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The same week Nancy Pelosi looked President Trump’s criminal acts square in the eye and shrugged, she also surrendered her best leverage to counteract the administration’s misdeeds while making it more difficult for his Democratic successor — should there be one — to enact a progressive agenda. more
So, imagine how agitated the now-governor must be that the director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights admitted to "objectifying women" in comments to a fellow staff member in May and she can't do much about it. more
The two-term incumbent Lansing City Councilwoman Jody Washington faces a new kid in town this November: Brandon Betz, a 28-year-old progressive economist and native of Alaska, who moved to Lansing only two years ago. more
Construction equipment blocked the sidewalk and on-street parking in front of Mackerel Sky in East Lansing last week, a scene all too typical in the past two years, since construction ripped out the center of downtown and built it up again. more
After a deadly shooting in El Paso targeting Mexicans, immigration crackdowns in Washington and “invasion” rhetoric from the White House, Lansing’s Latino community is “on edge” at best, in “total panic” at worst, depending on whom you talk with. more
The Stars and Bars may have made their last stand at the Ingham County Fair.  more
Local voters are taking increasing advantage of absentee balloting and eschewing the walk to neighborhood polling locations.  more
I keep these cards in my purse I create that I can hand out to anybody bringing a smile to my face. It says something like, “You brought a smile to my day and pass it along to someone who brings you joy.” From there people pass it along and I like to think this joy ripples through the community, which is really cool. more
Four days later, a Trump-loving white-nationalist murdered 22 people in an El Paso Walmart after posting a manifesto explaining — in language that uncannily mirrored Trump’s immigration rhetoric — that he was fighting an ”invasion.” more
For Marie Howe, the energy that lifted her campaign and may fuel the Democrats’ 2020 bid in the suburbanizing I-69 corridor in Clinton County is not hard to understand. more
The Lansing Housing Commission rowhouses of LaRoy Froh in south Lansing have a lot of turnover in residents, but some still remember a community police officer who served there more than 15 years ago. more
My mom had a hard life and died of cancer. This book helps me remember her not for cancer, but as a courageous woman. Our dad left and never did anything for us. more
By my count, Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees last Wednesday produced six significant headlines. more
Last week, the Lansing Bike Co-op signed a deal to purchase its headquarters on the northwest corner of Leslie and Kalamazoo streets from the owner, the Ingham County Land Bank. more
Compared to Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Traverse City, Lansing is inching forward painfully toward bike-friendliness, adding a mile or two of bike lanes a year on average. What is worse, many existing bike lanes are in dangerous disrepair or fading away. more
With the Lansing City Council primary election less than a week away, the four challengers to 1st Ward incumbent Jody Washington have united on one point: They are true progressives and she’s a “conservative.” more
The big noisy garbage trucks trundle through Lansing over potholed streets, a regular beeping presence that often just fades into the sounds of the city, unnoticed. But the city of Lansing has some significant changes in store that could save money while boosting conservation. more
It was Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — not Michigan — that hogged the spotlight of the first presidential debates. For Warren that may end up being a good thing. For Sanders, maybe not. more
If the stars align just right next November, Donald Trump could lose the popular vote by as much as five points and still win the White House, according to an analysis The New York Times’ Upshot blog published Friday. more
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It’s Mike Bishop, a Republican from Rochester. He's the former two-term House member, who was broomed out of office in 2018 by 13,098 votes at the hands of now U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, as part of last year’s Blue and Pink waves. more
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