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Emergent democracy

By Shea Howell Special to the Michigan Citizen As the election season intensifies, many people are thinking that representative democracy has become an empty idea. Pettiness, lies, distortions and drives for personal power overshadow meaningful public discussion of the problems we face or the potential we have to create something new. At almost every level, the only interests represented seem to be those of ...

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Residents: City Council does not need more protection

A woman was arrested Sept. 7 after a handgun was found in her purse at a checkpoint in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. The Detroit City Council holds sessions on the 13th floor of the building. Some Council members say they should have more protection when they attend community events. Do you think City Council members need more protection? ...

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State to lease Belle Isle

Staff report DETROIT — Mayor Dave Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder announced Sept. 12 a tentative leasing agreement that will transfer management and operations of the city’s historic Belle Isle park to the state of Michigan and Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Additionally, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will assume responsibility for roads and bridges on Belle Isle. According to the propo ...

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Voter Engagement Tour

Rev. Al Sharpton, president of National Action Network (NAN) (left), joined Rev. Charles Williams II, president of National Action Network-Michigan (center), in Detroit Sept. 8 and 9 for NAN’s Voter Engagement Tour to help citizens register to vote and rally for the Nov. 6 general election. Shown above, Revs. Sharpton and Williams register Detroit resident Lamont Muhammed at Metro Foodland on the city’s wes ...

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City Council passes charter revisions after governor denies them

Amendments would clarify counsel’s role, allow some gifts, gratuities By Mike Sandula The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Detroit residents will get to decide on four proposed changes to the City Charter in the Nov. 6 election. After Gov. Rick Snyder denied three proposed City Charter amendments, City Council voted to approve them anyway. The three amendments would remove the prohibition on gifts to city officia ...

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City disregards Charter mandates

By Marcus Wright Special to Michigan Citizen DETROIT — The city of Detroit is batting 3-for-7 in its implementation of the new provisions mandated by the 2012 Charter. The new provisions include Council by Districts; City Insurance; Community Advisory Councils; Green Initiatives; Debarment Ordinance; Contract Approval and Disclosure; Redundancy Report Issued; Appointment of Inspector General. Districts are ...

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Dems should make their platform plain

The Democratic National Convention has been held. Strategy and tactics have been developed. The public speeches have been made. What did the speakers say to make you go out and vote? I listened to some of the speakers. The one that moved me most was (President Bill) Clinton. He broke it down, made it plain. That’s what the Democrats need to do. They need to make their whole program simple. Everybody needs t ...

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Are you better off than you were four years ago?

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Judging from the recently concluded Republican and Democratic conventions, the question of who will be inaugurated as president in January may turn on how voters answer a question posed by Ronald Reagan in his 1980 debate with Democratic incumbent Jimmy Carter: Are you better off today than you were four years ago? The question was raised at the Repu ...

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Data-driven decisions

By Shea Howell Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT—Over the next few weeks we are going to hear a lot about data-driven decisions. The Detroit Works Long Term Planning Project will be holding what it calls community conversations on the strategies for development it has generated. Public schools will be counting children, teachers, attendance and class size. Tests and “measures of accountability” are be ...

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