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VIDEO: Amy Lynn Smith on how Democrats can win with Obamacare success stories

At Netroots Nation 2014, I explained why I think Obamacare is a winning issue for Democrats — and what we can do to help.

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. And I’m a firm believer that Obamacare is a winning issue for Democrats.

To make the case for this, I had the honor of being one of the speakers chosen to present an Ignite talk at Netroots Nation in Detroit as part of the closing keynote session. The Ignite format works like this: You have five minutes to speak, accompanied by 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds.…

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VIDEO: MI-01 Congressman Dan Benishek refuses to say if he’ll pledge not to vote to shutdown the government while aide tries to grab camera

It’s tough being a member of Congress. Your constituents are always up in your grill, holding you accountable for your votes, and wanting answers. “Do you support this bill?” “Why did you vote this way?” “Why did you vote that way?” “Will you try to shut down the government of the United States of America to prove a political point about immigration?”

That last one was a question asked of Congressman Dan Benishek this past week by someone with a video camera as he left a blood drive in Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They spent over a minute walking next to him, asking him if he would pledge not to vote to shutdown the government.…

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VIDEO: Hey, millennials! Got a sec? Sandra Fluke would like to have a quick word with you.

Sandra Fluke was thrust onto the national stage when she was visciously attacked on the radio airwaves by odious bloviator Rush Limbaugh. Now a state senate candidate in California, Fluke is a rising star in the Democratic Party. But, like so many of us, she knows we have a big problem in this country: too few young people are voting which means their important voice isn’t being heard in the political arena and, as a result, their views are less likely to be represented in our local, state, and federal governments.

Fluke released a video recently that is aimed squarely between the eyes of young voters.…

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VIDEO: Want to go see Terri Lynn Land speak without an invite? Good luck with that. Here’s what it looks like.

Not much to add to this except that Terri Lynn Land and her handlers are very clearly petrified that someone might get a video of her speaking in public because we all know how well THAT usually goes. No wonder staffers from a Koch brothers front group are saying, “Michigan is a state that’s basically an uphill climb honestly.”

Uphill climb? That’s putting it mildly.

[Caricature by DonkeyHotey for Eclectablog. Adapted from: Wikipedia - State of MI / HHS - Chris Smith]

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VIDEO: Mark Schauer releases first campaign ad – “Our economy should work for everyone, not just the wealthy”

In addition to the new ad by the Democratic Governors Association that was released today, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer has released his first ad of the campaign this morning, as well.

It’s a good one, in my opinion, that perfectly frames the choice that Michigan voters face in November.

I’m Mark Schauer, and I’m running for governor because Rick’s Snyder’s economy might work for the wealthy, but it’s not working for the rest of Michigan. With thousands of jobs on the line, I fought to rescue the auto industry, but there’s still so much to do. As governor, I’ll cut middle class taxes, reverse Governor Snyder’s education cuts, and get rid of tax breaks for companies that send our jobs overseas.…
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VIDEO: New DGA ad calls out Rick Snyder for raising taxes on senior citizens in Michigan

A new ad out by the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) calls out Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for raising taxes on Michigan senior citizens. It is the sixth ad run by the DGA in Michigan.

Here’s DGA Communications Director Danny Kanner:

Governor Snyder raised taxes on Michigan’s seniors to give tax cuts to the wealthy and buisnesses even if they shipped jobs overseas. Mark Schauer will reverse the Snyder retirement tax, restore Snyder’s devastating education cuts, and finally build a Michigan economy that works for the middle class, not just those at the very top.

This latest ad features a retiree from my neck of the woods in Scio Township, Rocky Gonet.…

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RIP, Robin Williams

Robin Williams always seemed like a tortured soul to me, someone with a mind way too big for his brain and body. I was sad to hear that he had committed suicide yesterday; sad but not entirely surprised.

Here’s my favorite comedy sketch by Williams. It’s funny if you don’t play golf but if you DO play golf, it’s even funnier.

[CC photo credit: Eva Rinaldi | Flickr]

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VIDEO: The riveting speech of the Rev. William Barber, leader of the Moral Mondays movement, at Netroots Nation

For me, one of the highlights of last week’s Netroots Nation conference was the powerful, riveting speech by Rev. William Barber, the charismatic leader of North Carolina’s Moral Mondays movement. He spoke about “a moral movement for a moral crisis as the only way to higher ground” and what he calls the “moral fusion movement”. There have been several times in the history of the USA when our country faced a catastrophic moral crisis — slavery and the civil rights era, for example — and a movement rose up to meet and defeat it.

Today, Rev. Barber told us, we face a similar crisis and a new movement must rise up to meet it.…

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VIDEO: Lizz Winstead’s Lady Parts Justice project is coming to Michigan – Why you should care & donate

“From V to Shining V”


Lady Parts-friendly U.S. Senate Candidate Gary Peters and Lizz Winstead, photo by Anne C. Savage

As I’ve been mentioning in the pieces I’ve written about our 10-year “Blogaversary” party, Lizz Winstead’s Lady Parts Justice project is coming to Michigan this year with a special event at the Capitol Building in Lansing. And they need your help.

Here’s a bit from their fundraising page:

Who the hell are we and why should you give US your hard earned money?

Because we get shit done. Lizz Winstead, “The Daily Show” co-creator, writer and comedian, and Creative Majority 501(c)(4) co-founders Arun Chaudhary and Scott Goodstein formed Lady Parts Justice to create a series of videos that use humor to reach women and pro-choice voters.

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VIDEO: Dean of the House John Dingell takes Republicans to the wood shed over the #GOPshutdown

Let’s behave as a Congress of the United States, not an aggregation of petulant children!

At the beginning of the current Republican shutdown of the United States government, Dean of the House, Michigan Congressman John Dingell, gave a speech on the floor of the House that took Republicans to task for their irresponsible dereliction of their responsibility to govern, lead, and solve the problems of the people. It’s a biting, no-holds-barred schooling of the most extremist group of lawmakers ever to despoil The People’s House.

Enjoy:

One of my colleagues came to me yesterday and he says, “You’ve seen it worse, haven’t you?” Well, I’ve only been here 57 years and I NEVER have!…
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