Politics & Government http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Wednesday, June 23, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-june-23-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today on Stateside:</span></p><ul><li>Governor Snyder signed a law to raise the minimum wage in May, however the fight is not over. "Raise Michigan" is pushing to get a ballot measure in place for the November election. They want to increase the minimum wage more.</li><li>Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta from Michigan Radio’s ‘It’s Just Politics’ talk about the GOP’s spy scheme. Was it really foul play?</li><li>Grand Valley State University’s president, Thomas Haas, joined us to take a look back at the Exxon Valdez oil spill. What have we learned 25 years later?</li><li>Coleman A. Young was Mayor of Detroit from 1974 to 1994. Even though it's been more than 20 years since he was Mayor, and over 16 years since he died, there's a common narrative that Coleman Young was the cause of Detroit's financial ruin. Is he really to blame?</li><li>Should we tear it all down, or take a closer look to see what is worth preserving? Alan Brake from Architects Newspaper and Brian Farkas from the City of Detroit Building Authority tackle that question about Detroit’s blight in Stateside.</li><li>We’ve got snorkeling, surfing, and scuba diving. Now you can add Stand-Up Paddling, or SUP, to your list of activities to try on Michigan’s waters.</li></ul><p><em>*Listen to the full show above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:32:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 18490 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, June 23, 2014 Michigan Democrats call foul play on Republican spying http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-democrats-call-foul-play-republican-spying <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">By now you've probably heard the chuckling, the snickering and Democratic growling over that pair of young Republican "operatives."</span></p><p>The ones who turned up at a Mark Schauer fundraiser at a private home in Bloomfield Hills.</p><p>One of the pair wore fake glasses with a tiny video camera built into the frame.</p><p>It might have gone undetected but for the fact the memory card of their "Secret Squirrel" mission somehow turned up on the floor of a union hall in Farmington Hills two weeks later.</p><p>Democrats immediately posted the eight-minute video, wherein we learned little more than the facts that Natalie Collins, the Republican staffer who wore the glasses, doesn't like having her photo taken when she's eating pineapple and she didn't think much of the artwork at the home.</p><p>Have a look at the video of the training sessions with Republican would-be spies. Video released by the Michigan Democratic Party.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWx_kFoUtRI</span></p><p>Democrats cried "foul, dirty tricks!" And Republicans shrugged and said, well, everyone does it.</p><p>Michigan Radio's <em>It's Just Politics</em> team of Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta shared their thoughts with Stateside.</p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">*Listen to the full interview with Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:32:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 18488 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Democrats call foul play on Republican spying Israeli and Palestinian supporters demonstrate in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/israeli-and-palestinian-supporters-demonstrate-michigan <div align="left"><p>Several thousand people turned out Wednesday night at a Southfield synagogue to show support for Israel in its current conflict in Gaza.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We stand with Israel,” shouted one speaker. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The overflow crowd cheered for local people with family members serving in the Israeli army in Gaza.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speakers blamed Hamas for the conflict, which has cost nearly a thousand lives in the past few weeks.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:54:39 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 18491 at http://michiganradio.org Israeli and Palestinian supporters demonstrate in Michigan Don't like the water shut-offs in Detroit? Now you can pay someone's overdue water bill http://michiganradio.org/post/dont-water-shut-offs-detroit-now-you-can-pay-someones-overdue-water-bill <p>The only time Kristy Tillman could fit in an interview was on her lunch break.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's because of the insane number of reporters emailing her. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>“We never expected the press to get so big! We’re just like, oh man. So we decided we’re going to probably limit the time on that today, so we can get real work done.”</p><p>All those reporters want to talk with her about the website she and friend threw online this past Thursday.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:45:59 +0000 Kate Wells 18477 at http://michiganradio.org Don't like the water shut-offs in Detroit? Now you can pay someone's overdue water bill This U.S. District Judge turns 90 today, and he has no plans to stop hearing cases http://michiganradio.org/post/us-district-judge-turns-90-today-and-he-has-no-plans-stop-hearing-cases <p></p><div class="gmail_default" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; display: inline;">​</div><div class="gmail_default" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; display: inline;">&nbsp;</div><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">35 years ago this spring, President Jimmy Carter nominated Detroit attorney </span>Avern<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> Cohn to be a federal judge.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">High-tech meant IBM </span>selectric<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> typewriters back then.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Detroit had nearly twice its current population. The World Wide Web wouldn’t exist for more than a decade, and President Obama was a teenager still in high school.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Today, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn turns 90. And he’ll spend the day, as usual, in federal court, where he still hears cases, full time.