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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:

BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORS – $250

  • 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

SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS – $500

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

GOLD LEVEL SPONSOR – $1,000

  • Progress Michigan
  • AFSCME

PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSOR – $2,500

  • American Federation of Teachers (national)

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

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EclectaFundraiser party update – new sponsors and beer glasses!


Eclectadog Pepper loves beer in an Eclectagrog glass

Our party is coming up fast – this Saturday at 7 p.m. – and we’ve added some new sponsors to the list.

Here is the list of current sponsors:

BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORS – $250

  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan
  • Zack Pohl
  • Doug and Joanna Scott
  • Clean Water Action
  • DiSano Strategies
  • ACLU of Michigan
  • Michigan Democratic Party

SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS – $500

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

GOLD LEVEL SPONSOR – $1,000

  • Progress Michigan

PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSOR – $2,500

  • None : (

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

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CALLING ALL PROGRESSIVE PARTNERS! Eclectablog needs YOUR support!

The time has come for me to make a direct appeal to the progressive organizations that we support every single day here at Eclectablog. Whether your cause is the environment, labor, education, LGBTQ, legislative, or the myriad other issues that we cover on this site, our writers work very hard to make sure your message gets out, particularly here in Michigan.

Now we are coming to YOU, our partners in the fight, to show your support for US. We have a fundraiser coming up on July 11th and we need sponsors. You, your candidate, or your organization can sponsor at one of several levels:

  • PLATINUM Level: $2,500
  • GOLD Level: $1,000
  • SILVER Level: $500
  • BRONZE Level: $250

We have a number of Bronze Level supporters already:

  • Clean Water Action
  • Planned Parenthood
  • DiSano Strategies
  • Doug and Joanna Scott
  • Zack Pohl

We also have a Silver Level sponsor:

  • Michigan Nurses Association

However, it is essential that we get more sponsors to add to our Sponsor Board in order to keep Eclectablog afloat.…

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Announcing three new sponsors of the 2nd Annual Eclectafundraiser Party

We’re pleased to announce three new sponsors of our 2nd Annual Eclectafundraiser Party, all at the Bronze Level.

First we have Planned Parenthood of Michigan, a group whose amazing work and advocacy we write about regularly at Eclectablog.

The second group is Friend of the Blog Clean Water Action. Their amazing work protecting our state’s vital waters is as important as they are effective.

And, last but not least, is DiSano Strategies headed up by the inestimable Joe DiSano. Joe is a veteran political consultant helping Democrats get elected and promoting progressive causes.

We thank ALL of our sponsors for their generous support.…

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Announcing our first Eclectafundraiser sponsor: The Michigan Nurses Association

Announcing our first Eclectafundraiser sponsor: The Michigan Nurses Association

As I wrote about last week, on July 11th, Team Eclectablog is holding its 2nd Annual Eclectafundraiser Party at the Arbor Brewing Microbrewery (“Corner Brewery”) in Ypsilanti from 7-9 p.m. It will be a fun event with free beer, free food, and a free Belgian Eclectagrog beer glass. We are asking for a minimum donation of $25. Donations and sponsorships go toward making sure that Eclectablog remains a vital part of the progressive community both here and Michigan and nationally and that our writers are compensated for their amazing writing and creative output.

Sponsorships are available at four levels:

  • Platinum Level – $2,500
  • Gold Level – $1,000
  • Silver Level – $500
  • Bronze Level – $250

Sponsorships include free passes to the party, free Eclectagrog beer glasses, frequent mention on the site leading up to the event, and your logo or name on our sponsorship board.…

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SAVE THE DATE: Eclectafundraiser party JULY 11th wsg Fmr. Congressman John Dingell & Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

SAVE THE DATE: Eclectafundraiser party JULY 11th wsg Fmr. Congressman John Dingell & Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

The folks here at Team Eclectablog are thrilled to announce the date of the 2015 Eclectablog Fundraiser Party. The event takes place at the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (formerly The Corner Brewery) in Ypsilanti, Michigan on July 11th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

This year, our special guests will be former Congressman John Dingell and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. We will be honoring John Dingell by crowning him “The Dean of Twitter”. Anyone who has followed his Twitter feed will understand why! As a special treat, Mr. Dingell will be reading some of his “greatest hits” tweets.

Please come help us celebrate my 11th Blogaversary and, more importantly, support Eclectablog writers.…

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REMINDER: Progress Michigan event tonight wsg Al Madrigal from The Daily Show. Limited number of free tickets available.

REMINDER: Progress Michigan event tonight wsg Al Madrigal from The Daily Show. Limited number of free tickets available.

As I have written about (HERE and HERE), Friends of the Blog Progress Michigan are holding a fundraising event this evening in Ann Arbor featuring stand-up comedy by The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal. There will also be a comedy set by Kathie Dunbar, a former touring comedian who is now a Lansing City Councilwoman.

Eclectablog is a proud member of the host committee for this fun event. It takes place at the Rackham Auditorium in Ann Arbor and starts with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with the main show starting at 7:30 p.m. It will be hosted by the always-hilarious “Fake Rick Snyder”.…

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