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Rachel Maddow: Mich Emergency Manager story “the most important & under-covered story of the year”

Last night, on his MSNBC show, Ed Schulz finished the evening with a piece about the Emergency Manager issue in Michigan. One particularly interesting point made by Rev. Alexander Bullock from the Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church of Highland Park, MI and also of Rainbow Push Detroit was that Emergency Managers can take control of the Clerk’s office when they […]

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Michigan Republicans to pass interim Emergency Manager law in case petition drive is successful – UPDATED

[Bumped due to update.] MIRS News has this tantalizing snippet on their front page this morning: The Gov. Rick Snyder administration is working with legislative leaders on a bill that would create an interim Emergency Manager (EM) law in case the state’s new EM statute, P.A. 4, is suspended through a potentially successful referendum process.” UPDATE: The Detroit Free Press […]

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Education Achievement Authority for helping troubled Michigan schools back in the news (in a BAD way)

Back August I wrote about how the Snyder Administration had hired John Covington to run a new group called the Education Achievement Authority (EAA). The EAA was set up to help out failing schools in Michigan. This past week, John Covington was hired by the state of Michigan to oversee a collection of underperforming schools in the state. The new […]

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Obama administration moves aggressively on investing in small business creation

As part of the Obama administration’s ongoing “We Can’t Wait” program, they announced today an aggressive new initiative to spur the creation of job-creating startup companies. It’s a two-pronged approach. First, they are launching a $1 billion Early State Innovation Fund which provides matching capital to small business investment companies. This is part of an existing program called Startup America. […]

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Eclectablog at Think Progress: Occupy Our Homes comes to Michigan

I have a piece published at Think Progress this morning that covers one of the next phases of the Occupy movement: Occupy Our Homes. I have a close friend who is one of the founders and organizers of the newly-formed group that is getting a LOT of attention. On Tuesday this week, Occupy Our Homes held an event in Michigan. […]

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Detroit Free Press Brian Dickerson: Emergency Mgr Law’s impacts not racially-motivated

Detroit Free Press Deputy Editorial Page Editor Brian Dickerson has an op-ed this morning titled What’s really driving state takeovers: It ain’t race. In his piece, he argues that the disparate impact of Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law on minority populations isn’t related to race but rather to the shrinking populations of the cities involved. As the prospect of some sort […]

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Rick Perry’s homophobic anti-Obama video is overwhelmingly DISLIKED

Rick Perry’s homophobic anti-Obama video is overwhelmingly DISLIKED

By now, you’ve probably seen or at least heard about Rick Perry’s latest ad called “Strong”. In the ad, Perry accuses President Obama of waging a “War on Religion”. If you haven’t seen it, here it is: I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s […]

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Muskegon Heights school board votes to ask for an Emergency Manager – UPDATED

Tonight, the school board of Muskegon Heights voted to ask the Snyder administration to assign an Emergency Manager to the district. Muskegon Heights school officials will ask the state to appoint an emergency financial manager to take over operations of the district after Superintendent Dana Bryant retires at the end of this month. The school board met Wednesday in a […]

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Michigan’s Bill Schuette doesn’t join state AGs supporting Richard Cordray to head CFPB

In October, 37 attorneys general from across the country sent a letter to Congress (pdf) urging them to support the nomination of Richard Cordray to head up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This included ten Republican AGs. Not among them: Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. The letter gives Cordray and the fledgling bureau itself glowing reviews. The undersigned state […]

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Rep Conyers: US Atty General Holder ALREADY investigating impact of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law

My, my. THIS is interesting. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is reviewing whether the state of Michigan can legally appoint an emergency manager to oversee the Motor City’s finances, Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, said late today. Conyers said he spoke to Holder about his request that the government move to block the law. “(Holder) said, ‘I’ve got my lawyers working […]

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Eclectakids on the move – can you help out a budding filmmaker?

Eclectakids on the move – can you help out a budding filmmaker?

My son, Cameron, is working hard on his senior thesis film, Oculus, for his degree from Ithaca College in New York. In order to make the project happen, he’s doing what all film producers have to do for their projects: raise funding. And that’s where YOU, my awesome readers, come in. Here’s a note from the writer/director/producer/editor himself: Hi Everyone, […]

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