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Wednesday, October 30,2013

Our picks for 2013

City Pulse endorses Bernero, Dunbar, Brown Clarke, Yorko and Houghton

by City Pulse Staff
City Pulse wishes to thank the members of our first-ever Candidate Interview Committee. Their thoughtful questions contributed to a better understanding of the issues this election season. They were Karl Biassi, Joan Bauer, Gretchen Cochran, Lorenzo Lopez, William Morris, Linda Pung and Walt Sorg.
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Wednesday, October 30,2013

Gillespie’s ‘Midtown’ plan

Developer Pat Gillespie to break ground Thursday on latest mixed-use project, ‘Midtown’

by City Pulse Staff
Wednesday, Oct. 30 — Developer Pat Gillespie is scheduled to break ground Thursday on his “Midtown” project on Lansing’s eastern border. The mixed-use residential/commercial building is at the former site of the Silver Dollar Saloon, which was demolished over four years ago.
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Wednesday, October 30,2013

'Lack of cooperation'

Lansing’s internal auditor scrounges for information about city’s contract with information technology company, but finds nothing

by Andy Balaskovitz
The city of Lansing paid nearly $200,000 to a local information technology company on July 5, but the city’s internal auditor doesn’t know what for.
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Wednesday, October 30,2013

Campaign pay

Bernero campaign under investigation by the Secretary of State’s Office over contributions, though a resolution may not be reached till 2014

by Andy Balaskovitz
Mayor Virg Bernero’s reelection campaign has been mum since allegations surfaced last week that two aides funneled a portion of their contractual pay to the reelection campaigns of Council members Kathie Dunbar and Jessica Yorko.
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Wednesday, October 30,2013

Political notes from around town

by Walt Sorg
Yorko boycotts forum Lansing city Councilwoman Jessica Yorko created a mini-storm by boycotting a meet-the-candidates forum over the weekend at Grace Lutheran Church. Yorko had a campaign volunteer deliver a hand-written note explaining her decision.
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Friday, October 25,2013

Bree Green comes home

In high-profile medical marijuana and child custody case, parents win

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Oct. 25 — After a six-week battle with the state Department of Human Services, Lansing parents Steve and Maria Green regained custody of their 7-month-old daughter,Brielle, today.
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Friday, October 25,2013

‘Boy, what a blunder’

East Lansing City Council candidate admits wrongdoing, apologizes for using nonprofit resources to promote campaign

by Andy Balaskovitz
Friday, Oct. 25 — An East Lansing City Council candidate who founded the East Lansing Film Festival has admitted wrongdoing and apologized for using film festival resources to promote her campaign.
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Friday, October 25,2013

This week from Capital News Service

SNAP cards at farmers markets; a rejected contamination suit on the Pine River; tighter regs on mobile dental clinics; mechanical harvesting; and more

by CNS correspondents
Friday, Oct. 25 — Each week, City Pulse will run a series of stories produced by Capital News Service correspondents at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. This week’s topics cover record numbers of farmers markets in the state, a contamination suit rejected by the state Court of Appeals, tighter regulations proposed for mobile dental clinics and more.
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Thursday, October 24,2013

Update: Bernero denies directing contributions to Dunbar campaign

Campaign finance expert says allegations would be hard to prove without direct evidence

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Oct. 24 — Updated 3:35 p.m.: Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero denies having told his campaign staff to direct their payments as contract employees to Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar's campaign.
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Thursday, October 24,2013

Questionable campaign contributions

Two of Bernero's campaign staffers make big donations to Dunbar, Yorko days after getting paid big for work on Bernero’s campaign

by Andy Balaskovitz
Thursday, Oct. 24 — On a Friday in June, two of Mayor Virg Bernero’s campaign staffers were paid significantly more as contract workers than they had been previously for helping run his reelection. By Tuesday the following week, campaign manager Christopher Breznau and staffer Elizabeth Hart donated $1,000 each and $500 each to the reelection campaigns of City Council members Kathie Dunbar and Jessica Yorko, respectively, county campaign finance records show.
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