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  • Huma Abedin Campaigns For Clinton In Muslim Community

    08/26/2016 2:02:34 PM PDT · by blueyon · 26 replies
    DML DennisMichaelLynch ^ | 8/26/16 | Team DML
    DEARBORN — Huma Abedin, vice chair for the Hillary for America campaign, met with Arab and Muslim American leaders on Aug. 11, to discuss issues that matter to the community. Community representatives included heads of organizations, small business owners, doctors, lawyers and other professions. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and the retired dean of Congress, John Dingell, were also present at the discussion at Habib’s Cuisine. Abedin was joined by Farooq Mitha, national director of Muslim Outreach for Hillary for America. Abedin praised the Muslim and Arab American communities for their political engagement. She highlighted the contrasts between Clinton and...
  • 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.
  • Township Denies It Had Landfill Documents, County Records Say Otherwise

    08/26/2016 8:56:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/23/2016 | Derek Draplin
    A resident of a township in southeastern Michigan thinks she was wrongly denied a request for township documents related to a proposed landfill expansion. Salem Township denied the Freedom of Information Act request, saying the information the requester asked for did not exist. But records subsequently acquired from Washtenaw County show that the relevant documents do exist, and were in the township’s possession when the request was submitted. Tracey Birkenhauer of Northville sent a FOIA request to Salem Township on March 25, 2016, requesting all documentation submitted to the township since 2010 regarding the expansion of the Arbor Hills landfill....
  • Couple Could Lose Their Home Through Civil Forfeiture

    08/26/2016 10:30:13 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/20/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    In Traverse City, a couple could lose thousands of dollars in cash as well as their home because of the state’s loose civil forfeiture laws. Their case shows the perspective of both sides of this issue, but the solution is fairly simple – governments should not be able to take ownership of people’s assets unless they are convicted of a crime. The Traverse City Record-Eagle does a great job laying out the situation. The Traverse Narcotics Team believes Kenneth and Mary Murray profited from what it calls “ill-gotten gains.” The law enforcement agency accuses the couple of violating the state’s...
  • Ontario Should Look to Michigan

    08/24/2016 1:25:02 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/24/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    Acres of shiny new Chevrolet Camaros temporarily parked outside a Lansing auto plant: temporarily because they’re being snapped up by customers almost as fast as the state-of-the-art facility can ship them out. The image may sum up the evidence assembled in a new study from the respected Fraser Institute in Canada. Called “Ontario Versus Michigan: Lessons from the Wolverine State,” the report examines how the neighboring state and province have done economically before and after the dramatic business climate changes enacted in Michigan beginning in 2011. A state economic resurgence has followed in the wake of the reforms, which included...
  • Donald Trump ‘Flash Mob’ Events Planned in Michigan on Aug 30th

    08/23/2016 8:56:06 PM PDT · by Rufus Shinra · 17 replies
    Trump Conservative ^ | 8/23/2016 | Rufus Shinra
    The Michigan Conservative Coalition has planned a series of events to show support for presidential candidate Donald Trump throughout the state of Michigan on August 30th. This grassroots organization has a unique goal, one that seems to align with many of Trump’s supporters, and that is they are tired of Republicans abandoning their party’s principles to expand the scope of government beyond reason. From their website, the group’s stated goals are: We believe our Republican Party Platform is a great document and the recipe for success and opportunity and the heritage that makes America great. We are tired of Republicans...
  • Prof's Report Blaming Flint Decline on 'Structural Racism' Used Bad Data

    08/23/2016 12:21:26 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/21/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A Wayne State University professor who blamed the Flint water crisis on “structural racism” and a decline in state revenue sharing based his assertions in part on an incorrect estimate from an outdated revenue projection. Audited financial reports from the state of Michigan and city of Flint showing actual revenue collections contradict the professor’s source. Law professor Peter Hammer released a report claiming that state revenue sharing payments to Flint declined from $20 million in 2006 to $7.9 million in 2012. But both city and state financial statements indicate this statement was inaccurate and that Hammer’s overall report understated Flint’s...
  • 91-year-old man fights back, shooting suspected armed robber in neck

