george cushingberry en Report: Detroit's elected leaders need policies for future "non-official" interactions with police <p>Detroit’s elected leaders are being advised to come up with a policy for how to deal with “non-official” interactions with city police officers, after a stop involving a Detroit city councilman.</p><p></p><p>Last January, Detroit city councilman George Cushingberry's was stopped by a city police officer.</p><p></p><p>There was marijuana and an empty alcohol bottle in the car. A passenger in the car was a medical marijuana patient and Cushingberry was not given a sobriety test.</p><p></p><p>Cushingberry entered a guilty plea in March to driving above the speed limit.</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:58:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18081 at Report: Detroit's elected leaders need policies for future "non-official" interactions with police Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 <div><p>As Detroit continues the process of bankruptcy, there's lots of talk about turning over a new leaf in the city, a rejuvenation. But headlines have recently turned to the legal troubles of City Councilman George Cushingberry. On today's show: Can Detroit change its image if there are still leaders courting controversy?</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then, we spoke to an artist who's trying to change the way we think about abortion and issues of contraception through art.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e want everything modern medicine can offer, but as taxpayers we want health care costs controlled. Is there a way</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;we achieve both goals?</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First on the show, a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">s Gov. Snyder prepares to reveal his 2014-15 budget tomorrow morning, there will be many eyes fixed on how much he proposes to put into K-12 education.</span><br />&nbsp;</div><p>In the “Comeback Kid” Snyder campaign ad unveiled during the Super Bowl, amidst the talk of jobs was the claim “education funding’s up”. Yet many of his critics claim the governor cut $1 billion from K-12 education.</p><p>So what’s the truth about education funding? And what should we expect to see for schools in the about-to-be released budget?</p><p>Detroit Free Press Lansing reporter Paul Egan joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:31:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 16302 at Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 How have George Cushingberry's actions affected Detroit? <p>When Detroit City Council President Pro-Tem George Cushingberry was stopped by police last month after leaving a northwest Detroit strip club, police found an open glass of alcohol, an empty bottle of booze, a lit marijuana cigarette, and expired vehicle registration.</p><p>Far from expressing any acts of contrition, Cushingberry claimed he had been stopped "for driving black." It should, however, be noted that the two officers were African-American and Arab-American.</p><p>This has caused many in Detroit to do a collective "facepalm," as in, "Oh no, not again!"</p><p>Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley and b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">logger and author Karen Dumas</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;joined us today to talk about what this all means for the city in practical terms, and in terms of the image of its leadership.</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:18:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 16298 at How have George Cushingberry's actions affected Detroit? Detroit's City Council might prolong state control <p></p><p>If you own a hotel, this is a good week to be in Detroit, where thousands of journalists and auto industry people are flocking to town for the North American International Auto Show.</p><p>Hopefully this will bring some good publicity for the city, which badly needs it. Last week was a setback, especially in terms of city government. But I think most people don’t realize how damaging it was. More on this in a moment.</p><p>But first, this will be the first time ever that the auto show will be in a Detroit where the mayor is not the most powerful figure. Today, that would be emergency manager Kevyn Orr.</p><p>A week ago, we would have figured this was an anomaly, and that next year, Mayor Mike Duggan would be ready to welcome the auto buffs to a normal city where the elected officials were fully in charge. Now, however, that’s not so certain.</p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:45:19 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15993 at Detroit's City Council might prolong state control