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“I get great satisfaction out of this,” he told me when I talked to him last week.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“I’m happy. Every day is different. You are always learning something new. It is a job that keeps you young.”</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:06:15 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18485 at http://michiganradio.org This U.S. District Judge turns 90 today, and he has no plans to stop hearing cases Snyder: Pensioner approval of grand bargain sets Detroit up for faster recovery http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-pensioner-approval-grand-bargain-sets-detroit-faster-recovery <p>Gov. Rick Snyder is praising Detroit pensioners for approving the city’s bankruptcy restructuring plan.</p><p></p><p>The so-called “grand bargain” is designed to prevent deep cuts to retirement benefits and protect city-owned artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts.</p><p></p><p>Snyder says the vote this week makes it more likely the city will emerge from bankruptcy soon.</p><p></p><p>“I really appreciate retirees taking that positive vote because it was hard,” he told reporters Tuesday at an appearance in Detroit.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:41:22 +0000 Jake Neher 18478 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder: Pensioner approval of grand bargain sets Detroit up for faster recovery Stateside for Tuesday, July 22, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-july-22-2014 <p></p><p>Today on Stateside:</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It's the fourth anniversary of the Enbridge oil spill in the Kalamazoo River. How long will it be until the river is clean? Could it ever be truly clean?</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 39 years ago this week, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. PBS is presenting a new documentary titled, “Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?” It will feature retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oakland County native Liz Larin released a new CD titled “Hurricane” and she shared her music-making process with us on Stateside.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Members of Congress want to speed up the recall process and get problem vehicles repaired.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Detroit pensioners voted to accept the pension cuts in the Grand Bargain.</p><p><em>*Listen to full show above.</em></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:07:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 18471 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Stateside for Monday, July 21, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-july-21-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Today on Stateside:</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Detroit Water and Sewage Department is &nbsp;suspending water shut-offs for 15 days to give people a chance to prove they cannot afford their bills.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It’s the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Abrams Planetarium at MSU. And in those 50 years, America’s space program has changed extensively.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; One book follows a bear’s recovery in the Detroit Zoo from cruel captivity in a Caribbean circus.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Beaver Island hosts a classical music festival from July 25<sup>th</sup> to August 3<sup>rd</sup> called Baroque on Beaver.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Michigan’s post-secondary education graduation rates are below the national average.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; How is the MEAP impacting schools and administrations?</p><p><em>*Listen to the full show above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:04:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 18457 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, July 21, 2014 Forget left and right on water shut-offs. Let's figure out how to fix the non-payment problem http://michiganradio.org/post/forget-left-and-right-water-shut-offs-lets-figure-out-how-fix-non-payment-problem <div><p><em>Update: The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has announced a 15-day suspension of its controversial shutoff campaign. &nbsp;</em></p></div><div><div class="gmail_default" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; display: inline;">​</div><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Unless you’ve been completely out of touch, you know that the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has been shutting off service to thousands of customers who haven’t paid their bills.</span><p><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">This has sparked huge controversy, protests and even condemnation from the United Nations. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes even got involved.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Last week, he told the deputy director of Detroit’s water department that shutting off water to city residents has, quote "caused not only a lot of anger in the city (but) also a lot of hardship."</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">And the judge added, "it’s caused a lot of bad publicity for the city it doesn’t need right now." That much is not in dispute. But not everyone is in agreement that this is an atrocity.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s emergency manager, supports the shutoffs, saying that the rule everywhere is that <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140716/METRO01/307160105/Orr-very-supportive-Detroit-water-shut-offs-nonpayment">“if you use water, you hav</a></span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140716/METRO01/307160105/Orr-very-supportive-Detroit-water-shut-offs-nonpayment">e to pay for it.”</a> He notes that there’s an assistance program, and says that if people are in trouble, “all they need to do is call.”