Author: Eclectablog

The eyes of the nation are on Michigan – with special guest Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes

The eyes of the nation are on Michigan – with special guest Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes

Lavora Barnes on Twitter: @LavoraBarnes Michigan Democratic Party on Twitter: @MichiganDems Michigan Democratic Party website: MichiganDems.com Susan Demas and Ken Coleman at Michigan Advance: Barnes elected MDP’s first Black female chair Chris Savage & LOLGOP at Eclectablog: [PODCAST] May the best organizers win – with special guest Organizing Corps 2020 Exec Director Rachel Haltom-Irwin Chris Savage at Eclectablog: Released emails […]

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It’s not just Michigan: Betsy DeVos and the Koch brothers have immiserated teachers across the entire USA

It’s not just Michigan: Betsy DeVos and the Koch brothers have immiserated teachers across the entire USA

A couple of weeks ago, I published an essay titled Betsy DeVos and the Koch brothers must be so proud: Michigan teacher salaries down 16% from 2009. The title is pretty self-explanatory and the bottom line is that there is a very predictable (and predicted) teacher shortage in our state now because of how we have demonized, diminished, and demeaned […]

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Federal court rules Michigan’s Congressional, State House, and State Senate districts unconstitutional – Here’s why that’s a BFD

Federal court rules Michigan’s Congressional, State House, and State Senate districts unconstitutional – Here’s why that’s a BFD

In what can only be described as some of the best news I have heard this year, particularly regarding Michigan, a three-judge federal panel declared many of Michigan’s Congressional, State House, and State Senate districts to be unconstitutional. Their decision (which you can read HERE) was unanimous: The “predominate purpose” of the redistricting plan approved by the GOP-led Legislature in […]

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Do you have a clue about Q? – with special guest Travis View from the QAnon Anonymous podcast

Do you have a clue about Q? – with special guest Travis View from the QAnon Anonymous podcast

Travis View on Twitter: @Travis_View QAnon Anonymous podcast on Twitter: @QAnonAnonymous Subscribe to the QAnon Anonymous podcast on iTunes HERE. Support the QAnon Anonymous podcast through their Patreon HERE. Tom Porter at Business Insider: QAnon conspiracy theorists turned out in force at Trump’s Michigan rally as he hailed victory over ‘deep state’ Mike Rothschild at The Daily Dot: Trump’s Michigan […]

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Being part of a progressive community has never been more important than it is right now, right here

Being part of a progressive community has never been more important than it is right now, right here

This isn’t just a website. This is a community. Today is the last day of our 2nd Quarter fundraiser for 2019 here at Eclectablog. We try not to do this too often. The fact is, none of here enjoys asking you to send us money. In truth, I am probably the worst fundraiser in progressive politics. But, I am so […]

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HEY, AMERICA! Don’t just sit there! DO something!

HEY, AMERICA! Don’t just sit there! DO something!

In times like these, it’s… Screw it. There have never been “times like these” in American history. Yes, we’ve had presidents who were incompetent or narcissistic and who surrounded themselves with like-minded, power-hungry sycophants. And we’ve had Congresses that have abdicated their duty to hold our leadership accountable. But we have never had the sort of confluence of all of […]

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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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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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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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