Wake Up Call: They Can Win

Mitt Romney is in a cult: The Republican Party.

That any American could vote for a Republican after what that Party did to this country baffles me. That the Republican they’d vote for is Mitt Romney, a transparent shill who has embraced the worst policies of Bush and Cheney, makes me angrier than Chris Christie being interrupted by state worker while ordering dinner.

Today’s polls suggest that Romney and possibly even Santorum are leading the President in national polls. You can break these polls down and connect it to swing states. The situation is still bleak for the GOP.

But after humiliating themselves and alienating anyone north of the mental Mason Dixon line, this GOP should not be competitive.…

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More on the Protect Our Jobs constitutional amendment drive in Michigan

Stop the attacks on organized labor

This past weekend at the Michigan Democratic Party Endorsement Convention, Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift led a training session for people that will circulate petitions for the Protect Our Jobs constitutional amendment drive.

As I wrote before, the effort has the goal of enshrining protections for collective bargaining rights in Michigan’s constitution.

Bonnie Bucqueroux of Lansing Online News has posted some videos from last week’s press conference and has offered to share them here with the Eclectablog audience. In it, various folks from education, labor, the clergy and others shared their feelings on the Protect Our Jobs push and the need to protect collective bargaining rights for all Michiganders.…

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Livetweeting HBO’s Game Change

How’s that “people take notes’ thing working out for you?

by @pourmecoffee

In the book “Game Change” by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, Sarah Palin doesn’t enter into the second half. The bulk of the story is the battle between Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama. It’s a story will be told throughout American history, a story made even more relevant by Clinton becoming Obama’s Secretary of State and the image of them sitting together in the War Room during the bin Laden raid. Serious shit.

But in the “Game Change” movie premiering tonight on HBO, Palin is the star.…

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Scenes from the 2012 Michigan Democratic Party Endorsement Convention (LIVEBLOG)

Here a pol, there a pol, everywhere a pol pol(itician)

I’m at the 2012 Michigan Democratic Party Endorsement Convention at the Cobo Center in Detroit where the MDP will choose a host of candidates to appear on the 2012 ballot.

Here are some scenes from the event.

The vendors area doing a brisk business:

Congressman Gary Peters: for the newly-drawn 14th Congressional District.

The Protect Our Jobs table:

Lance Enderle, candidate for Congress in the 8th Congressional District:

Karla Swift, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO giving training on the Protect Our Jobs ballot initiation petition drive:

Shelia Johnson, Bridget Mary McCormack, and Connie Marie Kelley, “The Three Supremes”, a slate of Owen running for the Michigan Supreme Court and endorsed by both the Labor Caucus and Justice Caucus, speaking to the Justice Caucus audience:

Candidate for Congress in the 14th Congressional District and Mayor of Southfield, Brenda Lawrence:

Some scuttlebutt heard during the day:

  • Moderate Republican Joe Schwarz is being recruited to run as a Democrat to against Congressman Tim Walberg in the 7th Congressional District (again).
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Harrisburg, PA under receivership that looks a LOT like a Mich Emergency Manager

Using financial crises to disenfranchise citizens

Last year, faced by over $300 million in debt from a failed trash-to-energy incinerator, Pennsylvania’s capital city Harrisburg attempted to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

They were, however, rebuffed. A law passed in earlier in the year specifically to prevent Harrisburg from filing for bankruptcy prohibits them from doing so until July 2012.

In December, David Unkovic became the state-appointed receiver for Harrisburg as the state took control over the city. The appointment of Unkovic was controversial because he has ties to some of the city’s main creditors. However, a judge okayed the appointment determining that Unkovic did not have any conflicts of interest.…

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Rush Limbaugh tries to rewrite history, scrubs transcripts calling Sandra Fluke a slut & asking for sex videos of her

Dude, ever heard of “Google cache”???

I can’t imagine why he thinks this is going to change one goddam think but human swine Rush Limbaugh has scrubbed the transcripts of the show where he called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a slut and where he said women receiving contraception through their health insurance should be required to post videos of themselves having sex onto the internet.


RushLimbaugh.com appears to have removed parts of his radio transcripts from February 29 and March 1 in which he called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and demanded a sex tape as a thank you to taxpayers for subsidizing her birth control.…
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Why Barack Obama’s Greatness Goes Unnoticed

BREAKING: Black man can’t get a little credit

Here’s Barack Obama’s problem: He makes it look too easy.

His is a presidency that is flooded with accomplishments and astoundingly lacking in gaffes and scandals. He has returned this economy to just about where it was before the Great Recession hit, reversing a tide of attrition that lasted nearly a decade. He ended systematic discrimination of gays and lesbians by our military and passed the first system of near universal health care in American history.

This all follows his ascent to become the first African-American president defeating the most entrenched and qualified opponent in generations.…

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Rage Against the Machine joins Peter Gabriel & Rush in telling Limbaugh to stop using their music

Better stick with Charlie Daniels, Rush

This is sweet. Like Peter Gabriel and Rush (the band, not the pig), the band Rage Against the Machine is telling Rush Limbaugh to stop using their music on his radio Hate Show. They did it via this most-awesome tweet from guitarist Tom Morello:

To Rush Limbaugh: Hey Jackass, stop using our music on your racist, misogynist, right wing clown show. Sincerely, Rage Against The Machine

— Tom Morello (@tmorello) March 9, 2012

What more needs to be said?

[Creative Commons image credit: Capital M | Flickr]

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