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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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Congressman Dan Kildee of Michigan leads the charge to renew unemployment insurance benefits #RenewUI

Rep. Kildee calls for an immediate up-or-down vote on a bill he introduced to restore emergency unemployment benefits.

Since last November, Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) has been at the forefront of efforts by U.S. House Democrats to extend, and then renew, unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Immediately after the bipartisan passage of a bill in the U.S. Senate on Monday to offer a five-month extension to 2.8 million Americans who have lost their benefits so far, Rep. Kildee introduced the House companion bill, identical to the Senate version.

This bill, HR 4415, would retroactively extend unemployment insurance benefits to all Americans who have lost theirs since December 28, 2013.…

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DCCC targets Michigan Republicans for support of Paul Ryan’s “screw the poor, enrich the rich” budget

Republicans know who butters their bread and it ain’t YOU!

Paul Ryan introduced a new budget bill recently that is basically a rehash of his previous budgets. As LOLGOP put it, “In Ryan’s Randian hellscape, everything must be done to tame the debt in the next ten years, except anything that could hurt the GOP immediately with seniors, though huge cuts to Medicare will follow. And taxes must never be raised, nor may any tax break be eliminated. Also, we should spend more on defense. Thus incredible cruelty must be inflicted from the cuts he proposes to the programs the keep America’s working poor and elderly from abject poverty.”

He’s right.…

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When will Americans wake up and smell the money?

Anyone who thinks that the wealthy who are buying elections are doing it to help the country is in for a rude awakening.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission is a staggering blow to democracy. But it’s certainly not the only obstacle average Americans face in the fight to maintain a fair election process.

Because of the ruling, Americans may now donate as much money as they want to candidates, political action committees (PACs) and political parties in a campaign cycle, provided they spread the wealth. SCOTUS ruled in a 5-4 decision that it’s a free speech issue — like Citizens United.…

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Democrats running from President Obama and Obamacare? Not. Even.Close. (PHOTOS)

Please proceed.

Republicans want you to believe that even Democrats are jumping ship in their support for President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, the truth is getting in the way of this convenient (for them) meme. There was solid proof it overnight in Ann Arbor.

The last time President Obama came to Ann Arbor in January 2012, demand for tickets was huge with students lining up for them overnight.

Last night, students began filling the Union at about 7:30 p.m. in hopes of being among the first in line to receive a ticket. At 1 a.m., students were asked to leave the building before it officially closed to the public at 2 a.m.…
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Democrats’ enthusiasm on the rise, over 40 attend 3-hour election training in Ann Arbor, Michigan

“When Democrats vote, we win.”

The Michigan Democratic Party is touring Michigan and conducting an intensive, three-hour training session designed to engage and education precinct delegates, activists, and candidates in preparation for the 2014 election. As MDP Communications Director Josh Pugh put it, “When Democrats vote, we win. In 2014, we need to make sure we get our supporters to the polls so that we don’t have a repeat of the 2010 mid-term election.”

If the turnout in Washtenaw County is any indication, Democrats around the state are waking up, firing up, and ready for the task ahead. Over 40 people attended the training in Ann Arbor last Saturday night, a remarkable turnout given that NCAA College Basketball Championship games were being played and that the training didn’t end until 9:00 p.m.…

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PROGRAMMING NOTE: Eclectablog to moderate Plymouth/Canton Dems issues forum this Wednesday


On Wednesday night, I’ll be moderating an issues forum organized by the Plymouth and Canton Democratic clubs. The panelists are an all-star cast:

  • Karla Swift, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO
  • David Hecker, president of the American Federation of Teachers of Michigan
  • Emily Dievendorf, executive director of Equality Michigan
  • Libby McGaughey, Vice President of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan
  • Heaster Wheeler, an assistant Wayne County CEO and former executive director of the NAACP’s Detroit branch

We will be discussing a wide range of issues including labor, LGBT, education, women’s reproductive rights, voting rights, and social justice, general.…

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Bobby McKenzie and the DCCC are optimistic about Michigan’s 11th Congressional District

Named an Emerging District in the DCCC’s Red to Blue program, MI-11 could be a winner for Democrats.

On Monday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced the first 35 districts in its Red to Blue program. These candidates — which include Jerry Cannon (MI-01) and Pam Byrnes (MI-07) — have earned a spot on Red to Blue by surpassing aggressive fundraising, organization and infrastructure goals.

Also announced are just four districts nationwide that are currently considered Emerging Districts — and one of them is MI-11, the seat currently held by Rep. Kerry Bentivolio.

“Being part of this program is the first step in being named a Red to Blue race,” says Bobby McKenzie.…

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Congressman Dan Kildee on Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s anti-ACA crusade

I spoke with Rep. Kildee about AG Schuette’s decision to join an anti-ACA lawsuit that could cost Michiganders millions.

Last week, the news broke that Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette had signed on to a federal lawsuit that would raise taxes by eliminating tax credits available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). So far, 86 percent of the Michiganders who purchased policies through have received tax credits to help cover their costs. I wrote about the lawsuit here, questioning AG Schuette’s desire to penalize Michigan residents and likely leave many without health insurance.

U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) has now spoken out against Schuette’s decision, issuing a release headlined “I Can’t Comprehend Why Michigan’s Attorney General Wants to Raise Taxes on Michigan Residents.”

From the release:

If Bill Schuette’s lawsuit is successful — which I hope it is not — my constituents stand to lose.…
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Ann Arbor Dems to host Annual Strolling Gala fundraiser – March 2nd, 2014

From my pals at the Ann Arbor Democratic Party:

Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Rush Street Lounge on 314 South Main Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104, next to The Ark, between Liberty Ave. and William Street.

Please join us for an evening fun featuring great hors d’oeuvres donated from local restaurants (lots of vegetarian and vegan options), desserts, drinks (wine/beer), live music by Shema, Daniel Feranandes, Leigh Daniels and more, guest speakers and other entertainment (Belly dancing). A local Judge will be on hand to renew wedding vows for married couples.

Tickets are $40 in advance, $75 for two in advance, $35 for students or $50 at the door.…

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