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Bernero vs. Snyder: Charting possible outcomes in what should be a damn exciting campaign

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 8/11/2010

Types: News, Politics, Election

To my surprise, I was happy with the way the primary election turned out, even though one of the candidates I recommended didn't win.  Speaker of the House Andy Dillon had the better credentials. He was the only one of all the candidates to take a firm position supporting the Detroit International ...[MORE]

After voting, what?: Politics today: Important, ugly and too often ignored

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 8/4/2010

Types: News, Politics, Election

By the time you are reading this, you'll know who the major party nominees for governor are in our battered state of Michigan. But the question is — do you care? Sadly, for far too many of us, the answer seems to be ... not much. That's sort of bizarre, given that unemployment has been abysm...[MORE]

Who for governor?: Our candidates, from the worst to the not-so-worst

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 7/28/2010

Types: News, Politics, Election

COPPER HARBOR — Go vote on Tuesday, damn it. There may be no more important election in Michigan history than this year's. We — those of us who bother to vote, that is — will choose a new governor and a mostly new Legislature. That's the case every few years. But this one comes at...[MORE]

Push and shove: Some legislators look to curb corporate dollars in state races

By Curt Guyette

Published: 5/19/2010

Types: News, Politics, Election

The issue of campaign finance reform is a little bit like a schoolyard shoving match. One side gives a push. The other side pushes back. On Monday, a group of Michigan legislators responded to a massive thump to the chest delivered earlier this year when the U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates...[MORE]

Ballot boxing: When it comes to the mayoral election dustup, Tom Barrow has a point

By News Hits staff

Published: 5/12/2010

Types: News, Politics, Election

News Hits went to court Monday to listen to attorneys argue over a lawsuit filed by Tom Barrow, who ran against Dave Bing in last November's Detroit mayoral race. In case you haven't heard, Bing won. The thing is, Barrow remains unconvinced of that. Under reasonable circumstances, there shouldn't ...[MORE]

Independents day?: Don't think the governor should be your best buddy? Here's your man.

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 3/17/2010

Types: News, Politics, Election

John Joseph Henry Schwarz grew up a Republican. He supported the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Earlier, he served in Vietnam, and, afterward, went back to Indochina — with the CIA. He supported his friend John McCain for president two years ago, and twice was endorsed for Congress by George W...[MORE]

Trolling for a governor: A shortlist of gubernatorial contenders

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 3/10/2010

Types: News, Politics, Election

Twenty-five years ago, when my hair was still dark and "hypertext" was something you banged out after too many cups of coffee, I was in Poland, reporting about life under communism's last repressive phase. One day, a bitter young man at the University of Warsaw put things this way: "C...[MORE]

Master of the obvious: Deep-pocketed venture capitalist wants to be your governor; says so in TV ad

By News Hits staff

Published: 2/17/2010

Types: News, Politics, Election

Freelance contributor Corey Hall, who usually does movie reviews for this rag, volunteered to join the News Hits team this week to do a little venting over a Super Bowl commercial he found particularly irritating. Here is Hall's pithy report: Super Bowl viewers statewide were served an unusual sid...[MORE]

Peters, principally: He was one of the freshmen congressmen who rode in on Obama’s coattails. What happens next?

By Sandra Svoboda

Published: 1/13/2010

Types: News, Politics, Election

People did vie to shake his hand and share his lunch table, but having U.S. Rep. Gary Peters at a homeless shelter last week for a meeting of community group leaders wasn't exactly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many people there. After all, the first-term Democratic congressman from Bloomfiel...[MORE]

Votes and doubts: Barrow demands recounts, then an investigation. Here's why.

By News Hits staff

Published: 1/6/2010

Types: News, Politics, Election

News Hits isn't exactly ready to jump down the rabbit hole Tom Barrow wants to lead us all into, but we're interested enough to peer over the edge of it and look into the depths of how elections are conducted in Detroit. The question is: Will any of the many officials Barrow wrote last week to...[MORE]

Detroit council consultations: 18 candidates x 13 questions = too much for the paper alone

By Curt Guyette

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

It is difficult to recall a Detroit City Council race that's been more wide open, or more important to the city. Two incumbents decided not to seek re-election. A third failed to make it past the primary. And one — Monica Conyers — was removed from the race after pleading guilty to a br...[MORE]

Detroit City Council Candidate Questionnaire: Shelley Iris Foy

By Metro Times staff

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

About 50 percent of the city's $1.8 billion general fund is spent on salaries and benefits. Is there a way to address an accumulated deficit of at least $300 million and avoid the risk of insolvency without significantly reducing those worker costs? If not, by what percentage overall do you thin...[MORE]

Detroit City Council Candidate Questionnaire: Saunteel Jenkins

By Metro Times staff

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

About 50 percent of the city's $1.8 billion general fund budget is spent on salaries and benefits. Is there a way to address an accumulated deficit of at least $300 million and avoid the risk of insolvency without significantly reducing those worker costs? If not, by what per...[MORE]

Detroit City Council Candidate Questionnaire: Raphael B. Johnson

By Metro Times staff

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

About 50 percent of the city's $1.8 billion general fund budget is spent on salaries and benefits. Is there a way to address an accumulated deficit of at least $300 million and avoid the risk of insolvency without significantly reducing those worker costs? If not, by what percentage overall do y...[MORE]

Detroit City Council Candidate Questionnaire: Mohamed Okdie

By Metro Times staff

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

About 50 percent of the city's $1.8 billion general fund budget is spent on salaries and benefits. Is there a way to address an accumulated deficit of at least $300 million and avoid the risk of insolvency without significantly reducing those worker costs? If not, by what percentage overall do y...[MORE]

