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Council Members Refuse To Back Away From Public Protest of Mayoral Nominee

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While members of the audience held up signs of protest against Albert McWilliams’s proposed appointment to the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, Ward 3 Council member Stephen Kunselman, Ward 1 Council member Sumi Kailasapathy and Ward 5 Council member Mike Anglin all raised objections when it came time for City Council to approve the minutes [...]

October 8th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Boards and Commissions,DDA,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Ward 1 Independent Challenger Snags Support From Council Dems

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Ward 1 City Council challenger Jeff Hayner has landed the quiet support of several City Council Democrats. Ward 2 City Council incumbent Jane Lumm has the unabashed support of several City Council Democrats. So why are card-carrying members of the Michigan Democratic Party coming out in support of the Independent candidates in Wards 1 and [...]

September 30th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Ward 2 Challenger’s Fundraising Letter Deceives Voters About Incumbent’s Record

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Kirk Westphal’s campaign fundraising letter made its way to A2Politico from a thoroughly irked recipient who found claims made about incumbent Ward 2 Independent Jane Lumm galling. The letter, signed by Downtown Development Authority Board member Joan Lowenstein and former County Drain Commish Janis Bobrin, could qualify as a project funded by the Percent for [...]

September 25th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Dems Turn Out To Support “Paesano” Independent Jane Lumm At Campaign Kick-Off

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Ward 2 City Council challenger Kirk Westphal sent out a fundraising letter that includes several interesting claims, one of which is he is the “only Democrat” running in the Ward 2 November general election. Well, yes. For those who were passing notes or snoozing the entire time during Civics 101 in high school, he is [...]

September 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

AnnArbor.com —30—

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by P.D. Lesko In 2009, AnnArbor.com Kontent King Tony Dearing announced the “future of journalism in Ann Arbor”: “Ding. Dong. The Witch is dead,” wrote an A2Politico reader in response to a December 2012 piece about the falling readership of AnnArbor.com. On September 4, 2013, MLive President Dan Gaydou announced AnnArbor.com would be closed. He said: [...]

September 12th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,Media | Read More »

Ward 1 Incumbent’s Campaign Literature Hides A Plethora of Blemishes

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by P.D. Lesko The dictionary defines propaganda as the deliberate spreading of information, ideas, or rumors in an effort to either help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, or nation. Most commonly propaganda is used in the political arena. Really, campaign literature to the closest thing to propaganda most people ever get hand delivered [...]

September 10th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Four Years Later Ethics Problems Still Haunt EMU Governmental Relations Director

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The only former Ann Arbor City Council member having a worse time of it politically than Downtown Development Authority Board member Joan Lowenstein (former Ward 2 Council member) is former Ward 3 Council member Leigh Greden. Lowenstein, who has contributed to and backed a bushel of losing Council candidates in Wards 1, 2, 3, 4 [...]

September 9th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Boards and Commissions,Edu,Featured,Higher Ed.,Politics | Read More »

Council Members Rebuke Mayor Over Proposed Appointee’s Perceived Conflicts of Interest

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On August 20th, John Hieftje announced his intention to appoint Albert McWilliams to replace Newcombe Clark on the Board of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority. McWilliams, who works for Quack Media, is in his 30s. He’s a self-styled joker, whose frontal lobe is ever-so-close to being fully developed. In proposing the appointment, Hieftje told [...]

September 4th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,DDA,Econ,Elections,Featured | Read More »

Playing Politics With Ann Arbor’s Drinking Water and the Massive 1,4 Dioxane Clean-Up

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by P.D. Lesko Groundwater beneath the city of Ann Arbor is currently contaminated by the suspected carcinogen 1,4 dioxane. On August 3rd, in a piece about the Ward 1 City Council race, A2Politico pointed out that Ward 1 City Council member Sabra Briere had never put forth any resolution in response to what local environmentalists have [...]

September 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Enviro,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Ward 1 Incumbent’s Loopy Fundraising Letter Includes Outlandish Claims

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Ward 1 City Council incumbent Sabra Briere has started her re-election campaign, and if her fundraising letter is any indication, this campaign is going to be a doozy. Her fundraising letter made its way to A2Politico via a third party who found her claims in the letter sufficiently outlandish to merit passing it along to [...]

August 25th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

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