Home » July 31st, 2012 Entries posted on “July, 2012”

Me, Me, Me, Me


by P.D. Lesko I voted absentee for the first time. No lines. No waiting (well, maybe 5 minutes while the ballot was prepared). Overall, an excellent experience compared to voting at my local polling place with its cantankerous poll workers, God love ’em. For A2P newbies, you might be shocked, just shocked to learn that […]

July 31st, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Media,on A2Politico | Read More »

As Fast As Birkenstocks Can Carry Him Candidate Backpedals Away From Mayor’s Support


by P.D. Lesko Ward 5 City Council candidate Chuck Warpehoski is being endorsed by many members of the local Dem Klan, including John Hieftje, whose 2010 Facebook page described him as “Ann Arbor’s popular mayor.” The Warpehoski race is a replica of the 2008 race run by Carsten Hohnke, the current Ward 5 Council member […]

July 30th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

With her Checkbook, Jane Lumm Throws Down With Mayor & His Council Pals

Writing a Check

by P.D. Lesko Ward 2 Council member Jane Lumm is small, perhaps a little over 5 feet tall on a good day, but her desire to openly and diligently serve the people of Ann Arbor is gigantic. On AnnArbor.com, reporting about Lumm’s work on Council and her performance at City Council meetings routinely elicits glowing […]

July 28th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Someone’s Not Feeling the Love: City Council Colleagues Donate Zip, Zero, Nada to This Incumbent


by P.D. Lesko Tony D.’s campaign finance forms turned in on time to the Washtenaw County Clerk’s office show that he has raised $8,475 to finance his effort to defeat challenger Sally Hart Petersen. Interestingly, Derezinski reported spending only $2,377.11 of the money he had raised. Combined with what remained in his campaign finance war […]

July 27th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Interview: Christina Montague Wants to “Return” to the Washtenaw County BOC


by P.D. Lesko Democrat Christina Montague wants to represent Ann Arbor on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. A politico who served on the BOC for 12 years, she is running to “return” to the BOC and wants to represent District 7—the seat being vacated by Barbara Levin Bergman. This is from Montague’s campaign web site: Many […]

July 27th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,County Politics,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

East Lansing Amtrak Station on MSU Property Gets $6 Million Federal Grant For Expansion

East Lansing Amtrak

P.D. Lesko This is not satire. Those who support alternative transportation and expanded transit should read it and weep. Elected officials in East Lansing, Michigan—along with officials at Michigan State University—recently showed how real Democrats do transit expansion. First, you reuse the city’s current station. Then, you apply and win a multi-million dollar federal grant and […]

July 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Featured,Politics,Transportation | Read More »

Local News Site Snaps Incumbent’s Political Tighty Whities With Debate Coverage


by P.D. Lesko The AnnArborChronicle.com recently called out AnnArbor.com politics reporter Ryan Stanton for accepting an AP reporting award for a news piece that misinterpreted available data. In the same piece, the news blog also called out former AA.com Kontent King Tony Dearing for being ethically challenged. It’s uncommon for news sites to slam the […]

July 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Fact Check,Featured,Politics,Weekly Whoppers | Read More »

Who Killed The Local Daily Newspaper?


During the course of recent Ann Arbor City Council candidate forums put on by local groups such as the League of Women Voters, as well as neighborhood groups, one question that popped up was this one: “How can residents get information about city government without a daily newspaper?” The sub-text is clear: how does city government […]

July 16th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Media | Read More »

Locals Outraged Reprimand of EMU Prez Was Made Public, While Commentators in Academe Say: “Fire Her Now!”

Susan Martin, Eastern Michigan University's president.

by P.D. Lesko Dr. Susan Martin, Provost and Senior Chancellor at the University of Tennessee, is probably wishing right about now her parents had chosen a different name. The other Dr. Susan Martin, the President of EMU, is presently embroiled in a scandal that, EMU insiders posit, may yet force her resignation. College trustees loathe […]

July 13th, 2012 | Posted in Edu,Featured,K-12 | Read More »

League of Women Voters’ Candidate Forums Provide Few Questions and Fewer Surprises


by P.D. Lesko On July 10, 2012 from 7:00-7:45 Wards 1 and 2 Dem City Council candidates participated in the Ann Arbor League of Women Voters candidate forums. Between 8:00-8:45 Wards 4 and 5 Dem City Council candidates participated. Did you tune in? Yeah. Ok. Next question. Why, in one of the smartest cities in […]

July 11th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

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