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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 »

The A2P Effect? Ann Arbor Voter Turnout Rising….Slowly

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A supporter at Ward 3 Council member Stephen Kunselman’s victory party described John Hieftje as looking “really unhappy,” as he made his way in to what was a small gathering at Dominick’s, Kunselman’s usual campaign party haunt. “He’done,” the Kunselman supporter said, smiling. “Hieftje is done.” No doubt by the time Hieftje had made it […]

August 7th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Ward 1 Sabra Briere Gets A Challenger for City Council Seat

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by P.D. Lesko At the 4th of July parade as the Backwards Clown Brigade chuckled along the parade route, a man seated on the curb turned to his wife and said, loudly enough for others to hear, “The Backwards Clown Brigade. Ann Arbor City Council.” People around the man chortled. Ann Arbor City Council members, […]

August 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Ward 3 Dem Tells Michigan Daily: “I Have Support from Numerous Republican Residents….”

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by P.D. Lesko In the Ward 3 City Council race, incumbent Stephen Kunselman paints the candidacy of Park Advisory Commission (PAC) Chair Julie Grand as running a “revenge” campaign.  In a July 17, 2013 piece on the two contested Democratic primary elections, the Michigan Daily talked to three of the four candidates running. Ward 4 Council […]

July 31st, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Colleagues Present and Former Stiff Mayor Pro Tem in Critical Campaign

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by P.D. Lesko On Ward 4 Council member Marcia’s Higgins’s website she writes, “My fellow Councilmember, Christopher Taylor, has graciously described me as, ‘The hardest working member of city council.’” She also writes: “I have a track record of leadership and collaboration, working with all my colleagues….” Judging by campaign finance records released today, somewhere […]

July 26th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Ann Arbor Mayor Pro Tem Says Her Poor Attendance Is A Non-Issue. National Experts Respond: “Bollocks!”

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by P.D. Lesko Ward 4 Council member and Mayor Pro Tem Marcia Higgins has been repeatedly and roundly criticized by (generally) anonymous individuals on AnnArbor.com as being “the invisible woman.” When Higgins let her campaign domain name lapse four years ago, and didn’t renew it when she pulled her nominating petitions to run for office […]

July 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Fact Check,Featured,Politics,Weekly Whoppers | Read More »

Candidate “Disappears” Controversial Supporters From Campaign Website

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If Grand touts the support of JoLo, who has insulted Ann Arbor voters in public and in print as “sulkers,” “selfish,” “old,” “Republican” and misanthropic, Ward 3’s old, misanthropic, selfish sulkers should absolutely take that into consideration when voting. Julie Grand is your kind of candidate, says Joan Lowenstein. Joan Lowenstein, Leigh Greden and Barbara Levin Bergman are Julie Grand’s kinda politicos. Well, Ann Arbor, batten down the Call Girls and enlarge the iPhone crotch shots: Tune in next week and perhaps we’ll find out Julie Grand has landed the support of Elliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner.

July 15th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Ward 4 Candidate Debate: A Tale of Two Cities—Will There Be A Revolution?

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by P.D. Lesko In August 2012, labor lawyer Jack Eaton came 18 votes from toppling Ward 4 Council member Margie Teall, a 10-year incumbent. In early 2013, Ward 4 City Council member Marcia Higgins started telling people that she wasn’t running, even as she pulled the necessary nominating petitions. Then, Higgins started cozying up to Eaton, […]

July 14th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Grand Slams & Kunselman Kocks Up in Ward 3 Candidate Forum

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by P.D. Lesko The question once again hangs in the air, heavy, like humidity: Is Ward 3 Council member Stephen Kunselman a grandstander, a troublemaker, a guy who is just out for himself? At the July 10th League of Women Voters candidate forum, challenger Julie Grand, term-limited Chair of the Park Advisory Commission, accused Kunselman […]

July 11th, 2013 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

League of Women Voters Asks Public To Submit Questions For Candidate Forums

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The Ann Arbor League of Women Voters is hosting its annual candidate “forums” for Ann Arbor City Council candidates running in the Democratic primary. This includes Ward 3 candidates incumbent Stephen Kunselman and challenger Julie Grand, and in Ward 4 incumbent Marcia Higgins and challenger Jack Eaton. Unopposed candidates will not be included in the […]

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

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