Oct. 17 2012
The last 10 years have not been kind to Michigan cities. We've been battered by a fiscal perfect storm of plummeting property tax revenues and rising legacy costs. The state legislature has exacerbated...
Oct. 17 2012
Many sectors of public education are standing on the brink of a funding abyss. For Lansing Community College, health care costs have increased, property tax revenue and state funding have declined and...
Saginaw Street bike lane is a happy ending for area cyclists
Oct. 10 2012
Inside every Lansing bicyclist's helmet-covered skull is an invisible map full of hate pins. Here's where a van made a right turn into my left leg (Kalamazoo and South Cedar). That's where a frat boy threw...
Oct. 10 2012
Do the buildings in which you spend your days and nights elevate and enrich the spirit? Think about it — Michigan modernist architect Alden B. Dow certainly did
Oct. 10 2012
During Paul Ryan’s Rochester visit Monday, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra took the microphone to plead for money. He's got a new television commercial and not a lot of money to buy...
Oct. 10 2012
Leading up to the Nov. 6 election, City Pulse is taking to the streets to ask residents from all walks of life this inherently loaded — or plainly simple — question: "Are you better off than...
What killed the Republican Party in Ingham County?
Oct. 10 2012
As of Friday morning, Jake Davison didn't even know who Eugene Wanger was. This was evident when Davison responded to an email in which I was trying to organize the two for a photo shoot to represent the...
Critics of the Eaton County drain commissioner say he's nearly impossible to contact and wanted guns for his office. The incumbent says it's either untrue or taken out of context
Oct. 3 2012
Guns. Partisan politics. Used cars. County drains. Who says Ingham County is the only place with interesting drain commissioner races? Republicans are attempting to reclaim this countywide seat they held...
Oct. 3 2012
A drug house? The hideout for a chainsaw wielding-madman? The future site of a new haunted Halloween attraction? The creepy possibilities are endless and the mind can’t help but wander in a sinister...
Why are Republicans in Delhi Township denying their Tea Party roots?
Oct. 3 2012
Despite leaving a trail of Tea Party affiliations in his wake — along with the opinions of other elected officials — Delhi Township supervisor candidate Jeff Hall remains adamant that he is...
Oct. 3 2012
No campaign season is truly complete without the biennial "voter suppression/secure vote" scrum that Democrats and Republicans can't help but roll around, particularly when they smell a close election....
Oct. 3 2012
Even the most market crazy economist believes that for markets to work their magic there needs to be accurate information available for consumers. Joseph Stiglitz got his Nobel recognition precisely for...
Oct. 3 2012
Leading up to the Nov. 6 election, City Pulse is taking to the streets to ask residents from all walks of life this inherently loaded — or plainly simple — question: "Are you better off than...
Oct. 3 2012
After an hour-long conversation with punk legend Henry Rollins, one thing is clear: The guy is intensely patriotic and socially aware. For those who've followed his 30-year career, it should come as no...
A devoted group in East Lansing, unsuccessful in seeking a City Council appointment, frustrates its target
Sept. 26 2012
They're like the Lansing City Council regulars but better versed in legal issues and more litigious. A trio of East Lansing City Council candidates who each unsuccessfully sought the appointment to one...
Sept. 26 2012
Rumor has it that there are Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Okemos. It's a mid-century suburban legend you may have been privy to at some time or another, often uttered when the subject turns to architecture...
Sept. 26 2012
Jennifer Granholm and I have at least one thing in common: neither of us plans to run for public office again. I can hear the masses cheering already! We are finally free to say exactly what we are thinking...
Lansing area leaders weigh in on Eastwood Towne Center
Sept. 26 2012
Bring up Eastwood Towne Center in conversation with any one of the various officials or leaders in Ingham County and you're likely to get a range of thoughts on the development. It all depends on whom...
Sept. 19 2012
Gary Glenn the Lansing sign painter is sounding like Gary Glenn the well-known homophobe who runs the American Family Association-Michigan
A deeper look at the man who tagged the Capitol
Sept. 19 2012
A young artist defaces the Capitol and a state war memorial in retaliation after authorities prevent him from illegally holding an art show in an abandoned building. He gets caught and faces up to five...

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