    08/23/2016 10:47:10 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 25 replies
    Fox2Detroit,com ^ | 8/23/2016 | Staff
    EASTPOINTE, Mich. (WJBK) - An elderly shopper pulls out his gun and fires in a Rite-Aid parking lot. The 91-year-old told police he thought he was about to be robbed by a man who followed him from his car toward the store. That shopper is 91-years old and he says he gave that man a warning -- before he shot him. Now the suspected robber is in custody.Likely just another morning for the elderly Eastpointe man who stopped by this Rite-Aid store at Gratiot and Nine Mile Monday. "He was trying to get into the store when he was approached...
  • Donald Trump´s Lincolnesque Moment

    08/19/2016 11:29:11 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 34 replies
    http://www.frontpagemag.com/ ^ | August 19, 2016 | David Horowitz
    Today in Dimondale Michigan Donald Trump gave what was not only the best speech of his campaign but a speech that will one day be seen as a landmark in the emergence of a new Republican Party – a party finally returning to its roots as the party of Lincoln. If this sounds like hyperbole ask yourself what other Republican leader in recent memory has addressed America’s African American communities in this voice: The African-American community has given so much to this country. They’ve fought and died in every war since the Revolution. They’ve lifted up the conscience of our...
  • LIVE: Trump Rally in Dimondale, MI 8/19/2016 @ 5pm ET.

    08/19/2016 1:29:12 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 636 replies
    Friday, August 19, 2016: Live stream coverage of the Donald J. Trump for President rally in Dimondale, MI at The Summit Sports and Ice Complex – The Fieldhouse at the Summit. LIVE coverage begins at 5:00 PM ET. Dimondale, MI Dimondale is a village in Eaton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Named after Isaac M. Dimond. The population was 1,234 at the 2010 census. Downtown Dimondale In the 1960s-70s, Dimondale served as a regionally and nationally recognized hotspot for championship horseshoe pitching, earning it the nickname "Horseshoe Capital of the World." Fred Smith, Jr. The greatest horseshoe pitching...
  • MSU Car Smoking Ban Increases Potential for Community-Police Tensions

    08/17/2016 9:56:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 33 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/14/2016 | Kahryn Riley
    Americans everywhere are struggling to come to grips with recent high-profile tragedies arising from violent encounters between police and civilians. For both police and many motorists, routine traffic stops have become nerve-wracking events. This is the backdrop against which the trustees of Michigan State University have imposed a new ordinance that will increase the number of needless traffic stops on its campuses. The measure takes effect on Aug. 15, and bans smoking or using smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes anywhere on MSU property. The ordinance applies even to personal vehicles on public streets that pass through the university. Violators can be...
  • At Least Six Swing States Face Double-Digit Premium Hikes under Obamacare

    08/16/2016 9:47:25 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 August 2016 | Alex Swoyer
    Double-digit Obamacare premium hikes projected in 2017 may bode in Donald Trump’s favor, as several swing states are being impacted by double-digit increases under the law and consumers are expected to see the hikes around Nov. 1 — one week before heading to the polls. Trump has promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, but Hillary Clinton has vowed to make the Obamacare exchanges work. Some say the way she would do that is through raising taxes.
  • W. Mich. seeing surge in gun sales, as FBI scrambles to process background checks

    08/12/2016 5:07:23 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 15 replies
    KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan gun dealer is seeing a surge in sales as the FBI scrambles to process background checks for gun buyers. Newschannel 3 spoke to experts Wednesday to explain why background checks in applications for firearms are being delayed. Some licensed gun dealers have received an email from the FBI, after noticing delays in background checks for customers. But one West Michigan store says an updated background check, coupled with a boom in gun sales is what it all comes down to. If you're buying a gun anytime soon, like Doug Howard is, be...
  • James O'Keefe Obtains Eminem's Ballot in Undercover Video [MI Voter Fraud!]

