Wayne County Executive http://michiganradio.org en Wayne county is so Democratic the only election that really counts is the August primary http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-county-so-democratic-only-election-really-counts-august-primary <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Wayne County always has been the biggest county in Michigan, at least in terms of people, and it's the most important.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Though it includes Detroit, more than a million of its residents live elsewhere, from the affluent leafy suburbs of Plymouth to gritty downriver towns like River Rouge.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">They are all very different, but have two things in common. First, they elect an executive, sort of a super mayor to run things. And second, they live in a county in trouble and in deficit.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In recent years, Wayne County has been rocked by personnel scandals and an astonishing farce concerning a half-built jail abandoned after $125 million taxpayer dollars had been wasted.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Now, there are increasing worries that Wayne County, like its largest city, could be facing emergency management. That should be alarming to all of us for the same reason Detroit’s troubles are.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:34:49 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18161 at http://michiganradio.org Wayne county is so Democratic the only election that really counts is the August primary Stateside for Thursday, April 3, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-april-3-2014 <p>It's no surprise that shipping conditions on the Great Lakes are miserable, even though spring has officially sprung and the shipping season officially opened March 25.</p><p>No commercial traffic has yet made it to the Soo Locks and ice is still four feet thick in some places, particularly in Lake Superior. On today’s show, we speak with a member of the U.S. Coast Guard about what's being done about this.</p><p>Then, what happened as World War II brought women and minorities into Detroit's assembly plants?</p><p>And, the Detroit bankruptcy is starting to affect the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Water prices could go up, impacting consumers far outside the city. Daniel Howes joined us for our weekly check-in to tell us more.</p><p>Also, Phil Cavanagh became the third candidate to enter the race to replace Robert Ficano as Wayne County Executive.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan's economy may be pulling itself up and out of the Great Recession.</span></p><p>But our schools are still mired in an "education recession" and all of our children are paying the price.</p><p>That's the finding of the newest State of Michigan Education Report from The Education Trust-Midwest.</p><p>It's an eye-opening exercise to see how our state's schools and student performance compares to two states that are powering ahead in the national assessment: Massachusetts and Tennessee.</p><p>What lessons can Michigan learn from those two states?</p><p>The co-author of the new education report, Amber Arellano of The Education Trust-Midwest, joined us today.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:06:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 17094 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, April 3, 2014 Phil Cavanagh runs for Wayne County Executive http://michiganradio.org/post/phil-cavanagh-runs-wayne-county-executive <p>He's been a county commissioner. He's currently in his second term as the state representative for Redford Township – the 10th House district.</p><p>Now Phil Cavanagh wants to become the next Wayne County Executive.</p><p>Cavanagh became the third candidate to enter the race to replace Robert Ficano as county executive. He joined us today to discuss what compelled him to make this move.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:47:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 17000 at http://michiganradio.org Phil Cavanagh runs for Wayne County Executive Judge dismisses lawsuit against Ficano http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-dismisses-lawsuit-against-ficano <p>U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman has dismissed a lawsuit against Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano. The case was filed by former Wayne County employee James Wallace, who claimed Ficano fired him for refusing to do political work on county time.</p><p>Wallace is a graphic designer who worked for Ficano for 13 years. He claimed he was fired for refusing to design campaign materials for Ficano. The Wayne County lawyers maintain Wallace&#39;s firing was strictly a budgetary decision.</p><p>Deborah Gordon, Wallace&#39;s lawyer, says she was shocked by the ruling.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 19:06:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14822 at http://michiganradio.org Judge dismisses lawsuit against Ficano