</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:15:05 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18451 at http://michiganradio.org Forget left and right on water shut-offs. Let's figure out how to fix the non-payment problem Top state House Dem: Road solution not likely before November election http://michiganradio.org/post/top-state-house-dem-road-solution-not-likely-november-election <p>The top Democrat in the state House says a road funding solution will probably have to wait until after the November election.</p><p></p><p>State House Minority Leader Tim Greimel says too many lawmakers are not willing to make the tough vote until they’re past their reelection bids. That’s because boosting infrastructure spending by more than a billion dollars a year would likely mean raising taxes to pay for it.</p><p></p><p>“I think there’s a very high likelihood that it doesn’t occur until lame duck, unfortunately,” said Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, on an appearance over the weekend on the Michigan Public Television program Off the Record.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:57:22 +0000 Jake Neher 18447 at http://michiganradio.org Top state House Dem: Road solution not likely before November election Nurses rally against water shutoffs, declare "public health emergency" in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/nurses-rally-against-water-shutoffs-declare-public-health-emergency-detroit <p>Hundreds of protesters gathered near city hall in downtown Detroit Friday, to <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140718/NEWS01/307180136/">demand the city stop ongoing water shutoffs</a>.</p><p>More than 17,000 Detroit households have had their water shut off for non-payment since March, though many have since had service restored.</p><p>City officials say the shutoffs are a necessary measure, because too many people simply don’t pay their bills--starving the water system of up to $100 million in revenues.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:41:37 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18438 at http://michiganradio.org Nurses rally against water shutoffs, declare "public health emergency" in Detroit Civil rights groups want to meet with Detroit officials about water crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/civil-rights-groups-want-meet-detroit-officials-about-water-crisis <div align="left"><p><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Civil rights groups are asking to meet with Detroit officials about a controversial water shut-off campaign.</span></font></p><p><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The ACLU and the NAACP want to meet with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to find a “fair, humane, and meaningful review process,” which would include adequate notice and a hearing to determine whether individual water customers can’t or won’t pay their bills. </span></font></p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:02:48 +0000 Lester Graham 18439 at http://michiganradio.org Civil rights groups want to meet with Detroit officials about water crisis Spying on candidates may be unsettling, but is it really such a bad thing? http://michiganradio.org/post/spying-candidates-may-be-unsettling-it-really-such-bad-thing <p>Cue the James Bond theme as we take up electoral espionage. We’re talking campaign black ops. Political spying.</p><p>We learned this week that Republicans here in Michigan sent two young operatives equipped with a tiny video camera in a pair of glasses to infiltrate a Mark Schauer for Governor campaign event -- looking for whatever they might find. And what did they get? Found out.</p><p>Our ace operatives bungled the job. Dropped the disc with the video where it was found by Democrats. Who, then, made it public, including their brief conversation with Dem lieutenant governor candidate Lisa Brown.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republicans didn’t deny the operatives were theirs.</span></p><p>Democrats and the Schauer campaign cried foul calling it sneaky, dirty tricks. They got some newspaper headlines. Effective messaging helped along by the fact that it fit did neatly into a narrative courtesy of some missteps -- or what seemed to be missteps -- by Governor Rick Snyder’s campaign.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:11:06 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 18432 at http://michiganradio.org Spying on candidates may be unsettling, but is it really such a bad thing? At Detroit conference, Biden tells activists the time is ripe to "bend history a little bit" http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-conference-biden-tells-activists-time-ripe-bend-history-little-bit <p>Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd of activists Thursday that “we are at an inflection point in national and world history.”</p><p>Biden addressed the Netroots Nation convention at Detroit’s Cobo Center.</p><p><a href="http://www.netrootsnation.org/about/">That group describes itself</a> as a means to “amplify progressive voices by providing an online and in-person campus for exchanging ideas and learning how to be more effective in using technology to influence the public debate.”</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18428 at http://michiganradio.org At Detroit conference, Biden tells activists the time is ripe to "bend history a little bit" A closer look at Aramark and the troubles with privatization in prisons http://michiganradio.org/post/closer-look-aramark-and-troubles-privatization-prisons <p></p><p></p><p>Sex with inmates - maggots in the food - smuggling drugs to inmates - undercooked or spoiled food.</p><p>When is enough "enough" with Aramark, the food service company hired seven months ago to feed inmates in Michigan prisons?</p><p>The privatization was supposed to save the state more than $12 million a year. But it's been a Pandora's box of troubles for state prison officials ever since Aramark took over last December.</p><p>Paul Egan of the Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau joined us today.&nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5; background-color: transparent;">He has reported on all the problems associated with the Aramark contract. Egan </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">said that so far, things are not getting any better.