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Wednesday, December 19,2012

Recovering

The number of properties owing on delinquent property taxes declines; still nowhere near pre-2008 numbers

by Andy Balaskovitz
The Ingham County treasurer says 2012 looks like the "definitive peak" of the housing crisis in Ingham County, with the number of property tax delinquents declining by more than 10 percent from last year and falling below 2009 figures.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

Closing a 'mini- United Nations'

A closer look at alleged lack of transparency in closing Red Cedar Elementary School in East Lansing

by Sam Inglot
Former, present and future East Lansing Board of Education members say the decision to close Red Cedar Elementary School was not only a bad idea — it was also underhanded. The vote to close Red Cedar, located just north of the Trowbridge Plaza, occurred at a Nov. 26 board meeting after three hours of public comment — nearly all of which was in opposition to the plan.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

Bernero v. Rodgers

What's a fair salary for a township supervisor? And is it relevant to a consolidation discussion?

by Sam Inglot
You can almost feel the love between the executives of Lansing and Lansing Township when it comes to consolidating their two communities.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

End of an Era for the Master of Voter Lists

by Walt Sorg
The man who crafted what has become an iconic political slogan — "No Worse Than the Rest" — is a study in contradictions. He's controversial and outspoken while at the same time a champion for crafting electoral consensus and pragmatic solutions.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

The history of GOP takeover

by Walt Sorg
Just to recap: Right-to-work laws in the state that birthed the UAW and Teamsters; open carry of handguns in bars, schools, libraries and college dorms; an ongoing assault on a woman's constitutional right to make healthcare decisions; two huge business tax cuts, at the expense of schools, police, fire and road services; proposed state takeovers of low-performing school districts, virtually obliterating local control; deregulation of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan healthcare monopoly; and a proposed ban on Sharia law.
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Wednesday, December 12,2012

Consolidation petition

Petition opposes merger of Cristo Rey Community Center with St. Vincent Catholic Charities; two Council members concerned

by Lawrence Cosentino
A group of citizens opposed to a proposed consolidation of Cristo Rey Community Center with St. Vincent Catholic Charities is circulating a petition against the merger and pondering further action.
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Wednesday, December 12,2012

Right to Work Just Part of Michigan's Big Turn Right

by Kyle Melinn
Sorry, Democrats. Gov. Rick Snyder and his Republican elves in the legislature are leaving no presents under your tree this Christmas.
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Wednesday, December 12,2012

Finally

The U.S. Supreme Court takes up same-sex marriage equality — and it could have major implications for Michigan's prohibitive laws against the LGBT community

by Andy Balaskovitz
Depending on how a case before the U.S. Supreme Court turns out, Amy Hunter may change her birth certificate. Hunter, who was born a male but now identifies as female, has not changed the gender listed on her birth certificate since she married her partner, Cindy Hunter, in 2006, before her transition.
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Wednesday, December 12,2012

Taking Up The Fight

by Sam Inglot
By 5 p.m., it seemed like there were more Michigan State Police troopers on the Capitol grounds than protesters.
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Wednesday, December 12,2012

Why Right to Work Makes No Sense

by Walt Sorg
(Background music: "The Twilight Zone" theme) Narrator: Imagine, for a moment, a state law that makes paying taxes voluntary. Why, backers successfully argued, should people be forced to pay for services they don't need or want? It is, after all, an issue of personal freedom.
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