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The functional head of the Michigan Republican Party grabbed firm hold of a third rail in partisan politics this week by endorsing two statewide candidates running in competitive races for the party's nomination.  more
I am running to be the next state representative for the new 74th House District in the Democratic primary election on Aug. 2 because residents in south Lansing and Holt are facing urgent crises that require immediate action. more
Riverwalk Theatre and the Costume Shop have been a part of the Lansing community in some form for over 60 years as Riverwalk Theatre, the Okemos Barn and Community Circle Players. The past two years have been unlike any others in our history. more
It was almost exactly two years ago when I sat in a Lansing School District Board of Education meeting interviewing candidates to become our next superintendent when then-Superintendent Sam Sinicropi leaned over to me and whispered “Detroit (Public Schools) is closing.” more
Lansing Board of Water & Light general manager Dick Peffley is starting to have some real problems on his hands, even though he refuses to look down and acknowledge that he’s still holding them.  more
It’s the end of Black History Month, and I want to draw attention to Black clergy. Clergy have all-encompassing vocation. They can be found pretty much everywhere. They marry and bury people. They keep the Black community on stable ground. They speak from the pulpit and also in the street. They mediate when there is race-based civil conflict. more
One thing Whitmer hasn’t been talking about? COVID-19.  more
We propose naming it the Jack and Susan Davis Center for the Performing Arts — the Davis Center for short. We humbly and respectfully offer this alternative because it’s an opportunity to honor a true Lansing giant and his spouse, who together made Greater Lansing a better place to live in countless ways. more
One of the key takeaways from the sordid and still-unfolding saga of former Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield — who is accused of sexually abusing a minor child who attended his father’s church and school in northern Michigan — is yet another disturbing illustration of the toxic religious fundamentalism that treats women, and apparently children, as second-class citizens. more
We all remember the “One Tough Nerd” Super Bowl ad of 2010 and the less-than-successful “China” Super Bowl ad Pete Hoekstra tried in 2012. more
If you watch the news, it might seem like everything revolves around some insider game of political chess being played in Washington. Don’t be fooled! more
The 2020 U.S. Census reported 13.7% of Michigan is Black or African American.  more
The decades-long quest to build a performing arts center in downtown Lansing took an enticing step forward Tuesday with Mayor Andy Schor’s reveal of a thrilling but remarkably pragmatic blueprint for finally making the dream come true. The fruit of an intermittent effort to create a new downtown entertainment venue that dates back to the days of former Lansing Mayor David Hollister, the proposed venue will be called “The Ovation.” Schor’s plan is well deserving of one. more
A week ago, City Pulse caught the Lansing Board of Water & Light hiding from the public and its own board of directors that its toxic coal ash ponds outside the Erickson Power Station in Eaton County were contaminating groundwater and possibly polluting local drinking water supplies. more
Instead of City Pulse’s recent article, “EPA: BWL may be polluting drinking water” (1/18/22), noting BWL’s long history of environmentally responsible actions to remove coal ash from our Erickson Power Station, it focused on the U.S. EPA’s complex regulatory response to BWL’s proposal to comply with rules to remove the coal ash. more
If the old adage is true and all politics are local, you have to wonder how this week’s announcement that General Motors plans to sink $3.230 billion into the Lansing area is going to work out for two local political figures: state Rep. Angela Witwer and state Sen. Tom Barrett. more
Graham Diedrich is a Democratic candidate for state representative in Michigan’s 75th District, which includes portions of Ingham, Clinton, and Shiawassee County. He lives in Haslett.  His website is viewable at www.grahamdiedrich.com. more
Why are our elected and appointed representatives committing our money (Lansing, Ingham County, State of Michigan) to subsidizing GM to build a plant in rural Delta Township when they own hundreds of acres in Lansing? There are multiple GM-owned properties with water, sewer, roads and rail, including bus lines. This used to be a preferred method of plant location for GM. For example, look at Plant II — the houses and businesses that included, schools, restaurants, and bars that built up in the area when the plant was active. Many of those businesses have closed over the years and the vitality of the community has been lost.  more
It’s the Tuesday after Martin Luther King Day and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is sitting in front of a fireplace, praising a beautiful drawing of a Byron Center eighth grader’s depiction of a stone arch. more
It’s not often that we weigh in on the wide world of sports. It’s just not our thing. We’d rather attend an art exhibition or read a good book. Now and then, however, something catches our attention that makes us twist up our face and wonder why. more
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