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Eclectablog can’t be bought and paid for, but we still have bills to pay

Eclectablog can’t be bought and paid for, but we still have bills to pay

Who needs ads when we have supporters like you? Let’s keep it that way and protect independent journalism. By now, you’ve figured out this is fundraising week at Eclectablog. Before you navigate away from this page, consider this: Eclectablog remains almost entirely ad-free because of donations from readers like you. Not only that, LOLGOP and Eclectablog produce a terrific podcast […]

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BREAKING: Diverticulitis almost takes down Eclectablog

BREAKING: Diverticulitis almost takes down Eclectablog

If you can’t imagine progressive politics without Chris Savage and Eclectablog, we need your support It was the worst Twitter direct message I’ve ever gotten — even worse than the one that convinced me Trump had won Florida. “I have been sick for a few days and this morning I went to the dr with severe abdominal pain,” @Eclectablog AKA […]

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Want to keep reading stories on the trans community and Betsy DeVos you won’t find anywhere else? Support Eclectablog today.

Want to keep reading stories on the trans community and Betsy DeVos you won’t find anywhere else? Support Eclectablog today.

I became a journalist almost 17 years ago because I wanted to dig for the truth and tell important stories, especially in politics. In the decade-plus I’ve spent in Lansing, I’ve watched most of my Capitol press corps colleagues retire, leave for better-paying jobs or get laid off. There are so many issues to cover and stories to tell — […]

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The unmentioned outcome of the #TrumpTaxScam: Forcing states to cut taxes just to keep their citizens from paying MORE

The unmentioned outcome of the #TrumpTaxScam: Forcing states to cut taxes just to keep their citizens from paying MORE

When Republicans in Congress passed the Trump Tax Scam, one of the things they did was to raise taxes on citizens at the state level. In Michigan, that increase in taxes amounts to $1.5 BILLION, something even Republicans have been forced to admit. Democrats, who have been trying to enact an increase in the personal tax exemption for years, today […]

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Michigan Republicans & Democrats come together to embarrass Gov. Rick Snyder in historic veto override

Michigan Republicans & Democrats come together to embarrass Gov. Rick Snyder in historic veto override

Last year in a rare exhibition of bipartisanship, the Michigan state senate voted unanimously and the House voted 89-11 to pass a new rule involving the taxation of a purchased vehicle when someone trades in another vehicle in the transaction. Under a 2013 law, buyers initially could exempt the value of the trade-in vehicle up to $2,000 from the sales […]

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The rich are using their Trump Tax Cut to invest in politicians and causes who will make them MORE wealthy. Let’s all pledge ours to fight them.

The Trump Tax scam is likely to result in a fair number of us seeing a tiny bit more money in our paychecks starting next month. It is, of course, a scam. You shouldn’t get used to the extra funds because some time in the next 8-10 years, they’ll go away. The extra money that the über wealthy are going […]

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Abdul El-Sayed Said He Expected Mike Duggan’s Endorsement for Governor

Abdul El-Sayed Said He Expected Mike Duggan’s Endorsement for Governor

Michigan politicos are once again atwitter about Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and other Democrats allegedly trying to recruit an alternative to Gretchen Whitmer for governor. That’s from a Bridge story this week following up on a Detroit News column in November. And I wrote a column for Dome Magazine back in October, going through the months-long history of the effort […]

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As Trump assaults our nation’s integrity, institutions, and democracy, here’s why we still need to keep our focus on the states

As Trump assaults our nation’s integrity, institutions, and democracy, here’s why we still need to keep our focus on the states

There’s no question that Donald Trump is working around the clock when he’s not golfing at one of his many golf clubs using millions of our tax dollars to dismantle our country’s democracy, our institutions, and the laws and policies we have in place to protect ALL Americans, not just those at the top of the economic food chain. On […]

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EPISODE 68 – Think of Donald Trump as Chickenpox

EPISODE 68 – Think of Donald Trump as Chickenpox

The show notes for Episode 68 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2018/01/episode-68-think-of-donald-trump-as-chickenpox.html The Good: CBS News: Who are the Republicans retiring from Congress after 2018? Veronica Stracqualursi at CNN: Trey Gowdy steps down from House Ethics Committee, citing ‘workload’ Gabriel Debendetti and Daniel Strauss at Politico: The next GOP panic: Governors races The Bad: Jeff Stein at The Washington Post: Smoking penalties, ER […]

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Guest post: Living in the midst of “the first rough draft of history”

Guest post: Living in the midst of “the first rough draft of history”

The following essay is by Michael Andrade, a friend who sent it to my wife as a Facebook message. It was powerful enough that she read it to me and I thought it was a perfect piece to run today on Martin Luther King Day, particularly as we approach the one year anniversary of Donald Trump taking office as the […]

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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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