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Senator seeks to make sure barber poles aren’t used incorrectly (and, no, I’m not kidding)

Senator seeks to make sure barber poles aren’t used incorrectly (and, no, I’m not kidding)

Thank gods someone is protecting us from errant barber poles I actually thought this was a joke when I read it this morning: As the historic barber pole has become an increasingly popular symbol, one lawmaker wants to make sure its use isn’t being abused. In Michigan and other states, lawmakers want to make sure the rotating red, white and […]

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SAVE THE DATE: Snyder Recall kick-off rally next Saturday, May 5, 2012

SAVE THE DATE: Snyder Recall kick-off rally next Saturday, May 5, 2012

This is going to be big

Next Saturday, May 5, 2012 is the kickoff of the second attempt to recall Rick Snyder. It will start with a huge rally at the state Capitol building and you won’t want to miss it. The event starts at 2:00 and thousands of people are expected to attend.

In fact, it’s essential that thousands of people DO attend. The huge rallies in Wisconsin galvanized the activists and volunteers there and we need to do the same here as we fight back against a conservative/corporate takeover of Michigan.

Please plan to attend and help spread the word throughout all of your networks.

Speakers include…

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Day 6 – Second quarter fundraiser — Weekend edition!

Day 6 – Second quarter fundraiser — Weekend edition!

Keepin’ the lights on, payin’ the bills

Welcome to the final stretches of our 7-day, second quarter fundraiser.

To recap, we don’t really make any money doing this so we hold fundraisers once a quarter to give you, our readers, a chance to help support us as we fight the anti-progressive monsters and LOL at the GOP as much as possible.

A big thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. If you haven’t donated, I have to say the odds of winning the iPod or one of the five Obama photomosaic posters is actually quite good. Remember, any donation at all enters you in the drawing for posters. Donations of $25 or more will be in a drawing to win a Democrat blue iPod Nano.

You can do so here::

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Projection Alert! Romney says “The Obama campaign is like one of those gyrating, intermittent lawn sprinklers”

Projection Alert! Romney says “The Obama campaign is like one of those gyrating, intermittent lawn sprinklers”

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

In one of the snidest, most nasty press releases I have ever read, the Romney campaign engaged in a round of psychological projection that is truly transcendent. It’s clearly an effort to take Mitt Romney’s Achilles Heel and then attempt to smear President Obama with the same tar brush.

The result is so comically laughable that even those on the right have to be giggling about it…

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UPDATED: Denying a quarter million Michiganders a political voice was NEVER about the fonts

UPDATED: Denying a quarter million Michiganders a political voice was NEVER about the fonts

If you think elections just don’t matter, this should wake you up

Yesterday, two Republican men denied a quarter million Michiganders their political voice, a voice guaranteed by the constitution of the state and firmly-rooted in the basic tenets of our democracy.

Two men.

It’s astonishing that our system is set up to give two men this much power.

The excuse that both men gave was that, because the the heading on the petition was too small, the petitions were invalid.

But this was not and never should have been about the fonts.

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Day 5: Second quarter fundraising drive — PRIZES! PRIZES! and more PRIZES!

Day 5: Second quarter fundraising drive — PRIZES! PRIZES! and more PRIZES!

Brothers and sisters, can ya spare a dime?

Hi there. Thanks for stopping by. Can I ask what brought you here today?

Is it first-hand reporting like you got yesterday when I covered the Board of State Canvassers meeting where two men stole the voice of a quarter million Michiganders?

Is it insightful commentary like you got yesterday from LOLGOP’s analysis of Why Mitt Lost Massachusetts?

Is it to keep up on all the news of interest with regards to state and national politics?

Whatever the reason, please consider how much you value what you find here and then make a donation to Eclectablog that’s appropriate.

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BREAKING: Mich Board of State Canvassers votes that Emergency Mgr law petitions are NOT valid – UPDATED x2

BREAKING: Mich Board of State Canvassers votes that Emergency Mgr law petitions are NOT valid – UPDATED x2

Democracy not upheld

After hearing testimony from both sides, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers voted by a vote of 2 to 2 NOT to validate the petitions to repeal Public Act 4 — Michigan’s Emergency Manager law. By doing so they threw out the signatures of nearly a quarter million Michigan citizens.

The vote was followed by chants of “SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!”

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How Mitt Lost Massachusetts

How Mitt Lost Massachusetts

He’s like Reagan, if Reagan were about to lose California by 20%. If you’re wondering what kind of governor Mitt Romney was, just look at the polls in Massachusetts, the only place he has ever held elected office. The President leads Romney by an average of 18.5%. These are the voters who know Mitt best. Steve Benen examined Mitt’s unpopular […]

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Day 4: Second quarter fundraising drive – Rattling the tip cup

Day 4: Second quarter fundraising drive – Rattling the tip cup

My, my, how you’ve grown!

Hello, again. A very big and heartfelt thanks to those of you that have already called in your pledge — wait. Sorry.

That’s NPR.

This is Eclectablog. We don’t have open phone lines.

We have this:

We also have a LOT of readers. Seriously. Look at this: […]

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BREAKING: Sufficient signatures validated to put Michigan Emergency Manager law on ballot – and on HOLD! — UPDATED

BREAKING: Sufficient signatures validated to put Michigan Emergency Manager law on ballot – and on HOLD! — UPDATED

Hallelujah!

I’m going to let the Stand Up for Democracy press release speak for itself:

Citizens in the Stand Up for Democracy Coalition are announcing they have received notice from the Secretary of the Board of State Canvassers reporting the group has collected 203,238 valid voter signatures needed to place the repeal of Public Act 4 (aka the Emergency Manager Law) on the November 2012 general election ballot. According to the report, the group exceeded the 161,305 valid signatures needed by more than 40,000.

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Mitt Romney: Pander bear to young Americans – Romney v. Obama on controlling student loan debt

Mitt Romney: Pander bear to young Americans – Romney v. Obama on controlling student loan debt

You’re not fooling anyone, Mitt. Remember: we have the internet.

It’s not just Latinos that Mitt Romney is pandering to lately. His latest pander target is young people. Namely students.

During a news conference this week with Marco Rubio (his first since mid-March, by the way), Romney had to jump back in after it was nearly over when he remembered to throw in the fact that he suddenly agreed with President Obama on extending low interest rates on student loans, something that Republicans seem ready NOT to do

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