It was midnight last Thursday, I think, when I got around to compiling a list of some 20 bills my MIRS team and I needed to track going into the last day of an already overly active lame duck in the Michigan Legislature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.