Oct. 12 2011
He’s aware of HB 4770, which passed the state House last month 64-44. It would ban the state or any other public employer from offering benefits to same-sex or opposite-sex live-in couples who are...
Sept. 28 2011
I heard the same courtesy claps only hours earlier at a "welcome forum," where Snyder defended to a theater full of rightwingers why he favors taxing Internet purchases, creating a body mass index for...
Sept. 14 2011
Why can’t I get excited about this pending land swap in which Davenport University gets that prime piece of land across the street from Lansing Community College in exchange for property a block...
Sept. 7 2011
A "job." It’s something about every adult needs to scratch out a living. It’s been retooled from rhetorical overuse into a cheap political hammer. It’s been used so many times by so many...
Aug. 31 2011
Since late spring, progressive types angry about the public school cuts and the anti-union stuff coming out of Republican-led Lansing have been passing around recall petitions. They want Gov. Rick Snyder...
Aug. 31 2011
Is anything about those four sentences unclear to you? It was for the Ingham County Elections Commission. They ruled last week that the wording was so unclear, it wasn’t fit to put on the top of...
Aug. 24 2011
A pair of Lansing City Council members up for re-election this November are not flatly ruling out the possibility of running for the state House of Representatives next year
Aug. 17 2011
Back in 2005, Bridget and I traveled around Peru with a small group of other foreign travelers that included a grandmotherly English woman named “Paddy,” who took interest one day in learning...
Aug. 3 2011
Former 1st Ward Councilman Harold Leeman watched his political career swirl down the drain as he lost his third straight election in convincing fashion. His 295 votes was only eight better than young political...
July 20 2011
While Kelly Bernero’s hopes of being a state rep in 2012 have essentially vanished after her impaired-driving arrest in which pot was allegedly found in her car, Sorg still would have needed to leapfrog...
July 6 2011
Once Gov. Rick Snyder announced in his State of the State that he was picking up the baton from Jennifer Granholm on the proposed public bridge, Manuel "Matty" Moroun’s DIBC kicked off a PR media...
June 29 2011
The backing of the Greater Lansing Labor Council and the UAW CAP Council has changed everything. Now, with only five weeks before the August primary, Washington needs to be considered a front-runner with...
June 15 2011
So while map-drawing should be about keeping common areas of interest together and breaking up as few political boundaries as possible in the name of sensible representation for the people, redistricting...
June 8 2011
The Republican-led House had suggested the idea back in 2006. At the time, it was yet another duct-tape-and-bailing-wire budget patch job. The thought was that if the Department of Treasury waived penalties...
June 1 2011
The year 2012 brings three open state representatives races with Democrats Joan Bauer, Mark Meadows and Barb Byrum all termed out on Dec. 31. And Grebner, the heart of Practical Political Consulting in...
May 25 2011
Ingham County Clerk Mike Bryanton is leaning against running for another term in 2012, and there’s no shortage of interested candidates chief among them state Rep. Barb Byrum and Lansing City Clerk...
May 18 2011
Like just about everyone else in town, downtown worker Judy Putnam was marveling at the gorgeous new Accident Fund headquarters the other day when she got the itch to peek inside.What’s the harm,...
May 11 2011
Councilman Eric Hewitt, the first-term member from the 1st Ward, opted against filing for re-election, creating a wide-open, six-person race that features a former councilman, a former state representative...
April 29 2011
The chairman of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees told the Michigan Gaming Control Board this week he is withdrawing his name from consideration for one of seven spots overseeing one of Detroit’s...
April 13 2011
On Tuesday, it was learned Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and House Speaker Jase Bolger agreed on a revamped way to get rid of the Michigan Business Tax by softening the impact of the...

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