Category: Michigan

Campaign finance in Michigan: We’re the worst

Campaign finance in Michigan: We’re the worst

Think about the last time you got a call from Senate or Congress at the federal level asking for money. You either gave little or hung up the phone. Then think about that time you asked for yard signs and volunteered – there is a high probability that someone complained about the fact that the campaign office does not have […]

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Michigan GOP Secretary of State nominee Mary Treder Lang says voter purges helped Donald Trump win Michigan. And she’s promising more if she wins in 2018.

Michigan GOP Secretary of State nominee Mary Treder Lang says voter purges helped Donald Trump win Michigan. And she’s promising more if she wins in 2018.

This weekend, Michigan Republicans dutifully nominated U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ choice for Secretary of State, Mary Treder Lang. The billionaire DeVos family has already padded Lang’s campaign account with more than $40,000 so far. Republican pundit Bill Ballenger, best known for declaring the Flint water crisis to be “overblown,”* gave us some insight into another reason for Lang’s nomination […]

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Michigan AG Bill Schuette’s anti-LGBTQ opinion is just that: an opinion. It has no has no force of law.

Michigan AG Bill Schuette’s anti-LGBTQ opinion is just that: an opinion. It has no has no force of law.

The following essay was written by my good friend Eli Savit. Eli is an attorney and an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School. His areas of expertise include appellate and Supreme Court litigation; civil rights, education law, environmental law, and public-interest litigation. He writes regularly about legal issues on the Take Care Blog and elsewhere. Follow him […]

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I’m not saying that Michigan is the beta testing ground for the worst GOP nefariousness but … Well, yes I am.

At some point in the ten years and one day since we began blogging under the Eclectablog banner, I had to make a decision. Was Eclectablog going to be a “state blog” or a “national blog”. If we aimed to be only a state blog, that would limit our reach because, at some point, folks outside of Michigan would just […]

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Register NOW for the Michigan Progressive Summit! – “The Persistence of the Resistance: Voices, Values, and Votes”

Register NOW for the Michigan Progressive Summit! – “The Persistence of the Resistance: Voices, Values, and Votes”

Regular readers of Eclectablog will know that I have been off the grid for the past few weeks while I recover from surgery. As a result, I will have to miss an exciting event that I haven’t missed in years: the annual Progress Michigan conference called the Michigan Progressive Summit. But that doesn’t mean YOU have to miss it and […]

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Michigan high school punk flies the racist flag of American traitors because his fee-fees got hurt

Michigan high school punk flies the racist flag of American traitors because his fee-fees got hurt

Poor li’l Cameron Myers. He’s an 18-year old white “country boy” from rural Auburn, Michigan. Seems this pathetic little punk got his fee-fees hurt when somebody stole the racist Confederate flag off the back of his truck in the school parking lot. When he whined about it to school administrators, they didn’t do anything about it. He called it an […]

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After environmental catastrophe near-miss with Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline under Lake Michigan, Gov. Snyder issues sternly-worded press release

After environmental catastrophe near-miss with Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline under Lake Michigan, Gov. Snyder issues sternly-worded press release

Last week, 550 gallons of coolant containing toxic organic solvents (alkyl derivatives of benzene, specifically) were released into Lake Michigan from an electrical transmission cable running under the Straits of Mackinac. It happened because a ship went through the Straits dragging its anchor. (UPDATE: It appears that it was a tugboat owned by VanEnkevort Tug & Barge.) Enbridge Energy clearly […]

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Farewell to Tony Trupiano, a Liberal Lion

Most people know Tony Trupiano from his radio shows, podcast, posts here or as a Democratic activist who could always be counted on to help a candidate on the campaign trail or emcee an event. Tony was all those things. But most of all, he was just a really good man and a great friend. The world is poorer without him. He […]

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Michigan Progressive blog booted from email mailing list service for adding scads of emails without consent

Michigan Progressive blog booted from email mailing list service for adding scads of emails without consent

Repeat after me: Primaries are good. Primaries are good. Primaries are good… I used to believe that primaries were a waste of precious fundraising dollars and that they unnecessarily bloodied up our general election candidate. But in 2014, after Mark Schauer was defeated in his run for governor after facing no primary opponent, I changed my views. I came to […]

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What do you do when it all seems like too much to process? Stoneman Douglas High School student Delaney Tarr knows.

What do you do when it all seems like too much to process? Stoneman Douglas High School student Delaney Tarr knows.

At the end of January and again at the beginning of February, I spent ten days in the hospital. I took a bit of a break from my normal hyper-consumption of political news and, when I dipped my toe back in, I found that the fire hose of cacophony that I had been drinking from before my illness had only […]

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EVENTS: We have our own civil rights fights happening NOW. On Martin Luther King Day 2018, join the fight for economic justice in Michigan.

EVENTS: We have our own civil rights fights happening NOW. On Martin Luther King Day 2018, join the fight for economic justice in Michigan.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quote on the King monument in Washington, D.C. Photo by Chris Savage. Many of us will celebrate Martin Luther King Day by visiting a museum, participating in a community volunteer event, or by watch a civil rights documentary. These are all, of course, perfectly appropriate ways to celebrate the life of our country’s preeminent civil […]

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