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Southern Poverty Law Center Adds Ann Arbor Synagogue Protest Group to Hate Group List

The group "Dier Yassin Remembered" (also known as “Witnesses for Peace”) has picketed outside the Beth Israel synagogue on Washtenaw Ave. with anti-Israeli messages for over a decade. (Photo: Henry Heskowitz)

The Southern Poverty Law Center released a report on Feb. 23 on hate groups in the U.S. SPLC data reveal there are now more than 1,000 hate groups around the country, the first time the SPLC has seen the number of “hate groups” top 1,000 since it started counting them in the 1980s. From the SPLC press release: […]

March 1st, 2017 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Featured,Politics | Read More »

City Vendor Records Reveal Board/Commission Members Getting More Than Just “Tacos” for Their Time


by Patricia Lesko NextDoor is a city-wide listserv where neighbors can post everything from requests for babysitters to football tickets for sale. Neighbors have also taken to posting information about local city government. In Feb. 2017, a neighbor in the Dexter-Miller NextDoor neighborhood posted a comment about the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) proposal […]

February 28th, 2017 | Posted in DDA,Econ,Featured,Investigations,Money | Read More »

Why Are Black People in Ypsilanti Disproportionately Arrested on Bench Warrants?


Part 1: Data Trends Black men and women in Ypsilanti accounted for 63% (1,179 of 1,869)[1] of all Washtenaw County arrests in 2014 on “failure to appear” bench warrants, even though they make up less than 2% of the county’s total population.[2] Black men in Ypsilanti alone accounted for over 51% of all arrests on “failure to […]

January 25th, 2016 | Posted in County Politics,Crime,Featured,Safety | Read More »

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


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


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


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


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—


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


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


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 »

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