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Wednesday, November 13,2013

‘Faction Lansing’

Lansing City Councilwoman-elect Judi Brown Clarke’s return to the spotlight with teamwork spirit

by Walt Sorg
There’s never been someone quite like Judi Brown Clarke on the Lansing City Council. On one day, she can be joining her college coach, Jim Bibbs, as a volunteer track coach at East Lansing High School. The next she can be hosting a fundraiser featuring her friend who happens to...
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Monday, November 4,2013

Last-minute attacks

Campaign mailer against Brian Jeffries in final days of campaign misrepresents the facts

by Walt Sorg
Monday, Nov. 4 — A last-minute political attack campaign against Lansing City Councilman Brian Jeffries that refers to a City Pulse story has misrepresented the facts.
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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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Wednesday, October 23,2013

Money for schools

Voters to decide on financial help for schools in Okemos, Williamston, Perry and Webberville

by Walt Sorg
Decisions on a new middle-school roof, general repairs, renewing operating funds and a new tablet-computer-based curriculum face voters in four Ingham County school districts.
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Wednesday, October 16,2013

Political notes from around town

by Walt Sorg
A newly released poll shows the government shutdown has hurt U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton, politically. Rogers, generally considered politically invulnerable, narrowly loses to a generic Democrat 47 percent to 44 percent in a poll commissioned by the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org.
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Wednesday, October 9,2013

Parks and trails millage?

Ingham County Board of Commissioners to consider a millage for county parks and trails, could be on ballots in 2014

by Walt Sorg
Ingham County may ask voters to approve a major step in promoting non-motorized transportation and restoring beleaguered parks.
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Wednesday, October 9,2013

Political notes from around town

by Walt Sorg
Pain-free shutdown for our reps Both Lansing-area U.S. representatives continue to collect their congressional paychecks during the federal government shutdown. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton, and Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, are paid $174,000 a year. As former state legislators, both also are eligible for state pensions and health care.
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Wednesday, September 25,2013

The Exchange

Your guide to navigating uncharted health insurance waters

by Walt Sorg
Twenty-seven-year-old Alison has been rolling the dice for years. She works full time at a local print shop, but her $10 an hour pay falls far short of what’s needed to buy health insurance.
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Wednesday, September 18,2013

Political notes from around town

by Walt Sorg
Byrum basically has to convince one person: presumptive Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mark Schauer. While Republicans will see a battle royale between tea party folks and Gov. Rick Snyder over Lt. Gov. Brian Calley'euro;'s nomination at their party'euro;'s convention, Democrats will happily endorse whomever Schauer wants.
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Wednesday, August 28,2013

Behind the speech

by Walt Sorg
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
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