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 Why is Emily Dievendorf running for the state House?   It’s a valid question as she makes herself a cup of coffee shortly after 10:30 a.m. on a Wednesday morning in … more
Our society isn’t particularly fond of felons. We lock them up for a long time — deservedly so in many cases — then treat them with suspicion and mistrust when they get out of … more
Emily Stivers had had enough.   After taking comments for months about her toothy smile, the state House candidate in the new 75th House District went to Facebook to vent about those who have … more
People get excited about luck. They chalk up their outcomes to luck. Good or bad. When it's good luck, everyone is smiling, including, some people think, God. The stars have aligned in their favor. I … more
From the mildly ridiculous to the utterly bizarre, the 2022 political season is shaping up to be a real barn burner. Six months ago, who would have predicted that half the Republican gubernatorial … more
Ingham County voters can start voting absentee this week for the Aug. 2 primary election …  if you remember that there's a primary.  more
Juneteenth, in its second year as a national holiday, demarks the end of slavery in the U.S. in 1865 — when Major General Gordon Granger issued orders to free the over 250,000 African American … more
Had you ever heard of Ryan D. Kelley before last week?   He's not a former attorney general. He's not a former Michigan Supreme Court justice. He's not a former judge. He's not even an … more
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Michigan celebration of gay liberation, spawned by the Stonewall Rebellion in New York in 1969. Since that time, we have witnessed an explosion of … more
It was almost four years ago when Garlin Gilchrist stood on a stage built up on downtown Lansing's bombed-out Seymour Avenue and Shiawassee Street intersection and accepted then-Democratic … more
Listening to bullfrogs in the summertime is like listening to a chorus of guitars being plucked. more
There’s nothing exotic about deer hunting when you live in a mid-Michigan farming community. more
The ski lift is one of the only socially acceptable places to talk to strangers. more
 It’s not often a community leader comes along who combines extraordinary vision with relentless action, who persists in her chosen endeavor for decades and who, in the end, transforms the … more
A day after an 18-year-old fatally shot 19 students and two teachers and wounded 17 others at an Uvalde, Texas, school, Michigan Senate Democrats wanted to talk about it.  more
We all know former President Donald Trump plays fast and loose with the finer details of established facts, but his legacy should be a lesson to do better, not duplicate his … more
I frequent bookstores. Sometimes I go there to find a new book. To read in a comfy chair. To watch people finding books, and reading in their comfy chairs.  In addition to new and used books, … more
It could be the young man with the jittery leg intently studying his phone at the coffee shop or the older, well-dressed man quickly thumbing through profiles seeking just a few hours of connection. … more
We’ve never been a fan of term limits for elected officials at any level of government. more
At long last, Michigan voters will have their first say since 1992 on legislative term limits.   more
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