Amy Kerr Hardin: Corruption did not cause deindustrialization


Today Amy & I are talking about Detroit. Speculating a bit on how we got here and what’s next. Guest: Amy Kerr Hardin Here are Amy’s awesome notes: DETROIT, BY THE NUMBERS: Debt of about $17 to $20 billion (estimates vary depending on the source), with $10 billion owed to roughly 20,000 retirees, and of […]

Detroit: Rick Snyder’s greatest failure


In the 2010 election Michigan voters were led to believe that Rick Snyder could fix our problems because, as one of his campaign ads touted, “He’s the only businessman running so he’s the only one that even knows what he’s doing.” In light of the Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing by Detroit one may wonder what […]

Bert Johnson: The people of Detroit will fight back

Senator Bert Johnson on the Senate floor November 1, 2011.

Today we are talking to Senator Bert Johnson about two topics: minimum wage, and the situation in Detroit with Snyder and EM Kevyn Orr. Here’s the podcast: We talk about: Minimum wage efforts gotten attention of people all across country Occupy + attack on workers +++ has created a different plateau on which to stand […]

Kevyn Orr: I can cut somebody’s throat and leave them to bleed …


If I haven’t told you lately that Detroit EM Kevyn Orr is a bully, that’s my bad. I knew he was going to be a bully when he took the job, stood up in front of everyone and said, “Don’t make me go to bankruptcy court. You won’t enjoy it.” Who starts out that way? […]

Amy Kerr Hardin on the manufactured fiscal crises in schools


Today we talk to Amy Kerr Hardin of Democracy Tree. This is our first conversation and I enjoyed it. I hope you find it interesting. You should check out Amy’s blog for some of the very best political blogging you’ll find in Michigan. Here are Amy’s show notes. Her notes are longer than my summary […]

Dan Kildee on blight removal funds: This is an important first step


This audio segment is a great conversation with Congressman Dan Kildee on the importance of blight removal. Here’s what we talk about: This move by the Treasury frees up funds from the Hardest Hit Fund for blight removal as part of foreclosure prevention This is a change in the interpretation of the Hardest Hit Fund […]

Bert Johnson – Do we have a legitimate State government?


State Senator Bert Johnson joins us today to discuss Detroit, education, and the criminal investigation into the EAA Today we discuss: Kevyn Orr: Detroit is worse off than we thought (this is what we started with) Snyder is the EM of Detroit EAA federal funds fraud Does Michigan have a legitimate state government Is the […]

Kate Mulhern on City Year Detroit and Challenge Detroit

Kate Mulhern joins us today to talk about her experiences with City Year Detroit. She also talks about the Challenge Detroit Fellowship, which she hopes to get this year. Today we talk about: City Year Detroit – the history of the program and what it is now How the impact of City Year Detroit is […]

Bert Johnson on EAA and a statewide solution for Detroit, Republicans gaybash (surprise!) and lie about rtw

Senator Bert Johnson on the Senate floor November 1, 2011.

Senator Bert Johnson returns to talk to us a little about EAA, but primarily about Detroit. Why should non-Detroiters care about Detroit and what can non-Detroiters do to help Detroit? We also have a few headlines and some good music after the closing stinger. Headlines: Tim Skubick: Michigan Democrats’ ‘Middle Class Plan’ is really a […]

Senator Johnson on Detroit: Kevyn Orr just like Snyder, privatization of Detroit’s water system, disinvestment, and more


Today we have a few headlines from Detroit as well as a great interview with Senator Bert Johnson. I had some technical problems with my end of the interview but Senator Johnson’s responses are of good quality. Show notes: Cartoon: Nerd Orr Payments received on tax liens against Detroit emergency financial manager’s house Kevyn Orr: […]

Hightower on EM/ALEC in Michigan: Dictatorial Coup of Emergency Managers (PA4) (Koch, Snyder, Mackinac)


Jim Hightower outlines in a well-researched piece the dictatorial nature of the Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s Emergency Manager Law (PA 4) to be challenged on the 2012 Michigan Ballot Proposal #1 in November and its relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and implications to both Michigan and other US States. UPDATE: Vote […]

Richardville cancels vote, blames Detroit, stomps feet and spits


Well I don’t know for sure if he stomped his feet or spit, but would it really surprise you? Here’s what happened: Senator Hunter made a motion to vote on SB 970, which is the bill that would allow Detroit to set the city income tax at 0.5 percent higher than currently allowed. The motion […]