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Trump has been calling himself “President of the United States of America” for a year now on election filings

Trump has been calling himself “President of the United States of America” for a year now on election filings

A new piece out in Vanity Fair contains a buried lede that should easily have been the headline. In filings over the past year with the Federal Elections Commission, Donald Trump refers to himself as “President of the United States of America”. The first of the filings was in July of last year:

In his 92-page financial disclosure to the Federal Election Commission (F.E.C.) in July 2015 and in a second, 104-page disclosure last May, in both of which he calls himself “President of the United States of America” (Hillary humbly calls herself “Candidate for President”), he lists at least $1.5 billion in hard assets.…

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How the media almost missed the hostile takeover of Michigan

How the media almost missed the hostile takeover of Michigan

Flint’s water, Detroit’s schools and the assault on democracy

Elected officials can:

a) call a meeting to order;
b) approve the minutes;
c) and adjourn the meeting.

That’s democracy under Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law.

Watch out. It could be coming to your state.

At this year’s Netroots Nation, Eclectablog’s Chris Savage hosted a panel on “Flint and Detroit Public Schools: Disasters for Democracy and Public Health,” which explored the consequences of Michigan’s draconian Emergency Manager laws — Public Act 4 and Public Act 436.

The poisoned water of Flint and the disgraceful conditions of Detroit’s public schools have become the two most galling examples of the costs of conservative indifference to rights and needs of poor Michiganders.…

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What Melania Trump’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama tells us about Trump’s hypocrisy

What Melania Trump’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama tells us about Trump’s hypocrisy

By now you’ve probably read about Donald Trump’s wife Melania and the speech she gave at the National Republican Convention last night. Her plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech was first noticed by journalist Jarrett Hill whose tweet blew up the internet:

CORRECTION: Melania stole a whole graph from Michelle's speech. #GOPConvention
WATCH: https://t.co/8BCOwXAHSy pic.twitter.com/zudpDznGng

— Jarrett Hill (@JarrettHill) July 19, 2016

The Trump campaign is denying it’s plagiarism but nobody with two brain cells to knock together can deny that it was, in fact, just that. Here, watch for yourself:

Any rational campaign would have quickly blamed it on a “low level staffer”, fired them, and moved on.…

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Charles Kettles, heroic Vietnam veteran from Ypsilanti, Michigan, awarded the Medal of Honor

Charles Kettles, heroic Vietnam veteran from Ypsilanti, Michigan, awarded the Medal of Honor

The dashing young man in the photo above is Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles S. Kettles. LTC Kettles, who lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, was awarded the Medal of Honor yesterday at a White House ceremony. His story is extraordinary. Here’s an excerpt from President Obama’s remarks:

May 15, 1967, started as a hot Monday morning. Soldiers from the 101st Airborne were battling hundreds of heavily armed North Vietnamese in a rural riverbed. Our men were outnumbered. They needed support fast –- helicopters to get the wounded out and bring more soldiers into the fight. Chuck Kettles was a helo pilot. And just as he’d volunteered for active duty, on this morning he volunteered his Hueys –- even though he knew the danger.…

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You could fill the entire GOP Convention speaker schedule with people refusing to appear. The Clinton campaign did!

You could fill the entire GOP Convention speaker schedule with people refusing to appear. The Clinton campaign did!

The list of speakers appearing on stage at the Republican National Convention this week has finally been announced (HERE) and it’s chock-full of people you have probably never heard of. It’s also chock-full of people who are Trump family members (five of them!), Trump employees, or celebrity heartthrobs of the tea party/anti-Obama/anti-Clinton persuasion.

The number of people who have declined to speak at the RNC is very long. So long, in fact, that the Clinton campaign released a snarky email this week with what they say “might have been their first draft schedule” and there are so many refusing to appear that it could fill the full prime time schedule.…

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Schuette’s ‘bold new ideas’ for Michigan are nothing more than trickle down economics

Schuette’s ‘bold new ideas’ for Michigan are nothing more than trickle down economics

Bill Schuette says he has some “bold new ideas” for Michigan.

