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Judging the Intangibles

September 24th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Judging the Intangibles by John Lindstrom Gongwer News Service September 24, 2010 A former state politician, who for purposes of this column will remain nameless, confessed recently that during his years in office he had to watch his weight. “You gain weight, you don’t look good on television ’cause TV adds like 15 pounds anyway, […]

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Hoekstra’s Tax Somersault

June 10th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Hoekstra’s Tax Somersault June 11, 2010 In politics it is the most dreaded disease of all: Flip-flop-itis. Problem is, there is no vaccine, and once you catch it there’s no quick cure either. And it can scar you for life. Ask John Kerry, who was against the war in Iraq before he was for it. […]

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Tags: Tim Skubick

What Do Voters Really Want?

June 10th, 2010 · 10 Comments

What Do Voters Really Want? by John Lindstrom Gongwer News Service June 11, 2010 So what is it with politics this year? What do the signs and portents portend? Do we face a total ambush on incumbents and, if so, which incumbents? Who will be left gasping in the dust of the fresh and untested? […]

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Dusting Off a Successful Tax Strategy

May 27th, 2010 · 34 Comments

Dusting Off a Successful Tax Strategy by Neil Munro June 1, 2010 Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom recently demanded, “In my Detroit, you cannot sit on vacant property in major development zones. Either you can develop it, or get fined so badly you’ll sell it to someone who will.” Among other things, the Motor […]

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Tags: Oakland County

Smothering the Hope of an Early Budget

May 27th, 2010 · 7 Comments

Smothering the Hope of an Early Budget by John Lindstrom Gongwer News Service May 28, 2010 Let us not talk falsely now, because the hour is getting late. So would Bono have sung at the U2 concert at Michigan State University on June 30 had not middle age caught up with him and found him […]

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Cooling Recall Mania

May 27th, 2010 · 10 Comments

Cooling Recall Mania May 28, 2010 Maybe you remember slogging through your high school government course when they explained how a bill becomes a law. There’s one element they left out: intimidation. Take a gander out there on the political landscape and you will see it is alive and well. Think Tea Party, think labor […]

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Tags: Tim Skubick

License to Report

May 27th, 2010 · 9 Comments

License to Report May 28, 2010 Nobody, including the press, is very happy with the press these days. So State Senator Bruce Patterson, a man of luxuriant mustaches and florid expressions, came up with an idea: Regulate’ em. Set up a board to check reporters’ credentials, license them as if they were manicurists or lawyers, […]

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Tags: Jack Lessenberry

The Politician-to-English Dictionary

May 27th, 2010 · 37 Comments

The Politician-to-English Dictionary by Susan J. Demas June 1, 2010 Any junior-high girl will tell you that you can’t believe what a catty classmate says to your face. Sure, Tiffani might coo that your new zebra handbag is soooo cute, but once you leave the room, she’ll whisper that you must have gotten it on […]

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Tags: Press Box

Too Big to Ignore

April 29th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Too Big to Ignore by Dan Redford April 30, 2010 Starting tomorrow, Shanghai will begin hosting a six-month World Expo. It is expected to draw 70 million visitors between May 1 and October 31, making it the biggest in the history of world expos. Having invested almost $50 billion in infrastructure improvements to stage it, […]

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Tags: Dan Redford

Stitching and Weaving Politics and Policy

April 29th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Stitching and Weaving Politics and Policy by John Lindstrom Gongwer News Service April 30, 2010 May beckons, and with it a growing sense of urgency seems to build in state government. Deadlines, hard deadlines in some cases, loom, so the weavers that stitch together policies and politics together have stepped up at least their public […]

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