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Affordable Care Act facts vs. tea party lies — the gulf between

Affordable Care Act facts vs. tea party lies — the gulf between

Medical professionals’ knowledge vs. tea party hallucinations about Obamacare

I get an absolutely ridiculous amount of email every day and a goodly amount of it comes from folks recommending things for me to write about or from one of the various organizations that I subscribe to. I also subscribe to some right wing groups, just so I can get a pulse on what they are going on about at any given time.

This past week I received two emails that were essentially about the same thing. One pointed me to an amazing interview of two medical professionals by my dear friend Betsy de Parry. In it, they talk about the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) and what it really means to Americans.

The other was yet another freakout passel of lies and fabrications about the ACA from the Tea Party of West Michigan.

The two emails could not have been in starker contrast. More after the jump.

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INTERVIEW: Democracy for America’s Jim Dean on Michigan GOP overreach & Romney’s secrecy (and more!)

INTERVIEW: Democracy for America’s Jim Dean on Michigan GOP overreach & Romney’s secrecy (and more!)

Democracy for America, the progressive political action committee founded by Vermont Governor Howard Dean and now chaired by his brother Jim, is having a busy week. Yesterday, in conjunction with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), delivered petitions containing the signatures of 115,000 Michiganders outraged at the actions of Jase Bolger. Recall that Bolger temporarily banned Democrats Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum from speaking on the House floor as punishment for making Bolger angry.

Tomorrow, they will deliver upwards of a quarter million signatures to Republican Mitt Romney’s Boston headquarters, asking him to release his tax returns for the voters in America to see, an act of disclosure he seems determined not to make.

I spoke with Jim Dean by phone this morning at the bright and early time of 6:30 a.m. (we’re both early risers) about these events and lots more.

Enjoy (after the jump.)

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Wha–???! I agree with Rush Limbaugh???!

Wha–???! I agree with Rush Limbaugh???!

Who woulda thunk it?

Earlier this week, Rush Limbaugh suggested that the bad guy in the new Batman movie was somehow intentionally named “Bane” to hurt Mitt Romney. Then, yesterday, he said Romney is more like Batman.

I agree. See why after the jump.

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One easy step toward making election fraud a little harder

One easy step toward making election fraud a little harder

So simple, so easy, so effective

Chad Phillips over at Michigan Populist Blog has a good idea.

See what it is after the jump.

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INTERVIEW: Rep. Barb Byrum on being silenced a second time on the House floor yesterday

INTERVIEW: Rep. Barb Byrum on being silenced a second time on the House floor yesterday

Drunk with power, House Republicans continue to silence their opposition

Yesterday the Michigan Legislature met for one day before reconvening again on August 15th. This occasion brought several protests to the Capitol, mainly from groups supporting women’s rights and disgusted with the way female legislators are being treated by their Republican colleagues.

After the jump, details about the protests and interviews with Matt Wall from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and Democratic Representative Barb Byrum talking about the delivery of 115,000 petition signatures to House Speaker Jase Bolger demanding an apology for his treatment of Rep. Byrum and her colleague Rep. Lisa Brown as well as Rep. Byrum’s account of being prevented from speaking on the floor of the House again yesterday.

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Working America launches new “Dear David” site where workers can get answers to questions about their rights

Working America launches new “Dear David” site where workers can get answers to questions about their rights

You are NOT alone!

Working America, the 3-million strong group supporting American workers (not just unionized workers — ALL workers), has introduced a new website called “Dear David”. In today’s work environment, it’s often tough to know what your rights are as a worker and it’s even tougher to know where to turn to get answers to those questions.

“Dear David” is intended to change that. Details after the jump.

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Day Four – Third Quarter fundraiser

Day Four – Third Quarter fundraiser

Imagine…

Hello, folks. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. As I mentioned on Tuesday, we’re having to upgrade to a more robust web host/server and that takes money so your contributions are very much appreciated.

My guess is that, if you’re looking news and commentary on what’s going on in Michigan, Eclectablog is one of your first stops.

Imagine if Eclectablog were to go away. Think of the events that you wouldn’t find out about because, frankly, our mainstream media in this state is a bit of shambles. Think about missing the voice of LOLGOP and his perfect framing of the political messages of our day. Think about missing Anne’s fabulous photographs of people, places and things.

Then ask yourself what value that has for you and make a contribution after the jump to keep the lights on and the politics flowing at Eclectablog.

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Programming note: TOMORROW – interviews with DFA’s Jim Dean, State Rep. Barb Byrum & the PCCC

The (dis)pleasure of being at Ground Zero (aka: Michigan) Tomorrow I’ll be doing interviews with Jim Dean, founder of Democracy for America (DFA), State Rep. Barb Byrum, and folks from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC). We’ll be talking about the petitions gathered by DFA & PCCC that were delivered to GOP House Speaker Jase Bolger this morning demanding an […]

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New Obama campaign video shows how confused people are by “retroactively retired” Mitt Romney

New Obama campaign video shows how confused people are by “retroactively retired” Mitt Romney

It’s Retroactively Retired Man!

A Romney campaign spokesperson recently said that Mitt Romney had “retroactively retired”. But what, exactly does “retroactively retired” really mean?

The Obama campaign asked some folks what they thought it meant. The results are … um … humorous.

Video after the jump.

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Michigan Rep. Barb Byrum silenced on House floor – AGAIN!

Michigan Rep. Barb Byrum silenced on House floor – AGAIN!

Still think the War on Women isn’t real???

Michigan House Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) was prevented from speaking on the House floor today by Republican leadership. She and other Democrats asked to speak on a package of pay equity bills that would address income inequality in Michigan.

They were rebuffed.

More after the jump.

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TONIGHT: Session II of Democracy for America’s War FOR Women Webinar series – Don’t miss it!

TONIGHT: Session II of Democracy for America’s War FOR Women Webinar series – Don’t miss it!

This is a war worth fighting

Democracy for America (DFA) is conducting a multi-part series titled “The War For Women” (notice the “for” rather than “on”) and tonight, Wednesday, July 18th, is the second installment.

You can sign up for tonight’s event HERE.

The first event took place last week and you can see a recap via Storify (with livetweets and photos) HERE.

More information about upcoming webinar sessions after the jump.

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