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  • Video-Bill Clinton: Rebuild Detroit With Syrian Refugees

    08/30/2016 7:46:03 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 75 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 30,2016 | Julia Hahn
    In a previously little-noticed video from February at the Clinton Global Initiative, former President Bill Clinton suggested that the U.S. use Syrian refugees to rebuild Detroit. “The truth is that the big loser in this over the long run is going to be Syria. This is an enormous opportunity for Americans,” Bill Clinton said about the Syrian migrant crisis.
  • VIDEO – Bill Clinton: Rebuild Detroit with Syrian Refugees

    08/29/2016 5:20:59 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 88 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Aug 2016 | Julia Hahn
    VIDEO – Bill Clinton: Rebuild Detroit with Syrian Refugees Julia Hahn 29 Aug 2016 Washington D.C.340 In a previously little-noticed video from February at the Clinton Global Initiative, former President Bill Clinton suggested that the U.S. use Syrian refugees to rebuild Detroit. “The truth is that the big loser in this over the long run is going to be Syria. This is an enormous opportunity for Americans,” Bill Clinton said about the Syrian migrant crisis. Detroit has 10,000 empty, structurally sound houses—10,000. And lot of jobs to be had repairing those houses. Detroit just came out of bankruptcy and the...
  • Police: Good Samaritan Breaks Into Car To Rescue Kids Left In Motor City Casino Garage

    08/29/2016 12:04:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | August 29, 2016
    A 25-year-old man is expected to face charges after he left two young children in a car while he gambled at Detroit’s Motor City Casino. Detroit police were called to the parking garage at 11:25 a.m. Monday on a report of kids left unattended in a vehicle. According to police, a concerned citizen broke into the car and rescued the two boys, who are 5 months and 2 years old. Police said the children seemed to be physically OK and were turned over to casino security before police arrived. It’s not known at this time how long they were in...
  • Donald Trump to Address African Americans in Detroit on Saturday

    08/29/2016 10:40:10 AM PDT · by orchestra · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/29/2016 | Alex Swoyer
    Donald Trump is scheduled to speak with Impact Network President and CEO Bishop Wayne T. Jackson on Saturday in Detroit, Michigan to reach out to the African American community. The Impact Network is the only African American owned and operated Christian television network that broadcasts across the nation. “Mr. Trump will answer questions that are relevant to the African American community such as education (including HBCUs), unemployment, making our streets safe and creating better opportunities for all,” explained Pastor Mark Burns, a Trump supporter. The interview is set to air at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Burns added that Trump will...
  • Extremists inspiring terrorism in metro Detroit?

    08/27/2016 7:44:53 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 26 replies
    WXYZ.COM ^ | 26 AUGUST 2016 | JIM KIERTZNER
    (WXYZ) - Homegrown terrorism is becoming a bigger problem in the United States and in Michigan. Since September 11, 2001, more than 300 fatal Jihadist attacks large and small have happened in the US and-- according to the FBI-- all were done by US citizens or legal immigrants. The FBI is currently investigating 900 cases in all 50 states including active cases here.
  • Donald Trump making stop in Detroit on Labor weekend

    08/26/2016 4:19:41 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 14 replies
    WXYZ.COM DETROIT ^ | 26 AUGUST 2016 | WXYZ.COM
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump will be making his second stop in Detroit in as many months on Labor Day weekend.
  • Chilling video shows what it is like driving through Detroit at night [tr]

    08/22/2016 12:12:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 62 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 22, 2016 | Staff
    It has become known as a mecca of violent crime and poverty, and now a viral video is giving an unpleasant view of Detroit after dark. The clip, called Driving through Detroit at night, was filmed by a woman who was a passenger in a car going around the Motor City and was posted to Twitter at the weekend. It shows terrifying scenes of gangs gathered on the sidewalk, prostitutes lifting up their skirts and dancing, and even a man being run over by a car on purpose.
  • Driving Through Detroit at Night

    08/21/2016 8:12:12 AM PDT · by Donglalinger · 76 replies
    Twitter Video ^ | Aug 18 2016 | Hautedamn
    See Video it gets really good at 1:40
  • Remembering One of the Things That Made America Great