    08/09/2016 10:31:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    projectveritas.com ^ | 08-08-2016 | STAFF
    Continuing the recent Project Veritas video series regarding this week's primary election in Michigan. Undercover reporters from Project Veritas have already released videos where they could have obtained the ballot of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, State Senator Morris Hood, MI House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel as well as several area journalists. In this video, James O'Keefe requested the ballot of famous rapper Eminem, otherwise known as Marshall Bruce Mathers III. Election officials told O'Keefe he doesn't need I.D. to vote.
  • 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...
  • Michigan to Write $1 Billion in Secret Corporate Welfare Checks in 2016

    08/04/2016 1:00:25 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/2/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The state of Michigan will write more than $1 billion in subsidy checks this year to favored businesses selected by politicians and government economic development officials. These are dollars paid by Michigan taxpayers, which the state then redistributes to corporate beneficiaries. The subsidy checks are styled as "refundable tax credits," and a significant portion of them were approved during a subsidy binge in the last two years of former Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration, in 2009 and 2010. Each company has its own agreement with the state, and many of the agreements call for tax breaks and cash payments for as...
  • GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE HOLDS TOWN HALL IN GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (7/28/2016)(a reasonable alternative)

    07/29/2016 7:53:03 AM PDT · by GilGil · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/28/2016 | Mike Pence
    GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE HOLDS TOWN HALL IN GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (7/28/2016)
  • A male professor said this women-only study lounge is sexist and illegal. The school shut it down.

    07/28/2016 2:42:18 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Danielle Paquette
    The battle over Michigan State University’s women-only lounge began with a rival school’s male professor. Mark Perry, who teaches economics at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus, had stumbled upon a news story about the 91-year-old room in MSU’s sprawling student union. “They’d written about what a great space this is for women,” Perry said. “They can go in and take a nap and not be worried about being bothered.” He figured it couldn’t be legal. Banning men from a taxpayer-funded study area, Perry thought, could violate Title IX, a federal law meant to protect gender equality on college campuses....
  • Shivering in the Dark? Sierra Club Opposes 91 Percent of Michigan Electricity

    07/27/2016 7:07:55 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/23/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The Sierra Club environmental organization opposes the three sources of energy responsible for 91 percent of the electricity generated in Michigan. It has been outspoken in its stance against the use of natural gas, coal and nuclear power to generate electricity for Michigan households and businesses. Michigan generates 32 percent of its electricity by burning coal and another 32 percent comes from nuclear power plants. Natural gas accounts for another 27 percent of electricity generation. Wind and solar account for less than 7 percent of net electricity generation in this state. “The Sierra Club opposes, or is pushing to phase...
  • 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....
  • Man with 10,000 nonrefundable bottles heads to trial

    Assistant Prosecutor Michael Taylor asked the court to send the case to trial, noting that Everidge admitted he went to Kentucky and picked up and brought back cans he knew could not be returned for money in Michigan. ... According to Michigan’s Beverage Containers Act, a person cannot return or attempt to return to a dealer a beverage container the person knows was not purchased in Michigan as a filled returnable container. Anyone attempting to return 10,000 or more nonreturnable containers can be found guilty of a felony that is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a...
  • 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...
  • Trump up in battleground states after convention, leads Clinton

    07/24/2016 3:32:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | July 24, 2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    Support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump ticked up across battleground states following the Republican National Convention last week, according to the new CBS News Battleground Tracker Poll. Trump now has 42 percent support across the 11 battleground states surveyed — up from the 40 percent he had last week before the convention. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has 41 percent support, unchanged from last week's poll. According to the poll, 55 percent of Republicans said Trump's message at the convention made them feel hopeful, and about 40 percent said it made them feel enthusiastic. Among independents, 32 percent...
  • MI: 2A Groups File Lawsuit to lift Ban on Firearms at DeVos Place Convention Center

    07/22/2016 4:07:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In March of 2016, members of Michigan Open Carry (MOC) and Michigan Gun Owners (MGO) were manning a booth that they had rented in the DeVos Place Convention Center. They were openly carrying holstered pistols, which has never been against the law in Michigan, except for a small number of restricted areas.  While people with concealed carry permits may not carry a concealed firearm into a school, they may openly carry a holstered pistol there.  They can openly carry holstered pistols into the State Capitol.  Late in the day on 11 March, the members of MGO and MOC were...
  • Federal judge stops Michigan law that bans straight-ticket voting

