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House Calls: Representative Jeff Irwin Still Behind County-Wide Transit

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Representative Jeff Irwin, a Democrat, served for a decade as a Washtenaw County Commissioner. In January 2013, he will began his second term in the Michigan House of Representatives. In his regular column, House Calls, A2Politico will pose a single question to Representative Irwin and he will answer it. The questions will focus on his work [...]

November 11th, 2012 | Posted in County Politics,Featured,House Calls,Michigan politics,Politics | Read More »

MI 52nd District Race Boils Down to Bamboozling Naive Dems & Independents. Again.

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by P.D. Lesko 52nd District Representative Mark Ouimet and Governor Rick Snyder both let mainstream media assumptions that they were moderate Republicans go uncorrected. The last laugh, in retrospect, has been on all of the Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County independents and Democrats who endorsed, gave money to and voted for the two men. Ouimet [...]

October 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,County Politics,Elections,Featured,Michigan politics,Politics | Read More »

Interview: 22nd Circuit Court Challenger Michael Woodyard Pledges To Dispense Justice “Fairly.”

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by P.D. Lesko Michael Woodyard is either Gandalf or Saruman, it just depends on whom you ask. He is challenging Judge Timothy Connors for his seat on the 22nd Circuit Court, a seat Connors has either warmed, or filled admirably, depending on whom you ask. In Washtenaw County, local lawyers simply don’t run against judicial [...]

October 8th, 2012 | Posted in County Politics,Crime,Elections,Featured,Interviews,Politics,Safety | Read More »

Michigan County Clerk Fails to File His Own Campaign Finance Disclosure Form

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Politicos who miss campaign finance deadlines often make headlines. How politicos handle their own campaign finances is seen as a relevant gauge to determine how honest and responsible they’ll be if put in charge of taxpayer money and resources. In Vermont, the state’s Democratic Party Chair generated significant media interest after several GOP candidates there [...]

September 11th, 2012 | Posted in County Politics,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Interview: Christina Montague Wants to “Return” to the Washtenaw County BOC

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by P.D. Lesko Democrat Christina Montague wants to represent Ann Arbor on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. A politico who served on the BOC for 12 years, she is running to “return” to the BOC and wants to represent District 7—the seat being vacated by Barbara Levin Bergman. This is from Montague’s campaign web site: Many [...]

July 27th, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,County Politics,Elections,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Evidence Surfaces That Ward 1 Council Candidate Committed Election Fraud in 2010

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by P.D. Lesko A2P Notes: This is filed under “Scoops & Scores” because you read it here first! First Ward Council candidate Eric Sturgis often tells voters his political resume includes involvement in politics since the age of 18. It’s an impressive story. However, a closer look reveals disturbing patterns, and a young man who, [...]

June 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,Best of A2P,City Council,County Politics,Elections,Featured,Politics,Scoops & Scores!! | Read More »

In Wayne County $729,675,152.78 in Federal Stimulus Money Went to K-12 Education

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As A2Politico revealed in a February 23, 2012 post: The amount of stimulus funding send from Washington, D.C. to Washtenaw County between 2009 and 2011 is a staggering $767,218,458 million dollars, the 4th largest amount given out within the state. That’s $2,222 dollars for every resident of the county. It’s also significantly higher, per capita, [...]

February 29th, 2012 | Posted in County Politics,Econ,Edu,Featured,K-12,Money,Politics,Taxes | Read More »

Deliverance: 411 On The 313

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A2P Notes: Just a few days ago, ProgressMichigan sent this Tweet to the organization’s several thousand Twitter followers: “Strong progressive voices in Michigan: @Eclectablog @bloggingformich @NathanTriplett @A2Politico @gretchenwhitmer.” ProgressMichigan is headed by David Holtz, who served as the Clean Water Action Michigan Director for four years, during which time he built the state environmental community’s [...]

December 15th, 2011 | Posted in County Politics,Deliverance,Featured,Michigan politics | Read More »

Savaged: County Commishes Suggest Euthanizing Local Humane Society Over Money Dispute

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By Chris Savage “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”— attributed to Mohandas Gandhi What would you call a group of municipal leaders that was receiving $1.5 million in legally-mandated services from another organization, but paying only $500,000 to receive those services? And [...]

November 30th, 2011 | Posted in Columns,County Politics,Featured,Politics | Read More »

Why Is Ann Arbor’s State Senator Accepting Free Meals From the City’s Own Lobbyist?

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by P.D. Lesko In September 2011, MLive political analyst Susan J. Demas outed Democratic State Senator Rebekah Warren (left) as one of only four Michigan legislators who had accepted more than $1,800 in free food and drinks from lobbyists during 2011. In contrast Representative Jeff Irwin, who was elected in 2010 to represent Michigan’s 53rd [...]

November 28th, 2011 | Posted in Ann Arbor Politics,City Council,County Politics,Featured,Michigan politics,Politics | Read More »

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