2013 Detroit mayor's race http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's headlines: Belle Isle, ex-con officially Flint councilman, cost of Detroit recount http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-belle-isle-ex-con-officially-flint-councilman-cost-detroit-recount <p><strong>Michigan board to consider Belle Isle deal</strong></p><p>"A Michigan board is planning to meet to consider proposals to lease Detroit's 985-acre Belle Isle park to the state. Gov. Rick Snyder and emergency manager Kevyn Orr signed a 30-year lease on Oct. 1 to make Belle Isle a state park, saving Detroit $6 million annually in maintenance. But the city council rejected the deal and instead voted for a 10-year lease," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Ex-convict sworn in to Flint City Council</strong></p><p>"The new Flint city council was sworn in to office yesterday, including a new councilman who served time for murder. Councilman Wantwaz Davis&nbsp; served 19 years in prison for murdering a man he claims assaulted his mother," Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-controversial-new-city-councilman-sworn">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Detroit mayor's recount cost Wayne County $5,500</strong></p><p>The recount the Board of State Canvassers had to do for Detroit's mayoral primary has cost Wayne County nearly $5,500. The <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-primary-finally-certified-now-recount">recount</a> came after confusion over the number of write-in votes for then candidate, Mike Duggan. The Detroit Free Press has <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20131108/NEWS02/311080138/State-of-Michigan-to-bill-Wayne-County-5-493-42-for-Detroit-vote-recount">more. </a></p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:32:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15231 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Belle Isle, ex-con officially Flint councilman, cost of Detroit recount Merging Detroit and Wayne County is the only long-term strategy that makes sense http://michiganradio.org/post/merging-detroit-and-wayne-county-only-long-term-strategy-makes-sense <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Well, it was quite a week for our state’s largest city. Voters elected a white mayor for the first time since 1969.</span></p><p>Had you gone to Lloyds of London 10 years ago and bet that within a decade, America would have a black president and Detroit a white mayor, today you would be very rich indeed.</p><p>But in the city Cadillac founded, attorneys today will offer closing arguments in a trial to determine whether the city will be allowed to file for bankruptcy. While everything in Federal Judge Steven Rhodes’ courtroom is by the book, there is an element of Kabuki-theater unreality about it all.</p><p>Nobody really believes the application will be denied. If it were, creditors would tear what remains of Detroit apart with the efficiency of a pack of wolves with a lamb.</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:44:04 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15199 at http://michiganradio.org Merging Detroit and Wayne County is the only long-term strategy that makes sense Detroiters edge out New York voters in mayoral election turnout http://michiganradio.org/post/detroiters-edge-out-new-york-voters-mayoral-election-turnout <p>A higher number of Detroiters voted in Tuesday’s mayoral election than their New York City counterparts, according to research from <a href="http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/infographic-nobody-votes-for-mayor-anymore">Next City</a>.</p><p>25.4% of Detroit’s registered voters filled out a ballot on Tuesday, with Democrat Mike Duggan winning the election. In New York City, 24% of voters showed up to the polls. Democrat Bill De Blasio is now NYC’s mayor-elect.</p><p>As Michigan Radio's <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/voter-turnout-tops-expectations-detroit">Sarah Cwiek&nbsp;reported</a>, the turnout in Detroit was higher than anticipated. "<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Detroit city clerk Janice Winfrey had projected that less than 25% of voters would participate."</span></p><p>While Detroit voters edged out New Yorkers Tuesday, Next City reports that the two cities were somewhere in the middle of the pack in terms of major city election turnouts:</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 18:22:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15194 at http://michiganradio.org Detroiters edge out New York voters in mayoral election turnout A closer look at this week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/closer-look-week-michigan-politics <div></div><div><p>Each week we talk Michigan politics with Ken&nbsp;Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan&nbsp;Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The election results are in and Mike&nbsp;</span>Duggan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;will be&nbsp;</span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/mike-duggan-detroits-next-mayor" style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit’s next mayor</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. His tenure begins while the city remains under the control of an emergency manager. What does his win say about what Detroit voters want in their next mayor?