August 20, 2019

Those of us who have been around for a while all have our memorable stories to tell about interactions with L. Brooks Patterson during his four terms as county prosecutor and seven terms as Oakland County Executive...

July 23, 2019

F­or over 40 years I have watched a number of efforts in the Michigan legislature to require transparency for state lawmakers, so I don't hold out a great deal of hope for the bills introduced in late May of this ye...

June 25, 2019

You have arrived at this page to read my monthly column, so then you have already seen one of the major changes that we have made to Downtown newsmagazine with this July issue.

Since the fall of 2010, we have been fe...

May 21, 2019

Washington Post journalist Isaac Stanley-Becker, a Rhodes Scholar writing from the UK where he is working on his doctorate in Modern European History at Oxford,  had a cogent (Morning Mix) column in early May that p...

April 23, 2019

Michigan has developed a heritage the last few decades of restricting the rights of registered voters from fully participating in the workings of the state and local government. 

It's been a slow but calculated effor...

March 27, 2019

The late William Safire – author, journalist, columnist – tells us in his Political Dictionary that the term “progressive” refers to a “movement of social protest and economic reform” but over time it has become a t...

February 19, 2019

As a general rule I try each month to vary the topics I tackle in this column, for obvious reasons. At this writing, I had several issues I could have addressed but then along came Oakland County Executive L. Brooks...

January 22, 2019

Anyone who thought after the 2018 November general election that we would get a reprieve from the incessant talk and news coverage of politics and politicians should think again.

As of this writing there have been no...

December 18, 2018

The Republican party in Michigan is not doing itself any favors with the power grab antics on display during the lame duck session of the state legislature in Lansing.

Smarting from some substantial losses in the Nov...

October 23, 2018

To help set the stage for this month's column, I have been following politics in Oakland and the state of Michigan since the mid-1970s. I throw that out as a point of information in this election year because, I hum...

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