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  • MI to use P3 to cut $1B highway project schedule by 10 years

    10/22/2017 10:07:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | October 2, 2017 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: The Michigan Department of Transportation announced it will take on private-sector partners to finish a $1 billion state highway modernization project in Oakland County, MI. Using the public-private partnership (P3) model to design, build, finance and maintain the remainder of the project, rather than waiting on public funds to become available, could shorten the construction schedule by up to a decade, The Detroit News reported. MDOT will issue requests for qualifications from potential private partners before the end of the year, and it anticipates the selection process will wrap up in the summer and fall of 2018. The...
  • Mich. State Police Docked Pay for Sharing Breitbart Meme Calling NFL ‘Anti-American Degenerates’

    10/20/2017 11:06:22 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/20/17 | Daniel Flynn
    The director of the Michigan State Police shared a meme only to become one. Colonel Kriste Etue posted a popular Breitbart News Facebook page post on her personal Facebook page in late September that called the NFL national anthem kneelers “anti-American degenerates.” In response on Thursday, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who called the post  “innapropriate,” docked her five days’ pay. After the Breitbart News Facebook page posted the message on September 24, the Huffington Post noted that conservative news site had “published the top post on the social network by any major American publisher” that weekend. It boasted a greater reach than any such post in...
  • 'Elitist East Coast, West Coast values don’t sell' in county Trump won

    10/20/2017 8:52:08 AM PDT · by leaymane · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/18/17 | Daniel Allott
    Rep. Paul Mitchell’s district, which includes northern Macomb County and parts of other counties in Michigan’s thumb, voted two-to-one for Trump over Clinton. Mitchell did only slightly worse, beating his Democratic opponent 63 percent to 32 percent Both Trump and Mitchell appealed to voters here because they’re straight-talking businessmen who promised to bring back jobs lost to trade, cut taxes, and address Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure The Democrats have lost touch with Macomb County values, Mitchell said. Their preoccupation with gender and race “doesn’t sell” here. “I guess the best way to view it is elitist East Coast, West Coast values...
  • Report: Steve Bannon In 'Regular Contact' with Kid Rock About Potential Michigan Senate Bid

    10/19/2017 2:30:57 PM PDT · by drewh · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/19/17 05:05 PM EDT | By Brandon Carter -
    Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is reportedly talking to musician Kid Rock about a potential run for Senate in Michigan, according to RealClear Politics. A source familiar with their conversations told RealClear Politics that Bannon and the musician, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, are in regular phone contact about Ritchie possibly challenging Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). Ritchie has been teasing a run for Senate for months. In July, he tweeted out a poll showing himself ahead of Stabenow in a 2018 match-up, and created a “campaign site” that has so far sent users to his merchandise page...
  • Investigation of Michigan Stray Bullet Near MSP Range

    10/19/2017 5:59:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 17 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    There is a stray bullet investigation ongoing in the south of Michigan, in Northville Township. A window was shattered on about the 10th or 11th of October, 2017. I am skeptical of these type of incidents. They are quite rare. The image of an Iraqi woman showing investigators two complete rifle cartridges, that supposedly hit her residence, is memorable.This incident appears to be real, not a hoax like the famous Iraqi incident. The window was shattered. It was broken in a believable way. The bullet was found with the shattered glass. The bullet looks fresh and has rifling marks....
  • Four Ann Arbor City Council Members Kneel During Pledge of Allegiance

    10/17/2017 1:14:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10/17/17 | Cameron Cawthorne
    Four city council members in Ann Arbor, Michigan knelt for the Pledge of Allegiance after their meeting was called to order on Monday night.5th Ward councilmen Chip Smith and Chuck Warpehoski were joined by 1st Ward council members Sumi Kailasapathy and Jason Frenzel in taking a knee when it came time to recite the Pledge of Allegiance before the city council meeting, M Live reported.Warpehoski said his decision to kneel was an "act of attention, concern and respect.""I can't speak to what is in each person's heart, but for me to ‘take a knee' is an act of attention, of...
  • Ann Arbor city council members kneel for Pledge of Allegiance

