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Wednesday, February 5,2014

Political notes from around town

Republicans backed by DeVos family donors, bipartisan support for voter access and more

by Walt Sorg
Democrats are making the case that one family is buying undue influence in the state Senate. Campaign finance reports filed Friday provide major ammunition.
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Wednesday, January 29,2014

Political notes from around town

by Walt Sorg
Economist says Snyder’s call for balanced federal budget an ‘exceptionally bad idea’ Gov. Rick Snyder may have warmed the hearts of Republicans with his support of a federal balanced budget amendment in his State of the State message, but Michigan State University econ...
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Political notes from around town

Filling a vacancy when Hertel leaves, inauguration no-shows and saying goodbye to Ingham County’s director of animal control

by Walt Sorg
It’s highly likely Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr. will resign mid-term to become state senator next year (the 23rd District has a 2-to-1 Democratic base) and replace Gretchen Whitmer.
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

Political notes from around town

Rose Bowl vacations, challenging Mike Rogers, millionaires in Congress and more

by Walt Sorg
The aftermath of the ice storm fouled up Rose Bowl plans for the mayors of both Lansing and East Lansing.
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Thursday, January 9,2014

Lark, Bernero popularity plummet

BWL storm response, PR flubs tarnish years of goodwill

by Walt Sorg
Billy Crystal’s Saturday Night Live character Fernando said it best: “It’s better to look good than to feel good.” In the aftermath of the BWL Ice- Pocolypse, it’s not how you handled the actual problem as much as how you looked doing it. And “dahling, you’re not looking mahvelous.”
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Thursday, December 26,2013

The year in politics

by Walt Sorg
He shoots, he scores! Nobody with a serious chance of winning was willing to challenge Virg Bernero’s quest for a third term, leaving the mayor free to work towards a less contentious City Council. He used that fact to great advantage. Three of the four incumbents seeking reele...
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Friday, December 20,2013

Roll call

Most Lansing-area lawmakers showed up for all recorded votes in 2013

by Walt Sorg
Friday, Dec. 20 — Most area legislators had “perfect” voting records in 2013, at least in terms of showing up to vote.
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

As Detroit retirees worry ...

Posthumus, Schuette and lawmakers graze at the pension trough

by Walt Sorg
Local government retirees in Detroit are sweating. A federal judge Tuesday ruled Detroit could file Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Thousands of workers are wondering whether the federal bankruptcy court will wipe out some or all of their retirement pay, which averages $19,213 annually.
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Wednesday, November 27,2013

Political notes from around town

Will 9-1-1 pensions have political implications?

by Walt Sorg
The consolidation of 9-1-1 emergency dispatch services has left an unexpected $1.5 million hole in Ingham County’s budget — and it’s creating some significant friction between the city and county governments.
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Wednesday, November 20,2013

Political notes from around town

by Walt Sorg
Washington: voters “uneducated” Lansing City Councilwoman Jody Washington’s post-election Facebook reaction raised some eyebrows by characterizing “many voters” in this year’s city election as “uneducated.”
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