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So, How Much Did AATA Spend on Its Failed Regional Transit Scheme? It’ll Cost Ya $1,538 to Find Out.

Derailed train

by P.D. Lesko Freedom of Information Act requests are governed by the notion that public government has the obligation to err on the side of transparency. It is also governed by the principle that if public records released would benefit the public, then those records should be released. In other words, when a FOIA request […]

November 27th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Econ,Featured,Money,Politics,Taxes,Transportation | Read More »

“Let Them Eat Art!” Why Refusing To Kill The Percent for Art Program Could Mean the Ouster of More Local Pols


by P.D. Lesko We begin with a fairytale: Once Upon A Time there were five Ann Arbor City Council members named Sandi Smith, Carsten Hohnke, Leigh Greden, Stephen Rapundalo and Tony Derezinski. They all unquestioningly supported Ann Arbor’s Percent for Art program. They did this while funding a $1 million dollar brass sculpture, which their subjects […]

November 20th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Art,Arts & Leisure,City Council,Featured,Politics | Read More »

House Calls: Representative Jeff Irwin Still Behind County-Wide Transit


Representative Jeff Irwin, a Democrat, served for a decade as a Washtenaw County Commissioner. In January 2013, he will began his second term in the Michigan House of Representatives. In his regular column, House Calls, A2Politico will pose a single question to Representative Irwin and he will answer it. The questions will focus on his work […]

November 11th, 2012 | Posted in County Politics,Featured,House Calls,Michigan politics,Politics | Read More »

Library Tax Proposal Goes Down In Flames—And the Political Firmament Trembles


by P.D. Lesko On November 6, 2012 the firmament trembled in Ann Arbor—the political landscape opened up and swallowed local politicos and their monied donors whole, casting the owner of Main Street Ventures, members of the Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors, and local political bigwigs down to Dante’s 4th Ring of Hell, where the avaricious […]

November 7th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Econ,Featured,Money,Taxes | Read More »

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