Widely expected to run for governor in 2018, Schuette is testing out the planks for his bid at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week.

So what are these bold new ideas? Tax cuts and school choice.

In other words, the same stale, failed ideology that Republicans have been pushing on this state since John Engler was first elected governor in 1990.

I suppose it could be called bold in the sense that it’s audacious to continue to advocate for trickle-down economics when tax cuts have time and again failed to produce economic gains, and experts have roundly debunked the so-called theory.…

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PHOTOS: Netroots Nation attendees join #BlackLivesMatter activists in shutting down a highway in honor of Michael Brown

PHOTOS: Netroots Nation attendees join #BlackLivesMatter activists in shutting down a highway in honor of Michael Brown

You can kill a revolutionary but you can’t kill the revolution.

All photos by Anne C. Savage

This afternoon, as I was sitting in a Netroots Nation 2016 panel titled “Rejecting the Pale, Male and Stale Leadership Pipeline: Roadmap to Building Inclusive Orgs”. Suddenly, a group of young, mostly African American activists burst into the room carrying a spay-painted banner that read “Fight back”. They told us they were marching to meet a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown St. Louis. They went from room to room, including the “Townhall” area where the booths and social area were located, encouraging attendees to join the protest.…

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What Snyder’s choice of an oil executive as DEQ director says to Michiganders

What Snyder’s choice of an oil executive as DEQ director says to Michiganders

When, in the wake of the Flint water crisis, Dan Wyant resigned from his post as director of the Department of Environmental Quality, Gov. Rick Snyder’s outgoing chief of staff lamented the move.

“I’m not sure why this decision was made but if it’s only optics, keep in mind that finding a replacement who has the trust of the business community will be very difficult,” Dennis Muchmore wrote in an email to his replacement, Jarrod Agen.

The optics — or public perception — in question was the public’s loss of trust in Wyant as leader of the state department charged with protecting the environment.…

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Welcome our newest Eclectablogger, journalist and communications specialist Jen Eyer!

Welcome our newest Eclectablogger, journalist and communications specialist Jen Eyer!

I am thrilled to announce today that we have added a new writer to Team Eclectablog. Jen Eyer has written a couple of dynamite guest posts (HERE and HERE) for the site and she’s clearly a great fit for our team.

Jen is the Vice President of Vanguard Public Affairs and has a long history in the world of journalism. She got her journalism degree from Michigan State University’s School of Journalism and has worked in for a variety of news outlets, most recently running the newsroom for MLive’s Ann Arbor News. She’s got mad social media skills and is a talented communicator.…

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REMINDER: Republicans are still letting the working poor suffer and die

REMINDER: Republicans are still letting the working poor suffer and die

How would Andy Saas’ life be different if Obamacare had never become law and Kentucky’s former governor hadn’t accepted Medicaid expansion?

“I would end up with no teeth in my face.”

That’s what Saas told Politico’s Rachana Pradhan for a must-read investigation into the inequities of Medicaid expansion.

A door-to-door meat salesperson who also runs recovery houses for former addicts, Saas hadn’t had a regular doctor in 16 years. Since his Medicaid coverage went into effect, he’s had dental work and gotten to see a gastrointestinal specialist — despite being haunted by medical debt from a hospital stay in his pre-Obamacare days.…

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Tea party charter school leader admits becoming a cyber school was simply a way to get chartered

Tea party charter school leader admits becoming a cyber school was simply a way to get chartered

I wrote my first piece about the Livingston Christian Academy, now called the Livingston Classical Academy (LCA), back in December of 2014. Since then, the group – which hopes to open a school with a curriculum steeped in tea party ideology and right-wing principles – was sent packing by Brighton schools. However, after shopping around, LCA ended up landing a charter as a cyber school by the Whitmore Lake school district last fall:

Having been spurned by other districts, the LCA decided to morph itself into a cyber charter school. Because the rules for cyber charters only require one class to be online, they plan to offer “sex education” online to qualify as a cyber charter and, according to the article, are “looking at a few places to build the school if a charter is obtained this time around”.…

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