Category: Michigan

Detroit Joins Hundreds of Thousands to March for Climate Justice

Detroit Joins Hundreds of Thousands to March for Climate Justice

Three years ago, I was fortunate enough to join nearly 400,000 people in New York City for what has been called the “largest climate-change demonstration in history.” I was in NYC with water warrior, Monica Lewis Patrick of We the People of Detroit to attend the climate march and facilitate a workshop on water at the Church Center for the […]

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An out of service toilet in a Detroit school.

Flush this, Mr. President

In his inaugural speech, the newly installed President of the United States made the following comment: “An education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge”. Incensed, I immediately wanted to share my thoughts about these mean-spirited, belittling words–but I couldn’t. Because I was in Grand Rapids at the Michigan Music Conference […]

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Gov. Snyder spent 70 seconds talking about cows, 95 seconds about the #FlintWaterCrisis in State of the State Address

Gov. Snyder spent 70 seconds talking about cows, 95 seconds about the #FlintWaterCrisis in State of the State Address

To say that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State Address last night was a whitewash of the reality we face in our state is an understatement. He avoided any serious discussion about his plans to remedy the slow motion infrastructure catastrophe that is in visible progress. He never mentioned the tens of thousands of out of work Michiganders […]

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Michigan Republican Senator preps bill to blow $9 BILLION hole in state budget

Michigan Republican Senator preps bill to blow $9 BILLION hole in state budget

In a state facing massive infrastructure problems from roads that have gone unrepaired for years to a city poisoned by lead that needs tens of thousands of lead water service lines replaced, one Republican Senator has a plan: pass a law ending our state income tax, a move that will blow a $9 BILLION hole in our state budget: Senate […]

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The First Amendment is under attack in Michigan

The First Amendment is under attack in Michigan

We all know President-Elect Donald Trump is not a big fan of the First Amendment. During the campaign, the Republican complained it has “too much protection” for free speech. He’s routinely targeted journalists at rallies and on Twitter as an intimidation tactic. After winning the election, Trump’s first tweet took aim at people protesting against him, which he whined was “unfair.” A […]

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Pay attention to Michigan. We are a micro-version of what is happening nationally.

Pay attention to Michigan. We are a micro-version of what is happening nationally.

Eclectablog, while often focusing on national issues, has a Michigan-centric component as regular readers know. That’s largely because we are the testing ground, the beta testers for what Republicans want to achieve nationally. Republicans here control the governor’s office. Our Lt. Governor is a Republican. Our Secretary of State is a Republican. Our Attorney General is a Republican. Our state […]

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GUEST POST: No, Rick Snyder Did Not “Rescue the State”

GUEST POST: No, Rick Snyder Did Not “Rescue the State”

The following guest post was penned by Nick Wallace, a freelance writer/data journalist who lives in Ypsilanti. Enjoy. Arguments that credit individual politicians with ongoing macroeconomic trends should always be treated with skepticism. It is the rare elected official who can cause a recession or reduce the unemployment rate. This is particularly true of state and local leaders; governors, mayors, […]

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Charles Kettles, heroic Vietnam veteran from Ypsilanti, Michigan, awarded the Medal of Honor

Charles Kettles, heroic Vietnam veteran from Ypsilanti, Michigan, awarded the Medal of Honor

The dashing young man in the photo above is Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles S. Kettles. LTC Kettles, who lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, was awarded the Medal of Honor yesterday at a White House ceremony. His story is extraordinary. Here’s an excerpt from President Obama’s remarks: May 15, 1967, started as a hot Monday morning. Soldiers from the 101st Airborne were […]

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What Snyder’s choice of an oil executive as DEQ director says to Michiganders

What Snyder’s choice of an oil executive as DEQ director says to Michiganders

When, in the wake of the Flint water crisis, Dan Wyant resigned from his post as director of the Department of Environmental Quality, Gov. Rick Snyder’s outgoing chief of staff lamented the move. “I’m not sure why this decision was made but if it’s only optics, keep in mind that finding a replacement who has the trust of the business […]

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Judge Deborah Thomas announces run for Michigan Supreme Court, endorsed by House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel

Judge Deborah Thomas announces run for Michigan Supreme Court, endorsed by House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel

Circuit Court Judge Deborah Thomas recently announced that she is running for the Michigan Supreme Court. This is her second supreme court race and her candidacy is generating a lot of energy and enthusiasm. She’s a fierce and lifelong advocate for those in society without a voice in the judicial system and, in addition to her job as a Circuit […]

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As Gov. Snyder touts Michigan’s economy, local municipalities and families circle the drain

As Gov. Snyder touts Michigan’s economy, local municipalities and families circle the drain

In an interview with the Associated Press last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder pointed to Michigan’s economy as heading in the right direction. Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday said people should be mindful of Michigan’s continued economic resurgence even as the state grapples with lead in Flint’s drinking water and enormous debt in Detroit’s public school district. The Republican governor, […]

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