    10/17/2017 11:51:23 AM PDT · by 198ml · 25 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 10/17/17 | Chris Pandolfo
    Four members of the Ann Arbor city council mimicked the NFL protests and took a knee for the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance during Monday’s meeting. According to, Chip Smith, 5th ward; Chuck Warpehoski, 5th ward; Sumi Kailasapathy, 1st ward; and Jason Frenzel, 1st ward were the four kneelers. "I can't speak to what is in each person's heart, but for me to 'take a knee' is an act of attention, of concern, and of respect," Councilman Warpehoski explained on his website. Warpehoski elaborated at the meeting: "And it is in that spirit that I take a knee...
  • Trump voters open to bump stock ban after Las Vegas shooting

    10/15/2017 6:54:51 PM PDT · by leaymane · 80 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/14/17 | Daniel Allott
    As night follows day, mass shootings in America are followed by a succession of Democratic politicians and liberal activists pushing for tighter gun restrictions. Almost as reliably, those efforts fail. But in the wake of the massacre in Las Vegas, in which Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds more at an outdoor concert, there is reason to believe this time might be different. Paddock used “bump stock” devices that effectively turn semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic weapons, causing a higher death toll. Republicans and Democrats in Congress have shown some support for a ban of bump stocks. House...
  • FL Turnpike breaks ground on test track for smart highway tech

    10/15/2017 12:14:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | July 19, 2017 | Mary Tyler March
    Dive Brief: The Florida Turnpike broke ground earlier this month on a new test track where it will experiment with high-speed toll technology as well as systems for vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications, according to FleetOwner. The 400-acre SunTrax site, in Auburndale, FL, will test toll equipment and interoperable tolling systems, as well as smartphone-based payment methods. Other technologies to be tested include high-speed connected platooning trucks, moveable barrier systems and machine vision and materials testing for new pavement types, lane markings and signage. Construction on the site's oval track is expected to be complete in spring 2019 with the first...
  • She Was Raped And Had A Child, She Says. Judge Gave The Accused Rapist Joint Custody

    10/12/2017 11:34:34 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 10/09/17 | Kate Irby
    It’s a nightmare scenario for a 21-year-old mother – a court has granted joint custody to a man accused of raping her when she was 12. The rape allegedly occurred in September 2008, according to a press release by the woman’s attorney, Rebecca Kiessling. Christopher Mirasolo was charged with raping the woman when he was 18 and she was 12, which is a first-degree felony in Michigan. “The sentence ‘for a violation that is committed by an individual 17 years of age or older against an individual less than 13 years of age’ should have been a mandatory ‘imprisonment for...
  • Congressman, father of police officer: 'All lives matter and have value' (VIDEO)

    10/12/2017 10:11:46 AM PDT · by leaymane · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/11/2017 | Daniel Allott
    Class, not race, is the dominant struggle of our political age, says Rep. Paul Mitchell, who represents Michigan’s 10th congressional district covering parts of Macomb County and the rest of Michigan’s thumb. We recently sat down with Mitchell, a Republican, to talk about race and class, attacks on police officers and the Black Lives Matter protests, among other topics. After a career owning and running a nonprofit health school, Mitchell turned his attention to politics. Mitchell said that the left focuses on racial struggles, but the real struggle is between “the haves and the have nots.” “And I tell you...
  • Detroit’s Black Firefighters Back White Recruit Fired over ‘Racially Insensitive’ Watermelon

    10/12/2017 6:51:56 AM PDT · by Lera · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Oct 2017 | Ben Kew
    A group of black firefighters from Detroit are backing their white colleague after he was fired on his first day for bringing a “racially insensitive” watermelon to work. Robert Pattinson, 41, was fired after introducing himself to his fellow firefighters by bringing in a watermelon with a pink bow on top as part of workplace tradition of new recruits bringing in a gift for fellow employees on their first day on the job. *snip* However, a number of black firefighters from the same department reacted to the incident with a big show of support for Pattinson, describing him as an...
  • Students aggressively mock, harass Charles Murray at UMich

    10/11/2017 5:40:39 PM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | October 11, 2017 | Anthony Gockowski and Nikita Vladimirov
    Charles Murray’s event at the University of Michigan was completely overthrown by student protesters, who occupied the auditorium and loudly interrupted Murray for 40 minutes before sauntering out of the room. The event, set to begin at 6:00 p.m. EST, was immediately shut down by protesters before Murray even was given a chance to begin as one demonstrator projected a “white supremacist” hologram above his head.
  • Trump country responds to national anthem protests