    08/21/2016 5:09:17 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-22-2016 | MOTUS
    Yesterday was the annual world famous car cruise that runs for miles along Woodward Avenue through multiple Detroit suburbs. Officially just a one day event on the 3rd Saturday of August, in reality it’s a weeklong event that begins the weekend before. Vintage cars can be seen all week cruising up and down the strip, culminating in an endless parade on Saturday of approximately 45,000 cars from around the country and attracting about a million spectators.Aside from a few fender benders I’m unaware of a single outbreak of violence. Talk about making America great again! What’s your favorite car from the...
  • Cause of massive fire at St. Clair Power Plant under investigation

    08/14/2016 10:18:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    voicenews ^ | 08/14/2016 | Pamela Binsfeld
    Authorities are investigating the cause of a massive fire that raged for more than 10 hours at the St. Clair Power Plant in East China Township Thursday and Friday. The fire broke out at the DTE plant on Recor Road at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Fire crews extinguished the blaze at about 4:45 a.m. Friday and continue to monitor the facility for rekindling. All employees were evacuated from the building with no injuries reported. DTE teams invoked emergency procedures and shut down all generating units at the site while working with first responders to control the situation, the energy company...
  • VIDEO: Trump brings down the house at Detroit Economic Club

    08/09/2016 8:37:14 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/09/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Tax cuts. Tax simplification What’s really news about the tax proposal Donald Trump laid out in Detroit yesterday is that it’s basically the same thing Republican House leaders are proposing: Three rates of 12, 25 and 33 percent rather than the seven we have today. He also proposed a special rate of 10 percent for repatriated profits brought home from overseas by companies operating abroad. This has long been one of Herman’s big issues, since we’re talking about hundreds of billions in capital that remain overseas because the companies would have to pay a 35 percent tax on them if...
  • Made In Detroit

    08/09/2016 5:20:51 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 10 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-9-2016 | MOTUS
    Donald Trump’s economic plan of rebuilding America is a resounding critique of Democratic leadership in general and Hillary Clinton in particular. Why did Donald Trump select Detroit as the venue to  present his plan?Allow me to have Dewey From Detroit explain, with a retrospective of posts from the Obama years: You Can’t Handle the Solution! To avoid charges of racism there were only a few proscribed approaches for discussing the city’s problems:  you were allowed to wring your hands helplessly, you were allowed to mourn the demise of the city as long as you acknowledged that its fate was the...
  • Trump's Message Of Hope, Growth, And Glory

    08/09/2016 3:58:30 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | August 9, 2016 | Mathew Vadum
    Republican nominee Donald Trump delivered a message of hope to Americans on the campaign trail yesterday in a major economic policy speech that ought to finally make Hillary Clinton's campaign management team break out in a cold sweat. Trump is no Ronald Reagan but some of the Gipper's legendary optimism oozed out of the candidate as he provided details of his "America First" platform that consists so far of ambitious plans for tax reform, regulatory reform, trade policy enforcement and reform, and energy reform. He urged Americans to turn away from the epic continual failures and rampant in-your-face corruption of...
  • Trump Hits a Home Run in Detroit (He sure did)

    08/08/2016 2:47:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 8, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yeah, I checked in with Trump and his speech at the Economic Club of Detroit, and I gotta tell you: This audience is eating it up. He is bashing Hillary Clinton's economics. I heard him preview what his tax philosophy is, and he practically got a standing ovation on that one. He hasn't gotten into detail yet except on one thing, and in the middle of it when he started talking about only his campaign's reaching out to everybody and trying to unite everybody, some protestor started screeching like Hillary Clinton, and they had to drag her...
  • Trump's Economy: Lower Taxes, No TPP, and … Affordable Childcare?

