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  • 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...
  • Detroit Bd. of Education has a...Cessna?

    05/13/2016 5:20:06 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 17 replies
    Serial Number 17261081 Status Valid Manufacturer Name CESSNA Certificate Issue Date 07/09/1980 Model 172M Expiration Date 11/30/2017 Type Aircraft Fixed Wing Single-Engine Type Engine 4 Cycle
  • Detroit Schools 'Misplace' $30 Million from Feds for Pensions

    05/12/2016 5:04:34 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 20 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/9/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The Detroit News reported this week that the U.S. Department of Education allegedly gave Detroit Public Schools $30 million to help it pay required contributions to an employee pension fund, but the school district never sent the money into the state-run system. The $30 million was supposed to cover pension contributions for DPS employees whose pay came from federal grants. ForTheRecord says: For a clear example of how the rising cost of maintaining a defined benefit pension system is strangling school budgets, one need look no further than the Detroit school district. Employment has been cut in half, from 15,465...
  • House Dems to Detroit Parents: No New Charter Schools For You

    05/11/2016 7:22:45 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/9/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In the debate about a state bailout for the Detroit school district, the greatest divide may be the future of charter schools in the city. Democratic lawmakers have often shown a bias against charter schools, and did so again this week. Rep. Sarah Roberts, D-St. Clair Shores, proposed an amendment to a bailout bill (House Bill 5384) that may effectively ban new or expanded charter schools in the city of Detroit. A charter authorizer would be required to overcome a new layer of red tape. Specifically, authorizers would have to get a determination by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction...
  • Detroit Public Schools Debt Largely Not Supported By Additional Taxpayer Dollars

    05/11/2016 5:08:55 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/6/2016 | James Hohman
    As Michigan legislators discuss a bailout of the Detroit Public Schools, some have argued that this makes obvious fiscal sense for the state since state taxpayers are ultimately responsible for DPS debt. Yet a look at the composition of the district’s debt shows very little taxpayer exposure. According to the Department of Treasury’s report, the district carries $3.4 billion in debt, most of which contains some state involvement. Yet this involvement rarely comes in the form of a direct obligation to cover the district’s debt. Consider what is listed as $1.3 billion in DPS’s share of the pension system’s unfunded...
  • Detroit Public Schools Debt Largely Not Supported By Additional Taxpayer Dollars

    05/11/2016 5:07:00 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/6/2016 | James Hohman
    As Michigan legislators discuss a bailout of the Detroit Public Schools, some have argued that this makes obvious fiscal sense for the state since state taxpayers are ultimately responsible for DPS debt. Yet a look at the composition of the district’s debt shows very little taxpayer exposure. According to the Department of Treasury’s report, the district carries $3.4 billion in debt, most of which contains some state involvement. Yet this involvement rarely comes in the form of a direct obligation to cover the district’s debt. Consider what is listed as $1.3 billion in DPS’s share of the pension system’s unfunded...
  • Group at Fore of Detroit School Preservation Effort Has Mixed Record

    05/10/2016 1:28:31 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/5/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Detroit Public Schools has experienced massive student flight and its teachers have conducted illegal strikes. It also is considered by to be the worst urban school district in the country by the federal government and is immersed in a corruption scandal involving bribes and kickbacks to top administrators. It will run out of money at the end of this school year. That is not the picture of the district’s future painted six years ago by an organization that has played an active role in defining that future. Excellent Schools Detroit was formed in 2010 with the goal of transforming DPS...
  • Lawsuit accuses Flint mayor of trying to redirect water crisis donors to campaign fund

    05/10/2016 6:05:38 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies ^ | 5/9/2016 | Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Peter Cooney
    (Reuters) - A former administrator in Flint, Michigan, charged in a federal lawsuit on Monday that she was fired for seeking a probe into allegations the mayor tried to redirect donations to her personal campaign fund from a charity meant to help families hurt by the city's water crisis. The wrongful termination lawsuit filed in federal court in Detroit said former City Administrator Natasha Henderson was fired in violation of whistle-blower and free-speech protections under Michigan law and the U.S. Constitution. An attorney retained by the city of Flint on the matter did not immediately respond to a request for...
  • Michigan Should Make Detroit Public Schools an All-Charter System

