Janice Daniels

Politics & Government
1:25 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Recalled Troy mayor plans to run for city council

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels
Janice Daniels

She's not going away. Janice Daniels, the former mayor of Troy who was recalled by voters last November, plans to make a run for Troy city council.

Lauren Abdel-Razzaq reports for the Detroit News that Daniels has filed a petition to run.

Daniels was recalled after making several well-publicized statements.  More from the Detroit News:

Daniels took heat for rejecting federal dollars for a transit center, making disparaging comments about homosexuals, calling the city charter a “whimsical” document and arguing with other city leaders during meetings.

In a special election in May, voters elected Dane Slater, who had been appointed to fill in as mayor, to hold the city’s top elected office until November 2015, when Daniels’ original term expires.

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Politics & Government
11:44 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Did you know today is election day?

Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

No?

Well, dozens of Michigan counties and townships are holding special elections today. Most are focused on public school district proposals. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Here are some election highlights:

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Politics & Government
10:20 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

Troy mayor faces recall vote

Janice Daniels
Credit City of Troy

Troy voters will decide whether to ditch their controversial mayor on election day.

Recall organizers say Daniels says has drawn all the wrong kinds of attention to the city since she was elected just about a year ago.

Matt Binkowski is with the “Recall Janice Daniels” campaign. He says Daniels has “embarrassed” the city by using anti-gay rhetoric, and leading opposition to a federally funded transit center.

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Opinion
1:29 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

What Troy Mayor Janice Daniels can learn from mayors who criticized Chick-fil-A

If I asked the well-informed Michigan Radio listeners to name the mayors of Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Flint and Grand Rapids, and those cities' most critical electoral issues, I expect that very few could do it.

But naming the mayor of Troy, and her most pressing issue, is something most of us can easily do. That is because Troy mayor Janice Daniels is facing a recall election.  And not just any recall; the reason Daniels faces a recall is that last summer, she posted this comment to her own Facebook page:

“I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.”

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Politics & Government
11:35 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Troy mayor Janice Daniels will face a recall vote this November

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels.

Despite Daniels' effort to stop the recall campaign, Oakland County officials certified more than the 7,985 petition signatures needed to place the recall question before voters on November 6.

The Detroit News reports 8,877 signatures were certified:

The challenge, which Daniels filed with the Oakland County Elections Office at 4:20 p.m. Thursday — 10 minutes before the deadline — resulted in the disqualification of five signatures, not enough to prevent the issue from going before voters.

Daniels became a controversial figure the moment she took office. She refused to recite a pledge to uphold the city's charter at her inauguration, she posted an anti-gay slur on Facebook prior to taking office, and she refused to accept federal money for a new transit center (Troy city council later approved a scaled-down version of the transit center despite Daniels' objections). "Recall Janice Daniels" organizers say they expect the mayor will be recalled by voters. From the Detroit Free Press

"The recall campaign looks forward to the November ballot, when responsible leadership will be restored to the city of Troy," said petitioners from the group Recall Janice Daniels in a statement released late Monday evening.

Daniels has told the Free Press that continued conversation about her views on homosexuality is being foisted upon her. She previously said she would beat the recall effort.

Politics
6:27 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Troy recall organizers submit petition signatures

Supporters of an effort to kick Troy's mayor out of office say they've submitted more than enough petition signatures to get the measure onto the November ballot.

John Kulesz is one of the recall campaign's organizers. He says he expects Mayor Janice Daniels and her supporters will put up a vigorous fight to keep her in office.

"These people are take no prisoner types,” said Kulesz. “So we know that they'll throw everything in the book at us to discredit us and accuse us of this that and the other thing. But we're going to stand up for our rights, and we're going to stand up for the people of Troy."

Kulesz Daniels is harming Troy's reputation. Daniels gained notoriety over a gay slur she used on her Facebook page before she took office. She later angered many people when she voted to turn down federal money for a transit center.

But Daniels says those are not legitimate reasons for recall.

"If the new standard for recall is that a group of people doesn't like the way an elected official voted on an issue, or they don't like an elected official's opinion on issues, then we've gone to a very dangerous point in our history,” Daniels said. “I haven't committed a crime."

The Oakland County clerk's office has 35 days to certify the petitions.

Politics
2:44 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Troy Mayor recall campaign moves forward

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels
Janice Daniels

A petition seeking to recall Troy Mayor Janice Daniels has been approved.

More from MLive's, Jeff Wattrick:

A group seeking to recall Troy Mayor Janice Daniels won a split-decision victory yesterday as the Oakland County Election Commission approved recall language for a petition drive. That means organizers have 180 days to collect 7,985 signatures within a 90-day period to place the recall question on the ballot.

Daniels has angered some in her community for an anti-gay slur she made on her Facebook page prior to being mayor. Opponents of Daniels were also angered when Mayor Daniels rejected federal funding for a new transit center in Troy.

Wattrick writes that Daniels became a controversial figure the moment she took office:

At her inauguration, she refused to recite the traditional oath of office because she wouldn’t pledge to uphold Troy’s City Charter. Daniels dismissed Troy’s governing document as “whimsical.”

Politics
11:19 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Troy Mayor could face a recall campaign this November

Janice Daniels

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels could face a recall campaign next November if members of the Oakland County Election Commission approve language on recall petitions filed by the political action committee "Recall Janice Daniels," and if organizers get enough valid signatures.