    07/21/2016 5:46:14 PM PDT · by Impy · 35 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | 7-21-16 | Brad Devereaux
    A federal judge ruled Thursday that a Michigan law banning straight-ticket voting would place a disproportionate burden on African Americans' right to vote, and granted a request for a preliminary injunction to block enforcement of the law. Mark Brewer, a lawyer in the case and former head of the Michigan Democratic Party, argued that the elimination of straight-party voting would likely have a larger impact on African-American voters, noting "extremely high" correlations between the size of the African-American voting population within a district, and the use of straight-party voting in that district. New straight-ticket voting law in Michigan prompts lawsuit...
  • Missing Ohio woman may be in Michigan

    07/20/2016 2:12:24 PM PDT · by madison10 · 18 replies
    Monroe Evening News ^ | 7/20/2016 | Fulton Co Sheriff
  • 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...
  • Union Contract Delivers Five-Year Salary Freeze for State's Teacher of the Year

    07/18/2016 8:49:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/13/2016 | Tom Gantert
    In May, the state Department of Education named Tracy Horodyski as Michigan’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year. But Horodyski, who has 16 years of classroom experience teaching at Kenowa Hills Public Schools in Kent County, won’t see any salary raise coming from the school district, due to a provision in her union contract. Like all Michigan teachers union contracts, the one at Kenowa Hills bases an individual's salary on just two criteria – the number of educational credentials acquired and years of service. The Kenowa Hills Public Schools teachers contract has 28 seniority-based pay tiers or "steps." There is generally...
  • 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.
  • Two baliffs shot and killed, deputy shot and wounded, gunman dead at Michigan courthouse

    07/11/2016 3:03:37 PM PDT · by exbrit · 35 replies
    LEO Affairs ^ | 7/11/16 | Unspecified
    St Joseph MIThe two baliffs that were reported shot are deceased as well as the shoooter. They are among four people who were shot, according to local CBS affiliate WWMT. The fourth shooting victim is a deputy sheriff who is in stable condition at Lakeland Regional Hospital, according to Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey. Both of the baliffs were retired police officer
  • Update on Michigan Courthouse shooting: 3 cops dead - Shooter barricaded inside [Now Dead]

    07/11/2016 12:52:37 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 204 replies
    twitter.com/Cronikeys ^ | 3:20 PM - 11 Jul 2016 | Alison Arkin @Cronikeys
    Update on Michigan Courthouse shooting:-3 dead-Officer his in left arm-Shooter inside on third floor-Berrien County Courthouse— Alison Arkin (@Cronikeys) July 11, 2016
  • HomeAmerica 2 bailiffs, shooter dead after shots fired at Michigan courthouse

    07/11/2016 12:34:03 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 44 replies
    Two court bailiffs and the shooter are reported dead after shots were fired at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan, according to local news outlets. A police officer was also shot in the left arm and finger. There is heavy police presence at the courthouse, according to Berrien County police dispatch. The courthouse has been evacuated, WSJM reported.
  • Congressman Thaddeus McCotter On Foxnews Calls On Obama To Apologize For Remarks (Video)

    07/28/2009 12:46:05 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 15 replies · 772+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 7/28/09 | talkradio03
    I don't think that Sgt. Crowley should have a beer until Obama apologizes to him, Barry is just using him as a photo op because of sliding poll numbers, here's Congressman McCotter today with Megan Kelly
  • John Dingell, longest-serving congressman in U.S. history, turns 90

    07/08/2016 8:59:55 AM PDT · by Borges · 27 replies
    Michigan Radio ^ | 7/8/2016 | LEV FACHER
    John Dingell turns 90 today, meaning he's spent barely over one-third of his life not representing Southeast Michigan in Congress. With 59 years of service, Dingell remains the longest-serving congressman in the history of the United States. His wife, Debbie, succeeded him as the representative from Michigan's 12th Congressional District when he retired in 2014. Dingell is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and in recent years has developed a cult following on Twitter -- not exactly a hotbed of octogenarian politicians. In honor of Dingell's birthday, greetings are pouring in from around the country. Among the more...
  • Right to work law In Michigan works

