- Thursday, August 30, 2012
Phil Power: Issues change, debate doesn't
"A republic, madam, if you can keep it." — Benjamin FranklinContinued ...
- Sunday, August 26, 2012
Jack Lessenberry: Enbridge spill creates a citizen activist
Katy Bodenmiller wasn’t planning on becoming an activist. She thinks of herself as simply “a freelance graphic designer who loves to garden.”Continued ...
George Weeks: High national profile for 1st District race
Over the decades, Michigan’s northernmost congressional district has had prominent veteran members of the U.S. House, including 1953-64 Rep. Victor Knox, R-Sault Ste. Marie, and 1993-2010 Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Menominee.Continued ...
- Enbridge spill creates a citizen activist
- High national profile for 1st District race
- Thursday, August 23, 2012
Phil Power: Iron ore strong in U.P.
Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been a powerfully mining-oriented place ever since early explorers were astonished to discover enormous chunks of pure copper in the Keweenaw Peninsula.Continued ...
- Sunday, August 19, 2012
- Jack Lessenberry: Developer has a hand in Detroit's rebirth
- George Weeks: Hoekstra seeks six debated with Stabenaw
- Sunday, August 12, 2012
Snyder rallies automobile states
Now comes Republican Gov. Rick Snyder with announcement of creation of the bipartisan National Governors Auto Caucus to promote "robust auto manufacturing." The other founding governors are Democrat Jay Nixon of Missouri and Republican Bill Haslam of Tennessee.Continued ...
Big confusion at the polls
Michigan's primary election didn't attract much attention or draw many voters. But it may have sparked a huge controversy that had nothing to do with any candidates on the ballot.Continued ...
- Sunday, August 5, 2012
Voters ignore primaries
Ten years ago, about a week after that year's August primary, I was having lunch with former Gov. Jim Blanchard when a man came by, beaming happily.Continued ...
Benishek-McDowell race called 'toss-up'
With the general election about upon us, Michigan's most competitive congressional contest appears to be in the sprawling 1st District, where freshman Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, faces a rematch with ex-state representative Gary McDowell, D-Rudyard, who lost in 2010.Continued ...
- Sunday, July 29, 2012
George Weeks: Code red alert
Some Michigan cities last week had code red smog alerts for unhealthy air pollution. Also taking a turn for the worse: the political ozone on broadcast airwaves across this battleground state.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Process needs fix
General Robert E. Lee brushed aside suggestions that he carry on a guerrilla campaign after the South lost the Civil War. That wasn't what gentlemen did when they were beaten, fair and square.Continued ...
- Thursday, July 26, 2012
Phil Power: Investing in 'human capital'
Great oaks start from little acorns — and maybe something great will happen as a result of a meeting in Lansing last week that was meant to start reworking our cumbersome School Aid Act into a more effective Michigan Education Finance Act of 2013.Continued ...
- Sunday, July 22, 2012
Jack Lessenberry: Change coming up for Conyers?
Nearly half a century ago, on the night Lyndon Johnson crushed Barry Goldwater in the nation's last liberal landside, John Conyers was elected to Congress.Continued ...
Durant, Stabenow make strides in Senate race
With about two weeks remaining before the Aug. 7 primary, GOP Senate hopeful Clark Durant has had recent endorsement success and Democratic Sen. Debbie is on a roll in fund-raising and legislatively on Capitol Hill.Continued ...
- Thursday, July 19, 2012
Phil Power: U-M's strategy
When it comes to college presidents, Mary Sue Coleman is a rock star. Since she took over as the University of Michigan's 13th chief in 2002, she has been on a tear, successfully guiding the school to ever-increasing stature through very difficult times.Continued ...
- Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Jack Lessenberry: McCotter's costly flame-out
If you didn't think Michigan politics were nutty enough, consider this:Continued ...
- Sunday, July 15, 2012
Forum: State betrays public trust
Michigan’s Great Lakes bottomlands and waters have been titled in the State under a public trust since joining the Union in 1837.Continued ...
- Thursday, July 12, 2012
Phil Power: Alarm about higher ed spreading
There's little doubt that our universities are among Michigan's most valuable and important assets. But real alarm about public higher education is spreading throughout the country — and threatening profound consequences for our state and its colleges.Continued ...
- Sunday, July 8, 2012
Detroit elections dredge up racial issues
U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke always regarded himself as both black and Asian. He was born into and grew up in solidly black neighborhoods on Detroit's tough east side.Continued ...
- Sunday, July 1, 2012
- Jack Lessenberry: Income tax cut wrong for state
- Thursday, June 28, 2012
Phil Power: Michigan's partisan justice
When I think about the Michigan Supreme Court, I have to sadly conclude that it represents the very best justice that partisan money can buy.Continued ...
- Sunday, June 24, 2012
Jack Lessenberry: Doug Kelley and his life of activism
Doug Kelley owns the most astonishing collection of political artifacts this writer has ever seen, thousands and thousands of items housed in a large, stand-alone building he calls, simply, "The Democratic Archive."Continued ...