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Wednesday, July 14,2010

Council sharing the pain

by Kyle Melinn
"If we’re truly committed to doing the right thing, I think nobody is above approach. And if the Council is supportive of the workers here, we, too, should make the hit," said City Councilman Derrick Quinney.
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Wednesday, July 7,2010

Who’s on first with Virg?

by Kyle Melinn
"Bernero has a clear path to victory," reads a confidential memo authored by Michael Kulisheck, vice president of Harstad Strategic Research, the polling company that conducted the survey. "Bernero will win on Aug.
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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Legislature loves to break a date

by Kyle Melinn
I could stretch it to 2 or 3 p.m. if I need the extra time. Anytime after 5 p.m., I’m pushing it. If I don’t have it in by 6 p.m., Berl Schwartz has either found an in-house ad or popped a story out of the can. The paper is printer-bound and I’m too late..
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Post-Kande options open for local Dems

by Kyle Melinn
Before every Democrat from here to northern Oakland County turns "Kande Ngalamulume" into a dirty word for bailing out of a quixotic bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, hold tight. The na've 31-year-old former East Lansing running back may be willing to do the right thing after all.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

The drive for Cesar E. Chavez Avenue

by Kyle Melinn
It’s a beautiful story, Grand River Avenue. An old plank road built atop an Indian trial. Tolls were collected on the road back then. The federal government labeled it U.S. 16 during the infancy of the state’s interstate highway system. It’s Michigan’s version of Route 66.
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Wednesday, May 26,2010

Public employees taking their lumps

by Kyle Melinn
Last week it was public school employee unions who got a less-than-lucrative early retirement plan. Next week state government employees could be staring down the barrel of the same half-carrot, half-stick scheme . . . and that’s only if the House Speaker Andy Dillon sees enough hair on the scalp to bring out the knife.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Who steps up if Virg steps down?

by Kyle Melinn
But whether its Robinson, Council Vice President Kathie Dunbar or At-Large Councilwoman Carol Wood (the likely suspects), they’re only going to hold the position for 11 months before they’ll need to go to voters to keep the job for the rest of Bernero’s four-year term.
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Wednesday, May 12,2010

Bullying legislation: Nobody wants to be a stink bug

by Kyle Melinn
By and large, you can pick these kids out of the crowd. They’re dressed in outdated handme-downs that don’t fit. Their hair is rumpled and they’re socially awkward. They’re the last child picked in gym class and don’t have a lot of friends, if they have any at all.
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Wednesday, May 5,2010

Could fifth time be the charm for O'Berry?

by Kyle Melinn
Assistant Lansing city attorney Billie Jo O'Berry is at it again. She's on the Ingham County ballot for 2010.She's running for the Ingham County Circuit Court this go around, marking the fifth time in the last six election cycles she's put her hat in the ring for some local judicial post. ...
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Wednesday, March 31,2010

Will Wood knock on Bernero?

by Kyle Melinn
The clash between Bernero, the city’s chief executive, and Wood, his chief critic on the Lansing City Council, has been well chronicled, with the political tug-ofwar coming to a head in 2009 when Wood challenged Bernero for mayor, a race which Bernero won walking away.
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