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Eclectablog & LOLGOP: United again for the very first time – A new blogging partnership

Eclectablog & LOLGOP: United again for the very first time – A new blogging partnership

Ring the drums! Bang the bells!

It is with great enthusiasm, pride and excitement that, for the first time since I started Eclectablog, I am bringing on another writer. And this isn’t just any writer. This is the genius behind the Twitter phenomenon LOLGOP.

LOLGOP delivers the most consistently incisive progressive political commentary ever crammed into 140 characters. When I interviewed him for A2Politico last summer (now behind a paywall, excerpted HERE), LOLGOP had about 7,000 followers. When wrote a piece on LOLGOP in November, he had about 20,000. Today he has a shade under 40,000 Twitter followers.…

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Pete Hoekstra pulls racist website down, Debbie Stabenow raises over $150K from it

Pete Hoekstra pulls racist website down, Debbie Stabenow raises over $150K from it

Debbie Stabenow: 1, Pete Hoekstra: 0

After the devastating news coverage of the past week over the racist ad and website put up by Pete Hoekstra, he has now redirected the Chinese-themed to his own website The YouTube video is still up, however, with over a million views. Comments and ratings are still turned off for the very obvious reasons. On his new site is a new ad without the anti-China references.

Meanwhile, a money bomb for Senator Debbie Stabenow based on reaction to Hoekestra’s odious ad and website resulted in a big haul: over $150,000.…

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More anti-Choice/anti-abortion laws headed for Michigan

More anti-Choice/anti-abortion laws headed for Michigan

Government small enough to fit inside your uterus

On the heels of their wildly successful year of “small government” where they created no fewer than 323 new laws, Michigan Republicans turned their attention to making abortion services as difficult as possible for Michigan women to obtain.

Last year, they passed a bill making illegal abortions illegal(er).

From a Detroit News article this morning we learn about new bills trying to make getting an abortion as hard as they possibly can:

  • Making an abortion illegal after 22 weeks
  • Creating a new “Choose Life” fundraising license plate for anti-choice groups (with no similar license plate fundraiser for groups working to give women better access to abortion services)
  • Preventing any providers in a state-run health insurance exchange from offering coverage for elective abortions
  • Mandatory screening of all women requesting an abortion to ensure she isn’t being “forced or coerced to have the abortion against her will”
  • Mandatory requirement that any woman seeking an abortion be told she told she has an option to view an active ultrasound image and hear the fetus’ heartbeat before having the procedure

State Representative Jeff Irwin (whom I have adopted as my own Representative since Mark Ouimet decidedly does NOT represent my interests) had this to say:

They are trying to find every possible avenue to frustrate women and to frustrate providers that are in a position of dealing with this difficult choice and this difficult time in their lives.…
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Major Eclectablog announcement forthcoming. Tune in Monday morning, 2/13/2012

Hmmm…what could it be…?

As I have been alluding to on site’s my Facebook page, I will have a major blog-related announcement tomorrow morning at 6:45 a.m. I will also be discussing it during my “appearance” on the First Shift with Tony Trupiano radio show at 8:35 a.m.

To answer some of the questions raised on my Facebook page:

  • It’s not a new baby
  • It’s not a run for office
  • It’s not a guest appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show
  • It’s definitely bigger than a breadbox

Other than that, you’ll need to tune in tomorrow. The only hint that I will give you is that I am very excited about it!…

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Rachel Maddow covers Benton Harbor and selling of city radio equipment – UPDATED

Rachel Maddow covers Benton Harbor and selling of city radio equipment – UPDATED

Rachel Maddow did a fine job last night of reporting on an issue I wrote about twice this week (HERE and HERE): the selling off of Benton Harbor’s city radio station equipment. Here’s the video:

This was great journalism – kudos to TRMS producer Laura Conaway – that brought together some seemingly unrelated pieces to show the complete picture including Jonathan Mahler‘s recent New York Times Magazine article.

[And, yeah, she called Eclectablog “the essential Michigan website”.]

