Further thoughts on federal lines of credit

July 25, 2012
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When we contacted U-M Professor Miles Kimball about William Greider’s column, he sent us a number of links to his blog.supplysideliberal.com and further thoughts on the idea of using federal lines of credit as economic stimuli: • In particular, here is my reply to Bill Greider, which has some important clarifications: blog.supplysideliberal.com/post/27017988298/bill-greider-on-federal-lines-of-credit-a-new-way-to • The...
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See Kresge fellows in action

July 11, 2012
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The 24 winners of the 2012 Kresge Arts fellowships are a talented bunch: poets, playwrights, essayists, musicians in a variety of genres. They have earned their $25,000 each by proving to be innovative and creative. Some of that creativity has spilled over from our cover story (“Jolly Good Fellows”) into these clips. Enjoy! Xiao...
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Snyder bucks GOP, protects voting rights

July 3, 2012
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Republican Gov. Rick Snyder bucked his own party on Tuesday, vetoing a three-bill package passed by the GOP-controlled House and Senate. Critics said the bills would have suppressed voter turnout, especially among young people, senior and minorities — all groups that tend to vote Democratic. U.S. Rep. John Conyers, a Detroit Democrat, was quick...
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Fighting against EM law, trying to save democracy

June 20, 2012
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Scores of angry people don’t usually show up to watch an attorney file paperwork with the Michigan Court of Appeals. But then again, what’s going on right now with the attempt to have voters repeal Michigan’s emergency manager law in November is anything but normal. Were things operating as usual, the question of repealing...
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EM repeal measure clears hurdle for ballot

June 14, 2012
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An air of jubilation filled the auditorium at the AFSCME building in downtown Detroit on Thursday as members of the Stand Up for Democracy coalition celebrated a victory in their fight to have Michigan’s emergency manager law overturned. “Rumors of the death of democracy in Michigan are somewhat premature,” announced coalition attorney Herb Sanders....
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Attorney Bill Goodman still ticking, but ticked off

June 11, 2012
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Noted Detroit attorney William Goodman had a distinctly Mark Twain moment when he learned that a front-page story in the Sunday edition of The Macomb Daily contained what could charitably be called a slight inaccuracy. Goodman and his firm are representing the estate of a Detroit teen who died after being Tasered in the...
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D.C. group details Moroun’s ‘pay-to-play scandal’

June 6, 2012
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Anyone interested in a concise summary of the lengths Manuel “Matty” Moroun and the Detroit International Bridge Co. have gone to in order to prevent a publicly owned bridge from being constructed downriver should read Troubled Crossing, a report just issued by the good-government group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The...
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Supremes give Detroit pot vote a green light

June 1, 2012
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Pro-marijuana activists won a great victory in the Michigan Supreme Court today when the high court ruled that Detroit voters should be allowed to decide whether they want to liberalize the city’s marijuana law. It is been a long fight. Two years ago the Coalition for a Safer Detroit gathered enough signatures to place...
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Headline envy: ‘The GOP Sees Dead People’

June 1, 2012
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A couple weeks ago, Curt Guyette‘s News Hits column took aim at the widely discussed and totally bogus crisis of voter fraud — and the less-discussed but all too real crisis of looming voter suppression. “Mess of suppression: Why voter ID laws are solutions to a problem that doesn’t exist” was our headline.” Today...
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Detroit Poet in the War Zone: M.L. Liebler Flying Home from the Kabul Beat #7

May 17, 2012
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Detroit Poet in the War Zone: M.L. Liebler Flying Home from the Kabul Beat #7

With the Kandahar, Jalalabad, Kabul and the Afghanistan experiences behind me now, and in hindsight – most of these visits had elements of serious danger sometimes for members of the audiences, for the military who assisted us at each location, and, dare I say, for me. But I was warmly welcomed in a very...
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