July 13 2016
I'll make a prediction. Costco’s coming to Lansing will reshape the region's retailing. It's a great operation that will challenge Meijer, Walmart, Home Depot, Best Buy and other big box stores on...
July 6 2016
With Gretchen Whitmer the new county prosecutor and disgraced Stuart Dunnings III, “retired,” his sordid prostitution and coercion case enters a new and politically fraught phase for him and...
June 15 2016
There is a definite grad school-housing vibe to the Outfield, starting with the first-floor lounge with its panoramic view of the field, a bar, pool and shuffleboard tables, couches and, of course, big-screen...
June 8 2016
It may have been news — national news, in fact — that Melissa Gilbert was ending her bid for Congress. But was she was ever serious, ever willing to undertake the grueling campaign, needed...
May 18 2016
Starting July 2, Gretchen Whitmer will replace disgraced Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III, a short-term assignment that raises her profile in what is expected to be a run for governor in...
May 4 2016
People are poisoned. Government workers face criminal charges. Gov. Rick Snyder is vilified, his reputation shredded
April 20 2016
In February, when Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero first said the $160,000-plus departure payout to his city attorney served the best interest of the city, it seemed plausible, though extravagant
April 6 2016
The first is that he clearly needs help with obviously destructive behavior. If the charges hold — and very likely they will — Dunnings has engaged in hundreds of illicit sexual encounters,...
March 23 2016
Where are the outcry, the petitions, the citizen rallies to preserve a unique slice of East Lansing's architectural history?
March 9 2016
In mid-Michigan there's no better place to be hired and fail than Lansing
Feb. 24 2016
To understand the appeal of Donald Trump, why some believe he is viable presidential material, I called my brother Terry
Feb. 10 2016
If it wasn't clear before, it should be now: Michigan's Republicans have proven utterly incapable of governing the state
Jan. 20 2016
A defining trait of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is his willingness to share an opinion on, well, just about anything The same with city voters, when asked to say what they think of the mayor. They are...
Jan. 20 2016
Look back at 2010, the race for governor in Michigan, and there he is: Virg Bernero, America's angriest mayor. A familiar talking head on cable television, it's Bernero railing against big business and...
Jan. 13 2016
Perhaps dealing with, as Snyder puts it, “his partners” in the Legislature has dulled his critical managerial abilities. Certainly it has lowered his standards. Consider two issues involving...
Dec. 30 2015
The Michigan Supreme Court, usually so protective of business, hostile to unions and deferential to powerful interests, actually ruled in favor of openness and transparency last week by ordering Michigan...
Dec. 23 2015
I don't think the Ten Commandments belongs in courtrooms. Kids should pray at home and if they want to do it at school, do it privately.But I don't really mind nativity scenes on the Capitol grounds, a...
Dec. 16 2015
Even though Rick Snyder has three years left as Michigan's governor, it's not too early to think legacy. He should be remembered as the nation's first governor to propose a ban — or as his administration...
Dec. 9 2015
Like most Americans, I knew about last week's mass murders in San Bernadino before reading the next day's newspaper. Still the headline in the Lansing State Journal's USA TODAY news section was chilling,...
Dec. 2 2015
For East Lansing's City Council, the payback opportunity came quickly. Angered by Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce negative advertising in the run-up to the 2015 election, the city is withdrawing...

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