Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Judge releases Siwatu-Salama Ra from prison during her appeal

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 1:28 PM

Detroit activist Siwatu-Salama Ra will be released from prison on bond pending her appeal. The 26-year-old co-director of the Detroit-based East Michigan Environmental Action Council is appealing felonious assault and firearm convictions from March that resulted in a two-year prison sentence. Those stemmed from a 2017 incident in which...

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Dan Gilbert Detroit casino sale means he can now donate to state politicians

Posted By and on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 10:26 AM

Dan Gilbert is selling his Greektown Casino to real estate investment trust Penn National Gaming for $1 billion. Matthew Cullen, CEO of Jack Entertainment and principal of Rock Ventures, told the Detroit News that Penn National will pay $300 million to become Greektown Casino's operator, while New York-based VICI...

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Michigan GOP senators get far more money and two more aides than Democrats

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 9:06 AM

Michigan's Republican senators receive nearly twice as much money as Democrats to operate their offices, and Republicans get funding for up to five aides while Dems only get enough for three.  State senators receive about the same salaries — the funding in question is strictly for the operation of...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Rochester Hills man who shot at lost black teen sentenced to 4-10 years prison

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 10:55 AM

Jeffrey Zeigler, the white former Detroit firefighter who fired a shotgun at a lost black teenager, was sentenced to 4 to 10 years of prison on Tuesday morning. In April, a black 14-year-old Rochester Hills student knocked on the door of Zeigler's Rochester Hills home after missing his school...

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Ex-Lions hall of fame player sues Happy's Pizza for racial discrimination

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2018 at 4:23 PM

Happy's Pizza is under fire from former-Lion hall of fame player Lem Barney for alleged racial discrimination. On Monday, the former cornerback for the Detroit Lions filed a suit in the U.S. Circuit Court against the regional pizza chain after a manager refused Barney and his wife service at franchise...

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Rashida Tlaib says she'll support efforts to impeach Trump

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 3:52 PM

On Tuesday, Rashida Tlaib's name was entered into the history books as she became the first woman to be elected to U.S. Congress along with Minnesota's Ilhan Omar. After celebrating her uncontested victory, Tlaib appeared on independent news network Democracy Now! to discuss the victory and the meaning it...

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Gretchen Whitmer is a Lizzo fan

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 2:02 PM

Michigan's governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer is a fan of hip-hop artist Lizzo — one of many observations made in a profile published today in The New York Times. The kicker has the 47-year-old future governor singing along on her tour bus to the Detroit-born, Minneapolis-based millennial rapper's "Good As Hell,"...

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Michigan's most progressive Dems cleaned up on Tuesday

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 8:42 AM

The rise of and energy around progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Stacey Abrams, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar is frightening to Republicans and some centrist Dems. And the natural first line of defense for conservatives and some Democrats is to claim that progressive ideas can't win in the Midwest, as...

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Department of Justice says it will continue to enforce federal law after Prop 1 passage

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 3:16 PM

Proposal 1 to legalize marijuana for recreational adult use was passed in Michigan by a healthy margin on Tuesday, but the chief federal law enforcement in the state are reminding residents and visitors that "marijuana continues to be an illegal drug under federal law." "Because we have taken oaths to...

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Gretchen Whitmer plans move into governor's residence in Lansing

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 1:32 PM

Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer is already making changes less than 48 hours after defeating Bill Schuette. Whitmer and her family will move into the governor's residence in Lansing in January; spokesperson Zack Pohl told the Freep Thursday. The home has sat vacant since outgoing governor Rick Snyder was elected in 2011....

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