    08/08/2016 12:27:37 PM PDT · by ToxicMich · 35 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | GILLIAN B. WHITE
    On Monday, Donald Trump took to the stage of the Detroit Economic Club to release his latest plan for jumpstarting the economy, a task that he said “won’t even be that hard.” Among his major proposals is to streamline income tax brackets—of which there are currently seven—to three tiers, in which no American would pay more than 33 percent to the federal government. He promised to cap the corporate tax rate at 15 percent and to put an end to estate taxes. He also suggested halting any new federal regulation on finance, doing away with TPP, and bringing back the...
  • Donald Trump Economic Speech at Detroit Economic Club [VIDEO]

    08/08/2016 12:32:25 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 6 replies
    WSJ VIDEO ^ | 8/8/2016 11:58AM
    Donald Trump Economic Speech Live coverage of presidential candidate Donald Trump's economic address.
  • Live Stream: Trump Speech at Detroit Economic Club at the Cobo Center, Detroit Michigan

    08/08/2016 8:57:38 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 8 replies
    Live stream coverage begins at 11:45 AM ET. I believe Trump's speech begins at quarter past
  • LIVE Stream: Donald Trump Delivers Remarks in Detroit, MI 8/8/16

    08/08/2016 7:06:26 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    Monday, August 8, 2016: Donald J. Trump will deliver remarks at the Cobo Center. Live stream coverage begins at 11:45 AM ET. LIVE Stream: Donald Trump Delivers Remarks in Detroit, MI 8/8/16https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHGnr7dPRU8  
  • LIVE:8/8/16 Trump in Detroit 11:45am ET, Pence Sioux City, IA 4pm and Council Bluffs, IA 7pm CT

    08/08/2016 3:01:39 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 712 replies
    Monday, August 8, 2016: Donald J. Trump will deliver remarks at the Cobo Center. Live stream coverage begins at 11:45 AM ET. Detroit, MI Abandoned Buildings in Detroit Watch the LIVE STREAM of the event below beginning at 11:45 PM ET: Cobo Center Monday, August 8, 2016: Live stream of Governor Mike Pence’s town hall event in Sioux City, IA at the Sioux City Convention Center. Live coverage begins at 4:00 PM CT. Sioux City, IA Watch the live stream of the event below beginning at 4:00 PM CT: Sioux City Convention Center Monday, August 8, 2016: Live stream coverage...
  • School Choice Withstands Twists and Turns of Detroit Debate

    08/04/2016 11:09:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/2/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    Having lived most of my adult life in Colorado, I’ve driven more than my share of winding mountain roads. But their twists and turns have nothing on the recent legislative saga resolving the debate over Detroit Public Schools. When the dust settled in June, the all-out blitz to create a Detroit Education Commission was effectively blocked. The new bureaucracy had been pitched as a way to address the frustrating shortage of effective schools in the nation’s worst-performing school district, but ended up on the ash heap, at least for this year. The urgency of the debate was real and intense....
  • Detroit police release surveillance video of suspect wanted in strip club shooting

    07/28/2016 6:32:23 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    WXYZ ^ | July 27, 2016
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit Police are looking for a gunman who was caught on surveillance video firing shots outside of a strip club on the city's southwest side. This all happened during the early morning hours of July 5th at The Sting Gentlemen's club.
  • Six Numbers Showing Detroit’s Pension Problems

    07/27/2016 5:10:55 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/24/2016 | Josh Paladino
    Cities across Michigan and the nation are struggling to pay out their promised pensions. Retiree liabilities were a root cause of Detroit's bankruptcy before a grand bargain trimmed benefits and required the city to set its pensions on a path toward solvency. Here are six numbers that explain the pension problems in Michigan’s largest city and what is being done going forward. 1. Nine Years – That’s how long Detroit could fund its entire transportation system with the money it will spend on its pension bankruptcy settlement. According to Detroit’s 2015 audit, transportation costs the city $100 million per year....
  • Detroit's Red Ink Remains, But Future Looks Brighter

