mayor http://michiganradio.org en Duggan’s results in 6 months not going unnoticed http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-s-results-6-months-not-going-unnoticed <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There seems to be little doubt that Detroit Mayor Mike </span>Duggan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is making his mark.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His bulldog nature and savvy political instincts have combined to make Mike </span>Duggan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a force to be reckoned with, even as he serves under a state-appointed emergency manager.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel </span>Howes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reviewed </span>Duggan's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> progress in his first six months. He said that people should not expect that he change the world in 6 months. What’s important here is the process and the direction.</span></p><p>“The direction is positive and bipartisan, and he’s clearly repaired relationships with city council,” he said.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:56:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 18261 at http://michiganradio.org Duggan’s results in 6 months not going unnoticed Ann Arbor's longest-serving mayor looks back on career http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbors-longest-serving-mayor-looks-back-career <p>In 2000, John Hieftje began his tenure as mayor of Ann Arbor, and every two years after that, Hiefjte won reelection with numbers reflecting strong support from the people in the city.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">His 14-year run makes him the city’s longest-serving leader.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He recently announced he is </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">not planning on running for reelection, a decision he says he’s been considering for the past few years.</span></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:59:34 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16073 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor's longest-serving mayor looks back on career Stateside: Mike Duggan joins race for next Detroit mayor http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-mike-duggan-joins-race-next-detroit-mayor <p>He has been an assistant prosecutor, Wayne County Deputy Executive under Edward McNamara, and the CEO of the Detroit Medical Center.</p><p>Today, Mike Duggan is making his next move official. He wants to become Detroit's next Mayor.<br><br>With Duggan throwing his hat into the ring,&nbsp; what is he going to bring to the table that other candidates do not?</p><p>And are black residents prepared to cast their vote for a white candidate?</p><p>1973 was the last year there was a white candidate in a Detroit Mayoral race. That's when John Nichols lost to Coleman Young.</p><p>Will Detroiters be ready to vote for Duggan? He recently moved to the city from Livonia.</p><p>We spoke with Detroit Free Press writer Rochelle Riley who gave us a closer look at Duggan's mayoral campaign.</p><p><em>To listen to the full interview click on the audio link above. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:55:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 11423 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Mike Duggan joins race for next Detroit mayor Mayors urge lawmakers to reject new handgun legislation http://michiganradio.org/post/mayors-urge-lawmakers-reject-new-handgun-legislation <p>Eight Michigan mayors are urging the state Legislature to reject a measure that would make it easier for people to buy handguns.</p><p>The coalition of mayors sent a letter this week to Senate and House leadership and to Governor Rick Snyder. It says a package of bills making its way through the Legislature would add to the difficulties of police trying to protect communities.</p><p>The group includes the mayors of Detroit, Flint, Ann Arbor, and Dearborn.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The legislation would no longer require a person to license a handgun before buying or carrying it. It would also get rid of a registry keeping track of the criminal backgrounds of handgun owners.</p><p>Critics of the proposal say there should be background checks on people who buy firearms at gun shows, over the internet, or from private individuals. They say these account for nearly half of all guns purchased in the state.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The House passed the bills in June. It’s not clear whether the Senate will take it up this year. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 21:16:49 +0000 Jake Neher 9251 at http://michiganradio.org Mayors urge lawmakers to reject new handgun legislation A Conversation with Mayor Bing http://michiganradio.org/post/conversation-mayor-bing <p>I went to see Detroit Mayor Dave Bing yesterday afternoon to discuss the state of his city. It&rsquo;s been a bruising few weeks for Detroit. The census showed a population loss considerably greater than expected - which means a further loss of both federal and state dollars. The governor&rsquo;s budget has yet to be approved, but it seems clear that it means more cuts in revenue sharing.</p><p>Nevertheless, I found the mayor upbeat, candid and energetic. He&rsquo;s convinced the census missed people, and is going to do all he can to get the count adjusted. But for now, he has to plan as if the number is going to stay at seven hundred and thirteen thousand.