    07/07/2016 7:38:08 AM PDT · by mainestategop
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    The right to work law enacted in 2012 is bringing back jobs as well as hope to the people of Michigan. Michigan is among the worst states to live in the country. Granted the upsurge in jobs is thanks to the fact that so many people have fled the state's high poverty and crime as well as the new low taxes and the removal of union power. It was because of the unions both the private and public sector ones that Michigan suffers as it does now. The unions bankrupted the auto industry forcing them to either shut down or...
  • Western Michigan Man Dies After Homemade Cannon Explodes

    07/05/2016 8:18:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    cbs ^ | 07/04/2016
    Neighbors tell WOOD-TV the cannon, which was made specifically to celebrate Independence Day, was being fired all day before the explosion. “I kept hearing the cannon go off,” Larry Jachim told the news station. “‘Fire in the hole!’ to alert everybody because it shakes the windows, and I’m about five houses down.” “They were just blowing the cannon off all through the day,” added neighbor Dan Fitzgerald, “and I don’t know if he packed it too full or something.” The explosion, which happened in front of several bystanders, sent shrapnel flying more than 150 yards toward neighboring homes, according to...
  • United States et al. vs. Texas et al.: A Political Question for November

    07/01/2016 8:52:34 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    verdict.justia.com ^ | 7/1/2016 | John Dean
    In a nine-word per curiam decision, eight justices of the United States Supreme Court have revealed they are deadlocked in a 4 to 4 divide on the new immigration procedures of the Obama administration, with its executive decision to not deport the immigrant parents of children born in the United States (thus citizens) and give them legal status but less than citizenship in the process. The State of Texas, joined by 25 others states, filed a lawsuit to block this executive action, which affects between 4 and 5 million immigrants in the United States. The case was before the Supreme...
  • Right-To-Work For More? Michigan Income Growth the Nation’s Third-Fastest

    07/01/2016 12:30:06 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/29/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Incomes in Michigan grew faster than all but two other states during the first three months of 2016 according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Per capita personal income in Michigan increased 1.3 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016, trailing only the states of Washington (1.5 percent) and Maine (1.4 percent). “More confirmation that Michigan's economy is doing very well,” said Don Grimes, a University of Michigan economist, in an email. Nationwide, state incomes grew 1.0 percent on average during the period, ranging from a loss of 1.3...
  • How They Spin 'Underfunded Schools': Ignore the Federal Money

    07/01/2016 6:20:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/29/2016 | Tom Gantert
    One of the most inaccurate narratives promoted in the Detroit school bailout debate is that poor urban districts like Detroit are underfunded compared to schools in more affluent suburbs. What this storyline fails to acknowledge is the role of federal money in hiking funding for poorer urban school districts. All school districts get some federal money, but poor districts get a lot more, and the difference is significant. Click to enlarge To illustrate, the average amount of federal money received by all Michigan school districts was $513 per pupil during 2014-15, but poor districts like Detroit ($3,494 per pupil), Benton...
  • Moving Forward on Forfeiture Reform

    06/30/2016 1:57:21 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/26/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    Forfeiture is the process of transferring of property or cash from citizens to the government and is done at the state and national level. Sometimes, it happens through the criminal justice system. A person is charged with and convicted of a crime and the court determines if the the defendant acquired assets (usually cars or cash) through illegal activity. If the court says yes, those assets can be forfeited to the state. But, increasingly, law enforcement is using civil forfeiture — a process which goes through the civil system rather than the criminal system. In civil forfeiture, assets can be...
  • Pure Michigan: An Economic Development Program That Doesn’t Create Any Development

    06/29/2016 10:33:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/24/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    May marked the 10th anniversary of the Pure Michigan advertising campaign, which is designed to lure tourists to the Great Lake State. It is sold as a program that leads to economic development and yields more in tax revenues than it spends. But our research shows that state-funded efforts to promote tourism are a net negative. Lawmakers should defund the Pure Michigan program. The state operates a travel bureau within the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which has overseen the $261 million appropriated by the Legislature for Pure Michigan since fiscal year 2006. The campaign features advertisements about Michigan and is...
  • 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...
  • Ph.D. Not Good Enough, Professor: You Still Can't Teach in Detroit Schools

