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And the winners are…

Envelope, please…

This post took way longer than I had hoped but I traveled for work last week, spent the day at the Michigan Summit on Saturday and planted a monster garden yesterday so I simply have not had the time.

First, thanks to everyone who contributed to our 2nd Quarter fundraising drive. We are so appreciative and gratified by both the donations and the many very nice comments.

Without further ado, here are our winners…

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LIVEBLOG – Michigan Summit 2012

LIVEBLOG – Michigan Summit 2012

Energizing. Engaging. Winning. I’m at the Michigan Summit in East Lansing today, soaking up a healthy dose of progressive energy, to connect with other progressives and to listen to some amazing activists share their wisdom about our path ahead together. The organizational showcase is packed full of progressive organizations: The day opens with a plenary session with introductions by Amanda […]

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Break up the big banks, now

Break up the big banks, now

Ask not who the banks will screw; ask if this is still our country If a law repealing stop signs resulted in streets clogged with totaled cars, you’d think they might bring back the stop signs. And that’s what I thought would happen when in 2008—less than ten years after the repeal of the New Deal era law Glass-Steagall—we saw […]

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Can a guy like Mitt Romney ever understand what it’s like to be the kid being held down?

Can a guy like Mitt Romney ever understand what it’s like to be the kid being held down?

His hair wasn’t the right height Yesterday, America took a trip to Mitt Romney’s adolescence and I think I’m the only one who doesn’t want to come back. Around eight AM Thursday morning, news broke about a disturbing incident that took place at the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan while Mitt was a student there in the mid 1960s. Romney’s […]

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Why President Obama’s support of marriage equality is a BFD

Why President Obama’s support of marriage equality is a BFD

Nobody puts Barack in a corner Yesterday I wrote that the issue of same-sex marriage was coming to a crisis for the President, even though he’s running against an opponent who could not be worse on gay marriage — unless he were literally Rick Santorum. Mitt Romney has called himself “one of the nation’s leading advocates of traditional marriage” and […]

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THIS SATURDAY! The Michigan Summit: Largest gathering of Michigan progressives of the year

THIS SATURDAY! The Michigan Summit: Largest gathering of Michigan progressives of the year

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 THIS SATURDAY, May 12, 2012, starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Kellogg Center in […]

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The utter lametude of the Romney campaign’s (attempted) slam on President Obama’s first campaign rally

Seriously? That’s all you have?

On Saturday, Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams tweeted this:

View from floor during @BarackObama speech. Not the “overflow” crowd he promised tinyurl.com/7fcozsu #not2008anymore twitter.com/RyanGOP/status…— Ryan Williams (@RyanGOP) May 5, 2012

The photo was clearly taken before President Obama’s first campaign rally got underway. The empty section you see on either side of the tunnel coming out onto the main floor was directly behind the media stand so nobody was seated there intentionally. You can see this in the panoramic image my wife, Anne C. Savage, took while she was there. Go fullscreen with the pano and zoom in on the section in question and

When that’s all you have, you are in BIG trouble.

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It is impossible to be worse on the issue of marriage equality than Mitt Romney

It is impossible to be worse on the issue of marriage equality than Mitt Romney

He’s the Las Vegas of anti-gay equality Here are the facts about the President’s record on gay rights: No President has hired more openly gay or lesbian Americans for high profile positions than Barack Obama. Ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was a historic achievement for equality. By refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, the President makes the constitutional […]

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First official Obama rally of 2012 in Columbus, Ohio – PHOTOS & Interactive PANOS

First official Obama rally of 2012 in Columbus, Ohio – PHOTOS & Interactive PANOS

Fired up and ready to GO!

These are a few images from the first official campaign rally for Barack Obama for the 2012 election. It took place in Columbus, Ohio at Ohio State on Saturday, May 5. At the bottom is an interactive panoramic image from the Rally and along with a panoramic still that can be zoomed in so close you can actually find yourself if you were there. Enjoy!

[LOTS of photos (and other treats) after the jump.]

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New Obama ad touts President’s accomplishments with a positive, forward message

Forward

Here’s the newest ad from Obama for America and it’s a powerful one. Positive. Doesn’t mention his opponent. Forward.

[Video after the jump.]

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Detroit NAACP celebrates its 100-year anniversary with an impressive 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

Detroit NAACP celebrates its 100-year anniversary with an impressive 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner

Restoring hope for Detroit’s future

Last night, the Detroit NAACP held its 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. This was a particularly auspicious event because this is the 100-year anniversary of the Detroit branch of the NAACP.

It is hard to understate the immensity of this event. Upwards of 6,000 people attended this gala event at the Cobo Center in Detroit. There were five podiums set up, ringing the room, each with a long line of seats for dignitaries stretching out on both sides.

The press conference before the event was attended not only by the award winners but such dignitaries as…

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