Absentee voting is touted as an easy, convenient alternative to standing in long lines at the polling stations, but what happens after you drop the ballot in the mail raises serious questions about the most fundamental promises of democracy.
Schools’ toxic water, Sharon McPhail fired, Old Wayne County Building: Your Tuesday morning briefing
Toxic water in Detroit schools is worse than expected; ex-Detroit City Councilwoman Sharon Mchail is fired from a charter school but refuses to leave; and the stately, vacant Old Wayne County Building has been renovated.
As local newsrooms cut resources for investigative reporting, Motor City Muckraker is increasing its watchdog team to shine a brighter light on corruption, education, poverty, civil rights, criminal justice, health care, immigration and the environment.
Councilman Leland indicted, recreational marijuana, firefighters applaud change: Your Friday morning briefing
The cycle of corruption continues in Detroit; voters overwhelmingly support legalizing recreational marijuana in Michigan; fire commissioner ends bizarre no-sirens policy.
Whitmer’s lead for governor, calls for fire commissioner’s removal, food stamps: Your Thursday morning briefing
Gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer maintains a strong lead; the head of the Detroit firefighters union is calling for the commissioner to be fired over bizarre new policy; and bad news for unemployed people hoping to get food assistance.
Cop-involved shooting, Kanye in Detroit, raising age to buy tobacco: Your Wednesday morning briefing
State police are investigating a Detroit officer-involved shooting; Kanye West takes a tour of greater downtown Detroit; and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whimter wants to raise the legal age to buy tobacco.
Skyrocketing rent in Midtown, pot dispensaries to close, fast food rally: Your Tuesday morning briefing
Skyrocketing rent in Midtown is pricing out Wayne State students; state to force dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries to close; and fast food workers are rallying for better wages and the right to organize a labor union.
Detroit’s Head Start threatened, death of malls, failed redevelopments: Your Monday morning briefing
Detroit’s Head Start providers could lose funding; malls are under threat of closing; and a Detroit group that pledged to spend $258 million on the east side has neglected the area.
Legalized pot in Michigan, roadwork standoff ends, ICE delays deportation: Your Friday morning briefing
Your Friday morning briefing: Voters widely support ballot proposal to legalize recreational marijuana; roadwork will resume following the standoff over a labor dispute; and a Nigerian immigrant can stay in Detroit – for now.
Gilbert buying Tigers? Charter closes during school year, Detroit towing: Your Thursday morning briefing
Your Thursday morning briefing: Dan Gilbert said to be negotiating the purchase of the Detroit Tigers; a Detroit charter school closed less than a month into the school year; and city council admonishes police for quietly getting into the towing business.