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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Rainbow Push Detroit responds to closing of Highland Park school + Flint EM holds meetings

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New Highland Park schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin got right to work yesterday, his first day on the job. He closed Barber Focus School. Parents and students of Highland Park schools learned Monday evening how the newly appointed emergency manager will change the troubled district, starting with a closure that will leave only two schools. […]

Emergency Managers, sticklers for detail? Uhhh…not so much

When you put a single man in charge of the city of Flint, a non-elected financial guy with no accountablility to the local residents, answerable only the Governor, you’d probably want to choose someone who pays crazy close attention to detail, wouldn’t you? Someone who is truly gifted at dotting the the “I”s and crossing […]

Proof that Michigan’s Emergency Mgrs don’t work: 3 cities that had them in financial trouble again

One of the main points I have raised repeatedly since the passage of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law, Public Act 4, is that the imposition of an Emergency Manager (EM) does little, if anything, to solve the underlying problems that bring municipalities and school districts to the crisis point where an EM is deemed necessary. With […]

Michigan Governor Snyder says Flint is next for Emergency Manager

While many of us expected this and knew it was coming, it’s still painful to see. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says Flint is ready for an Emergency Manager. Governor Rick Snyder says a financial emergency exists in Flint. That determination could lead to the appointment of an emergency manager for the city. “The State’s decision […]

A Sit-Down Striker Reflects on “White Shirt Day”

Cross-posted at DailyKos.com Did you know that today is White Shirt Day? And do you know its significance in Michigan history? White Shirt Day was first celebrated on February 11, 1948, as a way of honoring the men and women who participated in the 1936-37 sit-down strike at Fisher Body Plant No. 1 in Flint. […]

Flint Mayor Don Williamson To Retire

Flint Mayor Don Williamson has announced that he will retire from office effective Sunday, Feb. 15 at midnight.  His successor will be City Administrator Mike Brown. I don’t know what this does to his campaign for Governor (which wasn’t going to get out of Genesee County anyway), but it gets him out of the recall […]

Divorce and our economy

Divorce is expensive financially and emotionally. Our national economy has had some affect on the number of divorces filing. Possibly it affects the rate of voluntary dismissal of cases filed. Most dramatic is that lost equity in investment to include the family home combined with loss of jobs leaves the separating couple with little assets […]

Obama talks substance in Flint, hey McCain where’s the BEEF.

* * * * * REFLECTIONS: The next President of the United States appeared in Flint MI USA 9/08/08.The next Democratic administration is committed to re-industrialization of American and specifically re-birth of the automobile industry.What Obama demonstrated is ability to advocate positive policies for change. But he cannot help us if he does not win. […]

Saving the American Dream

Video of the event is on YouTube. About 50 energized Democrats joined Congressman Dale Kildee and I on the corner of Dort Highway and Davison Road this morning in Flint (click for a link to a story from WEYI about the event).  We were just outside the rusting gate of the old AC Delco plant. […]