    05/06/2016 8:47:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/2/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    More than half of Detroit’s students have opted out of attending schools controlled by Detroit Public Schools and have enrolled instead in neighboring districts or nearby public charter schools. But thousands of students remain stuck in schools that are poorly run, fiscally mismanaged and, as nearly everyone agrees, in dire need of reform. DPS faces a fiscal breaking point. Lansing has provided additional state funds to keep the district open for the rest of the school year, but additional resources still are needed to pay off its debt. The Michigan Legislature may lend a hand with that debt, but if...
  • Czar-Like Detroit Education Commission Part of Establishment's 'War on Charters'

    05/03/2016 1:55:29 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/1/2016 | Tom Gantert
    At the heart of the current debate over the future of public schooling in Detroit is a proposed entity called the Detroit Education Commission, various forms of which appear in different proposals. The most recent version is included in a Detroit Public Schools bailout bill passed by the state Senate. Half the Republicans and all but three of the Democrats in the Michigan Senate voted to approve a seven-member commission appointed by the Detroit mayor. Among its powers, the commission would be able to veto any new public school from opening in the city. Critics say the veto would apply...
  • Detroit Mayor Says His Commission Will Be Independent While His City Discriminates

    05/03/2016 8:52:27 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/26/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    Last month the Michigan Senate passed a plan for Detroit Public Schools that gives the district a $700 million-plus bailout while establishing a commission with the power to shut down schools, including independent charter schools. The Detroit Education Commission has long been pushed by labor unions and school administrators who dislike competition from outside charter schools, which both parents and Stanford University's Center for Research on Education Outcomes believe do a better job educating students. The DEC members will be appointed by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, who has been heavily lobbying for the power. Duggan claims the commission will operate...
  • Detroit's Dual Crises Continue: Teacher Sickouts, Water Shutoffs

    05/03/2016 8:47:08 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 3, 2016 | Jon Schuppe
    A Detroit teacher sickout continued into a second day on Tuesday, as the city's school district reeled from a funding crisis that could threaten some educators' paychecks. All but a handful of the city's 97 public schools were closed as of 7 a.m., NBC affiliate WDIV reported. Dozens of teachers gathered outside district headquarters in red union t-shirts and with signs with messages like "No pay no work" and "DPS better have my money" and "This is teacher abuse." Meanwhile, Detroit was dealing with a second crisis — this one related to the solvency of the city's water system. The...
  • Bankrupt Detroit Still Refuses Property Sales to Charter Schools

    05/02/2016 9:23:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/22/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Within a week of a federal bankruptcy judge confirming the final amendment to a $6.8 billion city of Detroit bankruptcy plan in 2014, Mayor Michael Duggan approved a ban passed by the city council on selling $11 million worth of city-owned property to any charter school located within one mile of an existing Detroit school district school. The property that the city acquired from Detroit Public Schools included 53 closed school buildings. Not just the plan but its timing raises additional questions about Duggan’s role in a Detroit school district bailout bill passed by the state Senate last month, which...
  • Mayor Approved Ban on Selling Closed Detroit Schools to Charters

    04/26/2016 10:51:21 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/23/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In 2014 the Detroit City Council passed and Mayor Michael Duggan approved a resolution that banned the city from selling any one of 53 closed Detroit school district school buildings to a public charter school for a period of five years. The action raises questions about the mayor's impartiality in a plan recently approved by the state Senate. The plan would give Duggan a key role in whether school choice in the form of charters keeps expanding in Detroit or becomes a dwindling remnant. The resolution was part of a deal the city made with Detroit Public Schools to forgive...
  • Fiat Chrysler to increase North American factory workers

    04/26/2016 7:55:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 26, 2016 9:41 AM EDT | Colleen Barry and Tom Krisher
    The number of Fiat Chrysler factory workers in North America will increase as the company reduces production of passenger cars and shifts toward trucks and SUVs, the company’s chief executive said Tuesday. […] He (Sergio Marchionne) said new Ram pickup truck will come out at the beginning of 2018. It will be built at two U.S. factories in suburban Detroit, so it won’t cost the company any production of the current model. A factory in Sterling Heights, Michigan, that now makes the Chrysler 200 sedan will be retooled to make pickups, he said. The company also plans to build a...
  • A Hopeful Vision for Education in Detroit