</span></p><p>And then,&nbsp;the city of Royal Oak passed a&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/royal-oak-voters-uphold-lgbt-ordinance">human rights ordinance</a>, it provides protections against discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Also, Lansing, Jackson, and&nbsp;Ferndale&nbsp;all passed&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/voters-three-more-michigan-cities-pass-marijuana-decriminalization-proposals">ordinances to decriminalize</a>&nbsp;small amounts of marijuana. Does this give us any indication of where Michigan is headed on some of these social issues?&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p></div><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:34:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15184 at http://michiganradio.org A closer look at this week in Michigan politics How will Detroit's new mayor work with Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-will-detroits-new-mayor-work-emergency-manager-kevyn-orr <p>On Tuesday, Mike Duggan won his campaign for mayor of Detroit, beating out Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon 55% to 45%.</p><p>Now, the big question after Duggan’s victory: How will the new mayor and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr work together? Will their relationship be more constructive than that of Orr and Mayor Dave Bing?</p><p>Daniel Howes, a business columnist with the Detroit News, talks to us about the new relationship between Duggan and Orr.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:32:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 15181 at http://michiganradio.org How will Detroit's new mayor work with Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr? Stateside for Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-november-6th-2013 <p>On today's show, we took a look at key election results from around the state, from marijuana to gay rights. How did you vote?&nbsp; And what's the take away from Election 2013?</p><p>Then, we spoke with Michigan singer-songwriter Stewart Franke as he takes us inside his battle with leukemia.</p><p>And, we talked Michigan beer. A new film looks at the craft beer scene in our state.</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t has been quite a journey for a candidate who got booted off the primary ballot, was going to fold his tent and walk away, then was urged to mount a write-in campaign, swept the primary and today, is the new Mayor-Elect of Detroit.</span></p><p>Mike Duggan has become Detroit's first white mayor in 40 years, beating Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek has covered the Duggan campaign and was at the victory party last night. She joined us today.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:11:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15168 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek talks about Mike Duggan's win in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radios-sarah-cwiek-talks-about-mike-duggans-win-detroit <p>It has been quite a journey for a candidate who got booted off the primary ballot, was going to fold his tent and walk away, then was urged to mount a write-in campaign, swept the primary and today, is the new Mayor-Elect of Detroit.</p><p>Mike Duggan has become Detroit's first white mayor in 40 years, beating Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek has covered the Duggan campaign and was at the victory party last night. She joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:36:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 15161 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek talks about Mike Duggan's win in Detroit Voter turnout tops expectations in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/voter-turnout-tops-expectations-detroit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With emergency manager </span>Kevyn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Orr running Detroit, the city’s elected officials have very few real powers. So </span>Detroiters<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> could be forgiven for asking: Why bother to vote at all?</span></p><p>But for some Detroiters, there was no question about exercising the right to vote.</p><p>And turnout for this election was <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20131105/NEWS01/311050165/Voter-turnout-tops-27-Detroit">higher than expected</a>, at upwards of 25%.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:47:50 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15153 at http://michiganradio.org Voter turnout tops expectations in Detroit Lessenberry discusses election highlights http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-discusses-election-highlights <p>This <strong><em>Week in Michigan Politics</em> </strong>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss some of the highlights from Tuesday's election, including <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/mike-duggan-detroits-next-mayor">the Detroit mayoral race</a>, elections on <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/royal-oak-voters-uphold-lgbt-ordinance">LGBT issues</a>, and proposals to<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/voters-three-more-michigan-cities-pass-marijuana-decriminalization-proposals"> decriminalize marijuana</a>.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:36:36 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 15158 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry discusses election highlights Mike Duggan is Detroit's next mayor http://michiganradio.org/post/mike-duggan-detroits-next-mayor <p>Get used to saying "Mayor Duggan," because former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan is the new mayor-elect of Detroit.