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Will Michigan’s White, Independent Voters Fall For Gov. Rick Snyder’s Song & Dance Again in 2014?


by Rob Smith Chad Selweski is a good writer. He opines on politics for the Macomb Daily. The Macomb Daily is one of the few newspapers published in southeastern lower Michigan not decimated by the slash and burn newsroom strategy being pushed by the folks who own Advance Publications. The Macomb Daily is owned by […]

July 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Insider Baseball | Read More »

Urban Exile: Food Gatherers’ CEO Eileen Spring Fights Hunger & Local Trend of Professional Entitlement

Grillin' Photo

June 8th marked the 24th time Food Gatherers has put on its annual fundraiser Grillin’. It marked the first time A2Politico pitched in to help Food Gatherers. A2Politico provides free advertising to locally-owned businesses and non-profits, with the exception of non-profits associated with city or county government. Between April 25th and June 8th, the banner […]

June 10th, 2013 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Urban Exile | Read More »

The Political Agenda of the Michigan GOP Has Created Economic Apartheid, Not Jobs

economic apartheid

by Rob Smith On December 12, 2012 Governor Rick Snyder was quoted in the Detroit Free Press as saying that “Michigan is well-positioned for a comeback.” A few days later, for the third year, Forbes Magazine ranked Michigan 47th in Forbes’ Best States for Business and Careers list. In a piece accompanying the ranking Governor Snyder offered up a mess […]

December 24th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Michigan politics,Politics,Urban Exile | Read More »

Urban Exile: A Dispatch From the 47 Percent


by Livia Gershon This summer, I was chatting with my parents, and I happened to mention that my husband and I pay pretty much no federal income taxes. My dad was shocked. What about withholdings from your paychecks, he asked. I said we get it all back in our refund. I was kind of embarrassed […]

October 1st, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Urban Exile | Read More »

Urban Exile: A View From the Bottom


by B. Mann It’s morning.  I think of what day it is.  God, please let it not be the 15th.  I don’t have the money for the payroll taxes.  Oh wait… did I pay the truck? Shit!  I didn’t pay the truck.   I hope that check comes today.  It’s Wednesday and we need it for payroll.   And it’s mortgage week.  Oh God, if we […]

September 25th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Urban Exile | Read More »

“Jobs and Kids. Kids and Jobs”: Gov. Snyder Tells WaPo How Mitt Romney Can Flip Michigan


by Rob Smith In an August 28, 2012 video interview, Michigan’s Republican governor told WaPo interviewer Nia-Malika Henderson that he and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney “have a lot of similarities.” Snyder urged Romney to “get a positive message out there.” Several times during the interview, Snyder talked about “job creation” and “a future for our […]

August 30th, 2012 | Posted in Econ,Economic Development,Edu,Featured,Politics,U.S. politics,Urban Exile | Read More »

Lanx Satura: Local Reporters “Bicker” Over Downtown “Kerfluffle”


by P.D. Lesko The Ann Arbor Police were called to the Ann Arbor Workantile on Tuesday afternoon. The AAPD officer arrived promptly on Thursday to find AnnArbor.com government reporter Ryan Stanton and AnnArborChronicle.com editor David Askins and his wife, Mary Morgan, toe-to-toe in a heated argument over what one officer described as “long yellow object […]

June 28th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Lanx Satura [sat-ahyuhr] | Read More »

Lanx Satura: City Council Candidate Found in New Underground Garage, Unconscious, Clutching Roll of Nickels


by P.D. Lesko The word around town is that Second Ward City Council candidate Democrat Sally Hart Petersen is giving Second Ward incumbent Tony Derezinski a bit of political heartburn. Petersen’s base is growing, she’s got money, yard signs are popping up at a clip, and her marketing experience isn’t going to waste (“A Fresh […]

June 18th, 2012 | Posted in Columns,Featured,Lanx Satura [sat-ahyuhr] | Read More »

The “Sustainable” Mantra — Organic, Local, and Slow — Won’t Save the World’s Hungry Millions


by Robert Paarlberg From Whole Foods recyclable cloth bags to Michelle Obama’s organic White House garden, modern eco-foodies are full of good intentions. We want to save the planet. Help local farmers. Fight climate change — and childhood obesity, too. But though it’s certainly a good thing to be thinking about global welfare while chopping […]

April 13th, 2012 | Posted in Arts & Leisure,Best of A2P,Columns,Featured,The Foodist,Urban Exile | 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 »

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