    07/26/2016 12:17:12 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/24/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The city of Detroit’s 2015 annual report shows that one year after emerging from bankruptcy, its general fund was in the red by $145.4 million. But a city official says this is due to one-time expenses left over from the bankruptcy process, and that Detroit’s financial footing is much stronger than in the past. The city exited bankruptcy on Dec. 10, 2014. The latest annual report covers the period of July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. According to John Naglick Jr., chief deputy CFO and finance director for the city, those one-time, bankruptcy-related spending items were significant. They included...
  • From Batting Nets to 'Hide Haulers,' Almost Everything Requires a License in Detroit

    07/26/2016 7:25:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/24/2016 | Derek Draplin
    Entrepreneurs looking to open a business in Detroit face licensing fees of up to $1,500 depending on the type of business. If a business isn't licensed or is not licensed properly, it is subject to stiff fines or even a complete shutdown. According to documents on the city of Detroit's website, furniture movers must pay a $178 licensing fee and $25 each for more than one vehicle plate. Anyone looking to open a bathhouse in the city will have to pay a $138 licensing fee while animal hide haulers must pay $35 for the first plate and $12 for the...
  • How an Ice-Making Company is Succeeding in Detroit

    07/25/2016 1:20:41 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/20/2016 | Anne Schieber
    To succeed in business, you don’t always have to be first, just better. When the Abbo family failed to get reliable ice delivery for their three retail grocery stores 35 years ago, they saw an opportunity. Saad Abbo remembers the tipping point came one hot summer weekend when his father called on a Thursday for a delivery and the ice showed on Monday. “My father was so mad that we lost so much business. We waited four days for ice and that shouldn’t have happened," Abbo said. "He said that we could do a lot better — let’s open an...
  • Drug Raids Down 75 Percent in Detroit as Police Shift Their Focus

    07/25/2016 12:23:05 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/23/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Narcotics raids by Detroit Police have plummeted over the past three years, something the department said is due to an increased focus on major violators. There were 855 police raids in 2015, according to the city’s 2015 audit that was released in June. That is down from a high of 3,462 raids in 2012. Detroit Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody said the department has changed its focus over the last few years. He said there has been a restructuring involving the 80 officers who work in drug enforcement; they are now focused on what he called "major violators." Woody said...
  • Detroit’s Top Employer No Longer a Government Entity

    07/20/2016 5:08:52 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/16/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The emergence of Dan Gilbert as a major employer in the city of Detroit has been meteoric. Gilbert’s prominence began in 2010 when he moved his Quicken Loans headquarters to the city. But two years ago, none of the companies under Gilbert’s “Rock Ventures” umbrella, including Quicken Loans, were on the list of the city’s top 10 employers. That changed by 2015 when Rock Ventures became Detroit’s top employer with 11,524 people on its payroll. The company’s website says it is “engaged in economic and real estate development, marketing and communications, philanthropy and government relations.” The city publishes a list...
  • Detroit Soccer Team Turns to Private Investment to Fund New Stadium

    07/19/2016 11:50:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/16/2016 | Anne Schieber
    When Detroit's semipro soccer team needed a bigger stadium to accommodate its growing fan base, it did something unusual. Instead of seeking tax breaks or subsidies to support its ambitions, it turned to private supporters, mostly fans. It did so with the help of the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption or MILE Act. Detroit City FC raised $741,250 from 527 investors to refurbish Hamtramck’s Keyworth Stadium. The team’s first game at its new home, on May 13, was a sellout with 7,410 tickets sold. That was more than double the 3,500 tickets it was limited to selling when the team played...
  • MI: Chief Craig Hosts Gun Safety Event in Detroit

    07/19/2016 5:30:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On July 11, 2016, the Detroit Police Department teamed up with the National Shooting Sports Association (NSSA) to promote gun safety in Detroit.  Chief Craig was in attendance.  The goal was to prevent accidents with guns, especially accidents involving children.From wxyz.com: Detroit Police Chief James Craig will be joined by the National Shooting Sports Foundation later today where they'll be talking about firearm safety and proper storage and misuse of guns. The goal here is to promote the safe use of any firearm and help the community by handing out gun locks and information. Chief Craig has been at...
  • Detroit police detective demoted over Facebook post critical of BLM

