Recall effort against Troy, MI tea party mayor Janice Daniels has 1/3 of the signatures needed

Don’t get too comfy, Mayor Daniels

The team of people working to recall Troy, Michigan’s woo hoo Tea Party mayor Janice Daniels is well on their way to having enough petition signatures to recall the mayor whose efforts are driving businesses out of Troy.

From this week’s press release;

The Recall Janice Daniels initiative has reached a major milestone in the effort to remove Troy Mayor Janice Daniels from office. In the first 3 weeks of the effort, more than 33% of the 7,985 signatures have been collected and verified.

The Recall Janice Daniels team has until June 15th to collect the required signatures.

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Happy Birthday, RomneyCare

How Mitt Romney sold out his greatest achievement in search of a talking point

I’ve often said that Mitt Romney running against ObamaCare is like Madonna running against Lady GagaCare. ObamaCare is a tribute to what worked in RomneyCare made national.  It is already helping save many of the 45,000 Americans who die every year for lack of insurance.

Yep. When ObamaCare passed, 45,000 Americans were dying every year for lack of health care. A preventable 9/11 every month.

When it was signed into law 6 years ago today, RomneyCare was a centrist solution to get nearly everyone covered by health insurance.…

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Mitt Romney checked: turns out he supports equal pay for women (sorta)

Sam, we’ll get back to you on that

Yesterday, when asked if Mitt Romney supports equal pay for men and women doing the same job, his campaign team didn’t have an answer. They had to check to see if he actually support women’s rights or not. The shocking thing about this is not that they weren’t sure. It’s probably hard to know when you’re a Republican these days and you’ve spent such enormous energy going after the rights of women in so many different areas. No, what’s actually shocking is that the event was a conference call during a week when Mitt Romney is trotting out his female supporters and his utter lies all over the country to prove he’s pro-women.…

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Pardon our dust…

Hiccup!

We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced accessing the blog this afternoon. LOLGOP’s post about Rick Santorum hit the front page of Reddit and crashed the server we were on. We have bitten the bullet and upgraded to an account that should prevent something like that from happening again and should result in a peppier Eclectablog in general.

If you notice any issues, please let us know. Otherwise, enjoy the new & improved Eclectablog.

– Chris & LOLGOP…

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It’s time to apologize for Rick Santorum

Santorum’s concession speech is the closest he’ll ever get to an “It Gets Better” video

Of all this President’s many progressive achievements—the Lilly Ledbetter Act, Student Loan Reform, Health Care Reform, pulling out of Iraq—the one that isn’t mentioned enough in the feeds I follow is the the ending of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

The DADT compromise enacted during the Clinton Administration made the closeting of gays and lesbians policy for the US military. It sent a message that homosexuals needed to lie or risk losing everything.

In one of the last acts of the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, this ridiculous policy was ended.…

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Michigan teacher fired for raising funds for family of Trayvon Martin

The wrong person got fired

At a time in this country and my state when we’re dealing with crap like this hacked road construction sign, now we get a story about a teacher who was fired for using the Trayvon Martin case as a teachable moment. Brooke Harris was fired for supporting a student-run fundraiser for the family of Trayvon Martin.

Last month Brooke Harris’ eighth-grade class asked her about the “kid who was killed over some skittles;” she seized the opportunity to bring her students’ lived experiences into the classroom—a strategy we and other experts advocate.

Brooke’s students identify with Trayvon Martin.

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BREAKING: Major conflict of interest for elections panel member reviewing Emergency Manager petition challenge

Conflict of interest much?

As I have been reporting on (HERE and HERE), the effort to repeal Public Act 4 — Michigan’s Emergency Manager law — is being challenged by a group called Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility. The group is asking elections officials — the Board of State Canvassers — to throw out all of the petitions because the heading is in the wrong font despite the fact that the petition printer’s affidavit says it is in the correct font. The challenge will be heard later this month by the Board. And one member of the panel has a major conflict of interest.…

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Rick Santorum exits stage left

Missed it by THAT much

As of this afternoon, we won’t have Rick Santorum to kick around anymore. He has suspended his campaign which, in politispeak, means he reserves the right to get back in if Romney crashes and burns. It’s a shrewd move because if anyone could crash and burn when he has the advantage, it’s Mitt Romney.

So, good-bye, Rick. Goodbye to the teleprompter-using candidate who thinks teleprompters should be illegal.

Goodbye to the guy who fought tooth and nail in Michigan for one lousy delegate (smart!)

Goodbye to the man aspiring to be the Leader of the Free World™ who thinks wanting American kids to get a college education if they want one is “snobby”.…

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