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As I look back on 2022, I see a difficult year of adjustment in our operations, but a rewarding year based on the feedback of readers. Internally, turnover complicated life, but as we approach a … more
Carol Siemon’s decision to step down as Ingham County’s prosecuting attorney with two years left on her four-year term in office is a disheartening way to end the year. We would vastly … more
Michigan Democrats picked a good year to win control of the Michigan House and Senate.  If you’re a Democrat, every year might seem like a good year, but starting with a majority in … more
Kudos to Judge Aquilina for her comments on WLNS TV regarding the actions of Ingham County prosecutor Siemon. The judge’s criticism probably hastened the latter’s resignation by two … more
We have the Capitol. We have the Governor’s Residence. We have the Hall of Justice and several administrative buildings downtown.  But starting on Jan. 1, Lansing will be the most … more
Who did City Pulse readers say was the best state/national politician? The second-best local politician? The third-worst state/national politician? It’s all the same person: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  … more
Let’s say your preferred political candidate didn’t win Tuesday. Let’s say you’re convinced we’re all in trouble. I’ll concede your point. The country, the state, your hometown, your neighborhood, everything. It’s all messed up. Some people think elections … more
A very long time ago, when I was a pup reporter at the old Philadelphia Bulletin, the paper across town was owned and run by Walter Annenberg. Now, I never cared for Annenberg’s politics. He was buddies with Nixon … more
The signs of today’s tight labor market are all around us.  “Help Wanted” signs everywhere. Stores and restaurants forced to reduce their hours due to staffing shortages. Flights delayed or canceled because of a lack of pilots, attendants, and ground crews. Longer waits to get help ... more
The war against Trumpism won’t be won in today's election. Indeed, the 2022 midterms may deal a setback to Americans of all political stripes who believe in the rule of law and rationality. more
I don’t consider myself part of a truth squad, nor do I want to be. In political campaigns, the layers of gray behind “truth” are so numerous that often it’s only those who … more
We are not partisan — we took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic.  We served our country in peace and war, … more
My writing student, an army veteran, struggled with our course but had made it to the day near the end of the semester when students were submitting their required writing  portfolios. He came … more
Our headline pays homage to the chosen name of a group of Lansing female power brokers organized and led by the late, great Kelly Rossman-McKinney, a public relations pioneer who cut an impressive … more
I didn't expect my column this week to be about what I learned in church on Sunday, but that's what is happening.  Father Mark spent the entire homily urging a no vote on Proposal 3, the … more
Congratulations to the micromanaging Michigan State University Board of Trustees for making the job of president so undesirable that the office’s current occupant is quitting a year and a half … more
Looking at the first two state proposals on the General Election ballot, the phrase “don’t let the perfect become the enemy of the good” comes to mind.  Neither Proposal 1 … more

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In the past months, at least seven different polls have shown Gov. Gretchen Whitmer being up anywhere between 18 percentage points and a half of a percentage point. If you want to read … more
To be kind, Republicans haven’t been running the most competitive campaigns at their top of the ticket this year. Their gubernatorial candidate is sinking. A vast majority of voters have no … more
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