Inside Michigan Politics en Upcoming Detroit election: A historic opportunity for write-in candidates? <p>Write-in candidates are usually considered long shots for winning political office.</p><p>But it’s possible this upcoming Detroit election could turn conventional wisdom on its head.</p><p>Former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan is running a write-in campaign for Detroit mayor.</p><p>The Lansing-based newsletter <a href="">Inside Michigan Politics</a> recently commissioned a poll asking Detroit voters whether they’d write in a candidate for mayor.</p> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 20:10:39 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13523 at Commentary: Snyder and Richard Nixon <p>The other day, I was thinking that if Governor Snyder wants to leave a lasting mark on this state, he might want to try to be more like Richard Nixon. Now, before you are offended, let me explain.</p><p><br />There were actually two Nixons. The one we tend to remember today is the scheming architect of dirty tricks, the foul-mouthed paranoid who bugged himself, and whose worst utterances were captured forever on the famous White House tapes.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 14:20:36 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8188 at Commentary: Snyder and Richard Nixon Money and politics: when the fix makes it worse <p>Many voters suspect politicians are corrupted by money. Campaign contributions and cozy relationships with lobbyists make voters wonder if their elected officials have their best interests at heart. That&rsquo;s led to attempts to fix the problem in Michigan, but observers say sometimes the &lsquo;fix&rsquo; makes the problem worse.</p><p>Politicians <strong><em>need</em></strong> money to run campaigns to win elections. And often that money comes from the rich and powerful. But what do those politicians get in return?</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 6286 at Money and politics: when the fix makes it worse Flint city officials react 'positively' to emergency manager actions <p>Governor Rick Snyder last week appointed an emergency manager to the City of Flint.</p><p>Michael Brown got to work immediately, firing seven city staffers - four of whom were mayoral appointees. He also cut pay for the Mayor and City Council.</p><p>Here to talk about how city officials and citizens are reacting to the fast action is Bill Ballenger, Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 22:02:34 +0000 Jennifer White, Mercedes Mejia & Zoe Clark 5257 at Flint city officials react 'positively' to emergency manager actions