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Shaming our state: Instead of making hard decisions, our pols just kick it down the road

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 10/6/2010

Types: News, Politics

When the wimps running the British government sold out Czechoslovakia to Hitler, Winston Churchill, not yet in power, reportedly growled that they had been faced with a choice between war and shame. "They've chosen shame. They'll get war later." Last week, the Michigan Legislature did mu...[MORE]

Making real change: Why we could use a constitutional convention

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 9/29/2010

Types: News, Politics

Here's what puzzles me most about the Tea Party movement, as well as everyone else who says they want serious change in this state. This fall, they've got a tremendous opportunity to do so — right there for the taking. And yet, they show no interest. Maybe that's because they — and mayb...[MORE]

Tying it all together: Community input and lots of meetings are the right way to rethink Detroit

By Larry Gabriel

Published: 9/29/2010

Types: News, Politics

The first phase of Mayor Dave Bing's planning process for reinventing Detroit is done. The five forums for citizens to voice concerns, issues, gripes and goals were attended by some 4,000 people — more than the city initially anticipated.  That was a great show of civic involvement by Detroit...[MORE]

Bought and paid for: Moroun's millions and Mike Bishop's flip-flop

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: News, Politics

State Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop would have been regarded as an honest politician by at least one member of Abraham Lincoln's cabinet. Secretary of War Simon Cameron is now mostly remembered for saying, "an honest politician is one who, when he is bought, stays bought." Cameron him...[MORE]

Obama's image crisis : Why the president should ramp up his PR — and his populism

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: News, Politics

More than a half-century ago, the Democrats had a candidate who in some ways was sort of a white Barack Obama. His name was Adlai Stevenson. He was a brilliant speechmaker, also from Illinois, smart, sane and witty. Once, an adoring woman told him that all the thinking people in the country were be...[MORE]

Bing's open-secret plan: The word on the street vs. the actual facts

By Larry Gabriel

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: News, Politics

As I was watching TV the other night, my dog started growling and pacing around the room. I know from experience that means someone's approaching the house. I looked out the front window but didn't see anyone. Then I heard a tapping sound at the back door. I went into the kitchen and peeped out. The...[MORE]

Purple heartache: Why a Royal Oak resident is protesting all month long

By News Hits staff

Published: 9/8/2010

Types: News, Politics

When last we checked on Royal Oak resident Tom Mahany, he was recovering from a nearly month-long hunger strike he'd conducted in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to draw attention to the problems faced by soldiers being subjected to repeated deployments in war zones, known as "stop loss." ...[MORE]

Unfriendly places: Republican spokesperson joins unfortunate Facebook group

By News Hits staff

Published: 9/8/2010

Types: News, Politics

A reader recently contacted MT and suggested we check out the Facebook page of a guy named John Truscott. People who pay attention to politics will recall that Truscott was the wunderkind mouthpiece for John Engler during his reign as our governor. As the profile on the website of his public relati...[MORE]

Obama's Iraq problems: Why the combat might not really be over

By Robert Dreyfuss

Published: 9/8/2010

Types: News, Politics

Let's get the good news out of the way first. In President Obama's Iraq speech last week, he said that the U.S. combat role in Iraq has ended and that Iraqis have "responsibility for the security of their own country." He said that "all US troops will leave by the end of next year.&qu...[MORE]

The numbers game: New population statistics coming, but do we need more than stats?

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 9/8/2010

Types: News, Politics

So how many people does Detroit really have? The U.S. Census bureau counted us all on April 1, except for the millions they had to spend time and money hunting down afterward. We'll learn how many people each state has around Christmas. But it will be next April before we get detailed population da...[MORE]

Keep on pushing: King's legacy: If you don't keep marching, you start losing

By Larry Gabriel

Published: 9/1/2010

Types: News, Politics

Last Saturday, there were three big political rallies related to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Aug. 28, 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered the famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial. Most of the media attention went to the "Restoring Honor" right...[MORE]

Let's make a deal: When it comes to Michigan's supreme court, justice isn't blind

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 9/1/2010

Types: News, Politics

Imagine your little boy or girl gets interested in the legal system and decides he or she would like to be a judge someday. Wouldn't that just be a parent's dream? What, after all, could be a better or more important job than applying the laws and helping people understand them? It's also ever so m...[MORE]

One cheer for Obama: When GM and Chrysler were on the ropes, he helped ensure their survival

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 8/18/2010

Types: News, Politics

"I believe that the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it." —President Barack Obama, 2009 Last week was a good one for General Motors. Think about that sentence. As recently as December 2008, it seemed very possible that nobody would ever be able to write t...[MORE]

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]