More from the Detroit News:

One petition targets her for voting in December to reject $8.4 million in federal grant money for a transit center. The other alleges she refused to swear support for the city charter while taking the oath of office.

Recall organizers also claim she violated city rules by exceeding speaking time limits at a City Council meeting to read a position paper about her opposition to the center and embarrassed Troy by allegedly telling high school students the "homosexual lifestyle is dangerous."

Mayor Daniels first came under fire when an anti-gay slur she posted on Facebook was unearthed.

The post was in reaction to New York's gay marriage law and was made prior to her term as Troy Mayor. It read:

“I think I am going to throw away my I love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.”

Politics
5:00 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Troy City Council approves scaled-back transit center plan

Rendering of proposed transit center
troymi.gov

According to the Detroit Free Press, the Troy City Council has effectively reversed course from their decision last month to block construction of a transit center using federal dollars.

The Freep reports that during a meeting Tuesday night, council members voted 4-3 in favor of approving a plan with a slightly reduced cost---the new project will use roughly $6.3 million from a federal transportation grant as opposed to $8.5 million in the earlier proposal.

From the Free Press:

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Politics
1:22 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Troy rejects federal grant, cancels transit center project

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels

Officials in the Detroit suburb of Troy will return $8.5 million in federal stimulus money that was supposed to build a new transit center.

After a last-ditch attempt at compromise, the Troy City Council voted 4 to 3 to cancel the project.

The issue has been extremely contentious. Troy officials had worked on the project for more than a decade.

But Tea Party-influenced candidates recently won a majority on the Troy City Council. They saw the project as an example of wasteful federal spending.

Mayor Janice Daniels says her vote was a matter of taking a stand.

“One of the issues that we campaigned on was we were not going approve this transit center because we didn’t believe it was the right way to use the taxpayer’s money or to move this city forward,” Daniels said.

The Council’s decision came despite pressure from Troy’s business community and Governor Snyder, who see expanding transit as a way to boost economic growth.

William Cowger is with the Troy Chamber of Commerce.

“Basically…they decided on ideology before Troy. That they would refuse funds that would help us in the future, for our economic development. Bottom line is, they gave away our money,” said Cowger.

The money will be re-allocated for other transportation projects.

Politics
5:21 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Lesbian family addresses Troy Mayor, city council (VIDEO)

A lesbian family addresses Troy Mayor Janice Daniels at a city council meeting on December 5, 2011.
screen grab from YouTube video

Last week, Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek reported that Troy Mayor Janice Daniels faced protesters outside a city council meeting who were angered over homophobic remarks Daniels posted on Facebook before she was elected Mayor.

A video making rounds on the Internet shows that inside the council chambers, Daniels heard cordial but tough comments from a local family, a married lesbian couple and their daughters.

Take a look:

- John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom

Politics
12:37 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Troy Mayor faces critics over anti-gay slur

Protesters outside Troy City Hall Monday
Facebook photo

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels faced a packed and angry house at a City Council meeting Monday night.

Residents and non-residents alike lined up to blast Daniels, who’s come under fire for an anti-gay slur she made on Facebook. A Troy blog unearthed the remark from earlier this year.

It read: “I think I am going to throw away my I love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.”

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Commentary
2:29 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Troy Mayor Facebook FAIL

One of the things I do is help get undergraduate students ready for the job market. Since we became an e-mail society, I’ve had to repeatedly advise students to make sure they use appropriate e-mail names, especially for professional use.

Johndoe@hotmail.com is appropriate. Boopsie, Dominator and Babycakes are not. Those are, in fact, all ones that I have actually seen on class resumes. In the last five years, we’ve had to talk to students about Facebook. Pictures of yourself pole dancing, drinking or smoking marijuana are not a good idea if you want to get a job.

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Politics
11:35 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Troy Mayor apologizes for slight to gay community

Troy's Mayor apologized for a Facebook comment she made last June.
Janice Daniels

Last June, Janice Daniels reacted to the state of New York legalizing gay marriage. According to detroit.cbs.local.com, she wrote on her Facebook page:

“I  think I’m going to throw away my I love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married.”

Daniels is the newly-elected Mayor of Troy, and now she's facing protests from students of Troy High School at 3 p.m. today.

Daniels apologized for the comment on the Charlie Langton show this morning.

“I absolutely do regret it, I shouldn’t have used such language, and while I do believe marriage should be between one man and one woman, it was inappropriate to use that language...For me to have said it, it was a poke in the eye and it was inappropriate and I do apologize.

“It was meant to be a joke, just a funny, just a poke, just a silly thing.”

Daniels' comment came to light when Josh Schirle of Ferndale launched a Facebook page opposing the Troy Mayor.

From the detroit.cbs.local.com:

Schirle spearheaded today’s planned protest, telling WWJ Newsradio he was appalled by her post. Oakland County’s Troy, notably, is only a few miles away from Ferndale, considered one of Michigan’s most active gay, lesbian, and transgendered communities.

“There is nothing dignified about the words that she said, whether that’s her viewpoint or not, that’s hate. I don’t think anyone thinks hate is acceptable,” said Schirle.

Of the protesters, Daniels said, "I hope they will forgive me."