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It’s not hard to ask for donations when the end result is Eclectablog

It’s interesting asking for donations. Even under the veil of a blog post, some believe that it is hard to do this, and it is. As a former candidate, and I will forever be a former candidate, I know how difficult a task this is. Whether it’s asking for money to run a campaign, or to keep my show on the air, or most importantly to keep Eclectablog running strong and free, it is critical that you make an effort to support the work of Chris and Anne Savage and the amazing team I get to work with on a daily basis, even if it is virtual.…

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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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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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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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PHOTOS: The 2nd Annual Eclectafundraiser with special guest John Dingell, the newly-crowned #DeanOfTwitter

Last night’s 2nd Annual Eclectafundraiser is in the can and, in my opinion, it simply could not have gone better. We had well over 100 folks come by, the beer lasted until the very end, and we didn’t run out of Eclectagrog beer glasses to give away.

Oh, yeah. This happened, too:

Yes, history was made when, after being crowned “The Dean of Twitter” and bedecked with a custom-made stoll, the legendary John Dingell read 11 of his most hilarious tweets. He nailed it and made them even more entertaining by providing a little commentary with most of them.

Here are some of Anne’s photos of the event.…

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12 reasons why we’re naming @JohnDingell the #DeanofTwitter

We’re honored that our annual EclectaFundraiser won’t just be an opportunity to gather and sip EclectaGrog in support of Michigan’s best blog. We’ll also have a chance to bestow a living legend with a title that would have baffled the Founders: John Dingell will be named Dean of Twitter.

Dingell will join us at the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery in Ypsilanti to receive the honor and read a few of his favorite 140-­character masterpieces.

A World War II veteran and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressman Dingell distinguished himself from Medicare to Obamacare as a champion of workers and a relentless enemy of corruption.…

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Eclectafundraiser update: News + new sponsors including PLATINUM sponsor American Federation of Teachers

Eclectafundraiser update: News + new sponsors including PLATINUM sponsor American Federation of Teachers

It’s been a busy week getting ready for tomorrow’s big event at Corner Brewery (I can’t get myself to call it ABC Microbrewery, call me Old School.) A fresh batch of t-shirts have arrived, over 100 Eclectagrog beer glasses are ready to hand out, and the Dean of Twitter stole is ready to bestow upon former Congressman John Dingell.

Also, we brought on some new sponsors including AFT Michigan, Save Michigan Public Schools, and RK Communications at the BRONZE level, AFSCME’s national organization at the GOLD level, and the American Federation of Teachers at the PLATINUM level.

Here is the list of current sponsors:


  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan
  • Zack Pohl
  • Doug and Joanna Scott
  • Clean Water Action
  • DiSano Strategies
  • ACLU of Michigan
  • Michigan Democratic Party
  • AFT Michigan
  • RK Communications
  • 12th Congressional District Democratic Organization
  • Save Michigan Public Schools


  • Michigan Nurses Association
  • Michigan AFL-CIO
  • Matt and Rene Greff – Arbor Brewing Company


  • Progress Michigan


  • American Federation of Teachers (national)

If you would like to become a sponsor, it’s not too late.…

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