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Democracy Day in Michigan: MAY 5th! (Caucuses and Snyder recall kick-off)

Democracy Day in Michigan: MAY 5th! (Caucuses and Snyder recall kick-off)

Democracy: use it or lose it

In a perfect confluence of democratic goings-on, I hereby dub May 5th, 2012 Democracy Day in Michigan. Two key events are happening that day. First, from 9 a.m. until noon, Democrats across the state will caucus to choose Barack Obama as their candidate for President of the United States.

Then, starting at 2 p.m., there will be a rally on the grounds of the State Capitol to kick-off the second attempt to gather enough signatures to put the recall on Governor Rick Snyder on the November ballot. If you can’t make it to the rally, it will be live-streamed here at Eclectablog.

[Details about both events after the jump.]

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Detroit NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner features Attorney Gen. Holder, Rachel Maddow and MORE!

Detroit NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner features Attorney Gen. Holder, Rachel Maddow and MORE!

Now THAT is an all-star line-up! This Sunday, May 6, the Detroit NAACP will hold its 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Check out this line-up: Eric Holder, Attorney General, United States of America Rachel Maddow, Host, The Rachel Maddow Show Lifetime Achievement Awardee Rev. Julius Ceasar Hope, National Religious Affairs Director, NAACP Freedom and Justice Awardee Maureen Taylor, […]

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Programming note: Eclectablog on WPWC radio in Washington, D.C. tonight at 6pm

Programming note: Eclectablog on WPWC radio in Washington, D.C. tonight at 6pm

A face for radio I will be on the progressive news station We Act Radio WPWC 1480 AM talking with Ron Pinchback, Kymone Freeman, and Frank Emspak from Worker’s Independent News about Michigan’s Emergency Manager law. The show is called SpeakEasy and it starts at 6 p.m. You can listen to it live at the WPWC website. Good primetime coverage […]

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Pontiac in the crosshairs — Emergency Manager Lou Schimmel shares his wisdom

Pontiac in the crosshairs — Emergency Manager Lou Schimmel shares his wisdom

Pontiac – we build excitement?

There’s a pretty well-written, well-researched and fair piece about Michigan’s Emergency Manager crisis at Governing.com. It focuses heavily on Pontiac and their history with EMs including their current one, Louis Schimmler.

There wasn’t a lot in the article that I didn’t already know but there were two things that caught my attention…

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Bill Clinton Roasts Newt Gingrich

Bill Clinton Roasts Newt Gingrich

Newt lost the battle. But his War on Women continues. Today I memorialized the clown car derailment known as the Newt Gingrich campaign. Back in November, I knew Newt had no chance of winning the nomination. But I begged karma to give him the nomination for one reason: I wanted Bill Clinton to get his chance to destroy Newt at […]

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Koch Brothers launch $6.1 million attack ad against Obama, Obama campaign responds, calling it “BS”

Koch Brothers launch $6.1 million attack ad against Obama, Obama campaign responds, calling it “BS”

We’re not taking this BS lying down

The Koch Brothers group Americans for Prosperity has launched a $6.1 million ad attacking President Obama. You can tell they are prosperous when they spend over $6 million on one ad. In fact, this is now the second time Americans for Prosperity has nearly $6 million on an attack ad against the president.

I won’t link the odious ad but you can watch it HERE if you must.

Obama for America (OFA), the Obama reelection campaign, has responded quickly and, to my mind, very effectively. This response video is pretty unusual. It…

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Attention Michigan Progressives! SAVE THE DATE: The Michigan Summit – May 12, 2012

Attention Michigan Progressives! SAVE THE DATE: The Michigan Summit – May 12, 2012

Energizing. Engaging. Winning. Every year, Progress Michigan and a Who’s Who coalition of progressive organizations from around the state host an event called “The Michigan Summit”. (You can have a look at my liveblog of the 2011 Michigan Summit HERE.) This year, the event takes place on May 12, 2012, starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Kellogg Center in East […]

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In Memoriam: Newt Gingrich for President

In Memoriam: Newt Gingrich for President

How the bane of our political system made Bain Mitt’s Albatross. With the possible exceptions of Grover Norquist, Karl Rove and Roger Ailes, no one man has done more damage to the American political system than Newt Gingrich. But that was back when he was relevant, more than a decade ago. In the last year, Newt’s campaign for President re-imagined […]

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I do believe that George W. Bush & the GOP just got Barack-blocked

I do believe that George W. Bush & the GOP just got Barack-blocked

And his dad got to watch It’s a rather striking coincidence that Barack Obama ordered Osama bin Laden killed almost exactly 8 years to the day that George W. Bush strapped on a codpiece and landed on an aircraft carrier looking like the soldier he never was, the warrior he always wanted to be but was too busy getting wasted […]

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Lilly Ledbetter on the GOP War on Women: “Romney should understand this…is about families and economic security”

Lilly Ledbetter on the GOP War on Women: “Romney should understand this…is about families and economic security”

A veteran in the War on Women sets Mitt Romney straight

I was on a conference call today with DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Lilly Ledbetter, the namesake of the now-famous Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The two women were speaking to reporters about the War on Women as Mitt Romney tours Pennsylvania and Virginia in this first week of the general election.

Ms. Ledbetter, a woman who has been through some of the major battles in the War on Women, has a few things she’d like to say to Mitt Romney.

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UPDATED: President Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan, live speech tonight at 7:30 Eastern

UPDATED: President Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan, live speech tonight at 7:30 Eastern

While we’re on the subject of foreign policy…

President Obama left Andrews Air Force base just after midnight last night and arrived at the Bagram airbase just outside of Kabul, Afghanistan at 10:20 p.m. local time in a surprise visit to the war-torn country. During his visit, he is expected to sign a strategic partnership agreement shortly with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

He will make a live televised speech to the American people tonight just after 7:30 p.m. Eastern from Bagram airbase.

Presidents Obama and Karzai will reportedly sign…

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