What's New in Michigan and National Politics April 2012

What's New in Michigan and U.S. Politics

What's New in Michigan Politics provides news and informed commentary on Michigan politics and important national political and economic news.

Detroit from Windsor, Ontario
Detroit from Windsor, Ontario | Source
Detroit and Belle Isle Bridge
Detroit and Belle Isle Bridge | Source
GM World HQ, Architect: John Portman
GM World HQ, Architect: John Portman | Source

4-25-12GrossePointePatch--Residents Object to Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, Expansion

Tim Prophit

1:52 pm on Monday, March 26, 2012

I find it interesting the City of Grosse Pointe, in the past, has pointed to a 1971 State Supreme court decision which ties their hands in the case of hospital expansion and development, yet, NOW are saying they want to create a hospital zone. If this is the case, why has all the development that's occurred in the last 20 years been permitted? The hospital has already purchased and and replaced with parking lots all the residences on the City side of Cadieux.
I would not rely on the GP City council to do much to limit hospital expansion, their past record speaks for itself.


William Cox

1:32 pm on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Thanks for your comment Tim,

Judith and I are facing the present danger of Notre Dame demolition for Beaumont
Parking lot expansion. This plan calls for two phases. The first wipes out the street side facing us , replacing those homes with a blank wall similar to the one facing you. The second wipes out our side-including our retirement home. This plan requires re-zoning. The GP City Council meets 4/23 to consider this Beaumont request.
You are absolutely right to suspect the GP appearance of objectivity in this matter.
Judith and I were at the same council meetings as you, back in the day, when
it caved to the far less formidable Bon Secours. "Didn't you know this was a done deal" said one council member--mocking your and our efforts to stop the madness.
This newish "non-profit" for profit hospital will ruin Judith and I, decrease the property tax base for GP, and continue the aesthetic decline of the neighborhood.
We attended the Beamont "information" meeting, which was simply a presentation of their plans and no acknowlegement of the affected neighborhood residents.
The presenter for Beaumont, a Mr. Swain, presented a paradigm, without realizing it,of "being in the bubble".
Swain left no fallacy of relevance or ambiguity unused in his paen to Beaumont plans

William Cox

The Koch Brothers
The Koch Brothers
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A Little Change of Pace

Jeffrey Nass, President of W1Force which Works with National Rifle Association to Promote "Shoot First" Laws

Jeff Nass, Promoter of Gun Rights, Opponent of Gun Controls
Jeff Nass, Promoter of Gun Rights, Opponent of Gun Controls | Source
Red Wing spirit of Detroit
Red Wing spirit of Detroit | Source
Tiger Stadium/Comerica Park
Tiger Stadium/Comerica Park | Source
Full House at Tiger Stadium/Comerica Park
Full House at Tiger Stadium/Comerica Park | Source
Senator Carl Levin and Congressman Gary Peters Birmingham, Michigan Parade
Senator Carl Levin and Congressman Gary Peters Birmingham, Michigan Parade | Source
GOP Extremist Paul Ryan
GOP Extremist Paul Ryan | Source
Briggs Mansion, Boston-Edison Historic District, Detroit
Briggs Mansion, Boston-Edison Historic District, Detroit | Source
Briggs Mansion, Boston-Edison Historic District, Detroit
Briggs Mansion, Boston-Edison Historic District, Detroit | Source
Briggs Mansion, Boston-Edison Historic District, Detroit
Briggs Mansion, Boston-Edison Historic District, Detroit | Source
Charles Fisher Mansion, Boston-Edison Historic District, Detroit
Charles Fisher Mansion, Boston-Edison Historic District, Detroit | Source
Charles Fisher (Fisher Body) Mansion, Boston- Edison Historic District
Charles Fisher (Fisher Body) Mansion, Boston- Edison Historic District | Source
Historic Mansion, Boston-Edison Historic District, Detroit (Occupied in the 1960s by Berry Gordy)
Historic Mansion, Boston-Edison Historic District, Detroit (Occupied in the 1960s by Berry Gordy) | Source
Nick Lidstrom
Nick Lidstrom | Source

Sunday in Michigan

One out of every two Detroit adults is neither holding a job nor looking for work, the worst percentage among 41 major U.S. cities. 174,000 Detroiters age 16-64 don't work. The Detroit city council voted this week to double the city's income tax rate on corporations from 1% to 2%, not a way to provide badly needed jobs.

Mayor Bing was released from Henry Ford Hospital Saturday where he was being treated for a pulmonary embolism following intestinal surgery.

Michigan, Ohio and the EPA are cooperating in an effort to deal with growing toxic algae blooms which are destroying the western end Lake Erie for recreation and fishing. The blooms are caused by fertilizer runoff from farms and Detroit sewage treatment overflows.

Detroit's Belle Isle is not likely to remain a free park once responsibility for it is assumed by the state Department of National Resources as planned in the Detroit's consent agreement signed this week. Visitors will likely be required to a $10 license plate fee which provides access to Michigan's 99 state parks.

Michael Rosenberg calls Niklas Lidstrom "nothing short of genius" in a long story recapping of the Detroit Redwings capain's life and hockey career, rating him one of the top 10 players in the history of the game.




Lawrence O'Donnell Shines Some Light on ALEC--Democracy for Sale

Should You Support ALEC?

