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How to cure Wall Street’s sad.

Rumor has it Wall Street isn’t happy with the President.

The engineers of the financial markets that crumbled in 2008 think the President needs to give a speech similar to the “A More Perfect Union” speech he gave during his first campaign. He’ll bring the country together, ending all class resentment and restoring Wall Street to its superhero patriot status. Another bailout, so to speak.

I’ll give Wall Street this; at least they recognize they are a problem, the controversial Reverend Wright of now who needs to be explained, interpreted.

Of course, Wall Street is also opposing any reforms that would prevent another financial crisis along with any policies that could reverse the dramatic transfer of wealth to the richest Americans that has taken place since 1979.…

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Proponents of Emergency Manager law repeal use rare legal move to force certification of petitions

I can haz democracy?

The legal team for the Stand Up For Democracy coalition seeking to put the repeal of Public Act 4 — Michigan’s anti-democratic Emergency Manager law — are using a rare legal move to force the Board of State Canvassers to certify nearly a quarter million petition signatures and put the repeal on the November ballot.

The Stand Up For Democracy coalition issued a statement yesterday (pdf) following a press conference explaining their move:

The Stand Up For Democracy coalition filed a writ of mandamus today with the Michigan State Court of Appeals, seeking to force the Secretary of State to place the repeal of the emergency manager law on the November ballot.…
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Democracy Day in Michigan: MAY 5th! (Caucuses and Snyder recall kick-off)

Democracy: use it or lose it

In a perfect confluence of democratic goings-on, I hereby dub May 5th, 2012 Democracy Day in Michigan. Two key events are happening that day. First, from 9 a.m. until noon, Democrats across the state will caucus to choose Barack Obama as their candidate for President of the United States. Then, starting at 2 p.m., there will be a rally on the grounds of the State Capitol to kick-off the second attempt to gather enough signatures to put the recall on Governor Rick Snyder on the November ballot. If you can't make it to the rally, it will be live-streamed here at Eclectablog. [Details about both events after the jump.]
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Detroit NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner features Attorney Gen. Holder, Rachel Maddow and MORE!

Now THAT is an all-star line-up!

This Sunday, May 6, the Detroit NAACP will hold its 57th Annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. Check out this line-up:

  • Eric Holder, Attorney General, United States of America
  • Rachel Maddow, Host, The Rachel Maddow Show
  • Lifetime Achievement Awardee Rev. Julius Ceasar Hope, National Religious Affairs Director, NAACP
  • Freedom and Justice Awardee Maureen Taylor, State Chairperson, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization
  • Great Expectation Awardee Rhonda Walker, News Anchor and Founder, WDIV and The Rhonda Walker Foundation
  • Atty. Nabih Ayad, Founder, Arab American Civil Rights League
  • Charles Ogletree, Professor, Harvard Law School

The event starts at 5:00 p.m.…

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Programming note: Eclectablog on WPWC radio in Washington, D.C. tonight at 6pm

A face for radio

I will be on the progressive news station We Act Radio WPWC 1480 AM talking with Ron Pinchback, Kymone Freeman, and Frank Emspak from Worker’s Independent News about Michigan’s Emergency Manager law.

The show is called SpeakEasy and it starts at 6 p.m. You can listen to it live at the WPWC website. Good primetime coverage for Eclectablog in the country’s capital.…

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Pontiac in the crosshairs — Emergency Manager Lou Schimmel shares his wisdom

Pontiac - we build excitement?

There's a pretty well-written, well-researched and fair piece about Michigan's Emergency Manager crisis at It focuses heavily on Pontiac and their history with EMs including their current one, Louis Schimmler. There wasn't a lot in the article that I didn't already know but there were two things that caught my attention...
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Bill Clinton Roasts Newt Gingrich

Bill Clinton Roasts Newt Gingrich

Newt lost the battle. But his War on Women continues.

Today I memorialized the clown car derailment known as the Newt Gingrich campaign. Back in November, I knew Newt had no chance of winning the nomination. But I begged karma to give him the nomination for one reason: I wanted Bill Clinton to get his chance to destroy Newt at the Democratic National Convention.

That will never happen. But I still dream that one day Comedy Central will give Bill his chance to roast Newt properly. It might go a little like this.

Let’s go to Roastmaster General Jeffrey Ross.

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Koch Brothers launch $6.1 million attack ad against Obama, Obama campaign responds, calling it “BS”

We're not taking this BS lying down

The Koch Brothers group Americans for Prosperity has launched a $6.1 million ad attacking President Obama. You can tell they are prosperous when they spend over $6 million on one ad. In fact, this is now the second time Americans for Prosperity has nearly $6 million on an attack ad against the president. I won't link the odious ad but you can watch it HERE if you must. Obama for America (OFA), the Obama reelection campaign, has responded quickly and, to my mind, very effectively. This response video is pretty unusual. It...
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