Category: Guest Post

GUEST POST: An update on the Veterans Green Village project in Detroit

GUEST POST: An update on the Veterans Green Village project in Detroit

Last October, I wrote about an exciting new project in Detroit called the Veterans Green Village to bring green energy projects to the city and put military veterans to work. I have stayed in contact with Gordon Soderberg (pictured right) who heads up the project. His group has teamed up with the Motor City Blight Busters of Detroit to create […]

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GUEST POST: Students for an Ethical and Participatory Education respond to staged EAA “forum” at Eastern Michigan University

GUEST POST: Students for an Ethical and Participatory Education respond to staged EAA “forum” at Eastern Michigan University

Yesterday we heard from a faculty member about the Education Achievement Authority “public forum” held on the campus of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In that account, we learned that the forum was little more than a staged promotional event for the EAA. Today, we hear from David Chapman, an organizer with the EMU student group Students for Ethical […]

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GUEST POST: EAA forum at EMU a sham – No dialogue, just another “dog and pony show” (UPDATED)

GUEST POST: EAA forum at EMU a sham – No dialogue, just another “dog and pony show” (UPDATED)

First, I want to reiterate what I said yesterday: there is a very good chance that Republicans are close to having enough votes to to expand the State School Reform/Redesign district (HB 4369) which, for now, is only the EAA. They may vote as early as today if they get enough votes. Two Democrats, John Olumba & Harvey Santana, are […]

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GUEST POST: What the Koch brothers’ debunked Boonstra ad has to teach us about communicating with facts

GUEST POST: What the Koch brothers’ debunked Boonstra ad has to teach us about communicating with facts

“I can’t hear you with all these facts I don’t believe in in the way…” The following post is by my friend Emma White, a specialist in communications and messaging. In the wake of the epic fail of the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity ad featuring Dexter, Michigan resident Julie Boonstra, Emma’s observations & commentary on the difficulty of using […]

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GUEST POST: What the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act means to people like me

GUEST POST: What the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act means to people like me

Obamacare provides more than affordable coverage. It protects patients and their rights, too. December 23 is the last day you can buy health insurance at HealthCare.gov that kicks in on January 1, 2014. You can continue to buy coverage for 2014 through March 15. As people enroll for coverage, there’s been an emphasis on the “affordable” aspects of the Patient […]

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GUEST POST: Pam Byrnes on the importance of electing more women in 2014 – “Two words: Rape Insurance”

GUEST POST: Pam Byrnes on the importance of electing more women in 2014 – “Two words: Rape Insurance”

A woman’s place is in the House. And the Senate. And … One of the most closely watched races of 2014 is the one for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District which pits Republican incumbent Tim Walberg against former state House Speaker Pam Byrnes. The contrast could hardly be more stark. On nearly every issue you wish to name, Tim Walberg is […]

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GUEST POST – Oops: Public forgets to hate public employees

GUEST POST – Oops: Public forgets to hate public employees

They think their pensions are OK, too This guest post is by Roger Kerson, a Michigan-based media consultant for labor unions, environmental groups, and non-profit organizations. He was director of public relations at the United Auto Workers during the GM and Chrysler restructuring. As an associate of the Arlington, Virginia-based firm PRWRK, he has provided strategic counsel to the Transport […]

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GUEST POST: Protecting Wolves by Throwing Them to the Wolves?

GUEST POST: Protecting Wolves by Throwing Them to the Wolves?

Will the DNR keep “helping” the wolf population they so purposefully worked to expand??? The following guest post is by Ramona Grigg, a freelance writer, owner of the liberal blog Ramona’s Voices (which is on the Eclectablog blog roll), and a personal friend. She lives in a cabin on an island off the Upper Peninsula, making her a Yooper. As […]

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GUEST POST: A report from the Michigan Election Reform Conference in Traverse City, MI (10/11/2013)

GUEST POST: A report from the Michigan Election Reform Conference in Traverse City, MI (10/11/2013)

As I wrote about last month, the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, Michigan Center for Election Law, and Common Cause Michigan held a conference on election and campaign finance reform in Traverse City last Friday. Although I was unable to attend, my good friend and blogging pal Amy Kerr Hardin was there and put together a comprehensive report. At the request […]

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GUEST POST: Does Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr know how to manage a municipal emergency?

GUEST POST: Does Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr know how to manage a municipal emergency?

What Detroit needs is an actual expert Photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog. The following is a guest post by Roger Kerson and is Part 2 of a 2-part series. You can read Part 1 HERE. Roger is a Michigan-based media consultant for labor unions, environmental group and non-profit organizations. He was director of public relations at the […]

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GUEST POST: Finance expert says Detroit can pay pensions & bondholders and still balance its budget

GUEST POST: Finance expert says Detroit can pay pensions & bondholders and still balance its budget

There’s more to see in Detroit than meets the eye Eclectagraphic by Anne C. Savage The following is a guest post by Roger Kerson and is Part 1 of a 2-part series. Roger is a Michigan-based media consultant for labor unions, environmental group and non-profit organizations. He was director of public relations at the United Auto Workers during the GM […]

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