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, State Chairperson, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization
  • Great Expectation Awardee Rhonda Walker, News Anchor and Founder, WDIV and The Rhonda Walker Foundation
  • Atty. Nabih Ayad, Founder, Arab American Civil Rights League
  • Charles Ogletree, Professor, Harvard Law School

The event starts at 5:00 p.m.…

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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 for Eclectablog in the country’s capital.…

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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 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 the Democratic National Convention.

That will never happen. But I still dream that one day Comedy Central will give Bill his chance to roast Newt properly. It might go a little like this.

Let’s go to Roastmaster General Jeffrey Ross.

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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

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 Lansing. If you are involved in progressive political action, activism or Democratic politics in any way, you won’t want to miss it.

This year’s theme is “Energizing. Engaging. Winning.” and it’s a perfect description of the intent of The Michigan Summit: to activate progressives across the state to achieve our goals in everything that we do.…

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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 how low a national figure can sink in pursuit of power.

When it was Newt’s turn to be the non-Romney candidate leading the polls, Mitt’s Super PAC unleashed attack that reminded people who Newt Gingrich is. This worked but it turned out to be a tremendous tactical error.…

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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 to be arsed to work for.

For all his pomp and circumstance, we all know what most thinking people knew then: that war wasn’t over, not by a long shot.

But now, on the one year anniversary of bin Laden’s death and the gutsy decision made by President Obama to go after him, something George W.…

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