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Be prepared for a lengthy ballot

This November, voters should anticipate more than 18 ballot proposals. This will undoubtedly make for a challenging time at the polls as unprepared voters attempt to navigate. Most voters are currently being inundated with conflicting information and a barrage of negative advertising. It will be important this election cycle to be prepared for three pages of initiatives that require careful reading. This we ...

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Duggan for mayor?

Mike Duggan has announced his intention to create an exploratory committee that will begin raising funds and seeking community input on his mayoral run in 2013. Business elite and corporate media have been gearing up for this run for some time with headlines such as: “Is it time for a white mayor?” We believe that is not the prism from which to understand Duggan’s or any other white candidate’s candidacy. I ...

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By Zaid Jilani

This week, video emerged of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney essentially telling donors that 47 percent of Americans are lazy and just want to be dependent upon the government. In Romney’s world, these are all Obama voters. “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who be ...

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Violence is a disease

Violence is a public health disease. And Detroit is infected. Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Professionals consider many elements that make for healthy or unhealthy communities. Personal choice and the environment are two of those elements, factors that lead ...

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Democrats’ hardest job

It is so nice to see the real America. Last week when the Republicans gathered, it was, as one paper noted, “A Sea of Whiteness.” This week in Charlotte, N.C., Democratic convention attendees are all colors, every age, gender and economic status. Present are faces that reflect every part of the globe that has populated this nation. And the Democrats are talking real issues as well. Opportunity has been a ke ...

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Time has moved on

The Republican National Convention began in Tampa this week along with all the pomp, pageantry and spin the Republican Party can muster. The campaign is looking for a last-minute energy boost and a chance to change the minds of the last few straggling voters who aren’t yet convinced that Mitt Romney would be a horrible choice for president. That is unless Hurricane Isaac steals completely the Republican con ...

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Why Todd Akin’s Senate race is so important

By Perry Bacon, Jr. The controversy involving the Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Missouri, Rep. Todd Akin, is so critical not just because of his inflammatory remarks, but because control of the Senate could be determined by the winner of his race against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill. Democrats currently control 53 of the Senate’s 100 seats, with 51 Democrats and 2 independents who usually vote wi ...

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Change in governance is a bad deal for Detroiters

As Detroiters, there are so many changes that merit our attention — the EAA and Financial Stability Agreement, to name a few — but one issue many may have overlooked is the transfer of Detroit’s Department of Workforce Development (DWDD) and the Department of Health and Wellness Promotion’s (DWHP) responsibilities and resources. In what may be one of the most underreported news stories, almost $100 million ...

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Primary 2012

This primary signals many changes for Detroit. The first being, the city effectively lost a congressional seat to Oakland County. The Congressional Black Caucus also lost a legislator when Gary Peters was elected to the new 14th district. The 14th district, one of the state’s largest Democratic districts, was represented by John Conyers since the 1960s. RoseMary Robinson and John Olumba beat back the corpor ...

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Loss of Black political power

By Virgie Rollins Across the nation, African Americans are losing their political power. Michigan, California, Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia are all poised for significant loss of Black legislators due to redistricting and corruption. The U.S. Constitution demands that all 435 House districts be redrawn every 10 years, a situation that has allowed Republicans to use redistricting as a tool ...

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