Efforts to create taxpayer-funded “conservative school” in Brighton continue

Over the past two months I have been writing about the efforts of a group of people led by tea party zealot Pasquale Battaglia, to set up a “classical academy” in Brighton, Michigan in an elementary school building purchased from the Brighton Area Schools (BAS). The group is called the American Classical Academy Coalition and they received a $100,000 grant from the state of Michigan in 2012 to open a school in Warren. That school has never been opened despite the fact that the ACAC has received $18,448.44 from our state government.

The group purchased the Lindbom Elementary School building for $1.45 million last year but the source of that money remains a mystery.…

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Day 1: First quarter fundraiser – “Eclectablog is made possible by readers like you”

Hi, folks. It’s that time again when we come to you, hat in hand, and ask you to support the work we do here at Eclectablog. It’s not something we particular enjoy (okay, I hate it) but I’m convinced that a model where quality writing is rewarded by compensating the author can work. None of us are quitting our day jobs to do it just yet, of course, but there should be some compensation for the hard work that our writers do.

I think most of you agree. You wouldn’t walk into a grocery store, pick up a newspaper, and then leave without paying for it.…

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While we’re laughing at Republicans, they’re warping our economy, our politics and our brains

Democrats like to think that Republicans are stupid, and an event like Rep. Steve King’s anti-immigrant summit in Iowa on Saturday provides plenty of evidence for that argument.

But we could be laughing our way to irrelevancy.

Our guffaws embolden the GOP base and helps GOP donors distract us from the fact that conservatives are winning. And they could be on the verge of winning the prize they’ve been after for decades — a unabashed conservative Supreme Court majority that could last for generations.

Take Steve King, for instance, please.

Last year, even Republicans were mocking him for saying that that most undocumented immigrants were 130 pounds with “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” As we laughed, he was taking names.…

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Fred Upton & Greg Walden, authors of GOP’s fake net neutrality bill, are top telecom money recipients

“Absolutely the First Amendment issue of our time”
– Senator Al Franken

The Federal Communications Commission will soon issue its new rules on net neutrality which will prevent large telecommunications corporations from regulating access to the internet by allowing some customers to get better, faster, and/or more reliable access through pricing arrangements or other deals. President Obama has come out strongly in favor of net neutrality rules as have most progressive groups and Democratic lawmakers.

Republicans, of course, with their ties to Big Business, are decidedly NOT in favor of net neutrality. So, as a preemptive move, they recently introduced legislation to restrict the ability of the FCC to regulate telcomm’s ability to control access to the internet in favor of the highest bidders.…

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Republican U.S. Senator sues to stop Obamacare because it’s hurting his political reputation (srsly)

It takes a lot to surprise me when it comes to Republicans these days but this story is leaving me with my head shaking. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin is suing to stop the Affordable Care Act because, according to him, it has hurt his political reputation and his political career.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Explaining this is a bit complicated but I’ll give it my best shot. Basically, when the ACA was drafted, a provision was put in that required members of Congress and their staff to leave the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) and sign up for healthcare under the Obamacare exchanges.…

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GUEST POST: Chartering of tea party school by Brighton Area Schools would be a huge mistake

I have been writing about the efforts of a tea party-driven group called “American Christian Classical Academies” (ACA) to open a religion-based school in Brighton and their push to have Brighton Area Schools to be their chartering organization. Having purchased the Lindbom Elementary School from BAS for the tidy sum of $1.45 million, ACA, led by extremist Pasquale Battaglia, are pushing hard for BAS to charter their school. Battaglia is on the record saying that he wants to open the school using our tax dollars and then to detach from the public school system:

We will provide an education option tuition free working toward autonomy from the government and the government run public school systems…

But first Battaglia needs to get his hands on some of those sweet, sweet tax dollars to get his project off the ground.…

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UDPATED: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to appoint Emergency Manager for Atlantic City, Kevyn Orr to be a consultant

See update below.

Back in November, I wrote about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie considering the possibility of appointing an Emergency Manager for Atlantic City which has faced a critical financial emergency due to the near collapse of its gaming industry. This morning it is being widely reported that Gov. Christie will appoint an Emergency Manager. Kevyn Orr is said to have been consulting with with Gov. Christie’s administration but rumors that he will be the Atlantic City Emergency Manager appear to be inaccurate. Instead, it is believed Christie will appoint New York lawyer Kevin Lavin:

Christie is expected to name Kevin Lavin, a lawyer who worked for FTI Consulting Inc.…
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Man living with AIDS finds better insurance that does more and costs less, thanks to the ACA

His premiums are $500 less per month and there’s zero co-pay for the expensive medicine he needs to stay alive.

When your life depends on taking your medication on time, every single day, it’s not something you take chances with.

As a man living with AIDS, Dan Waszak was willing to pay as much as $1,480 a month for health insurance in the past, because it made his daily medication affordable. Without insurance, he’d pay $4,500 a month just for his medication, and that wouldn’t include any doctor’s visits or other care.

So when Dan got a letter from his insurance company in late 2013 telling him his plan was being cancelled because it wasn’t compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he was understandably panicked.…

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