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Pollsters Ask: Get Rid of Michigan’s EM Law? Voters With College Degrees Say “Keep It.”


by P.D. Lesko Jesse Jackson, Rachel Maddow, Michigan blogger Chris Savage and a host of left-leaning pundits have been punditing and writing themselves blue in the face over the past 10 months since Public Act 4 was passed by the Michigan Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder. The law played a significant […]

January 31st, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Michigan politics,Politics | Read More »

Lanx Satura: [Sat-ahyuhr] LiveLOLing the Florida Republican Primary


by Pete Nicely Far too rarely does the Republican Party get exactly what it deserves. It happened in 1964. It happened in 2008. And it’s going to happen, in a way, today in Florida. Mitt Romney is the epitome of modern Republicanism in three ways: 1) He has no sincere beliefs except that he should […]

January 31st, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Lanx Satura [sat-ahyuhr] | Read More »

Higher Ed Experts Call President Obama’s ‘College Affordability’ Speech at U of M “political theater of the worst sort”

theater masks

by P.D. Lesko President Obama came to Ann Arbor to tell the country that federal aid to colleges should be tied to tuition costs. Federal aid to students would remain untouched, and a cranky Congress would have to pass the President’s proposed plan. The reactions were swift and in some cases revealed thinly veiled contempt—and […]

January 30th, 2012 | Posted in Edu,Featured,Higher Ed. | Read More »

The Parent Trap: Autism Speaks, but No One is Listening in My World


by Kristina Lakes I don’t understand IEP’s. If you are blessed enough to not have a child on one, you might not know that it stands for Individualized Education Plan. Basically, it means that if your child has “special needs,” he or she will receive curriculum accommodations in school. This could be anything from getting […]

January 29th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,The Parent Trap | Read More »

Urban Exile: Lifestyles of the Down and Out—Tent Cities in America


by Erika K. “To be shelterless and alone in the open country, hearing the wind moan and watching for day through the whole long weary night; to listen to the falling rain, and crouch for warmth beneath the lee of some old barn or rick, or in the hollow of a tree; are dismal things—but […]

January 28th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Urban Exile | Read More »

Deliverance: 411 on the 313—Congress Proclaims Americans Have a “Constitutional Right To Fast Food”


by Warren Liverance For the majority of my life I have watched, helpless, as the Wizards of Smart and the compassion fascists have experimented with American society and government. Welfare, Social Security, ADC, Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, Homeland Security, HUD, HEW, HUBBA HUBBA, and a host of other federal intrusions with no basis in the […]

January 27th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Deliverance,Featured,U.S. politics | Read More »

Who Are Ann Arbor’s Own 1 Percent? Hint: Many Work for Local Nonprofits & In the Public Sector


The New York Times recently published a feature about the 1 Percent. Reporters Shaila Dewan and Robert Gebeloff write: “Now, the colossal gap between the very rich and everyone else — the 1 percent versus the 99 percent — has become a rallying point in this election season….” It takes an income of $380,000 per […]

January 25th, 2012 | Posted in Econ,Featured,Money | Read More »

Lanx Satura [sat-ahuyr]: The President’s 2012 State of the Union Address—LIVEBLOG Begins @ 9 p.m. EST


by Pete Nicely George Clooney says he’s disillusioned with the people who are disillusioned with President Obama. George must be a calm dude because the people who have time to be upset by anything but the perfidy coming from the right infuriate me. To calm myself, I have to imagine the headlines the disillusioned progressives […]

January 24th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Lanx Satura [sat-ahyuhr] | Read More »

Residents Say “No Go” to Mayor’s Plan To Pay For County-Wide & Regional Transit With City Millage

Derailed train

by P.D. Lesko The public speaker, an older woman who rides the bus regularly, recounted a conversation with a friend who lives outside of Ann Arbor: “My friend said to me that she wished the AATA buses would run near her house so she could take them. I said to her, ‘Well then, you should […]

January 24th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Featured,Politics,Transportation | Read More »

MoveOn.org Urges Ann Arbor Residents to Run for Local Office To “Fight Cuts to Crucial Services”


by P.D. Lesko MoveOn.org sent out a mass email this afternoon to thousands of members of the group’s Ann Arbor email list. The first sentence of the email reads: “If you were mayor of Ann Arbor, what would be the first thing you’d do? Make sure city employees don’t lose their pensions? Support green business startups? […]

January 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

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