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Wednesday, December 21,2011

Can Grebner send Lindemann down the drain?

by Kyle Melinn
However, sources around town tell me Grebner doesn´t believe Lindemann is operating the Drain Commissioner´s Office as frugally as he could. I couldn´t get anyone to elaborate on what that means. It´s probably because few people on earth understand the hidden corners of the Ingham County´s budget like Grebner.
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Wednesday, December 14,2011

Time to occupy someplace else

by Kyle Melinn
Occupy has successfully raised the specter of homelessness Exhibit A of corporations putting profits over people. The subject is particularly relevant since our Supreme Court ruled that a corporate computer system, as opposed to a live human being, can boot families from their homes.
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Wednesday, November 30,2011

Time to tow away road commissions

by Kyle Melinn
She is rubbing people the wrong way with her micromanaging of personnel decisions as she tries to get more minority representation into the workforce, but Rodgers isn’t running a one-woman crusade. And change for the better doesn’t come without upsetting the applecart.
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Wednesday, November 23,2011

Who’s running besides Schor?

by Kyle Melinn
Only six months ago, the names of possible replacements for termlimited state Rep. Joan Bauer, D-Lansing, next year in the Lansing-based 68th House District looked like a grocery list.
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Wednesday, November 9,2011

Incumbents win reelection in 3rd Ward, At-Large races

by Kyle Melinn
Quinney, an AFL-CIO official, won his second term despite crap from the chamber that questioned whether he was a political ladder climber and a shill for medical marijuana interests, among other things. He took criticism for being a no vote on some Bernero initiatives and then fired back against the mayor in his own ads.
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Wednesday, October 19,2011

Save yourself money, vote yes on millage

by Kyle Melinn
Lansing is known as "The City in the Forest," having been designated a Tree City 23 times. But now the city’s forestry chief tells me his depleted ranks can hardly keep up with the demands of chopping down dead ones, let alone replacing them one-for-one as they did in the past.
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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Same-sex benefits costing state all of $600,000

by Kyle Melinn
He’s aware of HB 4770, which passed the state House last month 64-44. It would ban the state or any other public employer from offering benefits to same-sex or opposite-sex live-in couples who are not married. The bill now sits in the Senate, where its passage in the Republican-controlled body is likely.
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Wednesday, September 28,2011

Snyder says no to red meat

by Kyle Melinn
I heard the same courtesy claps only hours earlier at a "welcome forum," where Snyder defended to a theater full of rightwingers why he favors taxing Internet purchases, creating a body mass index for children and building second bridge to compete with a private bridge to Canada ' oh, and why he’s not crazy about "Right To Work.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Solutions, not parking lot for Oliver Towers land

by Kyle Melinn
Why can’t I get excited about this pending land swap in which Davenport University gets that prime piece of land across the street from Lansing Community College in exchange for property a block down the river for the "boondoggle site" of the Michigan State Police?.
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Wednesday, September 7,2011

Warning: No jobs created by this column

by Kyle Melinn
A "job." It’s something about every adult needs to scratch out a living. It’s been retooled from rhetorical overuse into a cheap political hammer. It’s been used so many times by so many well-meaning politicians, it’s become a plastic shell that looks good when presented right, but has no functional use.
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