    07/12/2016 9:05:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 37 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/12/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Detective Nathan Weekley of the Detroit Police Department has been busted back to ordinary officer, losing his gold shield for something he posted on Facebook. Katrease Stafford of the Detroit Free Press writes:
  • Detroit Detective Demoted After Calling BLM Protesters 'Terrorists'

    07/11/2016 5:17:03 PM PDT · by Innovative · 36 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 11, 2016 | Tim Stelloh
    A Detroit detective was demoted Monday after calling "Black Lives Matter" activists "terrorists" and "racists" in a viral Facebook post. During a news conference, police chief James Craig said the detective, Nathan Weekley, who is white, had been "downgraded" to the rank of a regular officer while the department conducted an internal investigation. "We have worked so hard, and continue to work, in making sure we have great relationship with everyone here in Detroit," Craig said, adding that such comments "have a tendency to undermine" those relationships.
  • Detroit’s Economic Fortunes Won’t Get a Kick Out of Subsidizing a New Soccer Stadium

    06/29/2016 7:58:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 21 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/26/2016 | Dr. Christopher Douglas
    Dan Gilbert and Tom Gores have recently floated the idea of bringing a Major League Soccer team to Detroit. The initial plan for the team’s new stadium was to place it on the site of the unfinished Wayne County jail, and there’s been some talk about financing the project, in part, with taxpayer dollars. Attendance at MLS games has been strong and growing, averaging 21,574 fans per match in 2015 — more than the NBA’s average of 17,826. But despite the growing popularity of soccer in the United States and despite what proponents of this new team might say, a...
  • MI: Private Buyers Rescue Guns at Detroit “Buy Back”

    06/21/2016 4:52:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 21 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On  Saturday, 11 June 2016, the Wayne County Sheriff and anti-Second Amendment activists held a gun turn in event at the Mathis Community Center.  The turn in was hyped by numerous local news media, providing free publicity for the event.  But the actual coverage of the event was remarkably free of any mention of the numerous private buyers who competed with the “buy back” organizers for the firearms that were brought to the event. Photo Gallery of Detroit Gun Turn in Event with Private Buyers It may not have been hard to compete.  The gun turn in organizers only offered...
  • Coleman A. Young Municipal Center on lockdown after gun passes through security

    06/20/2016 7:35:35 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 19 replies
    Fox2Detroit ^ | 7/20/16 | WJBK Staff
    DETROIT (WJBK) - Coleman A. Young Municipal Center is on lockdown for a police situation. Detroit police tell FOX 2 officials believe a person is inside with a weapon. Authorities say they are looking for a white man in his early to mid 50s, who is wearing a dark-colored suit. No injuries have been reported. Wayne County sheriff's deputies and Detroit Police are on scene. According to Detroit Police Chief James Craig, a suspect got through security with what's believed to be a handgun in a bag. Craig said the gun was in a bag that went through security screening...
  • Public college drops math requirement, may replace it with diversity

    06/14/2016 9:12:24 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 103 replies
    daily caller ^ | 6-14-16 | Neff
    Public College Drops Math Requirement, May Replace It With Diversity Photo of Blake Neff BLAKE NEFF Reporter 10:21 PM 06/14/2016 924 924 Share Math [ImageFlow/Shutterstock] Math [ImageFlow/Shutterstock] A public university in Michigan has announced it’s deleting a requirement that all students complete at least one math course before graduating. At the same time, the school is seriously considering a new requirement that would compel students to complete four courses that promote diversity. Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit is one of the largest schools in Michigan, with some 27,000 students. Until now, all of them had to either take one...
  • Wayne State Drops Math Requirement, May Add Diversity Requirement

    06/18/2016 12:59:13 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 31 replies
    Mkichgan Capitol Confidential ^ | June 17, 2016 | Derek Draplin
    A faculty committee has proposed adding a three credit hours requirement in diversity to the general education curriculum at Wayne State University. It also recommended that WSU drop its university-wide requirement in mathematics, an idea that was carried out on June 13.
  • Wayne State Drops Math Requirement, May Add Diversity Requirement