Detroit City Council Candidate Questionnaire: Lisa Howze

By Metro Times staff

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

About 50 percent of the city's $1.8 billion general fund budget is spent on salaries and benefits. Is there a way to address an accumulated deficit of at least $300 million and avoid the risk of insolvency without significantly reducing those worker costs? If not, by what percentage overall do y...[MORE]

Detroit City Council Candidate Questionnaire: Kwame Kenyatta

By Metro Times staff

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

About 50 percent of the city's $1.8 billion general fund budget is spent on salaries and benefits. Is there a way to address an accumulated deficit of at least $300 million and avoid the risk of insolvency without significantly reducing those worker costs? If not, by what percentage overall do y...[MORE]

Detroit City Council Candidate Questionnaire: Kenneth V. Cockrel Jr.

By Metro Times staff

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

About 50 percent of the city's $1.8 billion general fund budget is spent on salaries and benefits. Is there a way to address an accumulated deficit of at least $300 million and avoid the risk of insolvency without significantly reducing those worker costs? If not, by what percentage overall do y...[MORE]

Detroit City Council Candidate Questionnaire: JoAnn Watson

By Metro Times staff

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

About 50 percent of the city's $1.8 billion general fund budget is spent on salaries and benefits. Is there a way to address an accumulated deficit of at least $300 million and avoid the risk of insolvency without significantly reducing those worker costs? If not, by what percentage overall do y...[MORE]

Detroit City Council Candidate Questionnaire: James Tate

By Metro Times staff

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

About 50 percent of the city's $1.8 billion general fund budget is spent on salaries and benefits. Is there a way to address an accumulated deficit of at least $300 million and avoid the risk of insolvency without significantly reducing those worker costs? If not, by what percentage overall do y...[MORE]

Detroit City Council Candidate Questionnaire: Jai-Lee Dearing

By Metro Times staff

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

About 50 percent of the $1.8 billion general fund budget is spent on salaries and benefits.  Is there a way to address an accumulated deficit of at least $300 million and avoid the risk of insolvency without significantly reducing those worker costs?  If not, by what percentage overall do you th...[MORE]

Detroit City Council Candidate Questionnaire: Fred Elliott Hall

By Metro Times staff

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

About 50 percent of the city's $1.8 billion general fund budget is spent on salaries and benefits. Is there a way to address an accumulated deficit of at least $300 million and avoid the risk of insolvency without significantly reducing those worker costs? If not, by what percentage overall do y...[MORE]

Detroit City Council Candidate Questionnaire: David Jonathan Cross

By Metro Times staff

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

About 50 percent of the city's $1.8 billion general fund budget is spent on salaries and benefits. Is there a way to address an accumulated deficit of at least $300 million and avoid the risk of insolvency without significantly reducing those worker costs? If not, by what percentage overall do y...[MORE]

Detroit City Council Candidate Questionnaire: Charles Pugh

By Metro Times staff

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

About 50 percent of the city's $1.8 billion general fund budget is spent on salaries and benefits. Is there a way to address an accumulated deficit of at least $300 million and avoid the risk of insolvency without significantly reducing those worker costs? If not, by what percentage overall do y...[MORE]

Detroit City Council Candidate Questionnaire: Brenda Jones

By Metro Times staff

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

About 50 percent of the city's $1.8 billion general fund budget is spent on salaries and benefits. Is there a way to address an accumulated deficit of at least $300 million and avoid the risk of insolvency without significantly reducing those worker costs? If not, by what percentage overall do y...[MORE]

Detroit City Council Candidate Questionnaire: Andre Spivey

By Metro Times staff

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

About 50 percent of the city's $1.8 billion general fund budget is spent on salaries and benefits.  Is there a way to address an accumulated deficit of at least $300 million and avoid the risk of insolvency without significantly reducing those worker costs? If not, by what percentage overall do y...[MORE]

Detroit City Council Candidate Questionnaire: Alberta Tinsley-Talabi

By Metro Times staff

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

About 50 percent of the city's $1.8 billion general fund budget is spent on salaries and benefits. Is there a way to address an accumulated deficit of at least $300 million and avoid the risk of insolvency without significantly reducing those worker costs? If not, by what percentage overall do y...[MORE]

Mayor's race? What mayor's race?: Why there’s so little attention in a city with so much on the line

By Curt Guyette

Published: 7/22/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

On a Thursday afternoon in mid-July, about 40 folks have gathered in the sanctuary of Liberty Temple Baptist Church on Detroit's west side to hear from five people who want to be the city's next mayor. The candidates are varied and optimistic, earnest and ... What's that you say? There's a mayor's ...[MORE]

Plunk you: Why voting less can mean more

By News Hits staff

Published: 7/22/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

News Hits was impressed to see the Freep's City Council slate last Sunday, the apparently painstaking culmination of combing survey responses from 90 candidates and interviews with two dozen finalists. The Freep gives a deserved nod to Council President Ken Cockrel Jr. and council member Brenda Jone...[MORE]

Time for real change: Why Detroiters should elect council members by district

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 7/1/2009

Types: News, Politics, Election

There's a great temptation to say that, hey, the system works after all! Monica Conyers has pleaded guilty and is presumably on her way to the slam. Kwame Kilpatrick was found out, thrown out, convicted, jailed and run out of town. What more proof do you need? But if you think that, you are wrong. ...[MORE]

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