Hoekstra shows hypocrisy in ad attacking Stabenow

Hoekstra shows hypocrisy in ad attacking Stabenow

By Steve Neavling Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a Republican trying to unseat Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, is hoping you have a bad memory. Hoekstra released a radio ad this week accusing the Obama administration of leaking classified national security information, calling the unknown leakers “amateurs” and “traitors.” Not long ago, Hoekstra was on the […]

Million Man March coming to the Motor City?

Million Man March coming to the Motor City?

By Steve Neavling The annual Million Man March may land in the Motor City. Civil-rights leaders officially made their case Monday as it vies to beat out other cities to host the next march, which could draw hundreds of thousands of people to Detroit. Detroit City Council enthusiastically backed the effort today. Originally held in […]

Fireworks curfew smacks of discrimination

Fireworks curfew smacks of discrimination

By Steve Neavling Detroit City Council thought it had effectively banned unsupervised children today from the annual 2012 Detroit Target Fireworks. But a city attorney quickly ended the curfew ordinance, calling it “an extreme restriction on rights” that would therefore need approval from two-thirds of the council. The nine-member board could only mustered five votes. […]

The vagina heard ’round the world

The vagina heard ’round the world

By Steve Neavling When state Rep. Lisa Peterson turned her vagina into a powerful metaphor for the attack on women’s rights last week, the West Bloomfield Democrat did Michigan a favor. She drew attention to one of the country’s most sweeping anti-abortion bills. Conservative lawmakers are launching an egregious assault on reproductive health care with […]

Stay out of my vagina, lawmaker pleads

Stay out of my vagina, lawmaker pleads

By Steve Neavling Vagina. Yep, I said it. Vagina. Offended? House Republicans were when state Rep. Lisa Brown referenced her anatomy on the floor today, telling conservatives that a sweeping anti-abortion bill is an intrusion on women’s rights. “Finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no,’” the […]

Judge tosses state takeover lawsuit

Judge tosses state takeover lawsuit

By Steve Neavling The rhetoric-laced drama unfolding over who controls Detroit’s finances took a big twist today when a judge quickly dismissed a lawsuit by the city’s attorney that challenged the state’s financial intervention. Now city and state officials can get back to fixing a budget that has run a deficit every year for more […]