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 07:06:22 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15157 at http://michiganradio.org Mike Duggan is Detroit's next mayor Federal election monitoring in Detroit, Hamtramck and Flint http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-election-monitoring-detroit-hamtramck-and-flint <p></p><p>It's Election Day, and federal election monitors are keeping an eye on voting in Detroit, Hamtramck and Flint.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Department of Justice wants to ensure those cities comply with the Voting Rights Act.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joining us to talk about the monitoring is&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(36, 36, 36); line-height: 16px;">Executive Assistant United States Attorney,&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(36, 36, 36); line-height: 16px;">Stephanie Dawkins Davis.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(36, 36, 36); line-height: 16px;">"</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is an effort to protect the integrity of the process. It isn’t that there has been any specific concern or that there has been any wrong doing in any of these jurisdictions. The U.S. government would like to protect the integrity of the process," Davis said.</span></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:10:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15137 at http://michiganradio.org Federal election monitoring in Detroit, Hamtramck and Flint The big races and proposals this Election Day http://michiganradio.org/post/big-races-and-proposals-election-day <p><strong>Detroit could have its first white mayor in 40 years</strong></p><p>"A former write-in candidate once thought to have little chance of surviving Detroit's primary election is favored to become the city's first white mayor in 40 years. Former health care executive Mike Duggan is leading the polls over Wayne County sheriff Benny Napoleon," the Associated Press reports</p><p><strong>Three cities vote on easing marijuana laws</strong></p><p>"Voters in three Michigan cities have a chance to give some legal protection to users of small amounts of marijuana. Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing would ignore possession of an ounce or less of marijuana on private property. People must be at least 21 years old," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Cities of Saugatuck and Douglas could merge </strong></p><p>Voters in the two west Michgian cities could vote to turn Saugatuck and Douglas into one town.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:08:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15131 at http://michiganradio.org The big races and proposals this Election Day Duggan vs. Napoleon: In Detroit mayor's race, one candidate has big cash and a big lead http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-vs-napoleon-detroit-mayors-race-one-candidate-has-big-cash-and-big-lead <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroiters elect a new mayor on Tuesday.</span></p><p>If the polls are to be believed, the race between Mike Duggan and Benny Napoleon isn’t even close.</p><p>But that hasn’t stopped the race from getting expensive—or nasty.</p><p>The frontrunner, Duggan, wasn’t even on the primary ballot.</p><p>He was thrown off over a technicality because he hadn’t lived in Detroit for a full year before filing his ballot petitions.</p><p>But Duggan surprised many by winning handily as a write-in candidate. Since then his campaign has seemingly been on cruise control.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:33:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15108 at http://michiganradio.org Duggan vs. Napoleon: In Detroit mayor's race, one candidate has big cash and a big lead Lessenberry talks elections, Detroit bankruptcy trial and Isle Royale's 'wasteful spending' http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-elections-detroit-bankruptcy-trial-and-isle-royales-wasteful-spending <p></p><p>This <em>Week in Review</em> Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss next week's elections, the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/highlights-governor-snyders-kevyn-orrs-testimony-detroit-bankruptcy-trial">Detroit bankruptcy eligibility trial</a> and the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/oklahoma-senator-points-two-michigan-national-parks-examples-wasteful-federal-spending">accusation</a> by a Senator from Oklahoma that Isle Royale is <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/oklahoma-senator-calls-michigan-national-park-another-slab-pork">wasting money</a> and is not worthy of preservation.</p><p> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 12:55:00 +0000 Rina Miller & Jack Lessenberry 15087 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks elections, Detroit bankruptcy trial and Isle Royale's 'wasteful spending' A look ahead at Detroit's mayoral election http://michiganradio.org/post/look-ahead-detroits-mayoral-election <p></p><p>The city of Detroit will elect a new mayor on Tuesday, November 5.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Voters will also decide who will serve on the city council, voting this time by city district. &nbsp;Joining us </span>today<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:46:55 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15083 at http://michiganradio.org A look ahead at Detroit's mayoral election Money and the Detroit mayor’s race http://michiganradio.org/post/money-and-detroit-mayor-s-race <p></p><p>Today’s papers are reporting the results of a new poll showing one of the candidates in the Detroit mayor’s race leading the other by almost a <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20131029/NEWS01/310290157/1008/NEWS06/Poll-Duggan-holds-tight-commanding-2-1-lead-over-Napoleon-Detroit-mayor-s-race">2-1 margin</a>.