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Innovative crowdfunding platform CROWDPAC supporting Haley Stevens, potential opponent to MI-11’s GOP Rep. David Trott

Innovative crowdfunding platform CROWDPAC supporting Haley Stevens, potential opponent to MI-11’s GOP Rep. David Trott

In 2013, a new nonpartisan group called CROWDPAC launched a new fundraising model for potential political candidates. Similar to Kickstarter, CROWDPAC allows candidates to raise money through financial pledges. The pledges are not collected unless the candidate actually decides to run, giving them a chance to see how much support they have before making their decision. As an example, Kathryn […]

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Let the Poems Fall Where they May

Let the Poems Fall Where they May

It’s been a bit difficult for me to blog these past few weeks with everything going on in the world. Fortunately, the poet in me has regained her inspiration to create. April is one of my favorite months of the year. It’s a month that encourages me to celebrate poetry every day. It’s a month where poetry isn’t just an add-on, […]

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Forget ‘Awareness,’ President Trump, We Need Autism Acceptance

Forget ‘Awareness,’ President Trump, We Need Autism Acceptance

FYI: Fully funding research for autistic people of all ages would help a lot more than just sporting a pin Who can be mad at something as gauzy as “awareness,” especially when it’s tied to a serious disability like autism? Given that we’re faced with an administration who is looking to cut everything the government does to aid our physical […]

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Koch brothers front group still promoting ZERO income tax in Michigan

Koch brothers front group still promoting ZERO income tax in Michigan

Last week, the Koch brothers-funded group American for Prosperity held a “Day at the Capitol” event in Lansing, Michigan where they spelled out their corporatist agenda for Michigan (you can see the agenda HERE. Numerous Republican legislators were on the agenda: House Speaker Tom Leonard Speaker Pro Tempore Lee Chatfield House Majority Floor Leader Dan Lauwers State Representative Lana Theis […]

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Privatized Michigan prison food services vendor fined, gets raise to cover the fine with $1.5 million to spare

Privatized Michigan prison food services vendor fined, gets raise to cover the fine with $1.5 million to spare

Two years ago, after privatizing Michigan’s prison food services to a company that then set out to prove what a fiasco this sort of thing is with scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal), Gov. Rick Snyder finally fired Aramark. He then hired another private firm, Trinity Services Group. Since that time, Trinity hasn’t fared much better, racking up $2.5 […]

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Episode 26 – Obama’s real legacy wsg Michael Grunwald of Politico Magazine

Episode 26 – Obama’s real legacy wsg Michael Grunwald of Politico Magazine

The show notes for Episode 26 (our half-year anniversary!) are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/04/episode-26-obamas-real-legacy-wsg-michael-grunwald-of-politico-magazine.html Fascinating new poll: Women have made 86% of the activists anti-Trump calls to Congress. The resistance is female.https://t.co/Z73PBJ8JYg — Jeff Stein (@JStein_Vox) March 31, 2017 Jana Heigl at Politifact: Does Donald Trump’s cabinet collectively own more than what one-third of Americans do? Jonathan Chait at the New York […]

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SAVE THE DATE: May 12th – 4th annual Eclectablog fundraising party and LIVE recording of the Sit & Spin Room podcast

SAVE THE DATE: May 12th – 4th annual Eclectablog fundraising party and LIVE recording of the Sit & Spin Room podcast

If you can’t attend this year’s party, consider becoming a “Sit and Spin Savior” by making a $5 (or more!) a month pledge: Want to be a Sit and Spin Savior by making a recurring monthly donation?Enter the amount you want to pay each month $ Sign up for Every day, every week, every month of the year, Eclectablog is […]

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Trump isn’t worse than George W. Bush or Richard Nixon — yet

Trump isn’t worse than George W. Bush or Richard Nixon — yet

Let’s save the nostalgia Understanding conservatism is Corey Robin’s specialty. His book The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin — which Robin is updating for a reissue this spring — posits that the defining thread the movement that now defines the Republican Party is “the felt experience of having power, seeing it threatened, and trying to win […]

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Artist Michael D’Antuono’s latest piece illustrates who Republicans are actually bowing down before

Artist Michael D’Antuono’s latest piece illustrates who Republicans are actually bowing down before

I’m a big fan of artist Michael D’Antuono and have featured his amazing paintings here at Eclectablog in the past. His latest piece, “The Elephant in the Room”, it outstanding. It captures the capitulation of Republicans to the subservience of Donald Trump to the man he serves, Vladimir Putin: Here’s D’Antuono’s artist’s statement: Republican Reluctance To Truly Investigate Trump Unveiled […]

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Call 785-368-8500 and let’s insure some Kansans

Call 785-368-8500 and let’s insure some Kansans

All Sam Brownback has to do is stop being Sam Brownback for a minute Republicans have a long history of sabotaging the ACA to the determent of their own constituents. About 5 million people could have health insurance right now if Republican states would just say “um, yeah” to Medicaid expansion. To punish Obama, red states including Texas, Florida and […]

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Donald Trump takes credit for Ford Motor Co. expansion negotiated with the UAW two years ago

Donald Trump takes credit for Ford Motor Co. expansion negotiated with the UAW two years ago

The Ford Motor Co. announced today that it is expanding operations in three Michigan plants and will spend over a billion dollars in the process: Ford Motor Co. will invest $1.2 billion in three Michigan facilities to prepare for production of the all-new Ford Ranger and Bronco, and to support the company’s expansion into mobility. The company said Tuesday it […]

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