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Wednesday, August 21,2013

Olympians and Republicans

by Walt Sorg
And now a roundup of political notes from around town … and beyond: Fundraisers for local elections are generally pretty dull affairs. But Lansing City Council At-Large candidate Judi Brown Clarke is changing that next month. She stands to get a major financial and public-relations boost with a fundraiser featuring her friend Carl Lewis.
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Wednesday, August 14,2013

Low primary turnout is bad predictor

by Walt Sorg
“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” Nobody is using that as a campaign slogan, but it is the theme of this fall’s Lansing City Council election. The man behind the curtain is Mayor Virg Bernero. Last week’s primary election set the table for what promises to be a heated and sometimes nasty campaign for control of the Council in which the major — but “behind the curtain” — issue is Bernero’s leadership of the city.
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Wednesday, July 24,2013

A fight for City Hall

by Walt Sorg
The battle for control of City Hall, and the split it has created in Lansing's political and organized labor hierarchies, has become one of the harder-to-decipher political stories of the year. And it has brought rare discord within the city's most potent political force: organized labor.
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Wednesday, July 17,2013

The rest of the ticket

by Walt Sorg
Why do we need a primary election, or state party conventions? Twelve months before either major party officially picks its candidates for state office, it looks the November 2014 ballot is just about set.
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Wednesday, July 3,2013

Michigan’s tax unfairness

by Walt Sorg
Before we even consider taxes, the standard of living of those at the top has pulled away from the standard of living of those in the middle and the bottom. When we pile a regressive tax system on top of an income distribution that is becoming more and more unequal, it adds up to an especially hard double whammy for everyone except those at the top,” Ballard said.
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Wednesday, June 19,2013

Snyder's 2014 problem

by Walt Sorg
An incumbent usually has a big advantage going into a reelection cycle, but there are many reasons to believe 2014 will be the exception to that electoral rule.
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Wednesday, June 12,2013

Freshmen Lansing area reps and their bills

by Walt Sorg
The state Legislature is a week or two from its summer recess, so it's time for mid-term grades. I'd give Michigan's "Mighty 148" a "D" grade based on 1) passing a budget that shortchanges virtually every vital public service; and 2) simply not getting much else done.
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Wednesday, June 5,2013

Snyder-Schauer showdown

by Walt Sorg
Rick Snyder has one accomplishment the cynics thought impossible: He has united the state's Democratic Party. The gubernatorial election is 17 months away and Democrats already have their candidate: former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer.
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Friday, May 31,2013

Toothless

by Walt Sorg
So what's the problem with the city of Lansing's ethics ordinance? The same thing that plagues too many disclosure requirements for public officials. While on paper it has most (if not all) of the elements necessary for an effective ordinance, it has one major shortcoming: lack of real teeth.
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Wednesday, May 22,2013

Litos a leader

by Walt Sorg
Consumers Mutual Insurance, Michigan's newest health insurer, is ambitious. Its mission is to be "recognized as Michigan's plan of choice for patient-centered care, disease management, lower costs, and greater access for individuals, families and the business community" by 2018.
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