Tag: Michigan

America’s big box stores sucked up corporate welfare and killed Main Street — now they’re ducking property tax

For a generation, big box stores have swept across America, using predatory pricing and other dirty tricks to kill the independent retail sector; they used their corporate lobbying muscle to tempt cities and towns into handing out massive corporate welfare checks to lure them to town, and now, with the help of hustling contingency […]

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How Did the Democrats Do on Tuesday in 2016 Trump Country?

They were the states that broke Democratic hearts the last time — and the ones where any political comeback would have to begin. So how did the Democrats do on Tuesday in 2016 Trump country? They won. They also lost. And both experiences are instructive for the party’s future. This […]

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Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan Was Overlooked. Not Any Longer.

LANSING, Mich. — There is a tendency for people to define Gretchen Whitmer by who she is not. Ms. Whitmer was not one of the surprising, insurgent Democratic nominees for governor this cycle, as her campaign for Michigan’s governorship was flush with money and key endorsements from the outset. She […]

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Marijuana Embraced in Michigan, Utah and Missouri, but Rejected in North Dakota

Marijuana initiatives appeared on ballots in four states in the midterm elections. In Michigan and North Dakota, initiatives gave voters the opportunity to legalize marijuana for recreational use. In Missouri and Utah, voters chose whether to allow people who are sick to use the drug for medical reasons. Here are […]

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Trump Was Not Repudiated. He Was Rewarded.

If Donald Trump inaugurated a new era of conflict in American politics, Tuesday’s midterm elections were just another skirmish, not a turning point in the war. Republicans lost fewer seats in the House of Representatives than Democrats lost in 1994 or 2010, when Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were in […]

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DeSantis Takes Florida Governor’s Post for Republicans, but Kobach Loses in Kansas

Republicans fended off strong Democratic challenges Tuesday to hold on to the governorships of Florida and Ohio, maintaining their control of two states likely to be critical in the 2020 presidential elections. But Democrats seized governorships in three states now controlled by Republicans: Illinois, Michigan and, in a surprise outcome […]

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Police: Grandfather Stabbed for Asking Man to Stop Doing Drugs

A grandfather was fatally stabbed in Michigan on Saturday after trying to convince a man to stop using drugs in front of children, police said. The grandfather was at his grandchild’s first birthday party at Grant Park in Utica when he approached a man on a bench who appeared to be doing drugs and asked […]

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Detroit Design Festival Grows to Month-Long Extravaganza

In 2015, Detroit was anointed as the first-ever UNESCO City of Design in the United States. This honor pertains to their astounding past and the continued revitalization coursing through the Motor City as we speak. In celebration of the award and the abundant creative energy, Detroit Design Core has expanded the Detroit Design Festival from one week’s […]

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The First Ford Mustang Owner Kept The Car, It’s Now Worth $350K

DEARBORN, Mich. (CBS Local) – A family’s decision to hang on to their old Ford Mustang has literally paid off. Gail Wise was only 22 when she bought a brand new Ford Mustang in 1964; her car is now worth over $350,000. At a celebration honoring Ford’s 10 millionth Mustang rolling off the assembly line, Wise and […]

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Police Warn Parents: Predators Using Online Games To Meet, Lure Children

LAPEER COUNTY, Mich. (CBS Local) – Police are warning parents that child predators may be trying to use online games to meet kids in the real world. In a post by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department in Michigan on Facebook, authorities warn that there have been “multiple reports” of strangers attempting to set up meetings with minors […]

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Voting Rights Roundup: Massachusetts joins growing list of states with automatic voter registration

Redistricting ● Arkansas: Following a previous state Supreme Court order, GOP state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has finally given the go-ahead for backers of a proposed redistricting reform initiative to begin gathering signatures to try to get onto the 2020 ballot in time for next decade’s round of redistricting. This proposal would create a bipartisan […]

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Donald Trump Boasts ‘5 for 5’ Wins in Special Elections

President Donald Trump boasted that the five candidates he supported in Tuesday’s special elections and Republican primaries won, despite close margins of victory. “5 for 5!” the president wrote on Twitter on Wednesday morning after it was clear his endorsed candidates were leading close races in Ohio and Kansas. Trump’s last-minute rally for Republican Troy […]

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Police: Pit Bull Dies Protecting Family From Armed Intruder

ROMULUS, Mich. (CBS Local/CBS Baltimore) – Kyle Brown is crediting his pit bull Petey with saving his and his family’s lives after a gunman barricaded himself inside his home on Friday. Michigan State Police said the incident began as a botched carjacking a couple of blocks from Brown’s home. The suspect took off through the neighborhood, […]

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Man Starts ‘Amish Uber’ Ride Service With His Horse And Buggy

COLON, Mich. (CBS Local) – A Michigan man is bringing some old world charm to the popular and modern service of ride-sharing apps. Using his horse and buggy, Timothy Hochstedler has opened his own business called “Amish Uber.” Taking riders around St. Joseph County for just $5, Hochstedler says he and his four-legged pal are cashing in on the […]

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John James, Black and Republican, Thinks He Can Crack the ‘Blue Wall’ in Michigan

Advertisement Mr. James, 37, is a West Point graduate who spent eight years in the Army. He is the president of his family-run business. And he wants to become a senator. John James, left, spoke with voters in Zeeland, Mich., on Thursday. He was endorsed by President Trump last week.CreditMark Felix for The New York […]

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Michigan Is About to Elect a Very Different Member of Congress

The 13th Congressional District also has unemployment rates well above the national average, which can be seen in the stark dichotomy between communities. While some areas of the congressional district are the hub of new investment, others remain blighted — and residents say that though the country at large may be experiencing times of robust […]

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BIG: Independent Redistricting Commission To Appear On MI Ballot

This isn’t a sexy indictment story, but it’s very important. Thanks to the state Supreme Court, Michigan voters will get a chance to support a commission that will minimize gerrymandering and Republican dominance in Democratic districts, Via the Detroit News: Lansing — A proposal to create an independent redistricting commission will appear on the November […]

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With Martin Luther King Jr. as a guide, a new Poor People’s Campaign springs to action in Michigan

After taking a break to rest and reflect, both the Michigan and national organizations have once again hit the ground running. In Michigan, roughly 100 people who were arrested while taking part in civil disobedience actions are meeting to decide whether they want to insist on having an additional forum by going to trial. Meanwhile, […]

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Why It’s Hard for Flint Residents to Trust That School Water Is Lead-Free

Flint school water fountains back in 2016.Photo: AP It’s been more than four years since the water crisis struck Flint, Michigan, and residents are still reeling, particularly parents worried about the impact of lead on young children’s development. In a seeming bit of good news, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced Monday that the […]

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He Was Dow’s ‘Dioxin Lawyer.’ Now He’s Trump’s Choice to Run the Superfund Program.

Negotiating the Cleanup The banks of the Tittabawassee have been home to Dow for decades. Internal documents have suggested that Dow was aware of dioxin’s risks as early as the mid-1960s. In the 1980s, Dow pressured the E.P.A. to change a report that had linked dioxin contamination to Dow’s Midland complex, according to testimony later […]

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