Major Eclectablog announcement forthcoming. Tune in Monday morning, 2/13/2012

Hmmm…what could it be…?

As I have been alluding to on site’s my Facebook page, I will have a major blog-related announcement tomorrow morning at 6:45 a.m. I will also be discussing it during my “appearance” on the First Shift with Tony Trupiano radio show at 8:35 a.m.

To answer some of the questions raised on my Facebook page:

  • It’s not a new baby
  • It’s not a run for office
  • It’s not a guest appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show
  • It’s definitely bigger than a breadbox

Other than that, you’ll need to tune in tomorrow. The only hint that I will give you is that I am very excited about it!…

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Rachel Maddow covers Benton Harbor and selling of city radio equipment – UPDATED

Rachel Maddow did a fine job last night of reporting on an issue I wrote about twice this week (HERE and HERE): the selling off of Benton Harbor’s city radio station equipment. Here’s the video:

This was great journalism – kudos to TRMS producer Laura Conaway – that brought together some seemingly unrelated pieces to show the complete picture including Jonathan Mahler‘s recent New York Times Magazine article.

[And, yeah, she called Eclectablog “the essential Michigan website”.]

By the way, the most recent eBay listing has been updated to correct the misspelling of “Equipment” and replaces the improperly used “negligible” with “negotiable”.…

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Teleprompters at CPAC 2012???

What the…?

Waaaa-aaait a minute. Are those teleprompter screens I see set up in front of the podium at CPAC 2012??? After all their blathering about President Obama’s use of a teleprompter? REALLY???!

Yup. Check it out:

Here’s Joe Scarborough with his teleprompters.

And Rick Santorum with his.

And Marco Rubio with his.

And House Speaker John Boehner with his.

And Senator Jim Demint with his.

And Senator Mike Lee with his.

And Herman Cain with his.

And Michele Bachman with hers.

And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell with his.

And Ann Coulter with hers.…

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Setting the record straight about Pete Hoekstra’s racist and inaccurate ad

Lies, damn lies. Take your pick.

The racist ad by Senatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra was not just racist. It is based on a complete lie.

Here’s what is said in his ad by a woman who is clearly faking her Asian accent in what Hoekstra is calling “satire”:

“Thank you, Michigan Senator Debbie Spenditnow. Debbie spend so much American money. You borrow more and more from us. Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you, Debbie Spenditnow.”

Here’s the thing: WE DO NOT BORROW “MORE AND MORE” FROM CHINA. Period. That, my friends, is a lie.…

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Jennifer Granholm is FIRED UP! about Michigan’s recovery, credits “active government” & President Obama

From former Governor Jennifer Granholm’s new show The War Room on Current TV. This is good stuff. Very good stuff.

This is what’s got me fired up: Today, on the front page of the New York Times, there was a story about Michigan’s rebound. Believe it or not, the state of Michigan now has a $457 million surplus. Tax revenues are flowing in, the unemployment rate is dropping – it’s fallen 5 points since 2009. Hallelujah!

During the past decade, Michigan had the toughest economy in the nation due to the implosion in our manufacturing and our automotive sectors.

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Michigan AFL-CIO holding rallies to urge members of Congress to extend jobless benefits due to expire

Here we go again

With the impending expiration of federal unemployment benefits for many Americans, the AFL-CIO is holding rallies in front of the offices of key Republican members of Congress in Michigan tomorrow (Friday, February 10, 2012). See their press release below for details.

Workers and Community Members to Rally at Michigan Congressional Offices as Jobless Benefits Approach Expiration
Benefits could run out within weeks if Congress doesn’t act, cutting lifeline for thousands in Michigan

LANSING – As federal unemployment benefits approach expiration, workers and community members will gather at the offices of eight members of Congress this Friday to call for an extension of this critical lifeline for Michigan families.…
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Benton Harbor Emgcy Mgr Harris’s attempt to sell city radio equip on eBay gets ZERO bidders – UPDATED x2

Well THAT didn’t work

Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris’s effort to sell the city radio station’s equipment (or should I say “Eequiptment”?) on eBay is now over. The auction resulted in [ahem] ZERO bids.

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UPDATE: It’s baa-aack. Yup, he reposted it on eBay again. You now have just under three days to bid. Same starting price, same $1,000 shipping charge, same misspelling of “Equipment” (“Eequiptment”) and same wrong use of the word “neglible”.

UPDATE 2: Aaa-aand now it’s gone again. “This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.”

What a clown show……

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Are Republicans setting State Government union employees up to take blame for use of budget surplus?

This doesn’t smell right

Yesterday I reported that the state government employees were not going to be forced to take unpaid furlough days due to the state budget surplus.

Later that afternoon, I received this press release from the House Democratic Caucus:

House Dems Champion Restoration of School Funding
Expect funds to be added in supplemental, next year’s budget

LANSING – The House Democratic Caucus today praised the small steps that appear to be leading to a restoration of school funds in an appropriations bill and the governor’s upcoming budget proposal on Thursday.

“I am thankful that the governor and House Republicans have finally seen the light and recognized the harm their school cuts were causing in our communities,” said House Democratic Leader Richard E.

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