    04/12/2016 7:27:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/9/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts concerning the challenging state of education in Detroit. Since its inception the Mackinac Center for Public Policy has advocated policy solutions that expand freedom to help improve the quality of life for all Michigan residents. In this case, the residents are thousands of Detroit Public Schools students, who are receiving an inferior education that will not prepare them adequately for life and career. Many are crying out for something better. They need to see hope. There are challenges and constraints within the political process, not to mention the other obstacles that...
  • Feds: Multimillion Dollar Detroit Public School Scam Ran for 13 Years

    04/04/2016 1:05:15 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/3/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Thirteen Detroit Public School employees were charged with felonies in an illegal bribery and kickback scheme, the U.S. attorney's office announced Tuesday. The individuals included 12 current or former DPS principals and an assistant superintendent. The U.S. attorney alleges that the DPS administrators submitted fake invoices to the school district for payments to a vendor for services that were never delivered. The vendor then used some of the money to pay the DPS employees involved in the scam, which went on from 2002 to 2015. The vendor received $2.7 million over that time, of which $908,518 was kicked back to...
  • Dem Donors Plead Guilty to $33 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

    04/02/2016 2:42:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | April 1, 2016 | Joe Schoffstall
    Five individuals who have donated to Democratic politicians pleaded guilty to a scheme that drained Medicare out of $33 million dollars. Two physicians and three owners of hospice and home care companies based out of Detroit, Mich., were charged on June 18, 2015 as part of the largest Medicare fraud case in history for submitting fraudulent claims for home health care and hospice services that were either not provided or deemed medically unnecessary.The elaborate operation revolved around Muhammad Tariq, Shahid Tahir, and Manawar Javed—the owners of the home health care and hospice companies—paying kickbacks and bribes to physicians for referrals...
  • COMMON CORE MATH? 13 Detroit Principals Defraud School System With Massive Kickbacks

    04/01/2016 7:51:44 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 18 replies
    Red State ^ | 31 Mar, 2016 | Joe Cunningham
    Did this become the new Common Core math problem: If 13 principals place orders for school supplies, and they only receive 65% of what they paid for, where did the other 35% of the money go? Don’t try to work it out on pencil and paper, because the New York Times has provided the answer for you.
  • Bribery charges against 13 Detroit principals a 'punch in the gut'

    03/29/2016 5:48:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | March 29, 2016 | Dana Ford
    (CNN) — Thirteen current or former principals with the Detroit Public Schools were charged with bribery Tuesday in an alleged kickback scheme, which couldn't have come at a worse time for the troubled school district.
  • NAFTA May Have Saved Many Autoworkers’ Jobs

    03/29/2016 4:16:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 83 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 29, 2016 | Eduardo Porter
    When Donald Trump threatened to “break” the North American Free Trade Agreement, auto industry workers offered up some of the loudest cheers. Mr. Trump easily won the Republican primary in Michigan this month. The state, home base for the American auto industry, also delivered an upset victory to Bernie Sanders, the Democratic anti-NAFTA standard-bearer. But the autoworkers’ animosity is aiming at the wrong target. There are still more than 800,000 jobs in the American auto sector. And there is a good case to be made that without NAFTA, there might not be much left of Detroit at all. “Without the...
  • Offended Muslims Say That Children's Easter Egg Hunt 'Violates the U.S. Constitution'

    03/29/2016 9:07:21 AM PDT · by kevcol · 64 replies ^ | March 26, 2016 | David Mcintosh
    The Muslims told the Detroit Free-Press that they were concerned about the religious implications of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church's "Eggstravaganza!" They were also "troubled" by images of a bunny rabbit. "It really bothered my two kids," parent Majed Moughni, told the newspaper. "My son was like, 'Dad, I really don't feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed to mix with schools.' "

    03/26/2016 10:46:16 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 46 replies
    6 ABC PHILADELPHIA ^ | 26 MARCH 2016 | AP
    PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- American Airlines flight 736 from Detroit to Philadelphia was cancelled after a pilot was suspected of drinking at the Detroit Metro Airport. TSA reported to police around 6:40 a.m. Saturday that they thought the co-pilot of an American Airlines flight bound for Philadelphia was acting oddly and may have been drinking. A field breathalyzer was administered and, officials say, the co-pilot failed the test.
  • Chicago area has greatest population decline of any U.S. city in 2015

