democratic primary en Brenda Lawrence has done well for Southfield. Would she do the same if elected to Congress? <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I discovered something bizarre when Brenda Lawrence first ran for mayor of Southfield 13 years ago.</span></p><p>Back then, Southfield, a suburban business center and bedroom community just north of Detroit, had just become a majority African-American city. Lawrence was challenging a white mayor who’d been in office almost 30 years.</p><p>When I talked to some of the 70,000 residents, I found white voters who were excited about her candidacy and who wanted to get rid of the longtime incumbent. But I talked to upwardly mobile black voters who emphatically did not want a black mayor.</p><p>They told me that every community that elects a black mayor soon became an impoverished ghetto. Lawrence vowed that wouldn’t happen. She won, and it hasn’t. She has been in office ever since.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:24:39 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18067 at Brenda Lawrence has done well for Southfield. Would she do the same if elected to Congress? Past and present Democratic caucuses <p>Michigan Democrats hold their caucuses on Saturday May 5th. President Obama is expected to be confirmed as the democratic candidate.</p><p>Michigan Radio&rsquo;s political analyst Jack Lessenberry talks with Jennifer White about past and present Democratic caucuses.</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 21:25:39 +0000 Jennifer White 7349 at Past and present Democratic caucuses The Secret Primary <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Well, we now know who won the New Hampshire primary. Michigan&rsquo;s Republican primary is going to be held February 28. Democrats will pick their delegates in caucuses four months from now, on May 5. There isn&rsquo;t any urgency for them; they have only one candidate: President Barack Obama.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Wed, 11 Jan 2012 16:35:25 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5733 at The Secret Primary