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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Next mayor on Mackinac? By Sam Riddle Special to the Michigan Citizen Who’s who is packing for Fudge Island to discuss public policy already decided upon with no real need to do anything but dodge horse poop in between drinks, meals and more drinks, and to see if Jeb has really gained as much weight as they say. The next Republican presidential primary may be between the really big boys if Christie doesn’t ...

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Selling the DIA at Mackinac

The political and economic elite of Michigan are gathering on Mackinac Island for the annual Policy Conference sponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. It is billed as an opportunity for “comprehensive dialogue on culture, education and the 21st century global market.” Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is the keynote speaker. Michelle Rhee, a primary figure in the test-students-to-death movemen ...

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Trial begins for officer who killed Aiyana Stanley Jones

The trial for Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley in the shooting death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones began May 29. In a military-style raid on the Jones’ near east side home May 16, 2010, Weekley shot into the house, killing Aiyana as she slept on the family’s living room sofa. The raid was being filmed for AMC's "First 48." ...

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To self-build as an example to others: ‘This is truly the best gift that I can bring back strong’

In the name of Allah the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful: I have been all over the Middle East, from Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and so forth. And I must say that Madina and Mecca have absolutely stood apart. One reason is that this is a main pillar of Islam. It is obligatory upon every single Muslim around the world to at least have the sincere intention to make the holy pilgrimag ...

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Oakman Parents continue fight to keep school open

Oakman Orthopedic School parent Antonio Council wraps in “Save Oakman” banner to keep warm. Parents and students braved the rain and cold to demonstrate in front of the Fischer Building, May 23. The parents are engaged in a struggle to keep their special school open for their special needs children after EM Roy Roberts announced his unilateral decision April 10. According to the new EM law, PA 436, the EM i ...

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Michigan: Where democracy used to live

One hundred and eighty years ago, in his journey across America to report on “Democracy in America,” the great French writer Alexis de Tocqueville said: “There is hardly a political question in the United States that does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one.” Today, we face a major judicial question in the history of our democratic republic. This question is rooted in whether or not every citizen o ...

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Fallout from my Tea Party ‘Taliban’ comment… What is the lesson here?

I have always suspected that racists didn’t like being called out for their racism. Now I have proof. When I told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on May 14 that the Tea Party was “the Taliban wing of American politics,” a firestorm erupted. Arguing the IRS was correct to target them for extra scrutiny, I also said, “Here are a group of people who are admittedly racist, who are overtly political” and therefore worthy ...

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