    03/25/2016 12:55:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 30 replies ^ | WGN WEB DESK | 3/25/2016
    CHICAGO — More people are leaving the Chicago area than any other major city in the United States. According to census data released Thursday, the Chicago area lost more than 6,000 residents in 2015. That now puts the region’s population at 9.5 million. Chicago’s metropolitan statistical area, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the city and suburbs and extends into Wisconsin and Indiana. The Chicago region’s decline extended to the state. In fact, Illinois was one of just seven states to see a population dip in 2015, and had the second-greatest decline rate last year after West Virginia, census...
  • VIDEO: Detroit gas station shooting caught on camera, 2 people arrested

    03/24/2016 5:05:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    WXYZ ^ | March 22, 2016 | Jennifer Wilson
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - Police have arrested two people in connection with a shooting Sunday at a Detroit gas station that left multiple people injured. A woman was caught on camera opening fire on a vehicle around 4:30 a.m. after the Dodge Charger she was riding in pulled up to the gas station on Fenkell and Greenfield.
  • Detroit Makes Community College Free (Paid for by Property Taxes)

    03/23/2016 6:20:27 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 3-22-2016 | Katie Labosco
    Under state rules, the first two years of promise zones must be funded through philanthropy. Beginning in 2018, the Detroit Promise will be funded by increases in property tax revenue based on the 6 mills of the State Education Tax; the program will capture half of any increase in property tax revenue from the SET, officials said. Detroit Public Schools interim superintendent Alycia Meriweather told students gathered at a news conference that it’s now up to them to be prepared for college, by getting good grades. “You have an opportunity today that all the rest of us who grew up...
  • Healthy Charter Sector Belies Need for Commission, Extra Regulation

    03/23/2016 7:30:55 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/20/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    A new national report further undercuts the case for creating a politically appointed commission to dictate school enrollment decisions across the Motor City. The Detroit Education Commission has been touted as part of the solution to rescue a failing education system. Proponents want to give the commission jurisdiction over all public schools within the city, including the ability to close charters it deems unsuccessful. In effect, the new governmental body would be empowered to take away options parents believe to be safer or otherwise better for their children. On March 7, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan pitched the idea of a...
  • Detroit-area woman in body parts business pleads guilty

    03/21/2016 3:15:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 21, 2016 6:07 PM EDT | Ed White
    A Detroit-area woman charged in a body parts probe pleaded guilty Monday to fraud, admitting she falsely told a customer that human remains for medical training were free of infectious diseases. The government says Arthur Rathburn and his wife Elizabeth Rathburn of Grosse Pointe Park operated International Biological Inc., which rented out body parts for medical or dental training. Elizabeth Rathburn struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to wire fraud, about two months after the two were indicted. She didn’t disclose in an email that remains provided for a 2012 meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in...
  • Diamond & Silk: The fact that Cruz & Rubio sided with the protesters

    03/11/2016 10:39:47 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 90 replies
    Twitter ^ | 3/12/2016 | Diamond & Silk
    Diamond & Silk: The fact that Cruz & Rubio sided with the protesters let us know that they are ok with our country being destroyed. Both are straight losers.
  • BREAKING: Trump touts Carson endorsement in debate surprise

    03/10/2016 7:36:36 PM PST · by 20yearsofinternet · 114 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/10/2016 | ELIZA COLLINS
    Donald Trump brought a surprise to Thursday night's debate—an endorsement from former presidential rival Ben Carson. The New York billionaire was asked by moderator Jake Tapper what his specific issues were with Common Core when he pivoted to his endorsement. “I was with Dr. Carson today, who’s endorsing me by the way tomorrow morning, and we spoke for over an hour on education,” Trump said. “He wants a lot of different things that are terrific.” “I’m gonna have Ben very much involved with education,” Trump said.
  • Mitt Romney's Ford Field Fumble?

    03/10/2016 6:37:36 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 24, 2012 | MICHAEL FALCONE
    Politics Mitt Romney's Ford Field Fumble? February 24, 2012 By MICHAEL FALCONE ABC News' David Muir, Michael Falcone and Emily Friedman report: DETROIT - Standing on the 30-yard line of Detroit's Ford Field, Mitt Romney delivered what was billed as a major economic speech before a crowd of about 1,200 supporters on Friday. In his crucial home state of Michigan, Romney reiterated his new tax plan to applause from an audience dwarfed by the scope of the stadium that seats up to 80,000 spectators. The Romney campaign promised an economic policy speech on filled with major new policy initiatives, but...
  • His Presidential Bid Over, Ben Carson Has a Big Polling Lead [for Rubio's seat!]

