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“Why don’t you just leave?” — The case for staying in the fight for Michigan

“Why don’t you just leave?” — The case for staying in the fight for Michigan

Every time the Republicans who run Michigan do some new incredibly regressive thing, I hear it from several people: “WHY DON’T YOU JUST LEAVE?” When Republicans imposed the most draconian, anti-democratic law on our state — our infamous “Emergency Manager” Law — I heard it. When Republicans passed a huge tax cut for corporations and paid for it by raising […]

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This is how Democrats could win the future — pretty cheaply

This is how Democrats could win the future — pretty cheaply

Michigan can be the model for turning purple and then red states back into functioning democracies. Your support of Eclectablog can help. Rep. Fred Upton is on the run. In 2017, he single-handedly kept Obamacare repeal alive with the “Upton Amendment” that made House Republicans more comfortable with gutting protections for Americans with pre-exisiting conditions. In 2019, he’s playing up […]

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We’ve Got Issues: How can you find out more about the issues you care about?

We’ve Got Issues: How can you find out more about the issues you care about?

I’ve got issues. We all do. For me, it’s all about public education. It’s what I’ve dedicated my professional life to, and I have pretty strong feelings about supporting public schools, teachers, and students, and protecting the institution of public education from attacks by persons like Michigan’s own Betsy DeVos. Your issue may be affordable health care. Or making sure […]

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Michigan gave the USA Betsy DeVos. Help us atone for that and make the world a better place.

Michigan gave the USA Betsy DeVos. Help us atone for that and make the world a better place.

Michiganders tried. We REALLY did. We TRIED to warn America about Betsy DeVos. We tried to tell the country that she is the epitome of everything that is wrong about the corporatist and dominionist approach to the destruction of public education. And nobody was more outspoken about her and her horrid goals than the writers here at Eclectablog. We’ve written […]

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[PODCAST] Tax the Rich Day – with special guest Maura Quint (@BehindYourBack) from The Tax March

[PODCAST] Tax the Rich Day – with special guest Maura Quint (@BehindYourBack) from The Tax March

In addition to being Tax the Rich Day at Eclectablog, it’s also Fundraiser Week. Click HERE for more details on how you can support ad-free, progressive writing and commentary. For a mere $1 per day, $52, you can help keep us going for another year. Thank you! Maura Quint on Twitter: @BehindYourBack The Tax March on Twitter: @TaxMarch The Tax […]

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Accountability is the foundation upon which our republic is built. Here’s one way YOU can help shore up that foundation.

Accountability is the foundation upon which our republic is built. Here’s one way YOU can help shore up that foundation.

America is in big trouble these days. It’s not just that we have a narcissistic liar “leading” the country. It’s that our elected officials are unwilling to hold Donald Trump and his band of merry grifters accountable for their un-American policies and actions. Accountability. That’s the foundation upon which our republic is built. Elected officials and other leaders must be […]

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Polls and shame aren’t enough. You have to make the case that Medicare for All is better than employer insurance.

Polls and shame aren’t enough. You have to make the case that Medicare for All is better than employer insurance.

Most Americans are happy with their current insurance, but they may have no idea what it is costing them Let me start with some truisms. America cannot go on being the only rich country on earth that lets tens of millions of its citizens go without insurance or enough health insurance. We cannot go on spending more on health care […]

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Betsy DeVos and the Koch brothers must be so proud: Michigan teacher salaries down 16% from 2009

Betsy DeVos and the Koch brothers must be so proud: Michigan teacher salaries down 16% from 2009

It’s taken years of concerted effort but, at long last, Betsy DeVos and the Koch brothers can finally claim victory: Teachers in Michigan are now paid less today in both real and corrected-for-inflations dollars. In 2009, the average teacher salary in our state was $63,025. In 2017, the most recent year for which we have data, the average was only […]

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When Betsy DeVos “Likes” Your “Research”…

The New York Post recently published an eye-catching headline (“Case closed: Charter schools deliver more education ‘bang’ for the buck“) about a new “research study” (more on that in a bit…) from Corey DeAngelis and Patrick Wolf, from the Walton Family Foundation-funded “Department of Education Reform”, not to be confused with an actual school or college of education, that…you know…prepares […]

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[PODCAST] Understand Sadopopulism and you’ll understand Trump voters (HINT: they’re not fools) – with special guest Teri Kanefield

[PODCAST] Understand Sadopopulism and you’ll understand Trump voters (HINT: they’re not fools) – with special guest Teri Kanefield

Teri Kanefield on Twitter: @Teri_Kanefield Teri Kanefield’s website: TeriKanefield.com Teri Kanefield’s tweet storms in blog form: TeriKanefield-blog.com Sadopopulism, explained: (Thread) Trump, the ACA, and Sadopopulism The Trump administration is backing the full elimination of the Affordable Care Act: @JoyAnnReid, maybe it isn’t spite. Maybe it's what Yale prof. @TimothyDSnyder calls Sadopopulism. "What the heck is that?" you ask? . . […]

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Trump’s ‘animals’ comment shows what he was thinking as he orphaned thousands of kids

Trump’s ‘animals’ comment shows what he was thinking as he orphaned thousands of kids

Trump’s comments came during the period when he was most actively caging and orphaning kids This tweet resurfacing Donald Trump’s comments calling immigrants “animals” went viral this weekend: [email protected] on people asking for asylum “These aren’t people. These are animals.” pic.twitter.com/pTKY08Obm2 — Mark Elliott (@markmobility) April 5, 2019 Yes, this actual comment was made on May 16, 2018. Members of […]

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