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10 years ago today, Eclectablog was born.

10 years ago today, Eclectablog was born.

On July 8, 2008, I posted my first post under the name “Eclectablog”. It was a brief post, directing folks to my wife Anne’s panoramic images of the Rothbury music festival. I had already been blogging for four years under various other names at other sites but, when I jumped to Blogger in 2008, the name “Eclectablog” was born. In […]

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Have fun, take action: Join Lady Parts Justice League’s Vagical Mystery Tour in Detroit July 12

Have fun, take action: Join Lady Parts Justice League’s Vagical Mystery Tour in Detroit July 12

Lizz Winstead and her comedy-driven reproductive rights organization returns for big laughs and serious action — get your tickets today!

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INDEPENDENCE: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Signed, Labor Unions.

INDEPENDENCE: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Signed, Labor Unions.

This past week, corporatists ticked off a major agenda when the United States Supreme Court decided in their favor in the Janus v. AFSCME case. With this decision, SCOTUS has turned America into a “Right to Freeload” country. Will Swaim, president of the California Policy Center, an affiliate of the Koch brothers State Policy Network (SPN), celebrated the decision to […]

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Democrats should live up to their values when campaigning

Democrats should live up to their values when campaigning

Doesn’t it just warm your heart to see all these non-traditional Democratic candidates win primaries across the country? 2018 seems to represent a shift in the political spectrum. And while Democrats are definitely one step closer to justice and inclusion, there is something missing in the conversation: How can a candidate’s campaign strategy reflect Democratic values even before they get […]

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Diane Ravitch, fennel, and Cory Booker

Let’s start with a confession: I have a crush on Diane Ravitch. (Note: my wife knows!) Sure, it’s a (mostly) academic crush, but a crush nonetheless. One of the real thrills of my professional life was attending a dinner in New York City a couple of years ago in honor of Dr. Ravitch’s contributions to public education. I had a […]

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Assume Roe Dead – with special guest abortion rights journalist & activist Robin Marty

Assume Roe Dead – with special guest abortion rights journalist & activist Robin Marty

“If we wait until Roe is gone, it will be long past too late.” That’s Robin Marty‘s warning for anyone who cares about reproductive rights in America or anyone who just pretends to care about them to impress their Twitter followers. This may have been the worst week for non-billionaires since Trump became president and it’s no accident. We’re witnessing […]

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Please save us from self-appointed “education experts”…

Please save us from self-appointed “education experts”…

Mike Petrilli is one of the self-appointed leaders of the corporate reform of education movement, and also has a day job as president of the Fordham Institute, a conservative think tank with a focus on education. His bio says that “he is one of the nation’s most trusted education analysts,” so I guess he knows what he’s talking about. In his […]

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Progressive policies are so popular even a fake Democrat could win on them

Progressive policies are so popular even a fake Democrat could win on them

What the Michigan gubernatorial Democratic primary reveals about the thirst for progressive policies Two huge themes have preoccupied much of the coverage of the Democratic primaries this year: There’s the “drive to elect women” story and the “progressive policies are sweeping the party even if progressive candidates aren’t” refrain. These two themes collided Tuesday night with the primary victory of […]

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Organizations send open letter to Oscar Health: Stop transgender exclusions

Organizations send open letter to Oscar Health: Stop transgender exclusions

Oscar claims to be a “new kind of health insurance company” but engages in age-old discriminatory practices. Oscar Health seems to have an identity crisis. On the one hand, it is promoting itself as the kind of insurer that appeals to Millennials and does things differently — and seems to support LGBT equality with Pride Month-related messaging all over social […]

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Trump Appoints “Dance Mom” to Head National Endowment for the Arts

In yet another head scratcher of a move, President* Donald Trump has appointed self-proclaimed “Dance Mom” and Florida political consultant, Mary Anne Carter, to succeed musician and artist Jane Chu as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. In keeping with his penchant for valuing policy chops and qualifications more highly than PR potential and visibility, President Obama appointed […]

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To my fellow Muslims: 2018 is our wake up call

To my fellow Muslims: 2018 is our wake up call

The Michigan primaries are looming close and I have one request for my fellow Muslims: Please vote! With all that’s on the line and with all that is happening in our country today, the last thing we need is for our community to sit out another election because we feel that our vote doesn’t matter. Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election by […]

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