Open mike — take it away

Probably no blogging today or tomorrow. We’re prepping the garden and harvesting something like six pounds of spinach to be turned into spinach pizzas for the freezer. Tomorrow, I’ll be attending the Michigan Summit (and missing the big recall kickoff at the Capitol, unfortunately.)

So, I’m turning the blog over to you folks for awhile. What’s the news of the day in your part of the world? What indignities are you suffering at the hands of Republicans?

The floor is yours.…

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Eclectablog gets a byline – A2Politico

I am happy to announce that I have been offered a “job” writing a column for the Ann Arbor-based website. The weekly column is under the byline “Savaged” (based on my last name, of course.) I’ll be writing about national and state politics as they relate to Michigan.

This is a first for me. I’ve never been paid to write or give my opinions before and, although I won’t be quitting my day job, I’m thrilled at the chance.

A2Politico fills an rather empty niche in the Michigan media and political scene, particularly in the Ann Arbor area. With the demise of most of the print media outlets, particularly the Ann Arbor News, the void has only been partially filled by…

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Eclectadog update – the news is good!

Here’s a quick update for all those who have asked. Hara is doing much better. Here’s a shot my wife took of her on their trip to the vet yesterday:

Her bruising is almost entirely healed up. Her red blood cell levels are on the rise and, best news yet, the vet said we may actually be able to get her off the Prednisone entirely at some point. We’ll have her platelet count back today but the vet is pretty convinced that we’ll have good news there, as well. She’s simply doing too well for it not to be better.

So, we appear to be on the mend.…

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Apparently it’s not raining inside the Michigan Governor’s mansion

Michigan got some good news this week.

LANSING — A healthier Michigan economy is churning more tax revenue than was expected and will produce a $429-million windfall for the state this fiscal year, economists agreed Monday.

Another $234 million in extra revenue was predicted for 2012…

That’s terrific, eh? I mean, honestly, fewer states could use it more than Michigan with our huge unemployment rate and draconian cuts to education on the very near horizon?

Turns out Governor Rick Snyder isn’t so sure he want to actually USE this unexpected windfall to help soften the blow to education or other areas.…

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If you don’t support the recall of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, then what is your plan?

I’ve gotten a fair amount of pushback on my support of the effort to recall Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. My blog pointing out how the Michigan Democratic Party isn’t supporting the effort prompted a front page response from Eric B. at Michigan Liberal titled “Circular Firing Squad: “Ready! Aim! …”

We have met the enemy and he is us. Or, if you prefer, the real villain in the new budget and EFM law is Mark Brewer and the Democratic Party infrastructure.

Joe D., I think, offered on Tony Trupiano’s show last Friday, a fairly logical answer to the cage rattling question of why Mark Brewer and the Michigan Democratic Party shouldn’t get involved in this, which is that the involvement of Mark Brewer or the MDP takes away any ability of organizers of benevolent overlord Rick Michigan’s recall and the recall of any of his allies in the Legislature to claim it a grassroots effort.

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Barack Obama — Made in the USA

One thing I’ve always loved about Organizing for America (OFA) is their ability to have some fun with their fundraising. Here’s the latest: A coffee mug with the saying “Made in the USA” underneath a picture of President Obama. On the other side is a reproduction of his birth certificate.

You can get it as a t-shirt, too. Good times, kids. Good times.…

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Netroots for the Troops – Where “Support the Troops” actually means something

NOTE: This is a repost of my previous diary. We are woefully short of meeting my goal of raising $2,500 for Netroots for the Troops and the Netroots Nation Conference is only a month away. Please consider joining TEAM ECLECTABLOG and making a donation. Even $10 is very helpful. And please consider sharing this on your Facebook page, tweeting it and anything else you can think of to spread the word. Thanks so much.

~ Eclectablog
Every year at the Netroots Nation conference, a group of very hard-working, compassionate and caring people step up to help our men and women in the armed forces in an impressive way.…

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It’s “unAmerican” to want to end corporate welfare for Big Oil & Gas

The profits being made by Big Oil & Gas companies right now aren’t just big. They aren’t just eye-popping. They are historical. I mean, hello, momma, look at this:

In fact, in the past decade, the top five Big Oil & Gas companies have made almost $1 TRILLION in profits.

Pretty impressive, really, particularly in light of the fact that Americans are complaining so bitterly about the high price of gas right now. But, even more impressive in light of the fact that the U.S. government continues to give subsidies to this industry. With these immense profits rolling in, the American taxpayers are providing even more cash for the coffers of these companies.…

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