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Day 1 – First quarter fundraising drive

Day 1 – First quarter fundraising drive

Brothers & sisters, can you spare a dime? Hello, folks. As I have been talking about for some time, I am going to be doing quarterly week-long fundraising drives for Eclectablog. This is in place of running those incredibly annoying third-party ads for cellulose reduction or hot Russian singles that you see on some blogs. Once a day for seven […]

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Saturday evening sanity break

Crikey, enough of the emergency manager stuff already This is the funniest damn thing I’ve read in ye very long tyme: IN WHICH I FIX MY GIRLFRIEND’S GRANDPARENTS’ WIFI AND AM HAILED AS A CONQUERING HERO. Lo, in the twilight days of the second year of the second decade of the third millennium did a great darkness descend over the […]

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Another casualty of Emergency Management: Detroit’s historic school buildings

Historic Detroit treasures lost in rush to save money Eric T. Campbell has a fine piece up at The Michigan Citizen where he talks about the loss of Detroit’s historic school buildings. The Detroit Public School Emergency Managers Robert Bobb and, now, Roy Roberts, don’t appear interested in saving these historic buildings. Once they are gone, they are gone forever. […]

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Suttons Bay school district fights back against imposition of an Emergency Manager

Suttons Bay school district fights back against imposition of an Emergency Manager

Emergency Managers: Not just for black cities anymore As I wrote last week, tiny Suttons Bay in the “Pinky” of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is facing the imposition of an Emergency Manager for their school district. This past week they held a community budget forum to discuss the issue. Here is video of the 90+ minute forum: You can see the […]

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Indiana Republicans pass Emergency Manager bill out of committee

Collective Bargaining Contracts Vulnerable I have been wondering how long it would take for a state other than Michigan to pursue an Emergency Manager law. The wait is over. This week, a Republican-sponsored bill allowing the imposition of an Emergency Manager on a “distressed political subdivision” (i.e., a municipality or school district) passed out of committee and goes on to […]

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Friday Emergency Manager news round-up

No earth-shattering news about Michigan’s on-going Emergency Manager Emergency, but there are some tidbits worth noting. Flint Community Leaders Hold Public Forum to Discuss Emergency Manager Emergency.Flint community leaders held a public forum on Tuesday to discuss Public Act 4 and its impact on the community. The panel discussion will revolve around “The Emergency Manager: Concerns and Outcomes for Flint,” […]

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Sometimes “relentless positive action” doesn’t work – a photographer’s attempt to photograph the State of the State address

Sometimes “relentless positive action” doesn’t work – a photographer’s attempt to photograph the State of the State address

My wife, Anne C. Savage accompanied me and Christine Barry, owner of Blogging for Michigan, to the State of the State address on Wednesday. She was there, as were we, with media passes. However, her effort to actually do any photographing of the event was completely shut down by overly-aggressive security and what seems to be a clear effort by […]

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Michigan Gov Rick Snyder to make another fake concession, this time on school funding

Rick Snyder is the master of the “fake concession”. He takes money away from something, gives a little back and then paints it as a “concession”. It’s not. He did it on the Earned Income Tax credit in late April: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget eliminates the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) which helps the working poor, especially those […]

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Podcast of my “appearance” on First Shift with Tony Trupiano this morning

If you missed my discussion on the Governor’s State of the State address on Tony Trupiano’s radio show and are interested in hearing it, the podcast can be found HERE.

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Michigan Rising’s effort to recall Gov. Rick Snyder moves ahead despite friendly fire from detractors

Michigan Rising’s effort to recall Gov. Rick Snyder moves ahead despite friendly fire from detractors

After reading a number of disparaging comments on the Facebook page of First Shift with Tony Trupiano, aimed at the organizers of Michigan Rising (formerly known as the Committee to Recall Rick Snyder, CRRS), I thought it would be a good idea to dig deeper and sort out truth from fiction. I have a piece up today at A2Politico titled […]

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Steve Benen helps debunk the myth that “The Stimulus Didn’t Work!”

Steve Benen helps debunk the myth that “The Stimulus Didn’t Work!”

Steve Benen has a piece out today that debunks the absurd notion that “The Stimulus didn’t work!” In terms of metrics, keep in mind, when these jobless claims fall below the 400,000 threshold, it’s considered evidence of an improving jobs landscape. When the number drops below 370,000, it suggests jobs are actually being created rather quickly. The jobless claims number […]

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