Tag: Michigan Republicans

Lame duck is underway in Michigan and it’s going to be a VERY rough ride for progressive values

Lame duck is underway in Michigan and it’s going to be a VERY rough ride for progressive values

It was just a few weeks ago that I was thinking, “Well, since Republicans control EVERY aspect of our state government now, at least lame duck should be quieter than usual.” That, of course, was delusional thinking and Republicans are making that very clear as we begin the 2016 lame duck – or, as I like to call it, “inflamed […]

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LAME DUCK ALERT: Michigan GOP rushing through voter suppression legislation requiring photo ID to vote

LAME DUCK ALERT: Michigan GOP rushing through voter suppression legislation requiring photo ID to vote

As the inimitable Ari Berman talked about in detail in our podcast a few weeks ago, one of the chief ways of disenfranchising poor people – particularly minorities – is to make it hard for them to vote. And one of the ways they do that is by passing laws that require a photo ID to vote on Election Day. […]

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Pay attention to Michigan. We are a micro-version of what is happening nationally.

Pay attention to Michigan. We are a micro-version of what is happening nationally.

Eclectablog, while often focusing on national issues, has a Michigan-centric component as regular readers know. That’s largely because we are the testing ground, the beta testers for what Republicans want to achieve nationally. Republicans here control the governor’s office. Our Lt. Governor is a Republican. Our Secretary of State is a Republican. Our Attorney General is a Republican. Our state […]

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Leaked document shows the extent of how GOP donor is personally profiting from new Michigan Senate office development

Leaked document shows the extent of how GOP donor is personally profiting from new Michigan Senate office development

The Michigan Republicans in the Senate are getting new offices that will cost taxpayers at least $134 million over the next three decades. They are moving from their existing location in the Farnum Building in Lansing to new offices in the Capitol View building owned by GOP donor Ron Boji. New documents not released until now show just how much […]

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Michigan Republican David Trott distributes blatantly political ad using tax dollars

Michigan Republican David Trott distributes blatantly political ad using tax dollars

Millionaire Republican Congressman David Trott recently distributed a YouTube video that is so blatantly political that the only thing missing from it is the statement, “I’m David Trott and I approve this message.” The video was sent out via his Congressional office email newsletter and talks about how “the economy is still weak” and he’s the one to fix it. […]

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One impact of Trump’s candidacy is WAY more money being spent on U.S. House and Senate races

One impact of Trump’s candidacy is WAY more money being spent on U.S. House and Senate races

In early August when FiveThirtyEight.com’s Now-Cast had Clinton with a 96.4% chance of winning the election, more than 70 Republicans signed an open letter to RNC Chair Reince Priebus begging him to stop helping fund Donald Trump’s campaign and instead divert the mone to down ticket races to shore up their majority in the U.S. House and stop Democrats from […]

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Republican Gary Glenn’s campaign admits it exploited elderly Korean War vet for political purposes

Republican Gary Glenn’s campaign admits it exploited elderly Korean War vet for political purposes

Last week I wrote about how the campaign of notorious homophobe and anti-worker Republican Gary Glenn had exploited an elderly Korean War vet in an effort to smear Glenn’s Democratic opponent Geoff Malicoat. An “open letter” was sent to multiple media outlets suggesting that horrific anti-veteran comments made on an online forum in 2006 were penned by Malicoat. The letter […]

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GOP candidate in MI-01 Jack Bergman admits he’s been living in Louisiana through at least last spring

GOP candidate in MI-01 Jack Bergman admits he’s been living in Louisiana through at least last spring

There has been a great deal of discussion in Michigan’s mammoth 1st Congressional District about whether Republican candidate Jack “You’re gonna hafta roll the dice with me” Bergman is a long-time resident of the district or if he is, in fact, a resident of Louisiana. Here’s what I wrote when I visited this race last month: In 2013, he was […]

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UPDATED: GOP House Rep. Gary Glenn exploits elderly veteran in an attempt to smear his Democratic opponent

UPDATED: GOP House Rep. Gary Glenn exploits elderly veteran in an attempt to smear his Democratic opponent

A letter was recently sent to the Midland Daily News and the Midland and Bay County Democratic Parties (and probably from others) purporting to be from a retired Korean War veteran named William Miller. The letter, titled “Open letter to the Midland Democratic Party and the citizens of Bay and Midland Counties” and sent by email, contains the link goo.gl/idnIMf […]

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The GOP’s own rules are forcing it into an internal civil war

The GOP’s own rules are forcing it into an internal civil war

There are a lot of recriminations being aimed at the Republican Party these days about allowing a narcissistic, sexist bigot to be their presidential nominee. But there was little they could do once Trump began his march toward the primary. After spending decades laying the groundwork for his faux populist candidacy, demonizing liberals, Democrats, immigrants, women, and all the other […]

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Jack Bergman: Running FOR Congress and AWAY FROM voters in MI-01, “You’re gonna hafta roll the dice with me.”

Jack Bergman: Running FOR Congress and AWAY FROM voters in MI-01, “You’re gonna hafta roll the dice with me.”

Watching Republican Jack Bergman running for Congress in Michigan’s mammoth 1st Congressional District is fascinating. He’s a charming, affable guy but when you scratch the surface of his façade, he’s not informed about many issues and he’s nothing more than a typical tea party Republican on all of the others. The campaign of the Democrat running for the seat, Lon […]

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