Day 5, 3rd Quarter Fundraiser – Your support DOES make a difference

I’ll keep it short and sweet today. We work our tails off to bring you the high quality content you have come to expect from Eclectablog. In return, we hope you get enough value out of our work to chip in a little to ensure that all of our regular contributors are paid.

It’s important to me that our writers ARE paid. There are very few – scandalously few, in my opinion – blogs that pay their writers. But you can spot the ones that do because they keep their staff for a lot longer and the quality of the writing is significantly better.…

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The vast-right wing conspiracy to deny mostly Republican voters tax credits

Republican celebrations over a D.C. Appeals court ruling that would deny tax credits who people who bought their insurance through the federal health care exchange hit a new pitch on Thursday.

A “smoking gun” video seemed to reveal Romneycare/Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber suggesting that that Democrats meant to deny those credits to residents of states who refused to build exchanges. Two other instances of Gruber making similar comments were also uncovered on Friday.

Democrats have been arguing that the full context of the law makes it clear the subsidies would go to those who purchased coverage in either the state or federal exchanges.…

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Mark Totten: AG Bill Schuette helped give half million Michiganders a $4700 tax hike in Halbig case


Photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog

A federal court’s decision in the Halbig v. Burwell lawsuit earlier this month threatens the Affordable Care Act subisidies of nearly a half million Michiganders. The ruling contends that the law is written to exclude subsidies from residents in states that rely on the federal health insurance exchange. This, of course, wouldn’t be an issue if Michigan Republicans not stopped our state from setting up its own exchange.

In an op-ed in The Detroit News today, Democratic candidate for Attorney General Mark Totten calls the result a tax hike on a half million Michiganders and lays the blame for it largely on Republican AG and tea party darling Bill Schuette:

This week, a federal court accepted Attorney General Bill Schuette’s argument that hundreds of thousands of Michigan families are ineligible for federal tax credits to purchase health insurance.…
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Warren, Michigan mayor: “Atheists are like the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis”

Warren Republican Mayor Jim Fouts has been allowing a Christian group to have a “prayer station” in the Warren City Hall since 2009. The group hands out flyers and offers prayers to people that walk by.

Douglas Marshall recently requested permission to host a “reason center” where atheists could share their worldview in the City Hall atrium, as well. Fouts denied it with a shocking statement:

The city has certain values that I don’t believe are in general agreement with having an atheist station, nor in general agreement with having a Nazi station or Klu Klux Klan station. I cannot accept or will not allow a group that is disparaging of another group to have a station here.…
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Day 4, 3rd Quarter Fundraiser – We are a community, help us flourish and grow


Team Eclectablog – l-r, LOLGOP, Charles Gaba, Chris Savage (“Eclectablog”), Anne Savage, Amy Lynn Smith, and Emma White

When I look at this picture I get a little goosepimply. When I first started blogging, it was a one-dude show and it was pretty amateur at that. However, bit by bit, Eclectablog has grown into something substantial, something useful, and something that is changing the conversation in important ways. Everyone in the photo contributes to that and I’m proud of what we’ve built together.

The best part of all of this is how we’re creating a community at Eclectablog. In addition to our staff of writers, we now have regular commenters who add to the quality of your experience here.…

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Terri Lynn Land files amended financial statement that fails to explain source of her self-funding cash

After multiple reports of campaign finance irregularities and complaints filed by the Michigan Democratic Party, Terri Lynn Land finally got around to filing amended financial disclosure forms today.

However, even after doing so, the source of the nearly $3 million she has given to her own campaign remains a mystery:

U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land filed a correction to her federal financial discosure this week, revealing a previously undisclosed joint checking account she controls with her husband which her campaign says is the source of nearly $3-million she has contributed to her own race.

But the filing still leaves unanswered questions about the source of the funds.

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Michigan GOP’s “spy glasses” effort hits paydirt and it’s (predictably) hilarious

Facing withering national ridicule for their botched Party-wide effort to spy on Democrats with super-secret spy glasses and create “gotcha!” moments in the campaign, the Michigan Republican Party released a video showing the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer advising people not to cross over to vote in GOP primaries after he himself voted in the 2012 GOP primary.

The Detroit News appears to be the only major news outlet to have taken the bait. [CORRECTION: Politico also also took the bait. But then, well, it's Politico...]

It’s obvious why nobody else is paying any attention to this. President Obama ran unopposed in 2012, giving Democrats the opportunity to vote in their opponents’ primary.…

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Michigan Dems call for two investigations into Terri Lynn Land’s violation of federal & state campaign finance laws

Pressure is mounting for Terri Lynn Land to come clean about her potential violations of federal and state campaign finance laws. Land is one of the top self-funded politicians in the country — she has dumped nearly $3 million of her own money into her campaign coffers — yet she has not reported assets in financial disclosure statements that indicate where these millions came from.

Land claims that forgetting to mention a joint bank account she holds with her husband that contains millions of dollars was simply an an “oversight”. This is a remarkable statement considering that she was once the Michigan Secretary of State, responsible for monitoring campaigns and elections in our state.…

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