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Day 3: Second quarter fundraising drive – Why LOLGOP supports Eclectablog

Day 3: Second quarter fundraising drive – Why LOLGOP supports Eclectablog

Piss off a Republican. Support bold progressives. Before I started writing for Eclectablog, I contributed a little cash to the effort. Why? Even though we are in an election season where a variety of local, state and national candidates need our support, I see what Eclectablog as an essential progressive voice for three reasons: 1. Chris Savage has gills that […]

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Former Pontiac Emergency Manager Stampfler: “City charters are just interesting reading”

Former Pontiac Emergency Manager Stampfler: “City charters are just interesting reading”

I find your quaint city constitutions mildly amusing… At a speech criticizing Michigan’s Emergency Manager law yesterday, former Pontiac Emergency Manager Michael Stampfler was talked about the importance of investing in capital infrastructure and something he called civic capital — engagement of the local citizens in the process of governing. Then he suggested that city charters were just “interesting reading”. […]

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The Obama administration responds to famine in Africa — again.

The Obama administration responds to famine in Africa — again.

Compassion is an American value

There’s a humanitarian crisis going on in the Horn of Africa right now. A drought in 2011 was the worst in six decades. A quarter million people in Somalia face famine and death.

International donors have pledged nearly $4 billion to help avert this tragedy.

The Obama administration is on it. From their press release today: [more after the jump]

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Ann Romney “loves” that some women don’t have the choice to stay home with their kids

Ann Romney “loves” that some women don’t have the choice to stay home with their kids

“Romney” is Wealthese for “foot in mouth”

Holy crap. I thought Mitt Romney was the failmouth of the Romney family but it appears that he married the right woman. Ann Romney is as completely out of touch and unaware as her husband.

Giving the keynote at the Connecticut Republican Party’s Prescott Bush Awards Dinner in Stamford, she said this (and I still cannot believe it):

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Some people REALLY don’t like potential Romney VP pick Marco Rubio — you might be surprised who

Some people REALLY don’t like potential Romney VP pick Marco Rubio — you might be surprised who

Being a pander monkey is NOT going to help you, Mitt

Facing a crushing defeat by President Obama with the Latino community, Mitt Romney has been found in the presence of one of the most conservative Latinos in the country this past week: Marco Rubio.

But Marco Rubio is not well liked among a number of folks. You might be surprised who.

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Even the Army thinks Ted Nugent is an idiot – cancels his performance

Even the Army thinks Ted Nugent is an idiot – cancels his performance

What took you so long?

Anybody with two brain cells to bang together knows that Ted Nugent is an idiot. This traitor to America and Mitt Romney surrogate honors his country by calling the president and his administration “vile”, “evil”, and “America-hating”.

The Army, whose boss is the Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama, just told Ted Nugent to go eff himself.

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Affordable Care Act will save American taxpayers over $200 Billion through 2016

Affordable Care Act will save American taxpayers over $200 Billion through 2016

This something the Republicans do NOT want you to know

A report from the trustees of the Medicare system this week has created a major kerfuffle in the mediasphere. While Democrats point to the fact that there has been no change in the insolvency date of Medicare from last year’s report, Republicans are spinning it to suggest that President Obama is a failure because he didn’t miraculously solve all the problems in the system in a single year.

Here’s something the Republicans do NOT want you to know, however: Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, taxpayers will save over $200 Billion through 2016.

It’s true (pdf).

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The Real Battleground for 2012: Women’s Wombs

The Real Battleground for 2012: Women’s Wombs

He who controls the uteri should be she. We all know this: If you want to prevent abortions, you make sure everyone has health care, a high school education and birth control. Not the exact opposite. Then why do the people who purport to want to stop all abortions seem to favor almost every policy that makes them inevitable? Egyptian-American […]

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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.

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