

Tomorrow is our 3rd Annual Eclectablog Fundraiser Party. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, we’re asking for a $35 donation at the door ($30 in advance + Eventbrite fee, click HERE to purchase your ticket.)

However, we understand that not everyone can afford that and we don’t want anyone to miss the event. Fortunately, through the generosity of some anonymous donors, we have you covered! If you would like to come and can’t afford the ticket price, contact me by clicking HERE to let me know and we’ll put you on the guest list. This, of course, includes free food, beer, entertainment and the highly-coveted special edition 2016 Eclectagrog souvenir glass.…

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Mustard’s Retreat to play at Eclectablog’s 3rd annual fundraiser + more sponsors!

Mustard’s Retreat to play at Eclectablog’s 3rd annual fundraiser + more sponsors!

I’m very happy to announce that the amazing folk duo Mustard’s Retreat will play some music for us at our 3rd annual Eclectablog fundraiser party in Ypsilanti next Tuesday, May 17th. As part of their set, they’ll be playing their song “Take the Children and Run”, a remake of Don Lange’s song written after the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant disaster.

You can hear the song HERE.

Tickets to the party are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. You can buy them now by clicking HERE. As in previous years, we’ll have a raffle, complementary food & beer, and a limited edition “Eclectagrog” beer glass as a souvenir.…

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Announcing the first sponsors of the 2016 annual Eclectablog fundraiser

Announcing the first sponsors of the 2016 annual Eclectablog fundraiser

As you know by now, our annual fundraiser party is coming up soon (May 17 – 7-9 p.m. at the ABC Microbrewery in Ypsilanti.) It’s going to be a really fun night and you’ll get to meet the amazing writers that make Eclectablog the premier progressive blog in Michigan and one of biggest state blogs in the country.

As I said in my piece last month, in an effort to better connect with our readers and to help build a more well-connected community, this year’s event will feature an “Ask Us Anything!” interactive discussion with all of the Eclectabloggers and YOU!…

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SAVE THE DATE: Third annual Eclectablog fundraising party – May 17, 2016 at ABC Microbrewery

SAVE THE DATE: Third annual Eclectablog fundraising party – May 17, 2016 at ABC Microbrewery

Every day, every week, every month of the year, Eclectablog is here, championing progressive causes and holding those in power accountable for their actions. Day after day, the writers here at Eclectablog are providing essential analysis and advocacy, spreading word of the valuable work of progressive activists and groups, and holding elected officials’ feet to the fire.

In return, we come to you, our readers, and ask you to support what we do. Our model, where all regular contributors are paid for their superlative writing, is rare but it’s one that represents our progressive values.

We come to you asking for money as infrequently as possible and, once a year, we try to do something that’s fun.…

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Welcome to the new and improved Eclectablog 4.0!

Welcome to the new and improved Eclectablog 4.0!

Welcome to Eclectablog 4.0! If you’re reading this, you’ve hit the new and improved site. It’s something we’ve been working toward for quite some time and now it’s finally arrived! HUGE thanks to Anne for all her hard work on this effort.

A bit of history: We started out on Blogger (Eclectablog 1.0) then, after we got too big for our britches there, moved to the far more user-friendly WordPress platform (Eclectablog 2.0). At some point we upgraded the theme to a much more attractive one (Eclecatablog 3.0) which we’ve had for over five years.

In other words, it was time for a change.…

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Give a little bit, give a little bit of your love to us

Give a little bit, give a little bit of your love to us

There’s so much that we need to share, so find yourself — and help us bring our funding home.

With apologies to Supertramp — and for giving Eclectablog’s readers an earworm — I can’t get this song out of my head during the final stretch of our fundraising week.

If you’re reading this, it’s because you think Eclectablog is worth your time. As a regular contributor, I admit I’m biased, but just consider the amazing work Chris Savage has been doing keeping up with the rapidly unfolding new developments in Flint. As LOLGOP pointed out, Chris regularly shines a light on the mess caused by political malfeasance in Michigan.…

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What the hell is going on in Michigan?

What the hell is going on in Michigan?

Help us reveal what the hell is going on. Donate now.

It took a genuine catastrophe in Flint for people to notice, but what’s going on in Michigan should be a screeching alarm to America of the dangers of right-wing governance.

Rick Snyder’s soggy demeanor and business connections bless him with the shiny veneer of being a “moderate.” Few people understood the radicalism his complete lack of charisma hid.

Elected in a Tea Party wave, Snyder narrowly won re-election, mostly due to the strength of Barack Obama’s accomplishments, the Michael Bloomberg-backed saturation of the TV airwaves, and an establishment-endorsed sense of competence.…

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When it comes to progressive values, we simply cannot compromise

When it comes to progressive values, we simply cannot compromise

We’re nearing the end of our first quarter fundraiser and, unfortunately, it hasn’t been a particularly robust one. This worries me. With taxes due soon and our bank account dwindling, there is a real possibility that I will need to restrict how many posts our regular contributors can publish because there simply won’t be enough money to pay them. And, while I suspect all of our writers would do it without pay, that’s not how we roll at Eclectablog. We’re a progressive blog and that means people here get paid fairly for their creative output. That’s a progressive value I won’t compromise on.…

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