Pete Hoekstra is baaaa-aaaack!

After he lost his bid for the Republican nomination for Governor in Michigan in 2010, we didn’t hear a great deal from Pete Hoekstra until, in April of this year, he sent out a press release saying he was NOT going to run for Debbie Stabenow’s Senate seat.

After serious consideration and many discussions with friends and supporters, Diane and I have made the decision that I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in 2012. This was an extremely difficult decision for us to make as we saw strong points both for and against running. However, in our final analysis, we agreed that it was not in the best interest of our family at this time to enter the race.…
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Mitt Romney’s state PACs raise unlimited funds then funnel them back to the nat’l campaign

This week, the Alabama and New Hampshire Democratic parties filed a complaint (pdf) against the Romney campaign, claiming that he is using lax rules in various states to raise money and then funnel them back to his national campaign.

To make a long story short, Romney’s campaign is using these state PACs to accept contributions in excess of the federal limit, is using money supposedly raised for state elections to influence a federal election, and — even now that Romney is an official candidate, numerous media outlets have questioned the practice, and a complaint has been filed with the FEC — they are still doing it.
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Detroit News “humorist” thinks 11K Borders employees losing their jobs is hilarious

Yesterday, Borders Books announced that it was going out of business and liquidating its assets. This will put another roughly 11,000 people out of work including many right here in Michigan. It’s a huge loss both in terms of jobs and in terms of having a good bookseller around.

But P.D. Lesko at A2Politico points out, there is at least one person that thinks this is hilarious.

“Obama backs book bailout” was posted to the at 11:47 p.m. Monday evening. Obama’s reason for backing the federal bailout, according to Payne, is simple:
President Barack Obama on Monday afternoon announced a $500 million federal bailout for Borders Group Inc., the Ann Arbor-based national superstore book chain, on fears that bankruptcy could destroy American reading and leave millions of children illiterate.
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MI GOP continues its war on teachers – Next target: pensions

Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger had a good day yesterday. His effort to stamp down the efforts of 26-year old Autumn Smith to force him to face his constituents in a recall vote got a shot in the arm from a willing judge in Calhoun County. Not only that, he got to enjoy his win on Autumn’s birthday.

A judge has extended an injunction meant to temporarily stop an effort to recall Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall.

Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge Conrad Sindt ruled today that an injunction in effect since June 22 would remain valid at least until an appeal in the recall process is settled.

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Presidential Eye Candy (with jazz!)

Thanks to my friend Rhoda who sent along this video she made of President Obama. When you have a dude this suave and sharp, you can easily do a seven minute video and never run out of great images. And this doesn’t even include much First Lady eye candy goodness. You could do an hour of her, so far as I’m concerned ; )

The jazz music is Ahmad Jamal.

Thanks, Rhoda.…

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Facebook sharing of Eclectablog links still disabled – I need your HELP! (Updated)

Somebody (*cough* firebaggers *cough*), somewhere for some reason (*cough* angry *cough*) has marked my blog entries as spam on Facebook. Now when you try to share an Eclectablog, you get this unwanted pop-up:

This message contains blocked content that has been previously flagged as abusive or spammy. Let us know if you think this an error.

So, kids, here’s where I need your help. Please share links from Eclectablog on your Facebook page. When you get the pop-up, click the “Let us know” link, and fill out the very short form. The more people that do this, the more quickly it will be resolved.…

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Liberal rule #1: Thou shall not cross Jane Hamsher

Cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles.

My ranty screed thing the other day about Jane Hamsher (“Why I will never post another word at”) brought out a series of quite interesting responses. The version at Daily Kos drew almost 1,000 comments and earned me five donuts in the Tip Jar. Apparently it’s okay to call the hundreds of thousands of Obama supporters who are the thin hopey line between the President RomneyPawlentyPaulPalinBachmannCainGingrichPerryMcCotterHuntsmanDuke and the White House the “stupidest motherfuckers in the world”. However, it is decidedly NOT okay to say, “Fuck you, Jane Hamsher”.

One commenter suggested that take my disgust with Hamsher to (I don’t get it either):

This is the most disgusting display of mindless hateful comments I have almost ever seen here.…
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Volunteers needed for P.A. 4 repeal petition drive at Ann Arbor Art Fair

This is from our good friends working hard to repeal the anti-democratic Emergency Manager law, P.A. 4 (aka, “the Financial Martial Law Act”.)
Calling All Recall and Repeal Heroes,

500,000 folks will visit Art Fair next week. The Recall Snyder and Repeal PA4 (emergency managers) campaigns are linking arms to make the Ann Arbor Art Fair the biggest petition-signing event of the year. We need your help! Here’s how to be part of history:

1) In addition to the petition booth originally planned for Liberty St, we are expanding to cover many other petition sites surrounding the AF in public areas.…

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