Eclectablog site update

I thought it would please you to know I have 86ed the full-page pop-up ads that you would see on Eclectablog if you loaded more than one page. They were my highest earning ad but they are obnoxious and, frankly, none of the ads is bringing a whole lot of revenue (ads are bringing in less than $25/month total.)

I’m toying around with the idea of allowing folks to sponsor an ad of their own for a month. There are banners at the top of the page, the bottom of each post and two in the sidebar. If people were willing to contribute $20-$50, I would run the ad of their choice for a month (like I have done for the Hope Center in the right sidebar.) It could be your favorite charity, your own blog, your [cough, cough] union.…

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Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Joe Harris proposes changes to City Commission

Joseph Harris, the Emergency Manager for Benton Harbor, Michigan, is proposing a couple of major changes to the make-up of the City Commission.

Emergency Manager Joseph Harris announced Wednesday he’s filed ballot language that would shrink the Benton Harbor City Commission, but widen the commissioners’ voter base. Harris said during a town hall meeting that he filed two proposed changes to Benton Harbor’s charter with the Berrien County clerk on Tuesday. The changes will be placed on the November ballot and, if they pass, would shrink the commission from nine members to five and remove the ward system so that each candidate will battle it out city-wide.…
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UPDATED: GOP House Speaker Jase Bolger loses his day in court – appeal of recall fails on all 4 counts

Autumn Smith’s effort to recall Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger has been a roller coaster thanks to legal gymnastics Bolger has been performing. (For some history on his pathetic and desperate attempts to avoid facing his constituents at the ballot box next February, click HERE.)

When we last visited this drama, Bolger had filed a number of lawsuits against the Calhoun County including on that actually challenged the constitutionality of the Calhoun County Election Commission itself (I know, I know — I said it was desperate and pathetic.)

Well, this week, despite having spent an incredible amount of money on the best lawyers his wealth can buy, Jase Bolger lost when he had his day in court.

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A2Politico: The double-edged sword of being “The Most Beautiful Place in America”

I have a new piece up at A2Politico that looks at the impact on the area in and around the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on being named “The Most Beautiful Place in America” by “Good Morning, America” viewers. It talks about the history of the formation of the national park, why some locals are not particularly happy about all the new attention and why, in the end, I don’t think it will dramatically impact the amount of traffic the park gets.

[T]he Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is not Disney World. Experiencing the things that make it The Most Beautiful Place in America requires you seek it out, to work for it and to explore.…
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Mich GOP “identity theft” robocalls idea stolen from shameful California labor group initiative

A couple of weeks ago, I reported on a series of robocalls being conducted on the west side of the state warning people not to sign petitions because of the threat of identity theft. It’s a particularly odious tactic to suppress petition signature rates in the myriad recall and repeal efforts against Republicans across the state.

Turns out the idea originated in California with a coalition of labor groups calling themselves Californians Against Identity Theft. This group is running radio ads in addition to their absurd website. The labor groups involved are the California Building and Construction Trades Council and the California State Pipe Trades Council.…

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Ahhh…Ezra Klein, how much do I love your truth-speaking?

A lot:


The last year or so in American politics has been a tragedy. With unemployment over nine percent and underemployment closer to 16 percent, Washington has stopped talking about how to create jobs and turned its attention to cutting deficits. But it couldn’t get that done, either. Having agreed to focus on the wrong question, the two parties proceeded to disagree over how to answer it.

Perfectly nailed the political crap that has gone on for the past year in three sentences.…

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State takes first steps to placing Emergency Managers in Flint and Highland Park

Flint appears to be the next city in line for an Emergency Manager in Michigan. With only a $2 million deficit, it is still undergoing the initial review process. This is odd because, as Brandon Jessup of Michigan Forward notes, other cities with much larger problems have had their requests for an EM denied.

Interesting, though is how Flint, facing a $2 million deficit, is under review when other municipalities like Allen Park and Jackson were refused preliminary reviews. In May, Jackson mayor Karen Dunigan requested a preliminary review from the state’s treasury department based on the city’s accumulated pension debt of $20 million and $47 million in bonded debt.…
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Mitt Romney and Rick Perry both loved them some individual mandate before they hated it

The group Protect Your Care issued a statement today that reminds me of why I love liberals so much.

Statement on Rick Perry’s Letter Praising Hillary Clinton on Health Care in 1994
August 31, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Eddie Vale – eddie@protectyourcare.org

In response to Governor Rick Perry’s health care letter to then First Lady Hillary Clinton Protect Your Care Communications Director Eddie Vale issued the following statement:

As we have discussed many times before, the individual responsibility provision is a common sense, free-market idea. It was developed by the Heritage Foundation and has had bipartisan support in the past including Governors Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman.

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