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Why do conservative extremists have it in for Planned Parenthood?  The answer may surprise you.

Why do conservative extremists have it in for Planned Parenthood? The answer may surprise you.

The following essay was written by my friend Desiree Cooper. Desiree is the author of Know the Mother, a freelance writer, and the former Communications Director for Planned Parenthood of Michigan. Enjoy. Birth control is a no-brainer. Americans have agreed that family planning is a good thing as far back as 1936, when Gallup first asked whether Americans favor the […]

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Steven Johnson, Christian hypocrite

Michigan Republican whose “Christian beliefs shape his worldview” votes to deny Flint federal funds for #FlintWaterCrisis

The effort to bring federal dollars into Flint to help them deal with the Republican-made catastrophe that poisoned their drinking water with the powerful neurotoxin lead has been long and arduous, primarily because Republicans themselves did everything they could to make the path long and arduous. First, it took nearly a year for Republican members of Congress to even pass […]

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What you need to know about accountability, tests, and music

What you need to know about accountability, tests, and music

In the past couple of days I’ve seen a number of troubling statements about education and policy-related issues, like standardized testing, from a variety of political leaders. And I keep coming back to the same word to describe how I feel after reading their ideas about the state of public education. Disappointed. One of these statements was from a hopeful […]

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Punishing people with pre-existing conditions is a national disgrace

Punishing people with pre-existing conditions is a national disgrace

House Republicans continue to show their true, cruel colors with the latest amendment to their bill to gut Obamacare. I’m sick of being a pawn in the Republican game of repeal and replace. I’m sick of being punished for having the audacity to live with a pre-existing condition. It’s abundantly clear that House Republicans do not care about the health […]

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Holocaust Remembrance Day is good day to stop acting like a fascist

Holocaust Remembrance Day is good day to stop acting like a fascist

Trump’s long-awaited platitudes mean nothing if his administration continues its propaganda wars At my Hebrew School, every day felt like Holocaust Remembrance Day. My first teacher in my first year of Bar Mitzvah preparation was a survivor of a camp, I never found out which one. We’d seen her tattoo and I noticed her occasionally brushing her fingers against it. […]

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Detroit’s water system and the roots of the Flint Water Crisis

Detroit’s water system and the roots of the Flint Water Crisis

The following guest post was written by Dennis L. Green, a retired certified Professional Engineer from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD). Dennis graduated from Cass Technical High School’s Electrical program in 1963 and received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Tech in 1969. After graduation, Dennis went to work for the Detroit Water Department, Engineering […]

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Episode 29 – Activists had more success in Trump’s first 100 days than Trump wsg Bill McKibben

Episode 29 – Activists had more success in Trump’s first 100 days than Trump wsg Bill McKibben

The show notes for Episode 29 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/04/episode-29-activists-had-more-success-in-trumps-first-100-days-than-trump-wsg-bill-mckibben.html ALERT! Trump intends to jam a government funding bill that would fund the wall and ALSO pass AHCA 2 (“American Health Care Act) this week. Call 866-426-2631 or go to www.ContactingCongress.org and let your member of Congress and U.S. Senators to fight these. Donald Trump’s Contract with the American Voter Sean […]

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Announcing our first round of Eclectablog fundraiser party sponsors! You should join them!

Announcing our first round of Eclectablog fundraiser party sponsors! You should join them!

I’m pleased to announce our first round of sponsors for the 2017 Eclectablog fundraising party. These folks have stepped up to make sure we can continue our good work and to keep growing, all the more important during this crisis time in America. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor – and many of our sponsors are individuals as […]

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Bernie Sanders Kicks off Big Debate over Reproductive Rights

Bernie Sanders Kicks off Big Debate over Reproductive Rights

The Democratic Party is a big-tent party, which I think is one of its strengths. And I’m not a big fan of one-size-fits-all litmus tests. But Bernie Sanders’ decision to endorse and champion Omaha mayoral candidate Heath Mello, who opposes abortion rights, and question the progressive cred of Jon Ossoff, the rising (pro-choice) star running for Congress in Georgia, has […]

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Turning Michigan blue again: Dem proposal for a graduated income tax is precisely what they should be fighting for

Turning Michigan blue again: Dem proposal for a graduated income tax is precisely what they should be fighting for

In March of 2015, Michigan Democrat Jim Townshend introduced legislation in the House – House Bill 4341 – that would change Michigan’s regressive flat state income tax to a graduated tax. Not surprisingly, it never went anywhere in the Republican-controlled House. And that’s a shame because, if implemented, it would increase state tax revenues by as much as $700,000,000 $870,000,000 […]

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This is why Democrats need to start talking about impeachment now

This is why Democrats need to start talking about impeachment now

The time to make the case that Trump is corrupt and abusing his power is now Verily, I tell you: Democrats need to call for Donald Trump’s impeachment, despite the false hopes it might arouse, and they need to do it now. I’ve been insisting that Democrats need to talk about impeachment since late February, despite knowing it’s not even […]

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