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MAYORAL RACE OVER

In one night, 40 years of Black political power ended in Detroit. Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon conceded Nov. 5 to former DMC CEO Mike Duggan. In the Detroit mayoral race, Duggan beat Napoleon by 10 percent of the city’s vote — nearly 14 thousand people. During a press conference Nov. 6, Duggan said he’s looking forward to meeting this week with Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Gov. Rick Snyder an ...

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SNYDER: ‘I DON’T RECALL’

Gov. Rick Snyder, the self-proclaimed “one tough nerd,” testified at least 33 times he didn’t recall key events in the process leading to Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s Chapter 9 Bankruptcy filing. Invoking attorney-client privilege nearly as often, Snyder was on the witness stand Oct. 28 in response to a subpoena from the UAW, one of the opponents to the bankruptcy filing. ...

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‘Consumers beware’

Buyers beware. This is the message some health insurance agents are sending to consumers in search of health care choices. With the advent of the online Health Insurance Marketplace, a component under the Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as Obamacare, those who are uninsured or who wish to change their insurance provider can choose from a range of insurance options. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

The WWJ reporter rushed over sticking her microphone to my face asking what I thought would be Governor Snyder’s position on the witness stand in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. I wanted to give her a Detroit Raw commentary but Raw is less raw these days (paper goes to tender minded school children) so I put on the hat of the political director of the Michigan National Action Network, which had organized several hun ...

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Schuette won’t act

The Detroit primary recount ended on Sept. 26 leaving many questions unanswered and allegations uninvestigated. Dozens of Detroiters, including nine primary candidates, spent weeks attending Wayne County Board of Canvassers meetings, observing the recount process and challenging individual ballots. ...

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Stacy Fox new deputy EM, major Duggan donor

The Roxbury Group’s Stacy Fox will serve as Kevyn Orr’s deputy emergency manager. Fox is a law school friend of Orr, as reported by the Detroit Free Press, and also a major contributor to the Mike Duggan Campaign. In the primary fundraising cycle, Fox, of Northville, personally donated the maximum allowed by law to Duggan with a $3,400 contribution to the candidate’s committee. ...

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Council says no to Orr

With a rare unanimous vote, city council Oct. 21 rejected Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan to borrow $350 million from Barclays Capital Investment Bank, Executive Order No.17. Council has seven days to present an alternative, which means nothing unless their alternative plan is approved by Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointed Financial Review Board. ...

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Bus drivers demand police protection while driving

Close to 200 bus drivers and supporters marched in front of the Spirit of Detroit, Oct. 21, demanding police protection while they work, clean and safe buses, and repairs on idled vehicles so that service improves. “(Emergency Manager Kevyn) Orr spent millions on consultants. We say pay police, give them overtime, whatever it takes. Get them riding the buses,” said Fred Westbrook, president of American Tran ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Babies tug at our hearts because a baby renders us human. Our natural instincts drive us to protect and love the tiny human as we embrace our own humanity. That baby is all that keeps the human race going. No babies no hope. No babies no future — no nothing. We love and protect babies unconditionally. Some have even risked their own lives to snatch a baby out of harm’s way seeking no attention. Just doing i ...

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