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...

August 21, 2018

Every election, including the recently concluded August 7 primary vote, provides a fix for political junkies. Analyzing the results becomes a parlor game played by politicians, prognosticators of all stripes and pol...

July 24, 2018

“The invention of print, however, made it easier to manipulate public opinion, and the film and the radio carried the process further. With the development of television, and the technical advance which made it poss...

July 3, 2018

Michigan voters could find themselves with the short end of the stick – once again – when it comes to breaking free of the current gerrymandering system that allows politicians in Lansing to basically determine who...

June 26, 2018

Michigan voters could find themselves with the short end of the stick – once again – when it comes to breaking free of the current gerrymandering system that allows politicians in Lansing to basically determine who...

May 22, 2018

Followers of Downtown newsmagazine may want to make note that our next issue in July will contain a Voters Guide special section detailing issue positions of any candidates who have opposition in the August 7 primar...

April 24, 2018

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Michigan has a storied history when it comes to protecting the environment, dating back to the late 1800’s, but in recent years the mission of the state agencies charged with this task appears to have become obscur...

March 27, 2018

Almost every generation has a cultural or political event that serves to energize and define some of its members. That’s the basis of student or youth activism which has been taking place since the 1920’s in the Uni...

February 20, 2018

Since 1963 when the current Michigan Constitution was adopted by the electorate, there have been 74 proposed amendments to the state’s governing document. Thirty- one of those amendments made it to the ballot by cit...

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