The Time has Come for Stricter Handgun Control Laws

Bravo for State Rep. Tim Bledsoe's plea for repeal of Michigan's "stand your ground" law. Michigan's statute is a virtual copy of the Florida law which has resulted in a big increase in shootings and deaths since it was adopted in 2005. The "castle doctrine" which originated in English common law has served us well for hundreds of years. Beyond repealing Michigan's "stand your ground" law, Michigan and it's cities should adopt the strictest laws governing the sale and use of handguns permissible under the current U.S. Supreme Court interpretation of the Second Amendment. Steps should be taken to provide for the effective enforcement of these laws. Adopting laws advocated by gun manufacturers, the National Rifle Association and ALEC which encourage gun ownership and carrying concealed handguns clearly is not in the public interest.

What's New in Michigan and US Politics

What's New in Michigan Politics provides news and informed commentary on Michigan politics and important national political and economic news.

Who Will Mitt Romney Choose for His Running Mate?

With Romney's nomination virtually sewed up attention turns to the the question of who he will select as his running mate. Several considerations may enter into his decision--shoring up his sagging support among the party's base; repairing the damage to his support by women voters due to the recent issues over contraceptives and abortion; seeking support from Latino voters; winning in swing states like Ohio and Florida; and appealing to independent and moderate voters. It will be impossible to find someone who satisfies all of these objectives. Here are the Intrade odds for the leading contenders:

Marco Rubio--25%--Young Conservative Latino Senator from swing-state Florida

Chris Christie--11%--Moderate New Jersey Governor

Bob McDonnell--10%--Young, Conservative Virginia Governor

Susana Martinez--9%--Young, Latina Governor of New Mexico;

Rob Portman--8%--Junior Senator from Ohio; US Trade Representative under Bush

Paul Ryan--8%--Wisconsin conservative; chairman of the House Budget Committee

Others who have been mentioned by the pundits: John Thune, Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels, Bobby Jindall

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing Re-admitted to the Hospital for Observation

Mayor Dave Bing was re-admitted to the hospital today for observation because he experienced "discomfort" following surgery last week for a punctured intestine. Mayor Bing is 68.

Terry Jones
Terry Jones

Michigan Has a Stand Your Ground Law Very Similar to Florida's Law

Michigan's "stand your ground" law was passed by the Michigan legislature and signed by Governor Jennifer Granholm. It became effective October 1, 2006. Michigan's law is quite similar to the controversial Florida law which reportedly has resulted in an big increase in shootings and deaths in that state. These laws are being promoted and adopted in many states across the country by the National Rifle Association with help from the American Legislative Exchange Council, aka ALEC, a conservative organization devoted to limited government and individual liberty.

780.972 Use of deadly force by individual not engaged in commission of crime; conditions.

Sec. 2.

(1) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses deadly force may use deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if either of the following applies:


(a) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent death of or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another individual.


(b) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent sexual assault of himself or herself or of another individual.

(2) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses force other than deadly force may use force other than deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if he or she honestly and reasonably believes that the use of that force is necessary to defend himself or herself or another individual from the imminent unlawful use of force by another individual.
History: 2006, Act 309, Eff. Oct. 1, 2006


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lovemychris 4 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

I wish it was a joke, or a dream, and we would all wake up from it.

This war is really taxing on the spirit. But you just have to keep fightng and hoping we will come to our senses, before it's too late.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago Author

Tnx for the comment. We're kindred spirits.


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4-2-12MotherJones--America's Top 10 Polluted Rivers

America's Top 10 Most Polluted Waterways

An eye-opening new report from Environment America Research and Policy Center finds that industry discharged 226 million pounds of toxic chemicals into America's rivers and streams in 2010. The pollution included dead-zone producing nitrates...


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4-12-12Detroit News--Wingnut Florida Republican Allen West Says 78-81 Congressional Dems are Members of the Communist Party

Washington - Republican Rep. Allen West said he believes 75-plus House Democrats are members of the Communist Party, a claim that echoed Joe McCarthy's unsubstantiated 1950s charges that communists had infiltrated the top ranks of the U.S. government


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4-16-12EconoMonitor--Nouriel Roubini on European Crisis

EconoMonitor : Nouriel Roubini: Europe’s Short Vacation

Inevitably, the recession on the eurozone’s periphery is deepening and moving to the core, namely France and Germany. The the recession will worsen throughout this year, for many reasons. First, front-loaded fiscal austerity is accelerating the contraction.


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4-28-12NYTimes Op-ED "God and Man in Tennessee" by Amy Greene

God and Man in Tennessee - NYTimes.com

By politicizing our faith, lawmakers are ignoring Tennessee’s true religious roots and threatening the liberties they claim to protect. ["Intelligent" design and "gateway sexual behavior" in the Tennessee legislature.]


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Retired Israeli Security Chief Questions Leaders on Iran - NYTimes.com

Yuval Diskin, the retired chief of the internal security agency, said Friday night that he lacked faith in Israel’s current leadership’s handling of Iran’s nuclear threat.


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4-29-12NYTimesMagazine--"Earth to Ben Bernanke" by Paul Krugman

Earth to Ben Bernanke by Paul Krugman

Chairman Bernanke Should Listen to Prof. Bernanke. When the financial crisis struck in 2008, many economists took comfort in one aspect of the situation: the best possible person, Ben Bernanke, was in place as chairman of the Federal Reserve. [I wonder if Bernanke has too many dissenters among the Fed's governors or is protecting the Fed's independence from the Tea Party mouth breathers and the Paul Ryan, Ayn Randian Friedmanites?]

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