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  • 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 · 28 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...
  • Feds say everyone in Flint can drink filtered tap water

    06/23/2016 9:22:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2016 12:20 PM EDT
    The federal government says filtered tap water is safe for everyone in Flint, Michigan, lifting a recommendation that pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under 6 drink only bottled water to avoid lead exposure. The announcement Thursday is based on tests of filters that have been distributed for months for free by the state of Michigan and the federal government. The Environmental Protection Agency says the filters remove or reduce lead to well below the action level of 15 parts per billion. …
  • Trump’s challenge to official Washington (Pete Hoekstra)

    06/22/2016 7:06:48 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 7 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Pete Hoekstra
    The bipartisan Washington elite still cannot grasp the Donald Trump phenomenon. How can someone possibly succeed in politics by telling grass-roots America that he understands their anxieties and intends to do something about them? The Beltway crowd has for years conditioned the country to expect lofty platitudes followed by failure and inaction. When the presumptive Republican nominee for president speaks, large constituencies hear a straightforward message. Then official Washington — in all of its contempt for voters — anatomizes and reads between the lines until they have grossly distorted his words. For example, Mr. Trump’s policy of “America First” says...
  • Ted Nugent Posts Video Of Bernie Sanders Shooting Hillary To Death

    06/20/2016 10:38:38 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 18 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 5/11 | collins
    On Facebook Tuesday, the 67-year-old singer posted a fake video of Bernie Sanders shooting Hillary Clinton. The video includes a clip from a Democratic debate where Clinton was quoting a statistic that “90 people on average a day are killed” because of gun violence. Her Democratic opponent chuckles before pulling out a handgun and shooting Clinton. “I got your guncontrol right here bitch!” Nugent captioned the video. More than 8,000 people have “liked” the post so far.
  • 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.
  • Traverse City Man Puts Up 36-foot Donald Trump Sign, City Orders it Down

    06/17/2016 9:18:09 PM PDT · by MarMema · 43 replies
    8&10 news ^ | June 16,2016 | Caroline Powers, Reporter
    A homemade Donald Trump campaign sign, 36 feet in the air in Traverse City. Michael Witte put the sign up in his backyard about a month ago. This week, he received a letter from the city zoning administrator about it. 9&10’s Caroline Powers and photojournalist Harrison Light have more details on the purpose of the sign and how the city is responding. As we get closer to this year's presidential election many people are putting camp gain signs in their front yard, bumper stickers on their car, but one man is showing his support on whole new level. “Into January...
  • 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...
  • SAG Pres. Melissa Gilbert on passing of former SAG President Ronald Reagan (barf alert)

    06/07/2004 11:45:32 AM PDT · by Wolfstar · 160 replies · 1,141+ views
    Screen Actors Guild (SAG) ^ | 6/7/04 | Melissa Gilbert
    Los Angeles, CA (June 5, 2004) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) President Melissa Gilbert issued the following statement on the death of former President Ronald Reagan, who served as president of SAG from 1947 to 1952 and again from 1959 to 1960: "Ronald Reagan presided over Screen Actors Guild at one of the most challenging moments in our union's history, as the rise of television significantly impacted the compensation and working conditions for the nation's screen actors. Under his tenure, SAG grew significantly in size and influence as the Guild tackled issues ranging from runaway production, to fair compensation, to...
  • Actress Melissa Gilbert announces run for Congress

    08/10/2015 3:58:52 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 98 replies
    The Livingston Daily ^ | August 10, 2015 | Wayne Peal
    From the “Little House” to the Congress? It could happen for Livingston County resident Melissa Gilbert. Gilbert, star of the hit 1970s television series, “Little House on the Prairie” on Monday announced she would run as a Democrat for the 8th District Congressional seat in next year’s election. The news thrilled area Democrats. “I think it’s very, very exciting news,” said county party chairwoman Judy Daubenmier, “We worked with her on the Schauer campaign (for governor) and, I can tell you, she’s a real trooper. She’ll be a very effective campaigner.”
  • Libertarian Party candidate strips to underwear and dances instead of making speech at convention

    05/29/2016 9:57:33 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 30 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | May 29, 2016 | Jason Silverstein
    A candidate for the Libertarian Party’s chairman position stripped off his clothes and strutted his stuff on stage at the party’s national convention Sunday, instead of simply making a speech. He did not win the position. The lumberjack-looking candidate tried a laissez-faire approach to campaigning at the Orlando event: He cued a dance song, clapped, and then slowly removed his tie, shirt and suspenders, all for the live C-Span cameras.
  • Libertarian Stripper Banned From Party

    06/13/2016 9:36:20 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 28 replies
    Livingston Daily ^ | 06/13/2016 | Wayne Peal
    The Howell man whose impromptu strip tease last month at the Libertarian Party's national convention made headlines across the U.S. has been suspended from the party. James Weeks II announced Sunday evening that Libertarian Executive Committee officials approved his suspension earlier in the day because of his actions. Weeks, chairman of the party's Livingston County branch and an announced party candidate for county sheriff, said "the reasoning behind this suspension is their disapproval of my use of free expression in lieu of a speech during my run for Libertarian Party chair at the national convention." Weeks has maintained his dance...
  • 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...
  • Michigan Teen Challenging Warrantless Breathalyzer Law