    03/08/2016 11:40:30 PM PST · by Future Useless Eater · 40 replies
    US News ^ | March 8, 2016 | Joseph P. Williams
    Ben Carson, who just days ago dropped his lackluster Republican Party presidential bid amid languishing poll numbers and a disappearing profile, is leading in Florida polling by a wide margin, but in the contest for the Sunshine State's soon-to-be-open Senate seat. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks during CPAC 2016 March 4, 2016 in National Harbor, Maryland. A new poll shows 56 percent of likely voters would choose Carson if he were to enter the state GOP primary for the job Sen. Marco Rubio plans to vacate. If Carson doesn't run in what's likely to be a crowded field, according...
  • Kasich and Trump running neck and neck in Michigan

    03/08/2016 5:28:11 PM PST · by nwrep · 231 replies
    DecisionDeskHQ ^ | March 8, 2016 | nwrep
    Big upset brewing in Michigan?
  • Use a Charter School Board to Reorganize Detroit Public Schools

    03/08/2016 4:52:14 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/3/2016 | Greg Harris
    The Michigan Legislature will soon begin debating in full the future of Detroit schools. The governor and the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren have introduced new strategies to address the vicious cycle of poor academics and spiraling debt. Unfortunately, both plans carry significant tabs and cling to the notion that a unified school district central office needs to govern all schools. In Detroit, large governing entities have little to show in terms of results, with histories of pay to play and excessive compensation for top executives. A conservative governor and a conservative-majority Legislature should actually consider taking a...
  • Poor Decisions, Not Funding System, Fuel Detroit Schools’ Woes

    03/07/2016 5:48:06 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/2/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    Finding solutions to help Detroit students not only requires recognizing the problem. It also requires a clear picture of the facts and understanding how the current system works. In a recent MLive column, Ann Arbor attorney Eli Savit offers a well-intentioned but misdiagnosed policy proposal to address the genuinely disturbing images of mold and vermin found in some Detroit Public Schools buildings. He calls on Lansing leaders to fix the state’s “regressive school-finance system and earmark state funds for school building projects in poorer districts.” One can make a case that funds designated for building construction and major maintenance projects...
  • LIVE THREAD:3 Trump rallies today.Warren,MI,9am & Cadillac, MI, 1pm (EST) & New Orleans, 6pm (CST)

    03/04/2016 4:15:45 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 653 replies
    Friday, March 4, 2016: GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally in Warren, MI at the Macomb Community Expo Center. The event is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM EST. Warren is a city in Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The 2010 census places the city's population at 134,056, making Warren the largest city in Macomb County, the third largest city in Michigan, and Metro Detroit's largest suburb. Friday, March 4, 2016: GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally in Cadillac, MI at the Wexford Civic Center. The event is scheduled...
  • Polls: Trump increases lead in Michigan, poised to win Kansas

    03/05/2016 8:49:45 AM PST · by GonzoII · 62 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 5, 2016 | Sierra Rayne
    Based on the latest polling data, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump appears certain to win the upcoming March 8 Michigan primary and is likely to also take the corresponding race today in Kansas. A FOX 2 Detroit/Mitchell poll released on Friday shows Trump increasing his already massive lead in the Michigan primary. In the survey of likely GOP voters, Trump was picked by 42%, putting him 23% ahead of – and more than double – his nearest competitor, Ted Cruz, who sits at just 19%. Marco Rubio placed third at 15%, in a statistical tie with John Kasich....
  • Chaotic Crowd Looking To Buy New Air Jordan Shoes Forces Eastland Mall To Close(Detroit)

    03/05/2016 4:12:46 PM PST · by dynachrome · 29 replies ^ | 3-5-16 | Dan Jenkins
    Black Friday has been over for months, but you would never know it if you went to Eastland Center in Harper Woods on Saturday morning. The mall was forced to close after rowdy crowds piled in for a chance to buy the newly-released Air Jordan Retro 12 “Vivid Pink” sneakers.
  • The Most Shameful Injustice-Death by Democrats.

