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Betsy DeVos is trying to buy herself a second term

Betsy DeVos is trying to buy herself a second term

The worst cabinet secretary in U.S. history wants another shot at wrecking our schools — help us stop her If you were in need of a perfect metaphor for how the Department of Education operates when it’s being run by the nation’s foremost opponent to public education, check out this post by Eclectablog’s Mitchell Robinson. You’ll learn that a Betsy […]

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In a hyper-partisan time, Michigan’s cat “declawing” ban bill is a place for unity for all the right reasons

In a hyper-partisan time, Michigan’s cat “declawing” ban bill is a place for unity for all the right reasons

I have a confession to make: I have had several cats “declawed” in my life. Of all the things I have done, this is something I am most regretful for. Why? Because, as Molly Tamulevich, the state director for the Michigan branch of the Humane Society of the United States, told me, “Declawing a cat is much more than a […]

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Get that ballot out of your mailbox.

You’ve Got Election Mail

With the passage of Proposal 3 in 2018, and 2020 being a Presidential Election Year, there has been increased attention on absentee voting, and, as a result, there are more questions from those first-time and seasoned voters as well as from campaigns and the media.   First, the envelopes that absentee ballots, directions, return envelopes and secrecy sleeves have changed so […]

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We CAN have nice things – with communications specialist Anat Shenker-Osorio

We CAN have nice things – with communications specialist Anat Shenker-Osorio

The winter 2020 Eclectablog/The GOTMFV Show podcast fundraiser is in progress. To support our important work, please click HERE. Anat Shenker-Osorio on Twitter: @anatosaurus Anat’s Brave New Words podcast page is HERE. Anat’s communications company is ASO Communications. Karlyn Borysenko on Medium: After Attending a Trump Rally, I Realized Democrats Are Not Ready For 2020 Ruy Teixeira at The Washington […]

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President Donald Trump poses for a photo with students of Saint Andrew Catholic School on Friday, March 3, 2017, during a tour of the school in Orlando, Florida. Also shown is U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

A Betsy DeVos-approved accreditation group authorized a “visa mill” college with no students or faculty

According to a breaking story in USA Today, a Betsy DeVos-sanctioned accreditation agency gave approval to operate for Reagan National University in South Dakota, a “university” with no students, faculty, administration, or facilities–things which one might think an “accreditation agency” might notice. DeVos’ Department of Education saved this accreditor from being removed from the DoE’s list of approved accreditation agencies, […]

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A community wraps its arms around a man who stood up to a bigot & a bully

A community wraps its arms around a man who stood up to a bigot & a bully

By now you’ve likely read about Adrian Iraola’s confrontation with a Class A bigot during community meeting on diversity, equity, and inclusion in Saline. When Adrian stood up to talk about the impact bullying and racial slurs had on his teenaged son, a man named Tom Burtell asked him, “Why didn’t you stay in Mexico?” The moment was caught on […]

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Everybody seems to be remarkably cool with the end of the rule of law in America

Everybody seems to be remarkably cool with the end of the rule of law in America

What’s the hurry? What if any pretense of rule of law in America were rapidly eroding and everyone was cool with it? That’s seems to what’s going on. Nicholas Grossman does an excellent job of laying out President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr’s multifarious assaults on the Constitution, which have only become more rapid and obvious since Trump’s […]

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Do you hear that? That’s the sound of people waking up politically and responding to their values

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of people waking up politically and responding to their values

As someone who heads up a County Democratic Party, I had first row seats to the the Blue Wave of 2018. It didn’t begin in 2018, of course. It began on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016. As a nation woke up to the terrifying reality that a misogynistic, racist show business conman had been elected as the President of the United […]

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Political fundraising is off the hook

Political fundraising is off the hook

Dude, is your hair on fire???! “We came up a little short” “I just got the numbers from Sara and they don’t look good” “The deadline is midnight tonight” “Can you chip in to make sure we beat Trump?” If your email inbox looks like mine, you spend what feels like hours a day deleting fundraising emails from candidates and […]

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Apps vs Paper Ballots

Preventing the Iowa Caucus Dumpster Fire in Michigan

After the Iowa Caucus disaster last week, I received many calls inquiring how we (Michigan election officials) were going to make sure Michigan’s primary election does not turn into an Iowa-level debacle. While there are many things that set Michigan apart from Iowa, at its core, the main reason this will not happen in Michigan is simple: Michigan has professionals […]

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Paper ballots > Apps — with special guest elections specialist Barb Byrum

Paper ballots > Apps — with special guest elections specialist Barb Byrum

Help The GOTMFV Show and Progressives Everywhere raise $10,000 for Run For Something candidates by Super Tuesday by clicking HERE. Barb Byrum on Twitter: @BarbByrum Barb Byrum at Eclectablog: Prepare yourselves: Michigan election results could be delayed. There is, however, a solution. Barb Byrum at Eclectablog: A Student’s Guide to Voting in Michigan Barb Byrum at Eclectablog: Republican state Senator […]

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