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Book recommendation – The Fox Effect

Book recommendation – The Fox Effect

We mix the Kool-Aid, you swallow it For anyone who remembers 2009 and 2010, The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine by David Brock, Ari Rabin-Havt and Media Matters for America will trigger a bit of PTSD. As the nation was suffering the result of eight years of failed Republican governance, conservative forces came […]

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A legitimate Democrat finally announces for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District — Ruben Marquez

A legitimate Democrat finally announces for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District — Ruben Marquez

Hallelujah!

As I wrote last Thursday, Republican Joe Schwarz, who was being wooed by the Democratic Party to run in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District on their behalf, decided last week NOT to run. This left only Kurt Haskell as the only candidate on the Democratic side and he is “a conspiracy theorist who worries about ‘government overreach’, talks about cutting taxes in the middle of a recession and isn’t a proponent an essential part of the Affordable Care Act.”

Well, on Friday, those of us Democrats in MI-07 got some very good news…

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5 reasons we can never let Mitt Romney become President of the United States

5 reasons we can never let Mitt Romney become President of the United States

Just For Men isn’t just Mitt’s favorite hair product, it’s his campaign slogan I have only one prediction about the rest of 2012: It will be confusing. 827,000 private sector jobs have already been created since January 1, 2012. And apparently, we’re supposed to believe this is bad—compared to the 600,000+ were we losing a month when the President took […]

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Republican Joe Schwarz declines to run as a Dem against Walberg in MI-07, Haskell only announced candidate

Republican Joe Schwarz declines to run as a Dem against Walberg in MI-07, Haskell only announced candidate

Seriously? There’s not a single legitimate Democrat in MI-07?

Contrary to what I was told by multiple sources last month, Republican Joe Schwarz has decided NOT to run as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Tim Walberg in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District. Schwarz was being recruited by Michigan Democrats to cross over despite his career as a Republican.

What we’re left with is … well … follow me over the jump and down the rabbit hole.

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An often-forgotten fact about George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech – UPDATED

An often-forgotten fact about George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech – UPDATED

Remember this? Most people don’t, at least not correctly.

Most people probably remember George W. Bush swooping down out of the sky in a fighter jet and alighting onto the deck of the USS Lincoln aircraft carrier to give a rousing war speech under a gigantic “Mission Accomplished” banner.

You probably remember that the USS Lincoln was in the Persian Gulf at the time and our “Wartime President” was there to celebrate the liberation of Iraq. Right?

Wrong.

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An America That Works Together

An America That Works Together

How to cure Wall Street’s sad. Rumor has it Wall Street isn’t happy with the President. The engineers of the financial markets that crumbled in 2008 think the President needs to give a speech similar to the “A More Perfect Union” speech he gave during his first campaign. He’ll bring the country together, ending all class resentment and restoring Wall […]

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Proponents of Emergency Manager law repeal use rare legal move to force certification of petitions

Proponents of Emergency Manager law repeal use rare legal move to force certification of petitions

I can haz democracy? The legal team for the Stand Up For Democracy coalition seeking to put the repeal of Public Act 4 — Michigan’s anti-democratic Emergency Manager law — are using a rare legal move to force the Board of State Canvassers to certify nearly a quarter million petition signatures and put the repeal on the November ballot. The […]

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Democracy Day in Michigan: MAY 5th! (Caucuses and Snyder recall kick-off)

Democracy Day in Michigan: MAY 5th! (Caucuses and Snyder recall kick-off)

Democracy: use it or lose it

In a perfect confluence of democratic goings-on, I hereby dub May 5th, 2012 Democracy Day in Michigan. Two key events are happening that day. First, from 9 a.m. until noon, Democrats across the state will caucus to choose Barack Obama as their candidate for President of the United States.

Then, starting at 2 p.m., there will be a rally on the grounds of the State Capitol to kick-off the second attempt to gather enough signatures to put the recall on Governor Rick Snyder on the November ballot. If you can’t make it to the rally, it will be live-streamed here at Eclectablog.

[Details about both events after the jump.]

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Detroit NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner features Attorney Gen. Holder, Rachel Maddow and MORE!

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, […]

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Programming note: Eclectablog on WPWC radio in Washington, D.C. tonight at 6pm

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 […]

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Pontiac in the crosshairs — Emergency Manager Lou Schimmel shares his wisdom

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 Governing.com. 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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