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Occupy the Board of State Canvassers – speak out for the repeal of the Emergency Manager law

Occupy the Board of State Canvassers – speak out for the repeal of the Emergency Manager law

What the font is going on?

If you’ve been following this blog recently, you’ll know that the repeal of Public Act 4 — Michigan’s Emergency Manager law — is being challenged on a teeny tiny technicality. The challengers say that the font on one of the headings is just a millimeter or two too small.

No, I’m not kidding.

I’ve debunked this ridiculous assertion (HERE & HERE) but the Board of State Canvassers will meet on Thursday to make their decision.

That’s where YOU come in.

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Day 2: Second quarter fundraising drive – Did we mention you could win an iPod Nano?

Day 2: Second quarter fundraising drive – Did we mention you could win an iPod Nano?

Support your local progressive political bloggers

So, here’s something interesting: as of about two weeks ago Eclectablog officially has a lower Alexa rating than Michigan Radio. What does that mean? It means that our blog is actually more popular than one of the top news sites in Michigan. That’s a pretty amazing achievement and it’s done by a staff of two (with some serious behind-the-scenes support from Ms. Eclectablog and Ms. LOLGOP.)

Here you’ll get breaking news on what’s happening around Michigan.

Here you’ll get cutting edge information about what’s happening in the 2012 presidential election.

Here you get news and commentary from around the country all in one place. We read all those websites and newspapers so you don’t have to.

It’s all done without pay. We do it because it’s important to us and we think it’s important to you.

Would you be willing to drop a few dollars in our tip jar to show just how important what we offer is?

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President Obama pledges veto of anti-union Republican legislation

President Obama pledges veto of anti-union Republican legislation

Really, Republicans, why are you wasting our time?

In a typical anti-union move by Republicans, they have submitted a Senate resolution (S.J. Res. 36) that would reverse a new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule that will speed up workplace votes on the formation of unions.

President Obama issued a statement today saying he will veto this legislation if it reaches his desk.

[More after the jump…]

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Green jobs conference coming to Detroit – Guest post by former Congressman Mark Schauer

Green jobs conference coming to Detroit – Guest post by former Congressman Mark Schauer

Green jobs ARE good jobs


I have written before(HERE and HERE) about former Congressman Mark Schauer’s involvement with the BlueGreen Alliance and his role as the national co-chair for their Jobs21! initiative. Mark has graciously agreed to write a guest post about an upcoming conference in Detroit that will focus on building jobs and employment in the green energy sector.

Enjoy.

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HECKUVA JOB, BUSHIE!

HECKUVA JOB, BUSHIE!

You know you’re in trouble when you’re looking for some of that George W. Bush glow. The last two “businessmen” to serve as president: Herbert Hoover and GW Bush. And we know how those worked out. nyti.ms/x2iMGi — Steve Sanders (@SteveSSanders) January 16, 2012 Mitt Romney received some encouraging news last week. His favorable/unfavorable rating improved to +1, 44/43. That […]

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Day 1: Second quarter fundraising drive – Win an iPod Nano and MORE!

Day 1: Second quarter fundraising drive – Win an iPod Nano and MORE!

Wait, you don’t get PAID to do this?! Hello, folks. Today is Day One of the second quarter fundraising drive at Eclectablog. As you probably know, this is not a paying gig for us. We make a little bit of money from advertisements like the one at the top of the page but, aside from that, what we do is […]

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Michigan Senate Majority Leader Richardville faces recall attempt – from a Republican

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Richardville faces recall attempt – from a Republican

We’re just not that into you. And neither are they.

In a true testament to exactly how politically polarized things have gotten in Michigan, former Monroe County Republican Party chair Jeff Andring has filed paperwork to recall Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville.

Andring says it’s because Richardville isn’t conservative enough.

[More after the jump.]

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Republican Joe Schwarz to announce run as a Democrat in Michigan’s 7th district tomorrow

Republican Joe Schwarz to announce run as a Democrat in Michigan’s 7th district tomorrow

We’ve sunk THIS low???

The Michigan Democratic Party has been busy recruiting a candidate to run against Tim Walberg in the 7th District where I live. However, as I reported back in March and others have reported since then, they aren’t recruiting Democrats, they are recruiting Joe Schwarz. A Republican.

I’m not kidding.

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This President’s Greatest Accomplishment

This President’s Greatest Accomplishment

It’s not keeping Palin out of the White House, but that’s close. Can I share with you the most offensive thing I’ve read since I last accidentally read chyron on the Bill O’Reilly show? David Greenberg writes in The New Republic: Because Barack Obama has accomplished relatively little in his first term—boxed in by a recalcitrant Republican opposition, the sluggish […]

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Congressman Sander Levin asks IRS to look into tax filings of right wing “policy house” Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Congressman Sander Levin asks IRS to look into tax filings of right wing “policy house” Mackinac Center for Public Policy

If you’re going to take over our state, you at least need to file the paperwork

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has long been the “policy house” for far-right conservatives in Michigan. Much like the national American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), their purpose in life is to create anti-union, pro-business policy and to assist in getting legislation passed that makes their policy law. In the process they work diligently to shape public dialog and the opinions of lawmakers in pursuit of their goals.

This is not a secret. They do it publicly and are brazen in their efforts.

Michigan Representative Sander Levin sees what they do as lobbying, which it is. He has proof and is now asking the Internal Revenue Service to look into the tax filings of this non-profit group which claims they do no lobbying. Rep. Levin sent the IRS a letter asking them to investigate…

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GOP Set to Double Student Loan Interest Rates

GOP Set to Double Student Loan Interest Rates

Millionaires to be blissfully unaffected. During last week’s debate on the Buffett Rule, the GOP complained again and again that the rule was a political ploy because it would only raise a few billion dollars every year. Also it would hurt the economy and possibly turn Grover Norquist into Grover Norquist HULK who bashes Republican brains with primary challengers made […]

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