    03/04/2016 5:54:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Frontpagemagazine/ ^ | March 3, 2016 | Bill Whittle
    Bill Whittle: The Most Shameful Injustice Death by Democrats. March 3, 2016 Transcript: Hi everybody. I'm Bill Whittle and this is the Firewall. This tidy little structure was by all accounts the community anchor of a safe, friendly, booming little corner of muscular, dynamic, Motor City USA: Detroit, the crown jewel in the Arsenal of Democracy where cars and trucks, and later tanks and planes, rolled off assembly lines manned by workers who lived across the street or down the road from libraries like this one. This is the interior of the Mark Twain library as it looked...
  • Michigan GOP Polls 2016: Donald Trump Has Large Lead (Trump 39%, Rubio 19%, Cruz 14%)

    03/03/2016 3:36:50 PM PST · by Red Steel · 19 replies
    Heavy ^ | March 3, 2016, 5:39 pm EST | Jonathan Adams
    Donald Trump had a great performance on Super Tuesday and early polling numbers show that could continue in the upcoming primaries. According to RealClear Politics, Trump is favored by an average of 15.4 percentage points in Michigan. The Michigan Republican primary will take place on March 8. It is an important state with 59 delegates up for grabs. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio hope they can narrow the gap in Michigan prior to the primary date. The GOP held its most recent debate in Detroit, Michigan just days before the primary. FOX 2 Detroit/Mitchell The FOX 2 Detroit/Mitchell poll was...
  • Poll: Trump holds 10-point lead in Michigan GOP primary

    03/02/2016 12:59:56 PM PST · by UKrepublican · 38 replies
    The remaining Republican presidential candidates come to Detroit to debate Thursday with Donald Trump maintaining a 10-point lead over his closest competitors in Michigan's March 8 primary in a new poll commissioned by the Detroit Free Press and other media outlets. According to the poll, Trump, who scored key wins in seven of the 11 states making their GOP picks Tuesday and holds a sizable lead in delegates needed to secure the GOP nomination, remains the presumptive favorite. Some 29% of those surveyed were backing him outright or were leaning toward doing so in next Tuesday’s Republican primary in Michigan,...
  • Poll: Carson tops list of potential Trump running-mates

    03/01/2016 12:21:42 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/1/2016 | Jesse Byrnes
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson tops the list of potential running-mates for Donald Trump if the businessman wins the GOP nomination, according to a new poll. Carson is the choice of 11 percent of Republican and GOP-leaning independent voters, a Morning Consult poll released Monday found. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, the candidates right behind Trump in the GOP race, are tied for second with 9 percent each. John Kasich, also a Republican presidential candidate, follows with 8 percent, tied with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who endorsed Trump last week after dropping out of the GOP race in February....
  • Without Carson, GOP will lose black vote and presidency, PAC says

    03/01/2016 11:15:37 AM PST · by kevcol · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | February 25, 2016 | Tal Kopan
    "Trump, Rubio and Cruz are all destined to lose in 2016 because without Ben Carson on the ticket, they will lose the African-American vote," he wrote. . . . "The demographics of America have changed dramatically, and that is why Ben Carson must stay in this race," Sousa wrote. "He may not win the GOP nomination, but he still holds the winning hand in this political poker game.
  • Ben Carson calls for candidate meeting before GOP debate on Thursday

    03/01/2016 3:24:21 PM PST · by kevcol · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 1, 2016 | Jennifer Harper
    Republican hopeful Ben Carson has gone on behavior patrol. He has called for a meeting of all the GOP candidates on Thursday, prior to the 11th presidential debate on Thursday in Detroit, to be aired by Fox News. . . "I am confident that the five remaining candidates can rise above the sophomoric attacks of past encounters and have a serious discussion about substantive issues and how we will lead our nation forward toward a more prosperous and secure future.
  • Dr. Ben Carson: After I Spoke Out Against Obamacare -- I Was Audited

    02/25/2016 8:54:10 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 29 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb 25th, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    Dr. Ben Carson told the audience tonight at the CNN GOP debate that after he spoke out against Obamacare at the National Prayer Breakfast he was audited by the Obama IRS. Ben Carson Criticized Obama TO HIS FACE At The National Prayer Breakfast In 2013 (MRCTV) Dr. Carason: I never had an audit until I spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast. And then all of the sudden they came in and said, "We just want to look at your real estate dealings." And then they didn't find anything. And then they took a look at the whole year. And they...