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Wednesday, November 9,2011

Unions 3, Chamber 1 in Council elections; taxes, Red Cedar win

by City Pulse
Three out of four Chamber candidates lost. Its biggest target, Derrick Quinney, won reelection despite a wave of fliers sent by a chamber political front group and anonymous robocalls that most observers assume were coming from the chamber as well..
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

Washington to take over Hewitt’s seat in 1st Ward

by Andy Balaskovitz
At 10:30 p.m., the mayor walked into the Green Door Blues Bar on Lansing s east side where Washington was celebrating a victory over Lynne Martinez to congratulate her. It was not against Jody but more for Lynne, Bernero said of the robo call. I m looking forward to working with Jody.
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

New business incubator opens in Lansing

NEO Center provides resources to help entrepreneurs get ahead

by Nyssa Rabinowitz
Wednesday, Nov. 9 — Starting a business can be a daunting task, but the Center for New Enterprise Opportunity can help ease the process.
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

More Information means smarter decisions

by Terry Link
Coffee, toilet paper, what could possibly follow? The intent of these pieces is to shed light on how the choices we make in the marketplace affirm our values.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

All aboard

Michigan Rail Summit throws diverse parties into transports of joy

by Lawrence Cosentino
Judging by the upbeat toots and chugs heard at Monday afternoon s Michigan Rail Summit in Lansing, there s one toy that inspires Republicans and Democrats, environmentalists and business leaders, Feds and locals and all the other boys and girls to play nicely together: a train.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

City Pulse Endorsements

2011 Election

by City Pulse Staff
We’re part way there in Lansing. We’re not a crime-ridden dump like Saginaw or Flint, but we don’t quite have the buzzing, go-to downtown like Indianapolis or Madison either. The Stadium District and the revamped Ottawa Street Power Station shows us what’s possible, but there are plenty of examples of what still needs to be done.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

The race for Council: 2011

The underbelly of local politics

by Andy Balaskovitz
Over the past two weeks in the At-Large race, a campaign consultant for At-Large incumbent Derrick Quinney, a labor-backed, labor-employed candidate (he s an executive with the state AFL-CIO), accused the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce of bigoted and racist political strategies.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

Follow the money

A look at campaign finance report filings since Friday.

by Andy Balaskovitz
* Martinez said she returned this contribution out of fear it would have violated campaign finance laws for accepting a contribution from a corporation. ** MichiganMessenger.com reported Monday that this contribution is from a not-for-profit corporation, which also would have been illegal.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

Ballot proposals

Millage: Part deux

by Andy Balaskovitz
For the second time in six months, Lansing voters will be asked to support an increase in the city s operating millage rate to bolster revenue for police and fire protection as well as local road maintenance. All eight City Council candidates support it.
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Wednesday, November 2,2011

A charter revision: Is it worth it?

by Andy Balaskovitz
The City Charter is a 28-page document that outlines the duties of elected officials, boards and commissions, as well as the general regulatory structure of the city including assessments and taxation. It establishes the process of adopting new legislation.
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