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Wednesday, March 10,2010

Virg Watch

This week: a new poll, and Virg celebrates Mardi Gras

by Neal McNamara
A new poll released today shows Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero trailing rival House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township, by just a hair at 11 percent to 13 percent — though the poll shows that 56 percent of those surveyed are undecided. State Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith, D-Ypsilanti, got...
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Monday, March 8,2010

Robo-calls attack Bernero

At least three calls since Friday hit Lansing mayor on labor issues

by Neal McNamara
A series of robo-calls have gone out in the past few days attacking Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero on his labor record.At least one call went out on Friday around 4:30 p.m. and asked recipients to contact UAW President Ron Gettelfinger and ask him to not support Bernero for the Democratic nomi...
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Wednesday, March 3,2010

Virg Watch

by Neal McNamara
Bernero did not reveal many details about the plan, but he did speak about a need to rework the state’s economic development tools, which he says are outdated. He also said that the state’s tax system needs to be more attractive to businesses.
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Wednesday, March 3,2010

Forfeiture

Tax foreclosure nears for some local properties

by Neal McNamara
Judgments were issued against 100 S. Washington Square, which is on the southwest corner of Washington and Michigan Avenue, and 211 S. Washington, a historic site that used to be the Michigan Theater. But on Friday, two days after the hearing, the taxes and penalties, totaling $262,604, were paid.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Schism?

Under the roof of Friendship Baptist Church, two congregations operate

by Neal McNamara
The Scripture was an apt description of what some members of the church are feeling. The congregation has split into two sides over the past several years, some supporting the church’s 27-year pastor, the Rev. Lester Stone, and others creating an almost entirely new church.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Tri-quality

Two major state LGBT groups to merge

by Neal McNamara
Alicia Skillman, executive director of the Detroit-based Triangle Foundation, said that the two groups have been in discussions about the merger since the beginning of last summer. Skillman said that the two groups’ missions are different, but complement each other, and their combination would in the end work toward a goal of equality.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Kids in the Hall

An aggregator of Lansing government happenings

by Neal McNamara
Wood and Jeffries are unsupportive of Robinson’s new Council meeting set up, and have been voting against resolving from regular meeting into CoW, though a vote has only come up on it once before. Robinson’s system moves CoW meetings from Thursday afternoons.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Virg Watch

by Neal McNamara
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has touted that he visited with White House officials in Washington before his announcing a run for governor — but over the weekend, it was claimed by an unlikely entity that Bernero’s campaign would get the support of Barack Obama. The Michigan Repu...
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