“Joy” – June 26, 2015 (PHOTOS)

The following images were captured at the Braun Court Decision Day celebration in Ann Arbor on June 26, 2015. The celebrants were joined by SCOTUS marriage equality plaintiffs April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse and their Michigan legal team. It was a day of pure joy.

Jayne and April take a break from recording interviews

The poetry that concluded SCOTUS Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion:

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.…
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Let’s just call it “marriage” now

Not much more to say right now except “How quick can I get off work to go celebrate with my friends?”

If you’d like to read the 5-4 decision striking down same-sex marriage bans in the USA, you can do so HERE.

Also, too, suck it Bill Schuette, Todd Courser, Gary Glenn, and Cindy Gamrat. Your bigotry and hatred lose today and forever.


UPDATE: Oh, hell. I have a LOT more to say as I read through the decision. Here are the highlights for me…

  • There is an “abiding connection between marriage and liberty”.

    Someone go tell Todd Courser.

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SHOCKER! Corporate front group Mackinac Center wants to turn all Detroit Public Schools over to charters

Oh, look. The corporate front group Mackinac Center wants to convert all Detroit Public Schools (DPS) to charter schools. This, they tell us would be “the best safeguard” and would “allow many independent charter school operators to try varying models for converted DPS schools.”

In other words, they once again want to experiment with Detroit school children.

In Highland Park, the emergency manager’s operating plan for the district included turning over educational responsibilities to a charter school, while using existing property tax revenue to pay down accumulated debt.

Muskegon Heights put a similar arrangement in place: Again, the district converted its schools into charter schools, and revenues from the district’s 18-mill nonhomestead property tax were dedicated to paying off Muskegon Heights’ debt.

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Millions breathe a sigh of relief after Obamacare Supreme Court win

The jubilation of one couple echoes that of more than six million Americans.

When Dawn Erina got the news alert on her phone saying that the U.S. Supreme Court had upheld the tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), she was in the car with her husband, Leonard.

“I just started screaming ‘Oh my God! Oh my God!'” she says, practically giddy with joy. “It’s so, so cool.”

Dawn and Leonard were among the more than six million people who were at risk of losing the tax subsidies that help them pay for health insurance. Without those subsidies, Leonard — who is retired — and Dawn, who works part-time, simply would not have been able to afford coverage.…

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Obamacare’s Supreme Court victory makes the law’s opponents look more cynical than ever

Congressman Dan Kildee speaks out against Michigan AG Bill Schuette for turning people into political pawns.

The King v. Burwell case disputing the legitimacy of tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) wasn’t the first attack on the law and it probably won’t be the last. But with every victory for Obamacare, an increasingly bright light is being cast on the craven, cynical actions of the law’s opponents.

U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-5) always tells it like it is, and he’s been vocal about Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s decision last year to join the crusade against the ACA in a federal lawsuit to eliminate the law’s subsidies.…

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare tax subsidies, a life-saving decision

As we celebrate a huge victory for the ACA, let’s remember who benefits most: healthcare consumers and patients.

I admit, my heart was in my throat waiting for the ruling in King v. Burwell, the latest and perhaps most significant challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare. At risk were the tax subsidies for more than six million Americans who don’t make enough money to afford health insurance otherwise.

But there was even more at risk. Had the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the tax subsidies, insurance rates would have skyrocketed for everyone. That’s because people who could no longer afford insurance would have dropped out of the market, and the fewer people there are in the insurance pool the more it costs everyone.…

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UPDATED: MDP Chair Lon Johnson to announce candidacy for MI-01 Congressional seat today

Tonight at 5:00 p.m., Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson will announce his candidacy for Congress in Michigan’s 1st Congressional District, challenging Republican incumbent Dan Benishek. He will be making the announcement at the Marquette County Democrats’ annual Summer Sizzle Picnic in Ishpeming.

Word on the street is that House Democrat Brandon Dillon will be replacing Johnson as Chair of the MDP. Dillon is well-known for his fiery floor speeches and high energy, both of which make him a good fit for the position.

UPDATE: Johnson also resigned as Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party with the following statement:

We have worked hard over the past few years to strengthen our infrastructure and grow the party.…
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Announcing three new sponsors of the 2nd Annual Eclectafundraiser Party

We’re pleased to announce three new sponsors of our 2nd Annual Eclectafundraiser Party, all at the Bronze Level.

First we have Planned Parenthood of Michigan, a group whose amazing work and advocacy we write about regularly at Eclectablog.

The second group is Friend of the Blog Clean Water Action. Their amazing work protecting our state’s vital waters is as important as they are effective.

And, last but not least, is DiSano Strategies headed up by the inestimable Joe DiSano. Joe is a veteran political consultant helping Democrats get elected and promoting progressive causes.

We thank ALL of our sponsors for their generous support.…

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