Jack Lessenberry: Desperate times call for Duggan?
By now, everyone knows that the black voters of the nation’s most troubled city decisively elected a white mayor this month. What nobody knows is what happens next.Continued ...
Sam Pollak: Here's what I've learned about the next generation
'I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. ... When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth areContinued ...
Sam Pollak: Congress takes vacation from doing nothing
Exhausted from a nonstop regimen of doing nothing, members of Congress — the best politicians money can buy — are badly in need of a vacation.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: For Detroit, it's all about the unknown
Think about this: Detroit is a city in which all power is currently held by an all-powerful emergency manager, a bankruptcy lawyer from Maryland appointed by Michigan‘s governor.Continued ...
George Weeks: Snyder, Detroit’s '60 years of decline'
Gov. Rick Snyder, who campaigned as “one tough nerd,” faces mighty tough times politically from both the left and the right in the last half of his first term.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Education system in crisis
Mike Flanagan, Michigan’s state superintendent of schools, has spent his life in public education.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 26, 2013
George Weeks: Stabenow toils in trenches for farmers
In recent weeks, I have noted Michigan lawmakers on Capitol Hill who are on the frontlines dealing with assorted scandals of the day.Continued ...
- Sunday, March 31, 2013
- George Weeks: Agema out of step
- Will: Take a swing at this trivia
- Lessenberry: A question state voters should ask
- Sunday, March 17, 2013
George Weeks: Media chatter as Snyder tackles Detroit woes
During World War II, Detroit was widely known as America's Arsenal of Democracy. Now it's increasingly known as a national arena of agony. Moan-town. As the Wall Street Journal aptly said of Gov. Rick Snyder's decision to appoint an emergency managerContinued ...
- Sunday, March 10, 2013
Jack Lessenberry: Court pick process panned
Gov. Rick Snyder made two major decisions last week, one of which got a vast amount of attention and another which drew little notice -- but should have gotten more. The one that got all the headlines, of course, was his announcement March 1 that DetContinued ...
George Weeks: Republicans praise Democrat Levin
In the wake of his announcement not to seek a seventh term in 2014, prominent Republicans joined Democrats in praising Carl Levin for his service as Michigan's longest-serving U.S. senator in history. Not to rain on that parade of praise, but it alsoContinued ...
- Sunday, February 17, 2013
Fee, tax increases vital to fix state roads
Do Michigan's lawmakers have the will to vote for some painful spending that is absolutely necessary if the state has any prayer of being economically competitive in years to come?Continued ...
Northern dynamics in Dem chief race
Of the 32 men and women who have chaired Michigan's two major parties since World War II, not one has been from northern Michigan. No Republican chair has been from north of the Grand Rapids area; no Democrat from north of the Flint area.Continued ...
- Thursday, February 14, 2013
Phil Power: Distinction between teaching, giving
Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled his proposed state budget for the next two years Feb. 7. If there is a core idea in his $50.9 billion budget message, it's the distinction between investments (teaching people how to fish) and expenditures (giving people a fish.)Continued ...
- Sunday, February 10, 2013
Lessenberry: Detroit continues its self-destructive path
To anyone not steeped in the long, dreary and self-destructive history of racial identity politics in Detroit, it is hard to see their city council's move last week to reject the state's offer to fix up Belle Isle and run it as a state park as other than sheer insanity.Continued ...
Weeks: Some applaud Gov. Snyder, but not Brewer
Those who cherish Outdoor Michigan — including the impact of the Great Lakes on the state's economy and recreation — found much to applaud in Gov. Rick Snyder's budget message last week.Continued ...
- Sunday, February 3, 2013
Lessenberry: The future of the fairgrounds
Back in 1849, when Zachary Taylor was president and Michigan had been a state for barely a dozen years, the state's farmers and merchants held the first state fair in Detroit. The fair moved around for a while, till 1905, when Joseph L. Hudson, founder of the state's iconic department store chain, bought some land on Woodward Avenue, near the city's northern border.Continued ...
George Weeks: Michigan's high-profile players on Capitol Hill
As Chairman Carl Levin presided last week over the contentious Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on confirmation of ex-Sen. Chuck Hagel to be the next U.S. Defense Secretary, I was struck by how much Michigan's congressional delegation is now on the front lines of major foreign and domestic issues facing the nation.Continued ...
- Sunday, January 27, 2013
Jack Lessenberry: GOP trying to alter the electoral landscape
Twelve years ago, the nation was bitterly divided over a presidential election that in the end was decided by what many called an outrageously partisan U.S. Supreme Court.Continued ...
George Weeks: Political rivals have common cause on vets
In 2010, Upper Peninsula surgeon Dan Benishek and longtime state lawmaker Jason Allen of Traverse City had a fierce battle for the Republican nomination for the 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Menominee. Benishek won by just 15 votes out of nearly 99,000 cast.Continued ...
- Thursday, January 24, 2013
Phil Power: Taxpayers value good education
News flash: Michigan residents want better schools, expanded early childhood programs, more support and more accountability for teachers. And they're willing to pay more to get them.Continued ...
- Thursday, January 17, 2013
Phil Power: 'Culture of dark money'
It's rare for a governor to have the power in his own hands to remedy a problem that's been embarrassing his state since the present state constitution was adopted half a century ago.Continued ...
- Sunday, January 13, 2013
Good sense needed in picking a new supreme court justice
The Hathaway mess has brought new disgrace to a court which a 2008 University of Chicago study found to be the most politicized and least respected state supreme court in the nation.Continued ...
- Jack Lessenberry: Desperate times call for Duggan?