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Michigan Republican senator wants to have private, for-profit police forces – What could possibly go wrong?

Michigan Republican senator wants to have private, for-profit police forces – What could possibly go wrong?

This post has been updated to correct information about training requirements for a “special police officer”. It takes a lot to surprise me when it comes to “Republicans Gone Wild!” type legislation in Michigan these days. After all, this is the state where Republicans passed a law forcing women to purchase special insurance to cover abortions – what I call […]

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Marquette nurses on strike to protest understaffing, unsafe patient & nursing conditions, and no contract

Marquette nurses on strike to protest understaffing, unsafe patient & nursing conditions, and no contract

Nurses at UP Health System in Marquette, Michigan – run by Duke LifePoint – went on strike today to protest understaffing that has led to unsafe conditions for patients at the facility as well as the nurses who work there. In addition, they are demanding that the administrators of the facility begin bargaining with them in good faith on a […]

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Episode 52 – Don’t Do What WE Did with special guests Greg Sargent and Sam Singh (It’s our 1-year anniversary!)

Episode 52 – Don’t Do What WE Did with special guests Greg Sargent and Sam Singh (It’s our 1-year anniversary!)

The show notes for Episode 52 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/10/episode-52-dont-do-what-we-did-with-special-guests-greg-sargent-and-sam-singh-its-our-1-year-anniversary.html Greg Sargent on Twitter: @ThePlumLineGS Greg Sargent’s at the Washington Post: The Plum Line Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic: The First White President Greg Sargent at The Washington Post: Whose White President? Greg Sargent at The Washington Post: Hey, deplorables: Trump and his advisers are laughing in your faces Sam Singh […]

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Betsy DeVos thinks schools are like food trucks: here’s why she’s wrong

Betsy DeVos thinks schools are like food trucks: here’s why she’s wrong

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made headlines this week at Harvard University. I’m still confused as to why Harvard invited her to speak at an event allegedly focused on public education–she never attended a public school, never sent her own children to a public school, never studied education, and has never taught anyone anything–and the reaction to her talk suggests […]

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Two years ago today Gov. Snyder admitted to the #FlintWaterCrisis and people STILL cannot drink the water

Two years ago today Gov. Snyder admitted to the #FlintWaterCrisis and people STILL cannot drink the water

On April 25th, 2014, with its government run by the latest in a series of Emergency Managers appointed by Republican governor Rick Snyder, the city of Flint, Michigan switched its water system over to the Flint River, ending a decades-long purchase agreement with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) which draws its water from Lake Huron. Within a few […]

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James O’Keefe’s group busted infiltrating school union in Michigan to set up fake sting, judge issues restraining order

James O’Keefe’s group busted infiltrating school union in Michigan to set up fake sting, judge issues restraining order

James O’Keefe, the “film” producer who spends his life trying to take down any organization valued by progressives with heavily-edited videos of “stings” he orchestrates has been spending time in Michigan this year trying to bring down the American Federation of Teachers. Fortunately, a combination of an O’Keefe operative’s stupidity and the intelligence of the AFT’s staff resulted O’Keefe’s crew […]

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The Trump administration is no longer trying to hide its blatant & shameless sabotage of the Affordable Care Act

The Trump administration is no longer trying to hide its blatant & shameless sabotage of the Affordable Care Act

It’s no secret that Donald Trump and his administration have been playing politics with the Affordable Care Act, trying to kill it by the death by a thousand cuts: They won’t commit to the cost sharing reductions to help stabilize the markets, forcing many if not most insurers to raise their premiums. They decreased the budget for healthcare “navigators” who […]

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Elissa Slotkin in Michigan’s 8th District is showing Democrats how to run a successful campaign for Congress

Elissa Slotkin in Michigan’s 8th District is showing Democrats how to run a successful campaign for Congress

I first met Elissa Slotkin a few months ago when we sat down to chat about the potential of her running for Congress to replace the corporate shill Mike Bishop in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. I came away VERY impressed. I have written about Bishop’s desire to “create an environment [in Michigan] where…labor costs are low”, how he has been […]

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Episode 51 – No celebrating until October (and maybe not even then) wsg Jacob Leibenluft & MI-08 candidate Elissa Slotkin

Episode 51 – No celebrating until October (and maybe not even then) wsg Jacob Leibenluft & MI-08 candidate Elissa Slotkin

The show notes for Episode 51 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/09/episode-51-no-celebrating-until-october-and-maybe-even-not-then-wsg-jacob-leibenluft-mi-08-candidate-elissa-slotkin.html R.I.P. Jon Breen. Jacob Leibenluft, senior advisor at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, on Twitter: @JLeibenluft Help defeat the latest version of Trumpcare and #KillTheBill using the tools at TrumpcareTen.org. Elissa Slotkin on Twitter: @ElissaSlotkin Elissa Slotkin’s website: ElissaForCongress.com Make a donation to Elissa’s MI-08 campaign HERE. New York […]

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Experts: #FlintWaterCrisis led to Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak and “horrifyingly large” drop in fertility rates

Experts: #FlintWaterCrisis led to Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak and “horrifyingly large” drop in fertility rates

Testimony in the first day of the preliminary examination for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, facing felony charges in the Flint Water Crisis, revealed that health experts believe the switch to the Flint River was the cause of the huge increase in cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in the beleaguered city: “My opinion is the most […]

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Michigan Republicans show why we can’t trust them with our healthcare, pass “Citizens United on Steroids” bill

Michigan Republicans show why we can’t trust them with our healthcare, pass “Citizens United on Steroids” bill

As Republicans in the U.S. Senate are considering their last ditch, hail Mary attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, there’s one aspect of it that should be truly concerning to everyone and that’s the concept of giving healthcare dollars to the states in the form of block grants to spend largely as they wish. Here in Michigan, our Republican-controlled […]

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