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We’re all in this together
When will we face the fact that no one will ever cost us more jobs than Wall Street did in 2008-2010 and that no one will ever kill more Americans than the 45,000 who die every year for lack of insurance? Our enemies are corporate greed and those pretend that such greed is patriotism.
It’s easy to become distracted by Mitt Romney’s mendacity and obvious lies. I’m beginning to think this is his plan because, when you look at what Mitt Romney is offering the American people, the immorality of it is staggering.
Forget that Mitt Romney thinks the lesson of the Bush crash was that Wall Street should be regulated less, that Medicare needs to be privatized and cost more and that public education needs to be replaced with a giant taxpayer giveaway to corporate interests that will create even bigger disparities between the super poor and the super rich.…
Energized for the work aheadThis was my first year at Netroots Nation. I was one of the Netroots Nation staff photographers, and feel very privileged to be included in such a talented group. My first experience with Netroots might have been quite different if I had just bought a ticket and gone. I tend to be a little shy in those kinds of settings. I would have gone to the talks that interested me, hung with people I knew and maybe spent more time on my computer than I needed to. I would have had a great experience, but being a staff photographer enabled me to experience it in a unique way and it has inspired me to write this as a prologue to my clearer voice, my photographs. Photos after the jump.
Detroit Free Press slams court for Emergency Manager law petition font decision, Stand Up for Democracy plans for direct action
Desperation breeds desperation
Last Friday, the Detroit Free Press published a blistering editorial condemning the Michigan Court of Appeals judges who ruled to delay a decision on the font size issue related to the petitions to put the repeal of Emergency Manager Law — Public Act 4 — on the November ballot. The editorial, titled “Stall tactics bring shame on court” holds nothing back.
MI Protect Our Jobs collective bargaining ballot proposal proponents submit twice the signatures needed
Over-achievers or show-offs? How about rock stars?!
In a stunning display of the power of labor unions in Michigan, supporters of a ballot proposal to enshrine collective bargaining rights in the state constitution today turned in over twice as many signatures as they needed to but the measure on the November ballot. The group, Protect Our Jobs, needed less than 323,000. They turned in over 650,000.
Karla Swift, president of the AFL-CIO sent out an email to supporters today sharing the news. She reminded supporters that the real work is now ahead of us.
Michigan Republicans pass one of three regressive anti-abortion, anti-choice bills today, table other two
Hard to stop a freight train
The Michigan House Republicans voted to pass one of the three anti-choice, anti-women bills that make up the omnibus package described as the most regressive legislation of its kind in the country.
House Republicans will not hold votes on two other abortion bills, including a controversial ban on most abortions after 20 weeks with a narrow exception for the mother’s life.
“We decided not to take that up right now so we can discuss the legislation further,” said Ari Adler, spokesman for House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall.…
Ahhh…so that’s how it all got started
Long ago (August of last year) in a galaxy far, far away (here in Ann Arbor, Michigan), I wrote a piece for another website that has since gone down the memory hole. In that piece, I interviewed a rising twitter sensation that went by the name of Pete Nicely or LOLGOP. That interview was the beginning of the partnership that makes up two of the three components of today’s Eclectablog. At the time, LOLGOP had an adorable 7,000 Twitter followers [note: it’s well over 65,000 now] and totally cute little 4,000 “Likes” on his Facebook page [note: it’s pushing 12,000 now.]
We thought it would be fun to repost the interview for our readers.…
UPDATED: Planned Parenthood is NOT backing down – 2nd MAJOR rally of the week at the state Capitol TOMORROW (6/14/12)
We're still watching and we still voteAs I wrote yesterday, Planned Parenthood of Michigan brought nearly 500 protestors to the state Capitol yesterday to protest a package of bills that will make Michigan the most anti-choice, forced-birth state in the country. Photos and video from the rally can be found HERE. In the face of the noisy protest, a scheduled vote was postponed in the full House and is likely to be voted on tomorrow. Details and a link to an online petition after the jump.
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