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Day 4, 3rd Quarter Fundraiser – We are a community, help us flourish and grow

Team Eclectablog – l-r, LOLGOP, Charles Gaba, Chris Savage (“Eclectablog”), Anne Savage, Amy Lynn Smith, and Emma White

When I look at this picture I get a little goosepimply. When I first started blogging, it was a one-dude show and it was pretty amateur at that. However, bit by bit, Eclectablog has grown into something substantial, something useful, and something that is changing the conversation in important ways. Everyone in the photo contributes to that and I’m proud of what we’ve built together.

The best part of all of this is how we’re creating a community at Eclectablog. In addition to our staff of writers, we now have regular commenters who add to the quality of your experience here.…

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Day 1: 3rd Quarter fundraiser – Eclectablog represents for Michigan, represents for YOU. Please help support US!

Support your local bloggers!

This week we’ll be coming to you once a day for our second quarter fundraiser. I am determined to prove that we can have a successful site where all of the writers are paid. However, that can only happen with support from our readers. Your financial support will also allow us to bring on new writers, something I am keen to do in the coming year.

This past week, Team Eclectablog was at the Netroots Nation conference, helping to promote the causes that we care about and representing on behalf of our state and on behalf of YOU.…

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Today is the day of my actual 10-year blogging anniversary – see my humble beginnings

Although we held our 10-year Blogaversary party last Thursday on May Day, today is the actual anniversary of my very first blog post. Yup, that’s me. With hair.

My first blog was on a site called Modblog and you can view my very first, utterly lame post HERE.

If this doesn’t get your attention, I could …

… just…
… disappear…




It’s like this: I like to write. I like to express myself. BUT! I have a really hard time doing this when I don’t have an audience, I pretty much just sit there in front of the keyboard with zero inspiration.

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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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Last Day, Second Quarter fundraiser

I won’t bore you with a list of reasons to support Eclectablog. You’ve seen them all already this week : ) We simply ask that, if you find value in what you read here, you make a small contribution to keep us going.

Thanks so much.

Here’s how you can contribute:

First, you can make your donation using the PayPal link below. You can change the amount if you wish. The default is $50, less than $1 per week — way less than you would spend on a newspaper subscription, and less than it would cost to buy even a gas station coffee once a week.…

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Day 6, Second Quarter fundraiser: Good news! Federal law allows unlimited donations to Eclectablog!

Speak loudly

We are in an epic battle in this country, particularly here in Michigan, to wrest control of our elections and our government back from the corporate giants that are increasingly more powerful. On one side you have a national network of groups coordinated under the State Policy Network which pump massive infusions of cash into groups like the Mackinac Center. The Mackinac Center then churns out pro-corporatist, anti-labor, anti-public schools propaganda masquerading as “news” and “journalism” and their writers are paid handsomely to do it. They even hire former journalists for these paid positions.

On the other side you have people like the team here at Eclectablog.…

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Day 5, Second Quarter Fundraiser: The life you improve may be your own

Will blog for change.

I won’t lie, I hate asking people for money. It’s the primary reason I would be reluctant to run for office, in fact. But, the reality is that, if we want to sustain the model we have at Eclectablog where writers are paid for their work, we have to do it. As progressives, we talk a LOT about fair wages and treating people with dignity so it’s a model we’re compelled to adopt if we’re going to be true to our values. It’s also the right thing to do.

But here’s an interesting thing: when you give to the causes that you support, it improves your own life in sometimes unanticipated ways.…

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Day 4 (Second Quarter Fundraiser): Knowledge is power — and it can outsmart big money

Bottom line: You need us and we need you.

You know what we’re up against. There’s a giant pile of money being shoveled into Republican campaigns, more than ever since the Supreme Court ruling on McCutcheon v. FEC.

But there’s something money can’t buy: The passion and energy of dedicated people who are devoted to making this country a better place to live and work. Not just for the wealthiest few, but for every single American.

Those dedicated people are you. They’re us. They’re everyone who is going to step up to help Democrats win in 2014 and stem the tide of corporate influence and ruthless attacks on the middle class.…

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Day 3 (Second Quarter Fundraiser): Chris Savage is my anti-Koch

Give a little, get a lot

Here’s some good news: After months of the Koch brothers’ front Americans for Prosperity spending millions of dollars to spread misinformation about Obamacare in an attempt to smear Gary Peters, Republican Terri Lynn Land now trails Peters by 5 percent.

The Senate Majority PAC has played a key role in this comeback with ads exposing Land’s Kochnections and her support for Paul Ryan’s cruel budgets.

But Eclectablog and our readers have also played a small but crucial role in helping to expose how the two stories in AFP’s ads were purposely abridged to deny the fact the families in the ads could be saving money thanks to Obamacare.…

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Day 2 (Second Quarter Fundraiser): 3 Reasons You Should Support Eclectablog

Your donation supports...

1. Voices you don’t hear anywhere else No one else in Michigan is covering the problems with the EAA (the state takeover of Detroit’s schools) in the kind of depth that Chris is. And he is making space for the teachers working under the new authority to share what they are seeing on the ground in a way that absolutely no one else is. 2. A great team of commentators Just look at how the blog covered the Obamacare roll-out: Amy’s stories of people helped by the ACA; LOLGOP’s highlighting deceitful anti-ACA ads; and Charles Gaba on his own site tracking actual enrollment. 3. Anne's beautiful photography (and writing) Like this beautiful piece about a lesbian couple married in Ann Arbor last month.
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