</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:53:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 18417 at http://michiganradio.org A closer look at Aramark and the troubles with privatization in prisons State attorney general’s office unveils law guides for vets and military personnel http://michiganradio.org/post/state-attorney-general-s-office-unveils-law-guides-vets-and-military-personnel <p>Michigan veterans and active duty military families now have new resources to help handle legal issues. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette released two new legal guides Thursday.</p><p></p><p>“Sometimes trying to help veterans in transition coming back from a deployment, it can get a bit complicated,” said Schuette.</p><p>“It could be anything from child custody to divorce to employment issues, what have you. And so what we’re trying to do is put out a practical guide to try to help veterans across Michigan.”</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:44:46 +0000 Jake Neher 18427 at http://michiganradio.org State attorney general’s office unveils law guides for vets and military personnel Stateside for Thursday, July 17, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-july-17-2014 <p><strong>Today on Stateside:</strong></p><ul><li>The private company that provides food to Michigan prisons is in trouble again. Sex with inmates. Maggots in the food. Smuggling drugs to inmates.... When is enough "enough" with Aramark, the food service company hired seven months ago to feed Michigan's inmates?</li><li>The U.S. Senate dug deeper into GM's deadly recalls, demanding the automaker fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims.</li><li>Tomorrow afternoon at 4:06 is the one-year anniversary of the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in American history. Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel Howes&nbsp;talked with us about how this first year of bankruptcy has gone.</li><li>There's some encouraging news about home foreclosures in Michigan, but it's not all rosy. That's according to a midyear-2014 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report released today.</li><li>The news that state officials recently approved an expansion of a northern Michigan commercial fish hatchery got us wondering: how important are fish hatcheries in the Great Lakes state?</li></ul><p><em>* Listen to full show above.</em></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:43:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 18420 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, July 17, 2014 How are leaders in Lansing reacting to Aramark problems? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-are-leaders-lansing-reacting-aramark-problems <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every week, we take a look at what’s happening in Michigan politics with Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</span></p><p>It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Aramark, the company that provides food services for Michigan prisons, which has come under a lot of criticism.</p><p>Prisons have complained of food shortages and maggots have been found in prison kitchens. There have also been a number of issues with Aramark employees smuggling contraband into prisons and just this week, four&nbsp;Aramark staffers were fired for having inappropriate contact with prisoners.</p><p>According to Demas, when the state of Michigan decided to privatize the food services in prisons, the objective of the governor and the Legislature was to save money and increase efficiency, but so far it has been marred with problems.</p><p>Meanwhile, Sikkema explains that when the initial discussions were taking place about the most effective ways to save money, privatization was more of a priority for certain legislators, and not necessarily that of the Department of Corrections. Sikkema elaborates that the operational costs have gone up significantly over the past several decades, and as a result, legislators have called for some form of privatization to scale back the spending.</p><p>After issues began to surface with Aramark following the contract, Demas asserts that the response of the state has been keeping tabs and trying to correct the mistakes, but so far, there has been no push to try and eliminate the contract.</p><p>“I do think it clearly raises a question, whether the savings, which are estimated to between $12 to $16 million a year in a $2 billion budget, are worth the problems that they’ve encountered: food issues, sanitation issues, high turnover of staff, sexual misconduct, smuggling of contraband like marijuana into the prisons; I don’t see the contract surviving if these problems continue” says Sikkema.</p><p><em>Omar Saadeh - Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:19:17 +0000 Jennifer White 18413 at http://michiganradio.org How are leaders in Lansing reacting to Aramark problems? Detroit clerk, Michigan Democrats debut online absentee ballot application http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-clerk-michigan-democrats-debut-online-absentee-ballot-application <p>Detroit voters will now be able to access, sign and submit absentee ballot applications on their smartphones.</p><p>Detroit city clerk Janice Winfrey and Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2014/07/democrats_partner_with_detroit.html">announced the new initiative Wednesday.</a></p><p>Winfrey said it’s simply a matter of meeting voters where they tend to be these days—online.</p><p>“So why not? Why not be able to use their smartphone to request an absentee ballot?” Winfrey asked.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:22:13 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18412 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit clerk, Michigan Democrats debut online absentee ballot application Detroit's bankruptcy, one year later http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-bankruptcy-one-year-later <p>Tomorrow afternoon at 4:06 is the one-year anniversary of the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.</p><p>Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel Howes has been talking with top business leaders in Detroit for a "temperature check" on how this first year has gone.</p><p>He said that the kind of leadership and coalescence that happened in the past year was something he’s never seen before in this community.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:07:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 18411 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's bankruptcy, one year later