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Thank you to Governor Snyder and the GOP-controlled legislature

Thank you to Governor Snyder and the GOP-controlled legislature

As posted on the Eclectablog website, tonight is a big night for the blog, the first amendment and free speech in general. The Eclectablog site proudly states:

Our third annual Eclectafundraiser party will be Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the ABC Microbrewery (aka, Corner Brewery) in Ypsilanti from 7-9 p.m. In an effort to better connect with our readers and to help build a more well-connected community, this year’s event will feature an “Ask Us Anything!” interactive discussion with all of the Eclectabloggers and YOU! Even better, the discussion will moderated by two of our favorite progressives: State House Rep. Jon Hoadley and former State House Rep.…

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Obamacare’s stronger anti-discrimination protections couldn’t come at a better time

Obamacare’s stronger anti-discrimination protections couldn’t come at a better time

New rule clarifies access to coverage and care for LGBT people, as anti-equality sentiment continues to run high.

Discrimination against transgender people is nothing new — and it’s a problem that’s sadly going to get worse before it gets better. (See: North Carolina’s HB2.)

Consider Jay Maddock of Kalamazoo, Mich., whose coverage for care he needs as a transgender man was actually taken away by his insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

That’s all going to change thanks to a final rule issued last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). When it comes to healthcare coverage and care, LGBT people can no longer be discriminated against.…

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Can’t afford a ticket to Eclectablog’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser party? Come anyway! (Read this post for details)

Can’t afford a ticket to Eclectablog’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser party? Come anyway! (Read this post for details)

Tomorrow is our 3rd Annual Eclectablog Fundraiser Party. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, we’re asking for a $35 donation at the door ($30 in advance + Eventbrite fee, click HERE to purchase your ticket.)

However, we understand that not everyone can afford that and we don’t want anyone to miss the event. Fortunately, through the generosity of some anonymous donors, we have you covered! If you would like to come and can’t afford the ticket price, contact me by clicking HERE to let me know and we’ll put you on the guest list. This, of course, includes free food, beer, entertainment and the highly-coveted special edition 2016 Eclectagrog souvenir glass.…

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More new sponsors for the 3rd Annual Eclectablog fundraiser + the 2016 Eclectagrog glass!

More new sponsors for the 3rd Annual Eclectablog fundraiser + the 2016 Eclectagrog glass!


The 2016 Eclectagrog souvenir beer glass!

The new 2016 Eclectagrog beer glasses have arrived. If you come to our party on this Tuesday, May 17th, you’ll get to take one home as a souvenir!

Tickets to the party are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. You can buy them now by clicking HERE. (If you aren’t able to afford the ticket price, that’s fine. Nobody will be turned away.) As in previous years, we’ll have a raffle, complementary food & beer, and the limited edition “Eclectagrog” beer glass as a souvenir.

We have some new sponsors to announce, too!…

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Obama administration releases historic guidance to educators on making schools safe & welcoming for transgender students

Obama administration releases historic guidance to educators on making schools safe & welcoming for transgender students

Today, The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released a joint guidance to help provide educators the information they need to provide all students, including transgender students, a school environment that is safe and welcoming. The guidance is not legally binding but it makes clear that the Obama administration sees anti-transgender rules, regulations, and laws in violation of federal law including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Here are some of the comments from members of the Obama administration connected to this historic letter:

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.:

No student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus.

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Michigan GOP continues “local control” hypocrisy, advances “super preemption” bill to prevent ALL local gun ordinances

Michigan GOP continues “local control” hypocrisy, advances “super preemption” bill to prevent ALL local gun ordinances

In 1990, Gov. Jim Blanchard signed Public Act 319 of 1990 in to law. The law prohibits “local units of government” from passing laws that restrict “the ownership, registration, purchase, sale, transfer, transportation, or possession of pistols, other firearms, or pneumatic guns, ammunition for pistols or other firearms, or components of pistols or other firearms.” It’s a pretty unambiguous law and has caused some municipalities to repeal local gun ordinances.

However, this was not enough for gun fetishists who want the ability to carry guns wherever and whenever they please, despite the wishes of the citizens in their community. In Ann Arbor, for example, the public school system passed policies that prohibit the carrying of guns on school property whether it’s allowed by state law or not.…

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House GOP uses taxpayer funds in attempt to break Obamacare

House GOP uses taxpayer funds in attempt to break Obamacare

Republicans may have prevailed in their latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, but it’s nothing but another political stunt.

It’s the same old story from Republicans: Do everything possible to make government look dysfunctional in an effort to dismantle it.

On Thursday, a federal judge struck down a portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ruling that President Obama overstepped his authority in funding a provision of the law that sent billions of dollars in subsidies to health insurers.

The same judge put the ruling on hold, pending an appeal from the Obama administration, which is certain to come.…

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Donald Trump is playing the role of The Mule from Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy

Donald Trump is playing the role of The Mule from Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy

Anyone making predictions about the outcome of the 2016 presidential race is on a fool’s errand. The existence of a Donald Trump candidacy is a disruptor. It creates such chaos and uncertainty that nothing about the race is predictable.

Lately I’ve been thinking about the parallels between Donald Trump as a political candidate and the character of The Mule in Isaac Asimov’s award-winning science fiction trilogy The Foundation. In Asimov’s stunning and groundbreaking books, a mathematician named Hari Seldon discovers a way of predicting the future with great certainty. In Seldon’s model, no one person can have a measurable impact on the future of the galaxy.…

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Michigan GOP legend and former Governor William Milliken endorses Dem Gretchen Driskell in MI-07 Congressional race

Michigan GOP legend and former Governor William Milliken endorses Dem Gretchen Driskell in MI-07 Congressional race


Photo by Anne C. Savage for Eclectablog

In 2008, former Republican Congressman Joe Schwarz jumped party lines and endorsed Democrat Mark Schauer in the 7th Congressional District race (which Schauer eventually won.) It was a strong statement about Walberg’s far-right tea party obstructionist positions to have a well-known Michigan Republican endorse his Democratic opponent. Schwartz later went on to say, “I think Mark Schauer has made a legitimate effort at trying to represent the whole district and is far more aware of what the real issues that the voters in the 7th district care about might be than Tim Walberg.…

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Mustard’s Retreat to play at Eclectablog’s 3rd annual fundraiser + more sponsors!

Mustard’s Retreat to play at Eclectablog’s 3rd annual fundraiser + more sponsors!

I’m very happy to announce that the amazing folk duo Mustard’s Retreat will play some music for us at our 3rd annual Eclectablog fundraiser party in Ypsilanti next Tuesday, May 17th. As part of their set, they’ll be playing their song “Take the Children and Run”, a remake of Don Lange’s song written after the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant disaster.

You can hear the song HERE.

Tickets to the party are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. You can buy them now by clicking HERE. As in previous years, we’ll have a raffle, complementary food & beer, and a limited edition “Eclectagrog” beer glass as a souvenir.…

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Gov. Snyder’s ongoing experiment with privatizing prison food services still an abject failure

Gov. Snyder’s ongoing experiment with privatizing prison food services still an abject failure

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is clearly not a man who ever concedes he has made a mistake. After his privatizing of state prison food services went horribly awry with Aramark employees having sex with prisoners, bringing in drugs, and the many and repeated cases of vermin in food, he finally fired them. You would think he’d admit it was a bad idea but that was most definitely not the case. He replaced them with another for-profit corporation, Trinity Services Group.

Now we find out that Trinity is having the same problems as Aramark did:

A prison food service worker at Ionia Correctional Facility was fired Tuesday and is under investigation by the Michigan State Police after he was allegedly found in possession of heroin and methamphetamine.…

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