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Why Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ is essential viewing for every American

Why Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ is essential viewing for every American

This bold musical depicts the dark side of the American Dream and reflects the work yet to be done to ensure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all.

“I did it to bring down the government of Abraham Lincoln and to avenge the ravaged South…”

“I did it to prove to her my everlasting love…”

“I did it because no one cared about the poor man’s pain…”

“I did it to make people listen…”

These are the thoughts of John Wilkes Booth, John Hinckley, Jr., Leon Czolgosz and Sam Byck, as expressed through the creative genius of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman in the musical dramedy Assassins.…

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Welcome our newest Eclectablogger, journalist and communications specialist Jen Eyer!

Welcome our newest Eclectablogger, journalist and communications specialist Jen Eyer!

I am thrilled to announce today that we have added a new writer to Team Eclectablog. Jen Eyer has written a couple of dynamite guest posts (HERE and HERE) for the site and she’s clearly a great fit for our team.

Jen is the Vice President of Vanguard Public Affairs and has a long history in the world of journalism. She got her journalism degree from Michigan State University’s School of Journalism and has worked in for a variety of news outlets, most recently running the newsroom for MLive’s Ann Arbor News. She’s got mad social media skills and is a talented communicator.…

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How to change the world – A Mother’s Day essay

How to change the world – A Mother’s Day essay

That lady in the photo is my mom, Jacki Savage. If you’ve read my story “Two North”, already know a bit about her. She was born Jacqueline McCann and was at the top of her high school class taking Latin and basically shooting the lights out academically when she got pregnant with me and dropped out of school.

She was 16.

The McCanns, it won’t surprise you, were a very Catholic family and in 1963 getting an abortion wasn’t much of an option anyway. My mom’s priest suggested that she put me up for adoption and then become a nun.…

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Welcome to the new and improved Eclectablog 4.0!

Welcome to the new and improved Eclectablog 4.0!

Welcome to Eclectablog 4.0! If you’re reading this, you’ve hit the new and improved site. It’s something we’ve been working toward for quite some time and now it’s finally arrived! HUGE thanks to Anne for all her hard work on this effort.

A bit of history: We started out on Blogger (Eclectablog 1.0) then, after we got too big for our britches there, moved to the far more user-friendly WordPress platform (Eclectablog 2.0). At some point we upgraded the theme to a much more attractive one (Eclecatablog 3.0) which we’ve had for over five years.

In other words, it was time for a change.…

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INTRODUCING: Our latest Eclectablogger, Sommer Foster

INTRODUCING: Our latest Eclectablogger, Sommer Foster

On Monday, I announced that we are bringing on a new writer at Eclectablog. Today, I am pleased to make the official announcement that Sommer Foster will be a regular (and paid) contributor to Eclectablog. I’ve been asking Sommer to come on board for over a year now and the stars have finally aligned in such a way that she’s able to do it.

I first met Sommer at a Canton Democratic Club meeting and have gotten to know and respect her over the years through her work with Equality Michigan and as a Michigan activist. As a straight ally, Sommer has been a fierce advocate for the LGBTQ community and has unquestionably left her mark on Michigan.…

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Blog update: Video ads are gone and other news

Blog update: Video ads are gone and other news

I have gotten quite a few complaints about the video ads that were being displayed on the site. Although I was promised they would have a very high CPM (“cost per thousand”, a measure of what they pay), that turned out not to be the case at all. The ads themselves were pretty intrusive, particularly on tablets and other mobile devices. So I have killed them.

The ads that I replaced them with aren’t all that lucrative either so we’re still making a shamefully small amount of money on ad revenue. That is, unfortunately, the way the blogging world is at the present time.…

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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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Introducing our newest Eclectablogger: Judy Matlock

Introducing our newest Eclectablogger: Judy Matlock

As I so frequently say during our fundraisers, it’s your contributions that not only allow me to pay the regular contributors here at Eclectablog a small token for their creative output, but also make it possible for me to bring on new writers. Last week, in a bit of a “soft launch”, we published the first piece by our newest Eclectablogger Judy Matlock.

I first met Judy in the comments section of Eclectablog. While we have many terrific commenters on this site, Judy’s comments stood out from the others. They showed a level of “insight with an edge” that got my attention.…

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Walmart and me

Walmart and me

There are several ad spaces on Eclectablog that are filled by a third party. They serve up ads based on who is paying for them and then push them out to various sites like ours. That’s why the ads change when you visit more than once.

I recently took some heat for having a Walmart ad on my site. I understand the animosity toward and even hatred of Walmart. I myself have only shopped there a couple of times when there was no other option or I was given a gift card. I hate what they represent, the damage they do to communities, and the way they benefit from our tax dollars which help subsidize the slave wages they pay when their employees are forced to go on government assistance.…

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Debbie Dingell for Congress website wins national award, site photos by Eclectablogger Anne Savage

Debbie Dingell for Congress website wins national award, site photos by Eclectablogger Anne Savage

We don’t get to brag about our team very often but today is one of those days. Campaigns and Elections magazine gives out annual awards – called The Reed Awards – in a variety of categories related to, as you might expect, campaigns and elections. This year’s winner in the category of “Best Website for Congressional Candidate” went to Power Thru Consulting, a media group headed up by my good friend Laura Packard, for their design of the Debbie Dingell for Congress website.

What’s fun about this is that Eclectablogger (and Eclectawife) Anne C. Savage was the photographer for the site.…

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Day 4: First quarter fundraiser – We represent you, the people

Day 4: First quarter fundraiser – We represent you, the people

Independent journalists like Team Eclectablog tell you what you need to know — and we tell it like it is.


Have you ever watched cable news or read a mainstream media post and wondered who was paying them to slant the story? The influence of corporate sponsors happens on both sides of the aisle at some networks and news outlets.

At Eclectablog, we admit a progressive bias, but there is no one telling us what to write. So we write what we think the public needs to know, without any interference.

In fact, when I started writing for Eclectablog I was pleasantly surprised when Chris Savage told me I didn’t need to run my post ideas past him first.…

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