    06/18/2016 10:50:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | June 17, 2016 | Derek Draplin
    A faculty committee has proposed adding a three credit hours requirement in diversity to the general education curriculum at Wayne State University. It also recommended that WSU drop its university-wide requirement in mathematics, an idea that was carried out on June 13. “We are proposing the creation of specific ‘Diversity’ courses, with students required to take one course in this designation,” said a document from the General Education Reform Committee, which is recalibrating what the university will expect from all students who earn a degree from the state university. It released the proposal in May.
  • Hockey legend Gordie Howe dies at 88

    06/10/2016 7:02:16 AM PDT · by taildragger · 136 replies
    WDIV TV ^ | 6/10/16 | see web link, otherwise Dave Bartowiak, Jr.
    Link here: http://www.clickondetroit.com/sports/hockey-legend-gordie-howe-dies-at-age-88
  • Detroit F.P. editor loses mind, writes column calling for Republican legislators to be murdered

    06/08/2016 6:15:36 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/08/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Civility Two years ago, Stephen Henderson won a Pulitzer Prize. I’ll let you decide what you think that says about the state of journalism, especially as you consider what he wrote late last week. Henderson, the editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press (and a Facebook friend of mine, at least as I type this), has become increasingly hysterical in the past year - seeing racism behind almost every perceived societal ill and ascribing to conservative policymakers not just mistaken thinking but, invariably, an intent to hurt people. But his column of this past Saturday took the cake. A...
  • House Republicans 'No Way' on Detroit School Choice Restrictions

    06/08/2016 11:59:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/6/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In supporting a $617 million bailout of the insolvent Detroit school district last week, Michigan House Republicans defied fierce political opposition by refusing to create a mayoral commission that could have restricted new charter schools in the city. Before the vote, there were allegations that Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan tried a power play to pressure charter school operators within the city to sign on to the Detroit Education Commission or become irrelevant. After House Bill 5384 was passed by a 55-53 vote, Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson accused House Republicans of taking money for their vote. Henderson...
  • Cheap Gun Opportunity: Detroit 11 June “buy back”

    06/08/2016 7:16:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    There will be a gun turn in event in Detroit, Michigan, on Saturday, 11 June,  2016.  While these events are commonly labelled with the propaganda term “buyback” the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The event will be held at Mathis Community Center, 19300 Greenfield Road, Detroit.The event is scheduled to run from 10 am until the gift card supply runs out. People often turn up early at these events.  At other turn-in events, some excellent buys were made after the gift cards ran out. The incentive for the gun turn in is a...
  • State Data: No Detroit Teacher Shortage

    06/03/2016 12:45:50 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/2/2016 | Tom Gantert
    For the last few years, stories about an alleged Detroit Public Schools teacher shortage have appeared in Michigan news outlets, implying that understaffing is due to low morale and poor working conditions, and has led to classroom overcrowding. But data submitted by DPS to the state of Michigan show the district’s teacher-to-student ratio is lower than the state average and has been so for several years, with a lower teacher-to-student ratio than found in many more-affluent communities. As of December 2015, DPS had one teacher for every 14.53 students, compared to the state average of one teacher for every 16.13...
  • Detroit Bailout's Charter School Restrictions Not About What's Best for Kids

    06/03/2016 9:17:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/2/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    Legislators may be nearing a final deal on a Detroit Public School bailout package, with a vote possible this week. The sticking point is a proposed Detroit Education Commission appointed by the Detroit mayor that is designed to restrict the expansion of charter schools in the city. The state Senate passed a bill that creates a DEC, but the House left it out of its version. Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter is adamant that a DPS bailout cannot include a clampdown on school choice for Detroit parents. DPS and its allies — including Mayor Mike Duggan — have rallied...
  • Detroit Teachers Under Pay Freeze, But Union President Gets Big Pay Hike

