BREAKING: Major lawsuit attacks Michigan’s Financial Martial Law Act as unconstitutional

I have a piece up at that reveals the breaking news that 28 Michigan residents along with the Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice and the Center for Constitutional Rights have filed a lawsuit in Michigan challenging the constitutionality of Public Act 4, the so-call “Financial Martial Law Act” recently passed by Republicans.

The defendents in the complaint are none other than Governor Rick Snyder and State Treasurer Andy Dillon.

Here are the main points of the complaint (a link to the complaint can be found in the A2Politico article):

  1. This lawsuit arises from violations of Plaintiffs’ constitutional rights under the Constitution of the State of Michigan of 1963.

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Important Financial Martial Law repeal townhall this SATURDAY in Ann Arbor

This Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is an informational townhall meeting on the effort to repeal the Financial Martial Law Act recently passed by the Republicans in Michigan’s legislature. I will be a featured speaker in the Michigan Forward-sponsored event, talking about the history of the law and what it does. Here are the details from their press release:

Washtenaw Community Members Host Town Hall to Discuss Emergency Manager Law

Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 25, 2011 – The Washtenaw Community Action Team (WCAT) is hosting a town hall meeting to discuss the statewide initiative to repeal Public Act 4.…

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BREAKING: Big news on the fight against Michigan’s EFM law coming tomorrow!

The Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice, a non-profit law firm based in Detroit, just released this news:


Over two dozen citizens from across Michigan will announce, on Wednesday, June 22, a major action directed against Michigan’s controversial “emergency manager” law. The new law has serious consequences for local communities in the region.

Wednesday, June 22

WHEN: 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Lansing City Hall
Outside near entrance
124 W. Michigan Ave
Lansing, MI
WHO: Bill Goodman, Attorney-at-law
Kym Spring, Grand Rapids resident
Michael Merriweather, Ann Arbor resident


WHEN: 10:00 a.m.

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Thanks to everyone who supported Netroots for the Troops

I just wanted to take a minute to give my very warm thanks to all the Eclectareaders out there who donated to Team Eclectablog’s fundraiser for Netroots for the Troops (NFTT). If you didn’t get a chance to see what our effort resulted in, have a look HERE.

Also, to give you an update on my friend Tony, the main organizer of NFTT, he spent the night in the hospital after having a stent put in to alleviate the kidney stone blockage. He and his partner in life, Lynn, are back in Charlotte now and he was at the urologist first thing this morning getting checked out.…

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Netroots for the Troops – Recap of a remarkable event (PHOTOS & vid) – UPDATED

This is a repost from Daily Kos.
This is primarily going to be a photodiary about our amazingly successful Netroots for the Troops event at Netroots Nation this year. However, I must first tell you that Tony (TexDem) is currently in the hospital in Minneapolis. He has been having trouble with kidney stones and was in a high level of pain and discomfort throughout the week, even as he organized and executed the remarkable thing that is Netroots for the Troops. This morning his pain level sent him to the ER with Lynn (Velovixen). After doing a CAT scan, they learned he had a 1 cm (1 cm!!!

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Dispatch from the Netroots Nation progressive bloggers conference

I’m in Minneapolis for the Netroots Nation progressive bloggers conference. Yesterday I had a full day of workshops, meetings, networking and helping out with Netrrots for the Troops. You can read my write-up at A2Politico:

“Dispatch from the Netroots Nation Progressive Bloggers Conference”

Pictures and everything!


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Detroit Mayor Bing planned to become EFM and dissolve City Council and school board

I’m en route to Netroots Nation but had to pull off to blog THIS:

A whistle-blower lawsuit filed by a former top aide to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing this morning alleges that the mayor had plans to be named emergency manager for the city and Detroit Public Schools, dissolving the city council and the school board.


Collins said in the suit that she worked with “stakeholders” on an effort that would have made Bing emergency financial manager of Detroit and his former deputy Kirk Lewis emergency manager of the public schools, dissolving the city council and the school board.

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Video goodies

My sis-in-law sent me this. Totally a hoot.

“Pay my 80 bucks for six things and get out…” LOL

Replace “West Side of LA” with “South Side of AA” and you pretty much have Ann Arbor.

And then this 30 seconds of cuddlicious kitteh goodness from Lizz Winstead’s tweet stream:

All together now: “Aaaaaawwwwww…”

Off to the Twin Cities for Netroots Nation. Catch ya in a different time zone.…

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