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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
Republicans are dropping at least $6 million into the Tudor Dixon's cash-strapped gubernatorial campaign four weeks before the General Election because, frankly, they need to win … more
Proposal 3 would guarantee Michigan residents the right to make their own reproductive decisions. More than 750,000 Michiganders signed the petition over the summer to put the proposal on the November ballot. more
Mercifully, the bee that flew into the bonnet of Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees about President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. has gone and buzzed away.  Stanley and the Trustees have come to an understanding about how Title IX reports are supposed to be handled ... more
Let’s get these new state House districts straight.  East Lansing south of Grand River Avenue Okemos is in with Williamston and Webberville in District 73. The Moores River Park neighborhood and anything south of the rivers are with Holt in District 74. more
Two questions will appear on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot for the consideration of Lansing city voters. One is a $175 million bonding and millage plan that Mayor Andy Schor touts as the long-awaited solution to creating a permanent home … more
U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin is renting an Old Town condo from Niowave government relations director Jerry Hollister until after the election. Predictably, the Republicans are making their voices hoarse … more
I gave my journalism students an assignment to use the internet to discover information about public people. One was Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. We looked for his residence, his spouse, her … more
Lansing’s First Ward has had uneven representation on the City Council for decades, culminating in Brandon Betz’s resignation after the Council censored him for his abusive verbal … more
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon has been stuck at around 40% in the polls for the better part of a month now. She still doesn't have any money. She's getting pummeled in TV ad … more
We need to vote this year to save our democracy. It is that simple.  more
When COVID came sweeping through Ingham County, Maria Yokich-Grebner’s job as a dental billing specialist stopped for a time. When the dental office reopened, it was slow. Patients were spaced … more
In the runup to the Nov. 8 General Election, abortion has suddenly and somewhat remarkably rocketed to the top of voter concerns in Michigan, eclipsing other matters of public import like inflation, … more
The wait times in the emergency rooms at Lansing area hospitals are unacceptable. Since the COVID pandemic, there has been an increase in the length of time that it takes for patients to be seen by providers. more
Nobody has done more to restore confidence to the Michigan Supreme Court than Chief Justice Bridget McCormack.   Her sharp command of the law and engaging personality spurred thoughtful … more
(The writer is a longtime Lansing builder who has been restoring homes for four and a half decades.)  Lansing residents of a certain age have fond memories of Jake’s New & Used … more
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