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GUEST POST: Students for an Ethical and Participatory Education respond to staged EAA “forum” at Eastern Michigan University

Yesterday we heard from a faculty member about the Education Achievement Authority “public forum” held on the campus of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In that account, we learned that the forum was little more than a staged promotional event for the EAA.

Today, we hear from David Chapman, an organizer with the EMU student group Students for Ethical Participatory Education (SEPE). The group is part of the People Against the EAA Coalition and, like the faculty members who attended the forum, they found the forum to be a sham with no true dialogue. And like Professor Rebecca Martusewicz, Chapman renews the call for EMU to sever its relationship with the EAA.…

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GUEST POST: EAA forum at EMU a sham – No dialogue, just another “dog and pony show” (UPDATED)

First, I want to reiterate what I said yesterday: there is a very good chance that Republicans are close to having enough votes to to expand the State School Reform/Redesign district (HB 4369) which, for now, is only the EAA. They may vote as early as today if they get enough votes. Two Democrats, John Olumba & Harvey Santana, are rumored to have broken ranks to support this bill. Consider reaching out to them, asking how they will vote and letting them know they should not only not expand this failed experiment with Detroit students, they should be pushing to END it.…

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GUEST POST: What the Koch brothers’ debunked Boonstra ad has to teach us about communicating with facts

“I can’t hear you with all these facts I don’t believe in in the way…”

The following post is by my friend Emma White, a specialist in communications and messaging. In the wake of the epic fail of the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity ad featuring Dexter, Michigan resident Julie Boonstra, Emma’s observations & commentary on the difficulty of using facts to change opinions are critical for all of us to understand.

Please welcome Emma to Eclectablog for her first guest post.

“‘I personally do not believe that,” Julie Boonstra said when confronted with the fact that Obamacare will save her more than $1,000 a year.…

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GUEST POST: What the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act means to people like me

Obamacare provides more than affordable coverage. It protects patients and their rights, too.

December 23 is the last day you can buy health insurance at HealthCare.gov that kicks in on January 1, 2014. You can continue to buy coverage for 2014 through March 15.

As people enroll for coverage, there’s been an emphasis on the “affordable” aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as the ACA and Obamacare. But it’s important to remember how the law protects patients in ways they’ve never been protected before.

We’re pleased to have Emily Todebush return for a second guest post.…

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GUEST POST: Pam Byrnes on the importance of electing more women in 2014 – “Two words: Rape Insurance”

A woman’s place is in the House. And the Senate. And …

One of the most closely watched races of 2014 is the one for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District which pits Republican incumbent Tim Walberg against former state House Speaker Pam Byrnes.

The contrast could hardly be more stark.

On nearly every issue you wish to name, Tim Walberg is on the wrong side of it. However, there are few issues on which he is more out of step with is constituents than on women’s issues. Whether it’s voting for bills to restrict a woman’s access to a safe and legal abortion or voting against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, there was Tim Walberg, voting against women.…

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GUEST POST – Oops: Public forgets to hate public employees

They think their pensions are OK, too

This guest post is by Roger Kerson, a Michigan-based media consultant for labor unions, environmental groups, and non-profit organizations. He was director of public relations at the United Auto Workers during the GM and Chrysler restructuring. As an associate of the Arlington, Virginia-based firm PRWRK, he has provided strategic counsel to the Transport Workers Union of America during bankruptcy at American Airlines and to the United Mine Workers during bankruptcy at Patriot Coal.

Aren’t you tired of all those overpaid, underworked public employees, who are bankrupting cities like Detroit with their lavish pay and pensions?…

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GUEST POST: Protecting Wolves by Throwing Them to the Wolves?

Will the DNR keep “helping” the wolf population they so purposefully worked to expand???

The following guest post is by Ramona Grigg, a freelance writer, owner of the liberal blog Ramona’s Voices (which is on the Eclectablog blog roll), and a personal friend. She lives in a cabin on an island off the Upper Peninsula, making her a Yooper.

As an ethical vegetarian, I don’t have a very positive view on hunting already. But the hunting of wolves and other animals that are not eaten is something I find offensive and something that speaks volumes about the person that does it.…

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GUEST POST: A report from the Michigan Election Reform Conference in Traverse City, MI (10/11/2013)

As I wrote about last month, the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, Michigan Center for Election Law, and Common Cause Michigan held a conference on election and campaign finance reform in Traverse City last Friday. Although I was unable to attend, my good friend and blogging pal Amy Kerr Hardin was there and put together a comprehensive report. At the request of the conference organizers and with Amy’s permission, I am cross-posting her piece here.

You can find more of Amy’s writing at her site Democracy Tree

Enjoy.

Michigan Campaign Finance Reform –Something Old, Something New
The statewide Michigan Election Reform Conference of 2013 was held last Friday in Traverse City with about 100 attendees and 16 distinguished speakers, including former Michigan Supreme Court Justices, state lawmakers, union and advocacy group leaders, and various experts in their field.…

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GUEST POST: Does Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr know how to manage a municipal emergency?

What Detroit needs is an actual expert

Photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog.

The following is a guest post by Roger Kerson and is Part 2 of a 2-part series. You can read Part 1 HERE. Roger is a Michigan-based media consultant for labor unions, environmental group and non-profit organizations. He was director of public relations at the United Auto Workers during the GM and Chrysler restructuring. As an associate of the Arlington, Virginia-based firm PRWRK, he has provided strategic counsel to the Transport Workers Union of America during bankruptcy at American Airlines and to the United Mine Workers during bankruptcy at Patriot Coal.…

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GUEST POST: Finance expert says Detroit can pay pensions & bondholders and still balance its budget

There’s more to see in Detroit than meets the eye

Eclectagraphic by Anne C. Savage

The following is a guest post by Roger Kerson and is Part 1 of a 2-part series. Roger is a Michigan-based media consultant for labor unions, environmental group and non-profit organizations. He was director of public relations at the United Auto Workers during the GM and Chrysler restructuring. As an associate of the Arlington, Virginia-based firm PRWRK, he has provided strategic counsel to the Transport Workers Union of America during bankruptcy at American Airlines and to the United Mine Workers during bankruptcy at Patriot Coal.

Plan B for Detroit: Muni Finance Expert Says Detroit Can Pay Pensions and Bondholders – and Still Balance its Budget

As Detroit prepares to enter the largest bankruptcy of any city in U.S.…

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