Category: 2018

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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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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Bring on the hundred-year turnout storm

Bring on the hundred-year turnout storm

The death cult v. democracy One of the most under-reported stories of 2018 was that we saw the highest voter turnout in a midterm election in a century, according to the United States Elections Project. This means that 2018 we saw the most voter activation since before only white males were guaranteed the vote. And you should expect the same […]

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Trump is a loser and the emergency is that he will never accept this

Trump is a loser and the emergency is that he will never accept this

This is racist crisis that we always expected and Trump needs Before James Comey decided to make Donald Trump president, the GOP nominee’s refusal to say he would concede if defeated occupied much of our political conversation in the closing month of the 2016 election. Since his party suffered its biggest House losses since Watergate, this fear has proven correct. […]

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The GOP attack on democracy in Michigan may be the worst in the nation — but democracy can be our revenge

The GOP attack on democracy in Michigan may be the worst in the nation — but democracy can be our revenge

Michigan may show the way to destroy the cancer of conservatism Comparing miseries is tacky. And both the Michigan GOP and the Wisconsin GOP are miseries. Indubitably. From a distance, Republicans on both sides Lake Michigan may seem boring and technocratic. These are the states where the GOP was born to resist the expansion of slavery, after all. But this […]

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Republicans move to exempt 93.5% of Michigan companies from paid sick leave law. What will be Gov. Snyder’s legacy?

Republicans move to exempt 93.5% of Michigan companies from paid sick leave law. What will be Gov. Snyder’s legacy?

As Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan work to cement their anti-worker agenda into our states’ laws during their petulant, sore loser session before they lose significant political power in 2019, perhaps the most outrageous is the effort to take away sick time pay for workers in over 93% of Michigan’s firms. This is because they changed the threshold for exemption […]

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TAKE ACTION: Corporate pet stores behind effort to protect cruel “puppy mills” from regulation in Michigan

TAKE ACTION: Corporate pet stores behind effort to protect cruel “puppy mills” from regulation in Michigan

The following post was written by Beatrice M. Friedlander, JD, president of Attorneys for Animals. Ask your Michigan State Senators to stand up for man’s best friend Most Michiganders, like most Americans, agree that it is unacceptable to raise dogs and puppies in cruel conditions. Yet many puppies offered for sale in this state come from “puppy mills.” Take action […]

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Fight back against the Michigan GOP’s sore loser attacks on workers, puppies and democracy

Fight back against the Michigan GOP’s sore loser attacks on workers, puppies and democracy

Michigan, where our GOP is almost as bad as Wisconsin’s It’s not just Wisconsin. After Michigan Republicans had their worst statewide wipe-out since 1938, the profoundly (and illegally) gerrymandered GOP State House and Senate have launched a smash-and-grab attack on our democracy, our workers, our wetlands and — even! — our puppies. “It’s the worst I’ve seen,” said Mark Brewer, […]

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Michigan Republicans want to get rid of returnable bottles & cans and a half million acres of wetlands

Michigan Republicans want to get rid of returnable bottles & cans and a half million acres of wetlands

We all suspected this was going to be a VERY rough enflamed duck session and we all were right. Two bill introduced this week seek to hurt Michigan’s environment. The first is House Bill 6532. This bill would do away with Michigan’s law that requires non-reusable containers to have a deposit which encourages people to return them to the store […]

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ACTION ALERT: Help stop the unconstitutional plot to steal Michigan’s minimum wage increase

ACTION ALERT: Help stop the unconstitutional plot to steal Michigan’s minimum wage increase

When the GOP loses their bets, they use their gerrymandered majorities to make workers to pay UPDATE, 12/4/18: Michigan’s GOP-controlled House has voted to gut both the One Fair Wage minimum wage increase and earned sick leave. The bills now go to the desk of the governor. If you wonder how that’s going to go, the Detroit Free Press reports, […]

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Eclectablog 2018 Annual Fundraiser update: Additional guest – progressive attorney Mark Brewer – and our 1st round of sponsors!

Eclectablog 2018 Annual Fundraiser update: Additional guest – progressive attorney Mark Brewer – and our 1st round of sponsors!

Lots of news to share with you about our Eclectablog 2018 Annual Fundraiser on Friday, November 30th at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. First, we are thrilled to announce that, in addition to Jordan Zakarin from Progressives Everywhere, we will also have superstar progressive attorney and former Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer joining us. While the passage of Proposition […]

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