Author: Eclectablog

Take a bow. YOU built this.

Take a bow. YOU built this.

Although I had been blogging elsewhere for awhile, the doors at Eclectablog opened up ten years ago this past summer. During that time we’ve gone from one guy writing about an eclectic assortment of topics to becoming the main progressive political blog in Michigan and one of the top progressive blogs in the country. We helped blow the lid off […]

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That shift you hear is the sound of people waking up politically and responding to their values

That shift you hear is the sound of people waking up politically and responding to their values

We found out today that the DCCC is spending money in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District to take that seat away from Fred Upton, the man who played a huge role helping to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Haley Stevens is up by double digits in the 11th District meaning that seat will swing from David Trott, the Foreclosure King. In […]

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Faced with an amateur, feckless candidate, Michigan GOP resorts to a bizarre “she’s trying to silence you” attack on Democrat Laurie Pohutsky

Faced with an amateur, feckless candidate, Michigan GOP resorts to a bizarre “she’s trying to silence you” attack on Democrat Laurie Pohutsky

The race for Michigan’s open seat in the 19th State House District is a virtual tie according to polling. Democrats have a dynamite young woman running. Laurie Pohutsky is a microbiologist (you know I have a soft spot for scientists!) who has an impressive list of endorsements from progressive and labor organizations as well as notable community leaders. She supports […]

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The resistance must be educated. Here’s how you can help.

The resistance must be educated. Here’s how you can help.

We are up against formidable political opponents. The conservative right and the corporatists — not always the same players — have spent decades rigging the game in every system imaginable in their favor. They’ve gerrymandered our districts, convinced even liberals that taxes are bad and deficits are worse, and they privatize everything not nailed down to funnel tax dollars into […]

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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate John James features a swastika in his first general election television ad

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate John James features a swastika in his first general election television ad

U.S. Senate candidate John James is the Republican running against Democrat Debbie Stabenow in the general election. James recently was revealed to making a joke about “grabbing boobs” in a campaign speech, showing just how myopic he is about our country and the issues people care about. However, his first television ad of the general election takes this to a […]

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Blue wave in 2018? Hmm… Maybe. But maybe not…

Blue wave in 2018? Hmm… Maybe. But maybe not…

Seems like all we hear these days is about how a Democratic Blue Wave is going to sweep across the country like an electoral tsunami this year on Election Day. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: It’s not going to happen. It’s not going to happen, that is, unless everyone — not just long-time Democratic Party volunteers […]

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The big, beautiful gender gap – with special guest Laura Olin

The big, beautiful gender gap – with special guest Laura Olin

Donald Trump has built a big, beautiful gender gap. And the question is, “Who is going to pay for it?” A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that registered voters prefer House Democrats to Republicans by 11 percentage points while likely voters prefer Democratic House candidates by 13 points. This divide is the result of an enthusiasm among Democrats, younger […]

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Do NOT follow idiotic advice about “plunking” for Michigan’s Supreme Court race – vote for BOTH Sam Bagenstos AND Megan Kathleen Cavanagh

Do NOT follow idiotic advice about “plunking” for Michigan’s Supreme Court race – vote for BOTH Sam Bagenstos AND Megan Kathleen Cavanagh

I was recently made aware of some truly idiotic advice being dispensed to Michigan voters about how to vote in the State Supreme Court race. I hesitated to spread it further by writing about it but (a) the person involved is high profile and (b) Eclectablog readers are savvy enough not to find his advice to be good advice. It’s […]

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UPDATED: Newly released video of Bill Schuette isn’t just “creepy” or “embarrassing”. It’s sexual harassment.

UPDATED: Newly released video of Bill Schuette isn’t just “creepy” or “embarrassing”. It’s sexual harassment.

By now you have likely seen or at least heard about a newly released video showing a young Bill Schuette acting totally inappropriately with a photo journalist. The video quickly went viral and has generated headlines like “Schuette tells woman in video: ‘I will do anything you want’” and “Schuette regrets ‘embarrassing’ exchange from 1989” and “‘I Think I Need […]

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Making Our Voices Heard to Support Strong Fuel Economy Standards

Making Our Voices Heard to Support Strong Fuel Economy Standards

The following post was contributed by my good friend Frank Houston. Frank is the Michigan Regional Program Manager of the BlueGreen Alliance, a group that encompasses a variety of progressive values: labor, environmental, and political action. For this reason, it’s a group that I’m happy to share this platform with. Enjoy. I was born and raised in Michigan. As a […]

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A tale of two Congressmen and healthcare protections for people with pre-existing conditions

A tale of two Congressmen and healthcare protections for people with pre-existing conditions

I’m delighted to share the following essay with you from my friend Mark Schauer. I worked hard to help get Mark elected to Congress representing Michigan’s 7th Congressional District in 2008 and to try to get him elected as governor in 2014. He’s a fierce warrior for the issues and values that are important to progressives and continues to make […]

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