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Back in 2002, the Michigan Republican Party had a nifty (albeit unsuccessful) slogan for the three major Democratic gubernatorial candidates:  more
In Washington and in Lansing, it remains to be seen if the police reform proposals will survive a process where partisanship is oftentimes more important than protecting the interests and well-being of the American people. more
Serving as Lansing’s mayor has been an honor. We have grown the city for everyone and have tackled crises head-on. I’m proud of the achievements we’ve made and look forward to another four years of growing Lansing! more
Americans’ trust in our government has steadily eroded since the 1960s. more
For more than a quarter-century, Lansing Community College’s in-house FM radio station, WLNZ 89.7, has served up a compelling, eclectic mix of music, news and community-focused commentary for the benefit of the Greater Lansing region. The station also functioned as a teaching facility for many years, providing generations of LCC students with on-the-job broadcasting experience and mentoring from seasoned professionals. more
In my second-semester composition class, I taught this short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” by southern writer Flannery O’Connor. The story is about a doddery grandma who wanted to revisit a place from her past. She wasn’t sure any longer where that place was, but that didn’t stop her from getting the family lost while driving to find it.  And, when the family car broke down and some bad guys showed up, it didn’t stop her from angering them. The whole family wound up dead.  more
Officials at the Ingham County Health Department are leaning on census data to identify and drive outreach to areas of the county that are lagging behind on COVID-19 vaccination rates.  more
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer flew on a private jet two months ago to check on on her dad in West Palm Beach, Fla., who has some chronic health issues. more
Sixteen years I’ve served on the Lansing City Council, and, still, no one mistakes me for a “typical politician.” I’m known for being funny, outspoken, sometimes brash and unconventional. more
One group of Americans continues to get a confusing message about when and whether to take the vaccine: the immunocompromised community. more
It was a chilly April day five years ago when I had a difficult choice: I could travel to my Hoosier homeland to make one last tearful visit to my grandparents’ home slated for demolition for a new road, or I could attend a Lansing park board meeting to try to save the beloved Scott Garden from the city’s destruction. more
Detroit Police Chief James Craig is retiring and Michigan Republican Party’s top brass appears to have successfully recruited the conservative cop to run for governor in 2022. more
Lansing residents could soon have the option to fundamentally shift how they elect their mayors, clerks and members of the City Council through a method that would consider second-choice preferences, eliminate primary elections and shift a wider candidate pool to the general election. more
Democrats don’t like to talk about it, but it’s become obvious that more and more union members aren’t voting the way of organized labor these days.  more
What’s your favorite body of water in Michigan? For me, it’s Lake Michigan.  more
The precarious state of Michigan’s river dams blasted its way into the public consciousness last May when the catastrophic failure of two dams near Midland sent torrents of water surging into nearby communities, causing millions of dollars in damage to public infrastructure and private property. Could the same thing happen in Lansing? Today’s City Pulse story on dam safety in Michigan suggests the answer, under the right circumstances, could be yes (see page 16). more
Dear Jeff Bezos: You saved The Washington Post. So, why are you allowing one of your companies to undermine local journalism? more
The U.S. Census Bureau confirmed Monday what we long expected: Michigan will lose a congressional seat in 2022, officially starting an uncomfortable round of musical chairs as Michigan’s 14-member delegation shrivels to 13. more
Because George Floyd condemns the American image, white Americans — and indeed the whole world — are paying attention and wanting to learn about the lives Black Americans live. America is in a teachable moment. more
Our society is in the thick of a long overdue reckoning with a troubling legacy of sexual harassment and abuse that has put countless people in harm’s way, most of whom are women. more
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