Friday, May 27, 2005

Kilpatrick's ad: 'I've made ... mistakes'

"'But I'm the mayor, so it's my fault,' he said with sarcasm."

I'm sorry, but the sarcasm is lost on me.

State goal: Hands off city

This has to go into the 'famous-last-words' category. I'm sure we heard this before the school board takeover (you remember, right after the half a billion dollars in school bonds were floated) and before the Flint and Hamtramck takeovers. It's nice to know that our state leadership is willing to let us go on suffering a steady state of decline while they keep their hand off. Give me a break!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Kilpatrick reduced to tears.

Really, that's what is say's in this Free Press article. It seems that the Kilpartrick campaign is adopting the common practice of blaming all criticism on a vast conspiracy of other-wingers. At this event, even Nazi's were invoked to paint the 'others' as extemist. And for something completely different, the Mayor has reimbursed the city for $9000 he charged on his city issued credit card. Move along, these are not the issues you are looking for (Star Wars opens Friday).

Monday, May 16, 2005

Mystery donors aid Kilpatrick

Does the fact that Dennis Archer and Coleman Young used this fund for similar purposes make this use of private funds by the Kilpatrick administration any less unethical? While campaign finance is heavily regulated it appears that funding for the salaries and benefits of public officials is not. It may be legal but is it right? The results of this Detroit News on-line survey suggest it's not.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

City-suburb politics play out in fight over Pistons

Well, I've never heard the race based segregation of southeastern Michigan described as city-suburb politics, but if that's how it appears from the sports page, so be it. Go Pistons!

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Democratic chairman says nonpartisan method needed to handle redistricting,

I find striking similarities between this redistricting issue and the current filibuster nuclear option being suggested by Republicans at the National level. In both cases, the fact that a clear majority can redraw congressional districts or consent on the appointment of federal judges must be tempered to prevent a 'tyranny of the majority'. The recent redistricting of Texas that caused the furor over state legislators leaving the state to avoid voting on a redistricting law is a rather grievious example of the former. The renomination of Priscilla Owens after our own Attorney General describes her as an 'activist judge' is the latter.

Friday, May 06, 2005

British Green vote doubles in two seats

While failing to win it first Parlimentary seat, the good showing of the Green Party in yesterday's election in Britian is good news. More news here.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Kilpatrick says city won't pop for bubbly

Why is it that our Mayor only seems to do the right thing after he's been caught with his hand in the cookie jar? I don't think he should reimburse the city for only the alcohol purchases, but for all the $210,000 he's spent over the years. He owes me.