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Weekend Poll: What Are YOUR Issues In This November’s City Council Election?

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Some would argue that Ann Arbor city government suffers from an immense democratic deficit. A2Politico has argued that, in part, it is the result of entrenched voter apathy—apathy, a 2011 report by the FCC suggests, that can be traced directly to incurious and inept reporting on local politics. Neighborhood and other citizen groups have been [...]

October 14th, 2011 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Featured,Politics,Weekend Polls | Read More »

The Top Ten: Most Frequently Viewed A2P Posts in 2010

If you’re new to A2P, take a few minutes and check out the posts you missed. If you’re a regular reader, chances are you read every one of these, twice. I’ll be back with a new post. Soon. I promise. In the meantime, vote in the poll below the list. 1.  The Politics of Development: [...]

January 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Weekend Polls | Read More »

The Politics of Speechifying: When Rick Talks, Who’s Gonna Listen? You, Maybe?

Unlike our local news outlets, I can’t write an introduction to this that gives the subject the attention it deserves. The reporters at Michigan Radio spent hours this morning gazing into their crystal balls predicting what Republican Governor Rick Snyder was going to say to Michigan residents this evening in his first major post-election policy [...]

January 19th, 2011 | Posted in Michigan politics,Politics,Weekend Polls | Read More »

Poll: Do You Support The City’s Move To Switch To Single Stream Recycling?

June 9th, 2010 | Posted in Enviro,Recycling,Weekend Polls | Read More »

The Politics of Governing: Should City Council Draft Resolutions That Address International Political Issues?

I was walking Flash (the family’s new Jack Russell pooch) in the woods this afternoon, and ran into a neighbor who’s quite an active local politico. During the course of our conversation about my run for office, she wanted to know where I stand on City Council drafting resolutions at the prompting of citizen groups [...]

February 16th, 2010 | Posted in City Council,Politics,Weekend Polls | Read More »

Weekend Poll: The Politics of Deception—What’s the Real Plan?

Emails FOIAed by citizens, news outlets, and released to the public over the past six months have shown, repeatedly, that our city administrator and City Council members will mislead the public when it comes to planning for and funding multi-million dollar capital improvements. For example, in February of 2008, Mayor Hieftje, in response to a [...]

December 6th, 2009 | Posted in Weekend Polls | Read More »

Weekend Poll: Next on Channel 16—”Surprise” Homelessness in A2 and Washtenaw County

“Emergency funding” of social service programs always reminds me of those television shows one can always find late at night on the better cable channels about “surprise” pregnancies. You know the premise. The woman goes for nine months suspecting nothing then, suddenly, usually in some crazy locale, say, an amusement park, she gives birth to…..a baby! [...]

November 27th, 2009 | Posted in Boards and Commissions,City Council,County Politics,Weekend Polls | Read More »

Weekend Poll: Should AA BOE Members Accept Campaign Donations from the Teachers’ Union?

On the one hand, Board of Education members in Ann Arbor are cheap dates. The Michigan Education Association and the Ann Arbor Teachers Association Political Action Committees give relatively modest (in the grand scheme of political donations) amounts to school board members.  So what does the MEA get? The union receives $680 in dues per [...]

November 20th, 2009 | Posted in Edu,K-12,Money,Weekend Polls | Read More »

Weekend Poll: Keeping Up With the Joneses! Should AAPS Follow Saline’s Lead and Re-Open The Teachers’ Contract?

In Ann Arbor, salaries and benefits for teachers and instructional staff account for 71 percent of the District’s operating expenses. AnnArbor.com reported that Scot Graden, (tip o’ the keyboard to Ed Vielmetti) Superintendent of the Saline Area Schools, was directed by the school board to ask the District’s unions to re-open their contracts. The idea, [...]

November 13th, 2009 | Posted in Edu,K-12,Weekend Polls | Read More »

Weekend Poll: Polls Open Early in the Ward Four City Council Race

POLL IS CLOSED. THANKS FOR VOTING. As I wrote in an October 19th interview with Fourth Ward City Council challenger Hatim Elhady, “Da’ud (David) in Arabic means ‘beloved.’  Whether Fourth Ward challenger Independent candidate Hatim Elhady, Da’ud, can take down the Fourth Ward’s five-term Goliath, Marcia Higgins, is a battle that many are watching very closely. [...]

November 1st, 2009 | Posted in City Council,Weekend Polls | Read More »

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