mark hackel http://michiganradio.org en A short history of politicians’ declarations of independence http://michiganradio.org/post/short-history-politicians-declarations-independence <p>Welcome to our post-Independence Day edition of <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/programs/its-just-politics"><em>It’s Just Politics</em></a> and, today, we’re talking Independ<em>ents</em>.</p><p>This week, Macomb County Executive <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mark-hackel">Mark Hackel</a> let it be known he wants the “D,” for Democrat, stripped from the column alongside his name in the Macomb County directory. Hackel told <em>The Macomb Daily</em> that he doesn’t think being a Democrat, or a Republican for that matter, really makes a difference in his job as county executive. And, that he doesn’t really consider himself a party person.</p><p>This certainly isn’t the only incarnation of Hackel’s independent streak. He has refused to endorse the presumptive Democratic candidate for governor, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/mark-schauer">Mark Schauer</a>. Nor, will he utter an unkind word about Governor Rick Snyder; and he’s been silent on the controversial <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/right-work">right-to-work</a> law.</p><p>But this latest episode did prompt a statement from Michigan Democratic Party Chair <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/lon-johnson">Lon Johnson</a>, who embraced Hackel and praised his service to the Democratic Party.</p><p>We should be clear: Hackel is not making noises about leaving the Democratic Party. But there is a history in fickle Macomb County – Michigan’s hotbed of political disharmony – of Democrats bailing. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:44:12 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 13510 at http://michiganradio.org A short history of politicians’ declarations of independence Oakland County helps neighboring Macomb with IT after building fire http://michiganradio.org/post/oakland-county-helps-neighboring-macomb-it-after-building-fire <p>Oakland County is helping neighboring Macomb County get back online after a fire last week.</p><p>That suspected electrical fire seriously damaged Macomb’s IT department—shutting down phones and computer networks.</p><p>So Oakland County is offering Macomb staff, equipment and space to start re-building.</p><p>“Oakland County has opened up its data center to host Macomb County’s equipment and personnel on a temporary basis in order to get Macomb County back online,” says a press release from Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s office.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:46:32 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12241 at http://michiganradio.org Oakland County helps neighboring Macomb with IT after building fire Metro Detroit's 'Big 4' talk emergency managers, re-election http://michiganradio.org/post/metro-detroits-big-4-talk-emergency-managers-re-election <p>Metro Detroit’s “Big Four” met up for their annual public conversation at Cobo Hall in Detroit Thursday.</p><p>The group is made up of the Wayne county executive Robert Ficano, Oakland county executive L. Brooks Patterson, and Macomb county executive Mark Hackel, plus Detroit mayor Dave Bing.<br><br>The event usually stresses regional cooperation and all-around good feelings between the four leaders.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 01:28:16 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10836 at http://michiganradio.org Metro Detroit's 'Big 4' talk emergency managers, re-election Is a casino in Macomb County's future? http://michiganradio.org/post/casino-macomb-countys-future <p><a href="http://www.macombcountymi.gov/countyexecutive/index.htm">Macomb County executive Mark Hackel</a> says a privately owned casino could boost business along the county&#39;s waterfront on Lake St. Clair.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.macombdaily.com/articles/2011/03/21/news/doc4d874319831e0888824366.txt">Macomb Daily</a> reports: Mark Hackel said he plans to reach out to local communities to see who might be interested.</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:18:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 1728 at http://michiganradio.org Is a casino in Macomb County's future?