    06/02/2016 1:33:25 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/29/2016 | Tom Gantert
    While teachers at Michigan’s largest school district were living under a wage freeze, and more recently hearing rumors of possible payless paydays, one school employee who is also president of the local teachers union got a huge raise. That district is the insolvent and academically challenged Detroit Public Schools, and the union president is Ivy Bailey of the Detroit Federation of Teachers. Bailey was listed as a teacher in 2013-14 and earned $70,176. Her salary shot up 31 percent to $91,877 in 2014-15. Bailey’s compensation is listed in a state salary database of employees enrolled in the school employee pension...
  • Detroit Teacher on Strike Lowballs Salary in Newspaper Story

    05/25/2016 7:00:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/22/2016 | Tom Gantert
    An illegal sickout by members of the union that represents teachers in Detroit Public Schools shut down 94 of the district’s 97 schools Monday. Last weekend, the official appointed to be the district’s transition manager said it only has enough money to operate until the end of the current school year in June. Teacher LaShawn Pope told the Detroit News that she has a master’s degree and signed up for 26 paychecks this year, not 22. “Before taxes, I bring home $1,400 every two weeks, so $1,400 times four checks is what I stand to lose before taxes,” Pope is...
  • Rail on the brink (Detroit-Ann Arbor rail project)

    05/21/2016 7:40:43 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 24 replies
    SE Michigan Start UP ^ | 5-20-2016 | Patrick Dunn
    Ann Arborites often talk about the possibility of commuter rail service between Ann Arbor and Detroit in wistful tones, as if envisioning a beautiful pipe dream. But this November's election will make that vision a very real possibility. The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) will put a millage proposal before voters in Washtenaw, Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties this fall to fund its transit master plan for the region. In Washtenaw County, along with bus rapid transit service from Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti, that plan includes Detroit-to-Ann Arbor commuter rail making eight round trips a day at speeds...
  • Detroit Schools Transition Chief Says: Restrict Charter Schools in City

    05/20/2016 12:16:19 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/18/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The man Gov. Rick Snyder asked to oversee a governance transition in Detroit Public Schools said that limiting charter schools in the city will be a key to reforming the troubled school district. As a federal judge, Steven Rhodes presided over the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy. Now in retirement from the judiciary, he made the statements about limiting charters in a TV interview, as reported by The Detroit News. Rhodes said he favors limiting parental choice through a proposed Detroit Education Commission. Rhodes’ comments come as school choice advocates already fear that Detroit’s Democratic political establishment is stacking the deck...
  • New Estimates Show Detroit Population Continues To Decline; Lowest Since 1850

    05/19/2016 11:35:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 59 replies
    AP ^ | May 19, 2016 | Staff
    New U.S. Census Bureau estimates say Detroit’s population continued its decline, knocking it off the list of the nation’s 20 most populous cities. Figures released Thursday say Detroit’s population was 677,116 last summer, down 3,107 from the previous year and putting in 21st on the list. The Detroit News reports the Census Bureau says the last time Detroit wasn’t in the Top 20 was 1850, when it was 30th.
  • Pension Costs Are Crowding Out Public Safety

    05/16/2016 1:34:14 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/15/2016 | James Hohman
    A report from the state House Fiscal Agency shows that there has been a steady decline in the number of police officers in Michigan, falling 15.4 percent from 1990 to 2015. The report does not go into why this is, but here’s one theory: Pension underfunding is crowding out government spending, including hiring decisions. Consider that the state police retirement system now costs between 57 percent and 63 percent of the Michigan State Police’s total payroll. It is not because the benefits are lavish. It is because the state is trying to pay for promises that it made in the...
  • Milwaukee Public Schools Spending $471,073 on 'Black Lives Matter'

    05/16/2016 8:06:12 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 22 replies
    1130 WISN ^ | 5/12/2016
    Milwaukee Public Schools has included nearly a half million dollars for "Black Lives Matter" in its list of expenditures included the 2017 budget proposal it published in Wednesday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Interestingly enough, the district plans to spend nearly as much on "Black Lives Matter" as it plans to spend on College Access Centers, Universal Driver Education, and Advanced Studies of World Languages. "We’re doing this work because national and local studies tell us young men of color in Wisconsin and Milwaukee are more likely to be represented disproportionally in the justice system and less likely to be represented proportionally...