By the way, the most recent eBay listing has been updated to correct the misspelling of “Equipment” and replaces the improperly used “negligible” with “negotiable”.…

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Teleprompters at CPAC 2012???

What the…?

Waaaa-aaait a minute. Are those teleprompter screens I see set up in front of the podium at CPAC 2012??? After all their blathering about President Obama’s use of a teleprompter? REALLY???!

Yup. Check it out:

Here’s Joe Scarborough with his teleprompters.

And Rick Santorum with his.

And Marco Rubio with his.

And House Speaker John Boehner with his.

And Senator Jim Demint with his.

And Senator Mike Lee with his.

And Herman Cain with his.

And Michele Bachman with hers.

And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell with his.

And Ann Coulter with hers.…

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Setting the record straight about Pete Hoekstra’s racist and inaccurate ad

Lies, damn lies. Take your pick.

The racist ad by Senatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra was not just racist. It is based on a complete lie.

Here’s what is said in his ad by a woman who is clearly faking her Asian accent in what Hoekstra is calling “satire”:

“Thank you, Michigan Senator Debbie Spenditnow. Debbie spend so much American money. You borrow more and more from us. Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you, Debbie Spenditnow.”

Here’s the thing: WE DO NOT BORROW “MORE AND MORE” FROM CHINA. Period. That, my friends, is a lie.…

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Jennifer Granholm is FIRED UP! about Michigan’s recovery, credits “active government” & President Obama

From former Governor Jennifer Granholm’s new show The War Room on Current TV. This is good stuff. Very good stuff.

This is what’s got me fired up: Today, on the front page of the New York Times, there was a story about Michigan’s rebound. Believe it or not, the state of Michigan now has a $457 million surplus. Tax revenues are flowing in, the unemployment rate is dropping – it’s fallen 5 points since 2009. Hallelujah!

During the past decade, Michigan had the toughest economy in the nation due to the implosion in our manufacturing and our automotive sectors.

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Michigan AFL-CIO holding rallies to urge members of Congress to extend jobless benefits due to expire

Here we go again

With the impending expiration of federal unemployment benefits for many Americans, the AFL-CIO is holding rallies in front of the offices of key Republican members of Congress in Michigan tomorrow (Friday, February 10, 2012). See their press release below for details.

Workers and Community Members to Rally at Michigan Congressional Offices as Jobless Benefits Approach Expiration
Benefits could run out within weeks if Congress doesn’t act, cutting lifeline for thousands in Michigan

LANSING – As federal unemployment benefits approach expiration, workers and community members will gather at the offices of eight members of Congress this Friday to call for an extension of this critical lifeline for Michigan families.…
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Benton Harbor Emgcy Mgr Harris’s attempt to sell city radio equip on eBay gets ZERO bidders – UPDATED x2

Benton Harbor Emgcy Mgr Harris’s attempt to sell city radio equip on eBay gets ZERO bidders – UPDATED x2

Well THAT didn’t work

Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris’s effort to sell the city radio station’s equipment (or should I say “Eequiptment”?) on eBay is now over. The auction resulted in [ahem] ZERO bids.

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UPDATE: It’s baa-aack. Yup, he reposted it on eBay again. You now have just under three days to bid. Same starting price, same $1,000 shipping charge, same misspelling of “Equipment” (“Eequiptment”) and same wrong use of the word “neglible”.

UPDATE 2: Aaa-aand now it’s gone again. “This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.”

What a clown show……

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Are Republicans setting State Government union employees up to take blame for use of budget surplus?

This doesn’t smell right

Yesterday I reported that the state government employees were not going to be forced to take unpaid furlough days due to the state budget surplus.

Later that afternoon, I received this press release from the House Democratic Caucus:

House Dems Champion Restoration of School Funding
Expect funds to be added in supplemental, next year’s budget

LANSING – The House Democratic Caucus today praised the small steps that appear to be leading to a restoration of school funds in an appropriations bill and the governor’s upcoming budget proposal on Thursday.

“I am thankful that the governor and House Republicans have finally seen the light and recognized the harm their school cuts were causing in our communities,” said House Democratic Leader Richard E.

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