</p><p>There&rsquo;s no doubt in his mind what Detroit needs most. &ldquo;Jobs are the key,&rdquo; he said. There are some hopeful signs. General Motors, Blue Cross, Quicken Loans and some other firms have announced plans to add jobs recently.&nbsp; But the city has a long way to go.</p><p>When the recession was at its peak, Mayor Bing made headlines when he said that he thought the city&rsquo;s true unemployment rate was as high as forty-five percent, when you counted workers who are so discouraged they aren&#39;t even taking part in the labor force.&nbsp; What does he think it is now? &ldquo;Still about the same,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>&ldquo;There are some signs the country is coming out of the recession, but that hasn&rsquo;t really translated into jobs in Detroit.&rdquo;</p><p>I asked the mayor, himself a former successful businessman,&nbsp; about Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s theory that lowering taxes will help bring a new flood of jobs. He smiled. &ldquo;Well, it should help,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>But he added that maximizing profits doesnn&rsquo;t always mean adding jobs. The mayor, who took office after a special election following the resignation of Kwame Kilpatrick, has been in office&nbsp; almost two years now. What does he think is his greatest accomplishment?</p><p>He said, &ldquo;reducing the deficit from more than $330 million dollars to $155 million. Given the economy, that was really a Herculean task.&rdquo;</p><p>Unfortunately, he fears the deficit may now rise somewhat, &ldquo;if everything in the governor&rsquo;s budget becomes stark reality.&rdquo; Fri, 08 Apr 2011 14:08:02 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1980 at http://michiganradio.org A Conversation with Mayor Bing Leadership Series: Cleveland's Quiet Mayor (Part 2) http://michiganradio.org/post/leadership-series-clevelands-quiet-mayor-part-2 <p>Our Midwest reporting project Changing Gears is looking at the role of leadership this week. Yesterday, we heard about Detroit Mayor Dave Bing determined to remake his troubled city. Today, we hear about another mayor in our region faced with challenges.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-952295.mp3</p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 14:25:14 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 1285 at http://michiganradio.org Leadership Series: Cleveland's Quiet Mayor (Part 2) Commentary: Early Warnings About Kwame Kilpatrick http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-early-warnings-about-kwame-kilpatrick <p>We are living in interesting times. Yesterday, the Detroit Lions won their second game in a row, and their first game on the road since what seems like soon after the Civil War.</p> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 14:04:55 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 649 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Early Warnings About Kwame Kilpatrick "So much more work to do," says Mayor Bing http://michiganradio.org/post/so-much-more-work-do-says-mayor-bing <p>It appears that Detroit Mayor <a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/MayorsOffice/tabid/123/Default.aspx">Dave Bing</a> will run for office again. As <a href="http://www.mlive.com/newsflash/index.ssf/story/detroit-mayor-dave-bing-plans-to-seek-another-term/aacc8843e511428da3d6e77d61c5af9a">The Associated Press</a> reports:</p><blockquote><p>The former NBA great tells the <a href="http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101209/OPINION02/12090488/1319/Mayor-Incentives-to-be-offered-to-move-Detroiters&amp;template=fullarticle">Detroit Free Press</a>... that he "can't fix the problems that the city has in one term." He says progress is being made in improving the city but there is "so much more work to do."</p></blockquote><p>The next mayoral election in the city is 2013.&nbsp; Bing became the Mayor of Detroit in May of 2009 and was re-elected to a full term in November 2009. Thu, 09 Dec 2010 17:17:28 +0000 Zoe Clark 528 at http://michiganradio.org "So much more work to do," says Mayor Bing Mayor, Council to weigh in on new Detroit charter http://michiganradio.org/post/mayor-council-weigh-new-detroit-charter <p>A panel that’s drafting a new governing charter for Detroit will hear recommendations from the city’s mayor and city council this weekend.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://2009dcrc.org/default.aspx">Charter Revision Commission </a>is looking at everything that has to do with how Detroit operates: How many elected officials the city should have, and how much power they should wield. How to remove elected officials from office. How many departments the city should have, and what services should be mandated.</p><p>One issue on which the mayor and city council disagree is how big the city council ought to be.&nbsp;</p><p>There is agreement that the city should move away from its current system of electing members at-large, and have most council members represent districts. But Mayor Dave Bing thinks the council ought to remain at nine members, while the city council is pushing to expand it to 11.&nbsp;</p><p>The Charter Revision Commission is expected to have a draft document finished in March. A citywide vote on the charter is expected next November.</p><p>The Commission meets Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm, at Cass Tech High School in Detroit. Fri, 03 Dec 2010 22:22:10 +0000 Sarah Hulett 461 at http://michiganradio.org Mayor, Council to weigh in on new Detroit charter