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I love AOC but calling the Democratic Party “center-conservative” is insulting & doesn’t help elect anyone (except Republicans)

I love AOC but calling the Democratic Party “center-conservative” is insulting & doesn’t help elect anyone (except Republicans)

Earlier this week, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) had this to say: The Democratic Party is not a left party, the Democratic Party is a center, or center-conservative party. We can’t even get a floor vote on “Medicare for All,” not even a floor vote that gets voted down. We can’t even get a vote on it, so this is not […]

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Prepare yourselves: Michigan election results could be delayed. There is, however, a solution.

Prepare yourselves: Michigan election results could be delayed. There is, however, a solution.

With the passage of Proposal 3 in 2018, Michigan is seeing a significant increase in voters taking advantage of voting by absent voter ballots. In Ingham County, we have held three elections under the new law, and now know firsthand of the need for updates in Michigan Election Law and Bureau of Elections’ promulgated rules and required procedures as a […]

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ATTENTION MICHIGANDERS! Now is the time to request an absentee ballot for the March primary election!

ATTENTION MICHIGANDERS! Now is the time to request an absentee ballot for the March primary election!

With the March 2020 Presidential Primary Election right around the corner, county, city, and township clerks are making preparations. We are also seeing an increase in voters utilizing the opportunity to vote via absent voter (AV) ballot (also known in some states as “Vote at Home”) since the passage of Proposal 3 in 2018. Local clerks are sending out Absent […]

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Please welcome our newest Eclectablogger, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum!

Please welcome our newest Eclectablogger, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum!

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that we have added a new blogger here at Eclectablog. Barb Byrum is a dear friend and a passionate warrior for progressive issues and voting rights & election integrity in particular. Barb is currently in her second term as Ingham County Clerk, serving as the county’s chief elections official. […]

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Enbridge construction debris described as no “safety or environmental risk” nearly spears the 67-year-old pipeline

Enbridge construction debris described as no “safety or environmental risk” nearly spears the 67-year-old pipeline

We’ve been writing about Line 5, Enbridge’s 67-year-old twin pipelines under the straights of Mackinac for 5 years now: June 23, 2015 — Enbridge Line 5 pipeline beneath Straits of Mackinac – too old, unsafe, and a threat to the Great Lakes September 10, 2015 — As protesters call for Straits of Mackinac oil pipeline to be shut down, Enbridge […]

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“Two North” – A true Christmas story

“Two North” – A true Christmas story

“Two North” is a story about a Christmas when I was in grade school during a period when my mom was spending time on the psychiatric ward of our town’s hospital after trying to commit suicide to escape a physically-abusive husband. I was thirteen. It was a cataclysmic event in our lives but it brought us together into a two-person […]

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Rating the Presidential Candidates at the Public Education Forum…with the Danielson Teacher Evaluation Rubric!

Rating the Presidential Candidates at the Public Education Forum…with the Danielson Teacher Evaluation Rubric!

I just got home from Pittsburgh where Chris Savage and I were covering the Public Education Forum for Eclectablog, and have been looking forward to sharing my thoughts on what transpired. Before we get to the candidates’ performances, I want to make sure to congratulate the organizers of this event, especially Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers, and […]

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Don’t feel sorry for me

Don’t feel sorry for me

“I feel sorry for you…I wish you weren’t missing out” “So like…what do you do for fun, then?” “So were you forced to wear the hijab? Do you have to keep it on when you get married? Oh and do you have a say in your marriage or are your parents going to decide for you? Cuz I know how […]

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What exactly will it take for GOP Senate candidate John James to renounce Ted Nugent-wannabe Kid Rock’s endorsement?

What exactly will it take for GOP Senate candidate John James to renounce Ted Nugent-wannabe Kid Rock’s endorsement?

When he ran for U.S. Senate against Democrat Debbie Stabenow, John James proudly bragged about an endorsement he received from Ted Nugent-wannabe Kid Rock. See for yourself: He not only appeared on stage with Bob Ritchie (Rock’s real name), he hung out with him backstage: Ritchie has been trying to out-idiot Ted Nugent for a long time in what appears […]

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Eclectablog 2019 annual fundraiser party – support Words That Can Save Democracy

Eclectablog 2019 annual fundraiser party – support Words That Can Save Democracy

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Philly refiner pays out nearly $5 million in bonuses, then declares bankruptcy throwing over 1,000 people out of work

Philly refiner pays out nearly $5 million in bonuses, then declares bankruptcy throwing over 1,000 people out of work

On June 21st of this year, an explosion rocked the Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery in Philadelphia causing a massive amount of damage to the facility. The gigantic fire ball was captured on video by @1NiceTownBean: @6abc @CBSPhilly @FOX29philly Philadelphia energy Solutions Refining Complex at about 4:15 am pic.twitter.com/vK1Vs2MEfR — hood’s favorite vegan (@1nicetownbean) June 21, 2019 This explosion was […]

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