Think Jon Huntsman is a “moderate”? Think again.

Republican Jon Huntsman comes across as the most reasonable of the presidential primary candidates. He is generally viewed as moderate, as well. This morning, Ezra Klein disabuses us of that notion, despite a confusing headline.

In the end, the polls were right. Mitt Romney took first, Ron Paul took second, and Jon Huntsman took third. Huntsman’s weak finish led many to suggest that the GOP was no place for moderates. But the truth is that Huntsman’s campaign didn’t prove that, or anything like it. For all Huntsman’s signaling and hinting, his policy platform is no more moderate than Romney’s. In fact, it might be less moderate.
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MLK Day march on Gov Rick Snyder’s Ann Arbor home – Monday, January 16, 2012 (interview with Pastor David Bullock)

Last night I spoke on the phone with Pastor David Bullock, the president of the Michigan Chapter of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Highland Park NAACP. He and his group are organizing a Martin Luther King Day march on the Ann Arbor home of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Details on the “Occupy for Democracy Rally” to protest Michigan’s anti-democratic Emergency Manager law are below.

Pastor Bullock, who was recently interviewed on The Ed Schultz Show (video HERE), is a young, energetic and, passionate advocate for the cause of southeastern Michigan African Americans and other people of color. While others who speak about Public Act 4 and its impact on Detroit can come across as a bit shrill, Pastor Bullock is calm, direct and on-point.…

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Snyder admin: Detroit city union members give up $100 million or Detroit gets an Emergency Manager. Period.

It’s been no secret that Governor Snyder and his team were going to force union members to bear the full brunt of the financial problems Detroit faces. Now they have finally gotten around to saying it publicly.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and the City Council must reach concessions with city unions by early February to avoid a recommendation of state intervention from the state’s emergency review team, State Treasurer Andy Dillon said today.

But union leaders said the chance of reaching an agreement is very unlikely, even after members of the review team expressed shock and anger over the severity of the financial crisis and how little of it was publicly known until recently.

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New logo – The final edition

Just a quick note to let you know that we have landed on a final version of the new Eclectablog logo. This one is a vast improvement in a variety of ways. First, the lettering is bolder and more legible. We wanted to keep the font because it’s unique and characteristic. However, the font itself is not that “fat” so my wife worked her magic on it and viola!

Second, the first letter “C” is highlighted to help folks realize it’s “Eclectablog”, not “Electablog”.

Finally, it’s just eye candy to me.

Many thanks to Anne for her work on this. She’s not a graphic artist by trade but she sure makes it look like she is!…

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UPDATED: More on the Michigan Democratic Primary vs. Caucus + MDP Chair to propose rule change

Yesterday, I had a guest post from Mark Miller called Michigan Presidential Primary Follies”. In it, Mark describes how the Michigan Republicans basically forced a Democratic candidate (Barack Obama) to appear on the February primary ballot as a way of making it look like Dems shared blame for the expenses incurred by having a primary instead of a caucus. The Dems asked the Republicans not to do this but were rebuffed.

The Michigan Democratic Party had decided on a state-wide caucus, to be held on the morning of May 5, long before the Republicans in the state legislature figured out what they were going to do.…
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Troy, Michigan Mayor Janice Daniels doubles down on homophobic stupid

As Tony Trupiano asked on his Facebook page, “How the the hell was [Janice Daniels] elected?” From the Detroit Free Press:

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, lambasted at a City Council meeting last month for calling gay people “queers” on her Facebook page, is embroiled in another controversy about gay people — this time involving students from Troy High School.

While discussing plans for a forum on bullying and suicide, Daniels told students she wanted to invite “a panel of psychologists who would testify that homosexuality is a mental disease,” said Skye Curtis, 17, a senior and co-president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at the school.

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MI GOP Sen calls PR Exec a “hooker”, Gretchen Whitmer responds & GOP strategist calls her a “govt hooker”

Last week, Senator and serial sexist Rick Jones from Lansing called public relations executive Kelly Rossman-McKinney a “hooker”. Brian Dickerson of the Detroit Free Press describes the situation:

[Senator Jones] likened longtime Lansing public relations executive Kelly Rossman-McKinney to “a hooker” in the Michigan Information and Research Services’ widely read Capital Capsule, a daily report on state government news.

Rossman-McKinney, a self-described “tough old broad” who has worked in both houses of the Legislature and three executive branch departments, has been a fixture in the state capital for decades. She’s about as thin-skinned as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and she says she figured Jones would swing back after she named him one of Lansing’s Biggest Losers of 2011 in an another MIRS interview.

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Michigan Presidential Primary Follies

The following is a guest post by Mark Miller, chair of the 6th District Democrats and Kalamazoo Township Trustee. It first appeared at Blogging for Michigan and contains useful information for ALL Michigan Democrats.

Across Michigan, absentee ballot applications for the Feb. 28 Presidential Primary are even now being received by many permanent absentee voters, and some of them, if they are Democrats, are scratching their heads and wondering why they heard something about a party caucus in May, and what the connection is, if any. We are already receiving calls at our County Party headquarters about this.

Many more Democratic voters, of course, have heard nothing about a caucus and are simply planning to vote in the Feb.…

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