Newt's well of hate: "Sharia is coming, sharia is coming," yells our psycho Paul Revere

By Robert Dreyfus

Published: 8/4/2010

Types: News, Politics

Jay Bookman, writing in the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, says that Newt Gingrich's speech last week at the American Enterprise Institute was full of "hateful, vile garbage [that] makes Joe McCarthy look measured and responsible." Joe Klein, in Time, notes wryly: "Newt Gingrich ...[MORE]

Sexy Detroit men: Our favorite paranoid wants to be a political playa

By Larry Gabriel

Published: 8/4/2010

Types: News, Politics

I was eying the goods at a local mall recently when I glanced in the window of a high-end men's clothing store. To my surprise there stood Mulenga Harangua, my conspiracy theory-believing, gossip-mongering pal, dressed in a suit while perusing the jewelry case. I was shocked. Mulenga favors giant, b...[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]

Truth out: New group to monitor the campaign claims

By News Hits Staff

Published: 7/21/2010

Types: News, Politics

With an election less than two weeks away, the primary campaign season is hitting overdrive, which means that voters are going to be subjected to all manner of ads from politicians desperate to sway opinions and win votes. One of the inevitable consequences of that desperation will be attempts by c...[MORE]

Fighting the power: Hansen Clarke vs. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 7/21/2010

Types: News, Politics

Thirty years ago, there was hope Detroit was poised for a comeback. The population had fallen, but at 1,203,339 people, we were still the nation's sixth largest city. Times were tough, but there was hope. Chrysler had loan guarantees from the government and was about to introduce the K-car, the vehi...[MORE]

Fun with funds: How pols get unlimited donations via 527s

By News Hits staff

Published: 7/14/2010

Types: News, Politics

On his official Michigan House webpage, George Cushingberry's event two weeks ago was a celebration of the blues put on by the local elected official eager to host a party. "I am pleased to sponsor this annual event and I'm asking residents and blues enthusiasts from all over to join me at our...[MORE]

State of corruption: State legislator moves to embalm new span before it can be born

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 7/7/2010

Types: News, Politics

Kurt Hesse is about as purebred a Detroiter as you can find these days. He was born here, grew up here, and still works for the company his granddad founded in 1888 — Detroit Cornice and Slate. He's a 47-year-old businessman who for years has been trying to help his community and make a livin...[MORE]

Scenes from the social forum: But what did it accomplish?

By Curt Guyette

Published: 6/30/2010

Types: News, Politics

As oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, and the quagmire in Afghanistan appears to grow more futile by the day, and the worldwide economic meltdown that began in 2008 lingers ominously, defenders of the status quo had a grand time last week snickering and sniping at folks who have the teme...[MORE]

Actions and reactions : Four protest targets — and a couple of responses

By Metro Times news staff

Published: 6/23/2010

Types: News, Politics

Four official targets for demonstrations — "actions" in the USSF vocabulary — have been slated through five days of the gathering.  The first, a rally by hundreds of protestors with 17 cardboard coffins symbolizing deaths activists blame on DTE, began Tuesday afternoon at the ...[MORE]

Radical listening: Why a Social Forum? Why Detroit?

By W. Kim Heron, Curt Guyette

Published: 6/23/2010

Types: News, Politics

With Thousands of marchers headed down Woodward Avenue toward downtown as we went to press, the second United States Social Forum got under way Tuesday at noon. It's the culmination of more than a year of organizing by a number of groups in Detroit — and the next step for the international net...[MORE]

It's the USSF, baby: Cultural high points of the lefty confab taking over Detroit

By Metro Times staff

Published: 6/23/2010

Types: News, Politics

It's the USSF, baby Along with workshops, organizing and grass roots collaborating, the U.S. Social Forum offers near nonstop cultural haps from Wednesday to Friday. Music, art, film and performance feature on the Forum's schedule, plus a slew of events happening about town, both officially and uno...[MORE]

On the move: As U.S. Social Forum draws near, here are some who are already on the way

By News Hits staff

Published: 5/19/2010

Types: News, Politics

If you are at all like News Hits, you might be anticipating the upcoming U.S. Social Forum — which will be held in Detroit beginning June 22 — a little bit the way a kid feels about Christmas. You just can't wait for it to arrive. And sometimes, when your parents weren't looking, you'd ...[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]

A war of words: Ron Scott said the wrong thing, but don't get him wrong

By Larry Gabriel

Published: 5/12/2010

Types: News, Politics

Ron Scott said the wrong thing last week and took a shellacking for it.  It started after Detroit Police Officer Brian Huff was fatally shot when responding to a report of gunshots inside one of the city's numerous vacant houses in the early hours of Monday, May 3. Four other officers were also sho...[MORE]

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