Author: Eclectablog

Big Oil AstroTurf group comes to the rescue of Enbridge Energy and its ticking time bomb, the 66-year old Line 5 pipeline

Big Oil AstroTurf group comes to the rescue of Enbridge Energy and its ticking time bomb, the 66-year old Line 5 pipeline

If you worried that poor, maligned Enbridge Energy was alone in its fight against the monstrous power of Michigan citizens who are desperate to save our Great Lakes from an unimaginable environmental catastrophe, you may now rest easy. A new corporate front group, an “AstroTurf” group as they are frequently called, has come to their aid, posing as, in their […]

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Why can’t we believe Donald Trump is a genius? with special guest Jennifer Mercieca, historian of American political rhetoric

Why can’t we believe Donald Trump is a genius? with special guest Jennifer Mercieca, historian of American political rhetoric

Jennifer Mercieca on Twitter: @JenMercieca Jennifer Mercieca’s website: JenniferMercieca.com Jennifer Mercieca’s essay Dangerous Demagogues and Weaponized Communication is HERE. Jennifer Mercieca at Just Security: Mueller Report Illustrates Trump’s Authoritarian Rhetorical Tactics Jennifer Mercieca at Zocalo Public Square: Preaching civility won’t save American democracy Chris Savage at Eclectablog: Donald Trump is playing the role of The Mule from Isaac Asimov’s Foundation […]

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The Trump administration is murdering the primary chemical safety oversight group in America and even Big Business doesn’t like it

The Trump administration is murdering the primary chemical safety oversight group in America and even Big Business doesn’t like it

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, one of America’s largest chemical industry disasters For the past three years, the Trump administration has made it quite clear they want to eliminate the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) by zeroing out its funding. The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical […]

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Republican John James gives Michigan voters a second chance to reject him, may be the first person to lose to TWO sitting U.S. Senators

Republican John James gives Michigan voters a second chance to reject him, may be the first person to lose to TWO sitting U.S. Senators

It’s not every day that a candidate tees themself up to be rejected by voters TWICE and to be defeated by not one, but TWO sitting U.S. Senators. But this week, that’s precisely what John James did, announcing he will run for U.S. Senate in Michigan a second time, this time facing off against the highly popular and well-funded Gary […]

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Don’t trust the plan – with special guest Sarah Kendzior

Don’t trust the plan – with special guest Sarah Kendzior

Sarah Kendzior on Twitter: @SarahKendzior Buy Sarah Kendzior’s book The View from Flyover Country – Dispatches from the Forgotten America HERE. Listen to Sarah’s podcast with Andrea Chalupa, Gaslit Nation, HERE. The “Dirty, Dirty Giuliani” episode is HERE. Support the Gaslit Nation podcast at their Patreon HERE. Compare his forceful March statement to his weak May letter (both of which […]

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How Michigan Gov. Whitmer can save Medicaid coverage for more than 70,000 recipients in one simple step – with special guest Sam Bagenstos

How Michigan Gov. Whitmer can save Medicaid coverage for more than 70,000 recipients in one simple step – with special guest Sam Bagenstos

Sam Bagenstos on Twitter: @SBagen Linsay VanHulle at Bridge: Snyder signs bills that weaken Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws Sam Bagenstos at Bridge: Here’s how Gov. Whitmer can limit impact of Medicaid work requirements Jordan Zakarin on Twitter: @JordanZakarin Progressives Everywhere on Twitter: @Progressives50 Progressives Everywhere website: ProgressivesEverywhere.org Jordan’s important project: Election-Calendar.com Give us a five-star review at iTunes! […]

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Dudes, show up – Stopping the bans on abortion is a human rights issue – with special guest Lizz Winstead

Dudes, show up – Stopping the bans on abortion is a human rights issue – with special guest Lizz Winstead

Lizz Winstead on Twitter: @LizzWinstead Lady Parts Justice on Twitter: @LadyPJustice Lady Parts Justice League on Twitter: @LPJLeague LPJL’s website: LPJLeague.org Support the important work being done by the Lady Parts Justice League by making a tax-deductible donation HERE. Find your local abortion fund to support by going to the National Network of Abortion Funds HERE. Sister Song’s Reproductive Justice […]

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BECOMING GILEAD – Abortion bans in America by state

BECOMING GILEAD – Abortion bans in America by state

As has becoming glaringly obvious, the forced birth lobby in America has been operating in a well-coordinated fashion to end the legal right of women to seek an abortion. Like the Sons of Jacob in A Handmaid’s Tale, they want to take away a woman’s right to control her own reproductive decisions and hand those decisions over to misogynistic religious […]

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Will Facebook break US up? with special guest Harold Feld from Public Knowledge

Will Facebook break US up? with special guest Harold Feld from Public Knowledge

Harold Feld on Twitter: @HaroldFeld Public Knowledge on Twitter: @PublicKnowledge Public Knowledge’s website: PublicKnowledge.org Get your FREE copy of The Case for the Digital Platform Act at DigitalPlatformAct.com or by texting PLATFORM to 52886. Jordan Zakarin on Twitter: @JordanZakarin Progressives Everywhere on Twitter: @Progressives50 Progressives Everywhere website: ProgressivesEverywhere.org Join Progressives Everywhere in supporting Amy Laufer in her campaign to win […]

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The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of wealth-based, punitive driver’s license suspension scheme

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of wealth-based, punitive driver’s license suspension scheme

The following post was written by Rebecca Ramaswamy. Rebecca is a civil rights attorney at Equal Justice Under Law, and one of the attorneys on the Fowler v. Benson case in Michigan. The Litigation Long Game As a Michigan native, I was excited when my D.C.-based civil rights organization, Equal Justice Under Law, decided to bring a lawsuit against my […]

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Betsy DeVos rewrites the definition of “public schools” to suit her own Christian Dominionist ideology

Betsy DeVos rewrites the definition of “public schools” to suit her own Christian Dominionist ideology

In a presidential administration that seems to function as a turnstile with people coming and going from their positions on a nearly continuous basis, one person seems to be a constant: Betsy DeVos. It’s no surprise, of course. She and her husband and other families members give enormous amounts of money to Republicans. The Center for Responsive Politics found the […]

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