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With Mark Schauer, it’s the little things

There are many variations of the saying that the ultimate measure of a man (or woman) is not what they do when they are in public but what they do when they are alone. Another simple, quaint saying is, “it’s the little things.” If we were to juxtapose those two sayings we might just end up with something that would be a fair predictor of the people we know, or wish we knew better, including candidates.

During the Town Hall forum televised Sunday evening between Mark Schauer and Rick Snyder, I was live-tweeting during the telecast and interacting with those who were hanging in there with me.…

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VIDEO: Protest march against Detroit water shutoffs – 7/18/2014

Here is a glimpse of the huge march and rally to protest the Detroit water shutoffs. It’s an amazing feat of organization, led by National Nurses United. The massive turnout was bolstered by hundreds and hundreds of attendees of the Netroots Nation conference.

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Western leaders get real about Russia’s interference in Ukraine and Crimea

The G-7 countries issued a joint statement this morning warning Russia to back off in Crimea. In the statement they say, in no uncertain terms, that they will not recognize Crimea returning to Russian control if the proposed referendum passes. Their statement makes it clear that, with Russian soldiers patroling the streets in Crimea, if the referendum passes, it will have essentially happened at gunpoint.

It’s worth noting that Vienna, Austria is only 1,100 miles, less than a 24-hour drive, from Crimea. Europeans have to be freaking out about this.

Here’s the full joint statement:

March 12, 2014

Statement of G-7 Leaders on Ukraine

We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, call on the Russian Federation to cease all efforts to change the status of Crimea contrary to Ukrainian law and in violation of international law.

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David Trott’s millionaire donors include GOP class clown Donald Trump

If you want to position yourself as an alternative to Tea Party zealot Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, maybe associating with Donald Trump isn’t the best idea.

We’re judged by the company we keep, and Republican Congressional candidate David Trott is making his allegiances known. The latest report from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) shows plenty of contributions to Trott for Congress, Inc., from big business and big money — including $1,000 from goofball Donald Trump.

Also on the list of contributors to Trott’s campaign to unseat Rep. Bentivolio in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District are a bevy of bankers, CEOs and employees of investment firms and real estate-related operations.…

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The media refuses to acknowledge how horrendously out of touch the GOP has become

You wouldn’t know it by watching or listening to most pundits, but the Republican Party is more unpopular today than at the lowest points of George W. Bush’s presidency. And they’re far less popular than they were when they won 1.3 million fewer votes than Democratic House candidates.

On the day of the president’s State of the Union, the House GOP wasted their time and our money passing a bill that dramatically limits abortion rights, which has zero chance of becoming a law.

Just before the West Virginia chemical spill, they passed a bill that would gut hazardous waste legislation.…

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Obamacare Friday Update: Private 2.4M, Medicaid/CHIP 4.5M, 10M Total

Full details available at

The biggest news since last Friday was Monday’s release of the official HHS Dept. December enrollment numbers. I had the Private QHP Enrollment total as 2.137 million as of 12/31. HHS has the official tally as 2.153M as of 12/28. I love being 99% accurate! :)

In any event, the second biggest news as far as enrollments are concerned are the weird, seemingly contradictory Medicaid/CHIP numbers that have been released by HHS and CMS respectively. HHS gave the exchange-based number as 1.58 million as of 12/28…but the December CMS report gave it as 3.9 million as of 11/30.…

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Obamacare Friday Update: 2.2M Private, 9.78M Total

Every Friday I’m posting the latest enrollment figures for the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) here at Eclectablog. Full details can be viewed daily at

After the massive spike in enrollments seen in mid- to late December, regular site visitors might be a bit disappointed at the relative dearth of increases since New Year’s. There have actually been quite a few updates, including several impressive percentage increases, but the actual numbers involved have been relatively small compared to the massive jumps seen just a few weeks ago. In short, you’re probably wondering why the total number of private enrollments which shot up to 2.1 million in late December only seems to have gone up about 100,000 more since then.…

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George Zimmerman in custody on gun-related charges

Here we go again…

A short time after he was acquitted for murdering Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman was pulled over for speeding and found to have a (legal) gun in his car. He was given a warning by police officers that had him take pictures with them (he’s a celebrity, after all) and then sent on his merry way with the admonition to keep his glove compartment closed and not to “play with your firearm”.

Last week, he was pulled over for speeding again. This time he got a ticket.

Today, Zimmerman is in custody for possible domestic battery against his estranged wife who recently filed for divorce.…

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Ted Nugent’s wife arrested for being too stupid to remember she was carrying a gun through airport security

There should be an IQ test for getting a gun permit

Ted Nugent’s wife Shemane Nugent was arrested yesterday when security agents found a gun in her luggage at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Why did she have a gun in her carry-on luggage?

Because she forgot she was carrying it.

Just putting this question out there: If you’re too goddam stupid to remember you’re packing heat when you’re going through airline security, aren’t you too goddam stupid to have gun permit in the first place?

Answer: Yes.…

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Photo/Video Essay: Save Michigan’s Public Schools Rally!

Eclectablog himself wasn’t able to attend the grassroots-organized rally in support of the public school system in Lansing this morning; fortunately I was able to attend, with a contingent of my fellow Bloomfield Hills-based public school advocates. Yes, that’s right: Even in Bloomfield Hills, where most of the residents seem to think that the deliberate, systematic destruction of the Michigan Public School System will somehow spare them, there’s a solid base of concerned parents and other residents who know the truth: Sooner or later, Gov. Snyder and the Republican-held state legislature will come after us as well, unless they’re stopped.

With that in mind, here’s a collection of photos & videos from today’s event, which was arranged for by a completely grass-roots organization called, simply enough, Save Michigan’s Public Schools.…

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