    10/11/2017 2:41:40 PM PDT · by leaymane · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct. 6, 2017 | Daniel Allott
    When Matt Walker played baseball for the Fayetteville SwampDogs, a collegiate summer team in the Coastal Plain League, his manager offered him and his teammates a lot of advice on how to conduct themselves on the field. Walker and his young teammates, who were trying to land a spot on a major league roster, typically played before crowds of 2,000 to 3,000 people, often in military towns. Fayetteville, in the North Carolina Sandhills, is located only 20 minutes from Fort Bragg, the largest military installation in the world. A majority of the fans, Walker said, were either in the military...
  • Detroit Firefighter Fired for Bringing ‘Racially Insensitive’ Watermelon to Work

    10/08/2017 7:14:13 PM PDT · by Lera · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Oct 2017 | Katherine Rodriguez
    A Detroit firefighter was fired before he officially began his first day on the job for bringing a watermelon to work. Robert Pattison, 41, introduced himself to his fellow firefighters at Engine 55 at the corner of Joy and Southfield in Detroit by bringing a welcome gift, WJBK reported. Second Battalion Chief Shawn McCarty calls this welcome gift “a tradition” for Engine 55’s firefighters. “It’s not mandatory, it’s voluntary,” he said. “You come in bearing gifts. The usual gift is doughnuts, but you are allowed to bring whatever you want to bring in.” Pattison, who was a probationary firefighter, decided...
  • University Of Michigan President Insults Trump Supporters In Emails He Tried To Hide

    10/06/2017 2:38:34 PM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/05/2017 | Eric Owens
    The president of the taxpayer-funded University of Michigan, Mark Schlissel, wrote in an email that he found it “ironic” when students who supported Donald Trump felt “marginalized and ostracized” on campus after the 2016 presidential election. A few months earlier, Schlissel wrote in another email that he “would feel awful if Trump won the election” and seemed to suggest that he wanted to use his taxpayer-funded job to defeat Trump. Schlissel then refused to release the emails — and others — in which he disparaged Trump and Trump’s supporters.
  • How Immigration Foiled Hillary

    10/06/2017 1:48:17 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | OCT. 5, 2017 | Thomas B. Edsall
    Democrats point to a thousand reasons that Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election. Here is another. In political circles, it’s common knowledge that in four key states President Trump unexpectedly carried counties that Democratic presidential campaign strategists had failed to recognize as crucial terrain — sparsely populated areas of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In “What I Got Wrong About the Election,” for example, published right after Clinton lost, David Plouffe, who had managed the Obama campaign in 2008, wrote that Trump’s margins in rural and exurban counties were off the charts. For example, in Madison County, an exurban area...
  • Metro Detroit mom sentenced to 7 days in jail for not vaccinating her child

    10/05/2017 3:53:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    WXYZ ^ | 10/4/17
    Update: Family says metro Detroit mom jailed 'out of spite' for not vaccinating sonA metro Detroit mother was sentenced to seven days in jail for refusing to vaccinate her son will appear in court on Wednesday morning.Rebecca Bredow had a hearing in Pontiac Wednesday to decide if she will go to jail for refusing to vaccinate her son.She was sentenced for contempt of court. The mother of two had one week to get her son vaccinated, and refused to comply with court orders and agreements dating back to November 2016 saying she would vaccinate the boy.Bredow's ex-husband wants their son vaccinated, but she...
  • Michigan woman with special needs held in shed and sold for sex by couple, police say

    10/04/2017 11:21:33 AM PDT · by workerbee · 36 replies
    Fox ^ | 10/3/17
    A Michigan couple kept a woman with special needs in a vacant shed and sold her online for sex, police said. Michael Welch, 38, and Misty George, 30, of Macomb Township, were charged Tuesday with “human trafficking and prostitution earnings,” FOX2 Detroit reported. George was also charged with “using a computer to commit a crime,” the media outlet reported. It was not clear when the suspects were arrested. Welch and George, who were believed to be dating and living together, were accused of keeping a woman, 29, with “both mental and physical disabilities” in a vacant shed close to their...
  • The Detroit Lions' owner offered players incentive not to kneel for the anthem

    10/03/2017 5:21:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Circa ^ | 10/3/17 | Mark Hensch
    The owner of the Detroit Lions asked her team’s players not to kneel for the national anthem during their most recent game, according to The Detroit Free Press.The Free Press on Sunday reported that Martha Ford made the request before the team’s National Football League (NFL) contest with the Minnesota Vikings that afternoon.Ford said last week that she would be open to donating both her money and her name to community causes supported by the Lions’ roster members.