    06/29/2016 5:39:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 41 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/24/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Christopher Douglas is an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he teaches a half dozen classes. He has undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering and economics from Michigan Technological University as well as a doctorate in economics from Michigan State University. Yet, Douglas has said he would have to complete additional coursework and also pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification to teach at a public high school in Michigan. And he isn’t alone. Ross B. Emmett is a professor of political economy and political theory and constitutional democracy at James...
  • Wife Charged with Murder, Parrot Possible Star Witness

    06/29/2016 10:16:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | JUN 28 2016 | Rachel Trost
    It's a case that could come down to what the bird heard, as a Michigan prosecutor decides if a parrot can be used as some type of witness in a murder case. Family members believe an African grey parrot named "Bud" may have witnessed the fatal shooting of his owner. Martin Duram, 45, was shot and killed in his Michigan home in May 2015 in what police first thought was a double homicide. Duram's wife, Glenna, had also been shot, in the head, but police realized an hour later she was still alive. But last week, Glenna was charged with...
  • County Takes Michigan Woman's Property Over $7 Late Fee

    06/29/2016 9:47:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 36 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/23/2016 | Derek Draplin
    A vacant lot owned by a Jackson woman was foreclosed by Hillsdale County because she failed to pay a $7 late fee on her property taxes. A Freedom of Information Act request found that Pam Baker, a Jackson resident, owed Hillsdale County $7.70 in interest and late fees for delinquent taxes from 2013 on land she owned near Lake LeAnn in Somerset Township. The 2013 taxes on the property, which she owned since 2000, were due on Feb. 14, 2014. Baker says she paid her taxes two weeks late because she was in a car crash seven days before the...
  • Narrative Trumps Facts When Reporting on Detroit Public Schools

    06/28/2016 1:07:15 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/23/2016 | Tom Gantert
    A Detroit Public Schools teacher who lives in Novi was the basis of an article in a suburban newspaper that inaccurately portrayed Detroit Public Schools as being neglected by policymakers and taxpayers when compared to suburban schools. The article appeared in the same week the Legislature approved a $617 million bailout of DPS, which included $150 million extra for unspecified spending. The article originally appeared in the Novi Hometownlife newspaper, with the title “Separate, unequal: Inside a Detroit classroom,” and then was picked up and run online by the Detroit Free Press. It made several claims that are not supported...
  • Legislature Makes it More Difficult to Use Inexpensive Car Parts

    06/28/2016 6:33:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 26 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/20/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    Right now, if a Michigan citizen goes to get a car repaired, it is fairly simple for the owner of the vehicle and a mechanic to decide what kind of parts to use to provide the fix. Unless a bill that has passed the Michigan Legislature is vetoed by Gov. Snyder, that process is about to get a lot more complicated. There are two main types of auto parts: Those made by original equipment manufacturers (OEM) or those made by other companies (aftermarket). By and large, insurance companies, crash tests and research findings do not find a safety difference between...
  • Clinton struggling in some reliably blue states

    06/27/2016 1:42:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 26, 2016 | Ashe Schow
    Despite an increasing lead over businessman Donald Trump in head-to-head matchups, presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is struggling to connect in some reliably blue states. Washington Post authors Philip Rucker and John Wagner report that there's concern among Clinton supporters who believe Trump might do well in three Rust Belt states: Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. "In Michigan, Pennsylvania and, to a lesser extent, Wisconsin, an affinity for Trump's message of economic populism and nationalism has surprised many Democrats," Rucker and Wagner wrote. "These are big, industrial states they have carried for the past three decades — and where Clinton,...
  • Michigan Fugitive John Saatio to Be Extradited Saturday

    06/25/2016 9:09:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Tico Times ^ | 6/24 | MICHAEL KRUMHOLTZ
    After escaping from authorities on two separate occasions, U.S. fugitive John Wesley Saatio won’t have a third chance to run free in Costa Rica. Costa Rican Security Minister Gustavo Mata announced that Saatio will be extradited Saturday when authorities will put him on a commercial flight out of Juan Santamaría International Airport accompanied by U.S. Marshals. Saatio was recaptured Tuesday in Desamparados, south of San José, after escaping through a ventilation duct in the immigration detention center in Hatillo where he had been held since June 3. The 35-year-old fugitive from Michigan was initially aprehended by police in the popular...