Welcome to the new Eclectablog

We have officially made the change to Wordpress which will allow us to do much more in terms of layout and useful tools. If you encounter glitches along the way, please tweet me or send an email using the Contact link at the very top of the page. I am pretty excited about this and hope you enjoy the new look. Many thanks to my wife Anne and Ms. LOLGOP who were largely responsible for this happening.
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Appeals Courts allows state to sign Consent Agreement with Detroit, unions make concessions

You win some, you lose some

Last night the Michigan Court of Appeals stuck down a ruling by Ingham County Judge William Collette barring the Snyder administration from moving forward with a Consent Agreement with the city of Detroit until after a March 29th hearing on violations of the Open Meetings Act.

A three-judge appeals panel reversed a ruling by Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette earlier this week that barred Snyder and members of a state financial review team from entering into a consent agreement with Detroit until after a hearing Thursday on alleged violations of the state’s Open Meetings Act.The portion of Collette’s ruling “precluding defendants from executing a consent agreement is reversed,” said the appeals court in its ruling.

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Sign the "I Like Obamacare" petition and "Like" Obamacare on Facebook - UPDATED

Sign the “I Like Obamacare” petition and “Like” Obamacare on Facebook – UPDATED

All the cool kidz are doing it

On this, the second year anniversary of the Patent Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), the Obama campaign has a new petition up where you can let everyone know you actually LIKE Obamacare. It’s a great idea, taking the whole “Obamacare” thing, embracing it, and turning it into something positive.

Today is the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.

Since then, the law that almost everyone calls Obamacare has been doing exactly what the other side has hoped it wouldn’t do: It’s been working.

It’s about time we give it the love it deserves.

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Happy Birthday, Affordable Care Act and THANK YOU, Democrats!

Breaking: sky still up, world still here

Two years ago today, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. Despite much huffery and puffery from the GOP and every tea partier in the land, the sky has not fallen and, miraculously, the world has not come to an end.

My Congressman, Tim Walberg, “The Original Tea Partier”, sent out a nastygram to his constituents this morning titled “President`s Health Care Law Fails On Promises”.

Today marks the second anniversary of the President’s health care law. However, very few people are celebrating because it has failed to live up to its promises and slowed the economic progress of our country.…
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Why the Fight for the Affordable Care Act is a Fight for Women

Why the Fight for the Affordable Care Act is a Fight for Women

A vagina is not a preexisting condition

Long before the GOP decided that the way to create jobs was to deregulate polluters and regulate uteri, I saw the fight against Obamacare as part of what I reluctantly* call the War on Women.

Any American woman who has ever looked for health insurance knows that despite the fact that women historically earn less than men, they pay significantly more for health care.

The right argues that of course this is true because women have different physiologies (as if males play no role in pregnancy). Basically they feel women have the right to pay more for health care but not the right to make their own health care choices.…

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The White House responds to the new Paul Ryan Plan

The White House responds to the new Paul Ryan Plan

Today’s GOP: redefining the meaning of ‘shared sacrifice’ daily

The White House lost no time responding the the GOP’s new budget proposal. David Plouffe sent out an email titled “We did the math” and presented this infographic:

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The White House, Washington

Good morning —

Every day, you and your family make choices about how you spend your money and what investments you make. Leaders in Congress do the same thing when they draw up their budgets for the country. And if you spend some time with their plans, you learn what they value, you see the type of country they want America to be.

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Pat Robertson thinks Peyton Manning deserves to be injured. Seriously.

Pat Robertson thinks Peyton Manning deserves to be injured. Seriously.

Christian my ass

What sort of “Christian” would say something as hideous as this? Answer: Pat Robertson.

Following Wednesday’s news that Tebow’s been traded to the New York Jets, Robertson said, despite Tebow’s great performance, the Broncos did not treat him well: “I think the Denver Broncos treated him shabbily. He won seven games, he brought them into the playoffs, for heaven sakes. I mean, they were a nothing team. He rallied them together with spectacular last-minute passes and, you know, when they beat Buffalo — I mean, Pittsburgh, excuse me — it was a tremendous victory.”

Robertson cited bad karma: “And you just ask yourself, okay, so Peyton Manning was a tremendous MVP quarterback, but he’s been injured.

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Congressmen Conyers, Clarke, and Peters request answers from Governor Snyder regarding their proposed Detroit Consent Agreement

In a comprehensive and sternly-worded letter to Governor Rick Snyder (pdf), Congressmen John Conyers, Jr., Hansen Clarke, and Gary Peters are asking for some answers regarding his administration’s proposed Detroit Consent Agreement.

The letter focuses on seven key areas:

  1. Failure of State to Provide Any Financial Assistance
    Governor Snyder is asked to explain why, unlike in other struggling cities across the country, they “will not consider the same types of financial partnership approaches utilized for cities such as New York, Cleveland, and Philadelphia”.
  2. Unconstitutional Limitation on Collective Bargaining
    During a legal forum held by Rep. Conyers last month, Kenneth Klee, a renowned expert on constitutional issues relating to bankruptcy testified:
    “[A]s currently drafted, the [Michigan EM Law] is violative of the Contracts Clause ..
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