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Monday, March 18, 2019

Tlaib introduces bill to make auto insurance use of credit data illegal

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 2:53 PM

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib introduced legislation that would make it illegal for auto insurance companies to use consumers' credit scores in calculating insurance rates. Critics consider the controversial practice a form of economic redlining, and the Detroit Democrat said it punishes people for being poor. Regardless, it's part of...

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Not cool: Beto O'Rourke voted with Trump and GOP on immigration, health care

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 12:47 PM

Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke campaigned on Monday morning at several cafes and a union training center in metro Detroit. The Michigan stops come after last week's campaign rollout that included a Vanity Fair interview and an Annie Leibovitz cover photo of a rugged-looking O'Rourke that seemed to play...

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Kwame Kilpatrick got 28 years for financial crimes, Paul Manafort got only 7.5 — why?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 14, 2019 at 4:02 PM

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick — a black man — is serving 28 years in prison for financial crimes he committed while in office. Paul Manafort — a politically connected white man and former Trump campaign manager — is serving 7.5 years for financial crimes similar to those of...

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You can learn more about Michigan's anti-gerrymandering redistricting process at these town hall discussions

Posted By on Thu, Mar 14, 2019 at 12:32 PM

Michigan residents will soon have the opportunity to learn about the state's redistricting process at statewide town hall events organized by Voters Not Politicians. In November, Michigan voters overwhelmingly passed Proposal 2, the citizen-initiated ballot proposal designed to put an end to gerrymandering. The proposal put forth by Voters...

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Did Mayor Duggan conspire to charge political foe? Judge weighs in

Posted By on Thu, Mar 14, 2019 at 11:47 AM

Detroit businessman Robert Carmack has claimed he was charged with four felonies in retaliation for airing surveillance footage of Mayor Mike Duggan having an alleged extramarital affair with a woman in Oakland County. The charges in December came one month after Duggan held a press conference to call on...

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Breakthrough Towing's owner started a new tow company

Posted By on Thu, Mar 14, 2019 at 10:07 AM

The owner of Detroit's Breakthrough Towing appears to have started a new company after multiple media reports highlighted Breakthrough's predatory and controversial tactics that critics say are designed to scam motorists out of money. State records show Breakthrough owner Michael Dickerson established Magic Towing in late November and was...

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Humane Society alleges Michigan animal lab force-fed beagles fungicides

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 12:38 PM

After an undercover investigation, the Humane Society of the United States has accused a Michigan research laboratory of keeping dozens of beagles in inhumane conditions and force-feeding them fungicides. The Humane Society released the results of a nearly 100-day undercover investigation on Tuesday that alleges mistreatment of dozens of...

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'White Boy Rick' may be released from prison even earlier

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 11:30 AM

Richard Wershe Jr. — the man better known as "White Boy Rick," whose story was dramatized as an eponymous film last year starring Matthew McConaughey — could be released from prison a year and a half early. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is reportedly considering granting clemency to Wershe, now 49, for his...

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Protesters to rally against pro-wall event in Detroit featuring Steve Bannon, others

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 11:16 AM

Protesters are planning to converge Thursday on a pro-Trump rally at Cobo Center in Detroit featuring Steve Bannon and cowboy hat-wearing firebrand David Clarke.   Cobo Center has hired 18 Detroit police officers to keep peace after organizers of the “We Build the Wall Town Hall” say they are...

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Meet this week's distraction: Mitt Romney blowing out candles on his Twinkie cake

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 9:42 AM

Senator Mitt "Binders full of women" Romney celebrated a birthday this week like a totally normal, not at all weird human. Romney turned the big 7-2 on Tuesday and was surprised when his staff delivered a birthday cake made up of two dozen erect Twinkie's (his "favorite snack") complete...

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