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While Fire & Police Cut, Taxpayers Paid Over $1.5M Dollars For City Employee Cell Phones


In Ann Arbor, despite repeated cuts to services, cuts to police and fire, and hikes in fees for parking, parking fines, water, sewer, solid waste and city programs, cell phone allowances for city staffers, many of whom have desk jobs, continue to be paid out like clockwork. In fact, between 2009 and 2012, the amount paid annually for cell phone allowances almost doubled.

January 24th, 2013 | Posted in Best of A2P,Econ,Featured,Interviews,Money,Scoops & Scores!!,Taxes | Read More »

Interview: 22nd Circuit Court Challenger Michael Woodyard Pledges To Dispense Justice “Fairly.”

Michael Woodyard

by P.D. Lesko Michael Woodyard is either Gandalf or Saruman, it just depends on whom you ask. He is challenging Judge Timothy Connors for his seat on the 22nd Circuit Court, a seat Connors has either warmed, or filled admirably, depending on whom you ask. In Washtenaw County, local lawyers simply don’t run against judicial […]

October 8th, 2012 | Posted in County Politics,Crime,Elections,Featured,Interviews,Politics,Safety | Read More »

Interview: Sally Hart Petersen— “A Real Democrat Is Running In Ward 2!”


by P.D. Lesko Second Ward City Council member Tony Derezinski has get-togethers for Ward 2 constituents in the know at bars, and in March had a Ward 2 meeting at his home where, again, those in the know showed up and got to rub elbows with AATA Board member Jessie Bernstein. Derezinski marches in the […]

June 10th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Best of A2P,City Council,Featured,Interviews,Politics | Read More »

Interview: Malik Yakini Is Changing the Face of the Food Landscape in Detroit


by Hannah Wallace When he was seven-years-old, Malik Yakini, inspired by his grandfather, planted his own backyard garden in Detroit, seeding it with carrots and other vegetables. Should it come as any surprise that today, Yakini has made urban farming his vocation? The Executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN), which he […]

April 10th, 2012 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Best of A2P,Featured,Interviews,The Foodist | Read More »

Interview: Rick Dekeon—Don’t say “I can’t do it.” Say “I can’t do it right now.”


by Betsy McMillin I truly don’t know how to do justice to long-time Ann Arbor Public Schools teacher Rick Dekeon. Anyone who knows him knows exactly what I am talking about. He is by far one of the most amazing teachers you will ever come across, and I have hundreds of people who are nodding their […]

March 31st, 2012 | Posted in Best of A2P,Columns,Featured,Interviews,The Parent Trap | Read More »

Interview: Mayor Brenda Lawrence Is The Definition of An Underdog—To Get To Congress, She Has To Beat Two Incumbents & the Media


by P.D. Lesko Brenda Lawrence (left) grew up on the northeast side of Detroit  and was raised by her grandparents; her mother died when she was three-years-old. She graduated from Detroit’s Pershing High School, and earned her bachelor’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University. In 1997, she was elected to the Southfield City Council and in 1999 she […]

March 7th, 2012 | Posted in Best of A2P,Featured,Interviews,Michigan politics,Politics,U.S. politics | Read More »

Interview: A Young, Black Detroiter Is Set To Derail the ALEC-Inspired Agenda of Michigan’s Millionaire Governor


Brandon Jessup is young, black and lives in Detroit. Newspapers and magazines all around the country that trumpet bad news generated by statistical analyses and studies about the city will tell you that Brandon Jessup should be unemployed, dead or have decamped to the ‘burbs for a better, safer, cleaner and more profitable life. Instead, […]

February 9th, 2012 | Posted in Best of A2P,Featured,Interviews,Michigan politics,Politics | Read More »

Savaged: Brad Langerak Gives the 99% in Michigan A Digital Soapbox


By Chris Savage It’s hard to view any sort of media at all these days without finding reference to the Occupy Wall Street movement. With its made-for-viral-media meme “We are the 99%”, this movement is one that’s beginning to resonate across the country. From giant encampments and marches in New York City and Washington, D.C. […]

November 4th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,Interviews,Michigan politics,Politics,U.S. politics | Read More »

The Parent Trap: An Interview With Annie Zipser—Mother to Hundreds


by Betsy McMillin Eleven and eight years ago, my two oldest kids had the great fortune of attending Stone School Co-op Preschool. The teacher of the 4s class was Annie Zipser.  I knew I liked Annie the first time I met her. She was honest, and totally in tune to my kids, all the kids. […]

October 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Edu,Featured,Interviews,K-12 | Read More »

EXCLUSIVE Interview: Former Governor Jennifer Granholm Talks About the Political and Economic Past & Future of Michigan and the U.S.


by Chris Savage Last week, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and her husband Dan Mulhern released their new book A Governor’s Story – The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future. (You can read my A2Politico review of their book HERE.) Since then, they have been on a whirlwind national tour, conducting newspaper & magazine […]

September 29th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,Interviews,Michigan politics,U.S. politics | Read More »

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