Meet the candidates for countywide seats in Ingham County
Oct. 31 2012
Will 2012 be the first year in over a decade that a Republican is elected to a countywide position in Ingham County? No. But we'll give our due deference to Republican challengers trying to make races...
Divisive politics in Delhi Township
Oct. 31 2012
The election battle lines in Delhi Township were drawn in sludge. The sides call each other a trio of tea partiers and devotees of a township good old boys' club. The teams were set last spring when Delhi...
First-time millage would help thousands keep medical benefits
Oct. 24 2012
Joan Nelson, director of the Allen Neighborhood Center, has been involved with pitching the Ingham Health Plan since its inception in 1998. She and folks at the ANC went door-to-door to help people enroll...
Local proposals affect schools, libraries and development
Oct. 24 2012
Five millage increases and one land sale authorization are at stake in six different jurisdictions in greater Lansing, adding a local flavor to ballots already inundated with statewide proposals (see page...
Oct. 24 2012
Few buildings have enjoyed celebrity like the skyscrapers of the 20th century. Skyscrapers define a city's skyline and identity. On both accounts, Lansing's tallest building doesn’t disappoint
The American Family Association is paranoid about a one-day event in schools that promotes tolerance. One local principal says AFA couldn't more misguided.
Oct. 24 2012
For the past 11 years, Oct. 30 has been a day for promoting tolerance in schools across the country. It's called Mix It Up at Lunch Day, and the goal is to have K-12 students eat with peers whom they likely...
Council opens discussion on an ordinance that would require more transparency by developers
Oct. 24 2012
Another politically charged battle between organized labor and the chamber of commerce could be brewing in the Lansing City Council chambers. Look no further than a proposed ordinance that aims to increase...
Oct. 24 2012
Lansing's four major television networks are seeing more than $5 million in revenue this campaign season. But it's not as much as the stations hoped — and not as much as it could have been
Unions, Republicans, environmentalists, utilities, EFMs and a billionaire: Ballot proposals 2012
Oct. 24 2012
The Legislature no longer represents the people of Michigan. That's the inevitable implication of next month's bed-sheet ballot to bypass lawmakers with five proposals to change the state Constitution,...
Oct. 17 2012
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Take one part craftsman, add one part Tudor revival and presto — you've got this rare find on Lansing's east side. Popularized in the 1920s and 1930s,...
What will Virg sell next? Inventorying city-owned properties and dedicated parkland for potential budget help
Oct. 17 2012
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero wants to know: "How often do you use a City park?" "Daily?" "Weekly?" "Monthly?" "Almost never?" In preparation for his next "City Hall on the Road" event Thursday night, the...
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...