    06/08/2016 1:29:44 PM PDT · by Theoria · 51 replies
    NBC News ^ | 08 June 2016 | Corky Siemaszko
    A Michigan teen who was ticketed — as a passenger — for balking at taking a Breathalyzer test says that she refused because the detective did not have a warrant. Now 17-year-old Casey Guthrie has filed a federal lawsuit against the cop who slapped her with the $100 citation last month. The honor student is also challenging the constitutionality of a Michigan law that makes it a civil infraction for anybody under age 21 to refuse a police officer's request to blow into the device — and does not require the cop to produce a warrant. "No adequate remedy exists...
  • Cuomo Administration Knew Upstate Residents Were Being Poisoned … And Did Nothing

    06/08/2016 7:27:11 AM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 31 replies
    The Mental Recession ^ | 06/08/2016 | Rusty Weiss
    New reports indicate the Cuomo administration tried to subvert information about a cancer-causing chemical in the water supply of the town of Hoosick Falls … and nobody seems all that concerned. Documents obtained by Politico show the New York State Department of Health dismissing warnings from the EPA, and refusing to alert residents of the very dangerous situation. Over a year ago, health department officials issued a ‘fact sheet’ indicating that “health effects are not expected to occur from normal use of the water” within days of a contradictory declaration by the EPA which advised residents not to drink or...
  • 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...
  • Recruit commander, Sgt. Maj. dismissed at Parris Island after recruit’s death

    06/08/2016 7:37:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 35 replies
    The State ^ | 6/8/2016 | Wade Livingston
    The Marine Corps has dismissed the colonel responsible for all recruit training — and the sergeant major of the recruit training regiment — at Parris Island in the aftermath of the March death of a recruit. Col. Paul D. Cucinotta was relieved of command Monday, according to Corps spokesperson Capt. Joshua Pena. In an email to The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette, Pena wrote that Cucinotta was relieved by Maj. Gen. James W. Lukeman, commanding general, Training and Education Command, who cited “a loss of trust and confidence in (Cucinotta’s) ability to serve.” Pena said a “command investigation” that...
  • Detroit [newspaper] editor calls for murdering school-choice supporters

    06/07/2016 1:44:04 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 45 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | 6/7/16 | John Bicknell
    The debate over the future of Detroit’s public schools took a nasty turn over the weekend when the editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press called for Republican state legislators to be murdered for disagreeing with him. “We really ought to round up the lawmakers who took money to protect and perpetuate the failing charter-school experiment in Detroit, sew them into burlap sacks with rabid animals, and toss them into the Straits of Mackinac,” wrote Stephen Henderson. The crime the lawmakers were guilty of? Supporting expanded choice for Detroit’s failing school system. “A sack. An animal. A lake. No...
  • Rep. Justin Amash Is Wrong on Transgender ‘Discrimination’ Policy

    06/07/2016 9:17:11 AM PDT · by milton23 · 9 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6/6/2016 | Ryan T. Anderson
    Two weeks ago 42 Republicans voted to endorse President Barack Obama’s transgender agenda. They did it by voting for the Maloney amendment, which affirmed Obama’s 2014 executive order barring “discrimination” on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity” in the private employment policies of federal contractors. Over the weekend, Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., posted a characteristically thoughtful Facebook post defending his vote for the Maloney amendment. The overarching policy concern is whether the government should elevate “sexual orientation and gender identity” for special legal privileges, especially in terms of laws barring “discrimination.”
  • 10-cent bag tax at Washtenaw County grocery stores approved

    06/03/2016 8:57:59 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 47 replies
    Mlive ^ | 6-2-2016 | Ryan Stanton
    ANN ARBOR, MI — If you don't bring your own reusable bags when you go grocery shopping, it could cost you. Washtenaw County commissioners voted 6-2 Wednesday night to approve a new carryout bag ordinance that imposes a 10-cent fee on consumers for every disposable bag they receive at retail grocery stores in the county. That includes both paper and plastic. The ordinance is intended to eliminate unnecessary waste and incentivize people to be more environmentally conscious. However, there's pending state legislation that could take away the county's ability to impose such regulations. Senate Bill 853 passed through the state...
  • Michigan Police Destroy Thousands of Legal Firearms Annually

    06/03/2016 5:27:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 2 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Under Michigan law, the Michigan State Police (MSP) are required to publish a list of the firearms that they intend to dispose of each month.  Agencies in Michigan are required to turn over to the State Police firearms that have been forfeited or confiscated from prohibited possessors.The firearms are checked to see if they have been reported stolen.  If they have not been reported stolen, the MSP are required to dispose of them.  Before they are disposed of, the list of firearms has to be published each month.  Owners of the firearms are given 30 days to contact the...