</p><p>But there’s another, less well-known poll that may tell the real story of this and most elections. Unlike opinion polls, this one has hard numbers. It is the money poll, and in this one, Mike Duggan is leading Benny Napoleon by almost ten to one.</p><p>That’s based on the latest reports filed by Political Action Committes, or PACs, which raise money for campaigns in this state. They usually exist to raise money for candidates for office.</p><p>The PAC supporting Napoleon, Detroit Forward, had raised $303,000 dollars, as of ten days ago. The PAC supporting Duggan, called Turnaround Detroit, <a href="http://mcfn.org/press.php?prId=182">$2.8 million</a>.</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:17:36 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15052 at http://michiganradio.org Money and the Detroit mayor’s race Detroit’s disappointing mayoral campaign http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-s-disappointing-mayoral-campaign <p></p><p>We are a week away from what has been the strangest, perhaps most important, and most disappointing mayoral election in the history of Detroit. As nearly everyone knows, Detroit is under an emergency manager, and going through bankruptcy proceedings.</p><p>Whomever is elected will be largely a figurehead till the emergency manager leaves, something unlikely to happen until next fall, or later. But when Kevyn Orr does say goodbye, the new mayor will take over leadership of a city that may be shorn of debt, but which will need to get on its feet, fast.</p><p>Detroit will still be desperately poor. It cannot expect much new help from either the state or federal governments. Nor is anybody likely to lend Detroit any more money in the foreseeable future.</p><p>What Detroit has to do is find a way to serve its citizens and stay solvent. While no one man or woman can do that alone, the citizens have a right to expect the candidates for the city’s top job to tell them how they’d hope to accomplish that.</p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:51:05 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15031 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit’s disappointing mayoral campaign Stateside for Monday, October 28th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-october-28th-2013 <p>Prescription-free emergency contraception is supposed to be available over-the-counter, across the country, for women of all ages.</p><p>But, for some, where you live matters. On today's show we found out about the uneven access to Plan B in Native American communities.</p><p>And the Yankee Air Museum has been given more time as it tries to save part of an historic factory. Will the Willow Run bomber plant be saved?</p><p>And we met a woman using graffiti in a very unique way.</p><p>Have you heard “The Michigan Poem?” We spoke to the Kalamazoo performance duo who wrote it.</p><p>Also, we took a look at child passenger&nbsp;safety laws and how to keep kids safe during car rides.</p><p>First on the show, we<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;turned to Detroit's Mayoral election. Voters in Michigan's largest city will head to the polls one week from tomorrow.</span></p><p>Within that race for Mayor &nbsp;is the issue of race. There is a white candidate: Mike Duggan - former Detroit Medical Center CEO, and a black candidate: Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.</p><p>As part of the Detroit Free Press' endorsement of a Mayoral candidate, our next guest penned yesterday's column in the Freep about the complex role that race is playing in this election.</p><p>Stephen Henderson is the Editorial Page Editor for the Detroit Free Press, and he joined us today.</p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:11:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 15023 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, October 28th, 2013 The role of race in the Detroit mayoral election http://michiganradio.org/post/role-race-detroit-mayoral-election <p>Let's turn to Detroit's Mayoral election. Voters in Michigan's largest city will head to the polls one week from tomorrow.</p><p>Within that race for Mayor &nbsp;is the issue of race. There is a white candidate: Mike Duggan - former Detroit Medical Center CEO, and a black candidate: Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.</p><p>As part of the Detroit Free Press' endorsement of a Mayoral candidate, our next guest penned yesterday's <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20131027/COL33/310270058">column in the Freep</a> about the complex role that race is playing in this election.</p><p>Stephen Henderson is the Editorial Page Editor for the Detroit Free Press and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:35:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 15018 at http://michiganradio.org Q & A with Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan http://michiganradio.org/post/q-detroit-mayoral-candidate-mike-duggan <p>Next Tuesday, Detroiters will elect a new mayor.</p><p>Voters will decide between Mike Duggan and Benny Napoleon.</p><p>The Detroit Free Press conducted an online chat with former DMC CEO and mayoral candidate Mike Duggan on October 3rd. Here's that conversation:</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="600" src="http://embed.scribblelive.com/Embed/v5.aspx?Id=225616&amp;ThemeId=1897" style="border: 1px solid #000" width="480"></iframe></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:52:07 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14998 at http://michiganradio.org Q & A with Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan