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 […]

Council Decides Apple Orchard Fight More Urgent than Solving Budget Crisis

Council Decides Apple Orchard Fight More Urgent than Solving Budget Crisis

By Steve Neavling Leave it to Detroit City Council to turn a peaceful apple orchard into a heated, divisive issue. Forget the city’s other problems, like chronic poverty, high illiteracy rates, tens of thousands of vacant homes and a budget shortfall that could land Detroit in bankruptcy court. When council members learned Tuesday that volunteers […]