2019 edition of Bloomington’s city council will be the second-most experienced ever

The nine current members of the Bloomington, Indiana, city council will start 2019 with 95 years of collective experience, which makes it the second-most experienced council ever. It's seven years fewer than that of the council's 2017 edition, which was the most experienced one in Bloomington's history. That's all based on information provided by the … Continue reading 2019 edition of Bloomington’s city council will be the second-most experienced ever

Updated: Ann Arbor’s City Seal Ordinance: Less than an hour of legal work (turns into 13 more hours when the city rechecks records)

[Note: A week after this piece was published, the City of Ann Arbor appears to have checked through the city attorney staff electronic time records again. Some additional time records, were found and provided on Dec. 12. The additional records show 13 hours of work that was done on the city seal ordinance before the item was … Continue reading Updated: Ann Arbor’s City Seal Ordinance: Less than an hour of legal work (turns into 13 more hours when the city rechecks records)

Four new councilmembers don’t mean Ann Arbor’s next city council will lack collective experience

When the newest edition of the Ann Arbor city council convenes its first regular meeting after the Nov. 6 elections, four out of 11 people at the table will have no experience as councilmembers. First-timers on the council are Jeff Hayner (Ward 1), Kathy Griswold (Ward 2), Elizabeth Nelson (Ward 4), and Ali Ramlawi (Ward … Continue reading Four new councilmembers don’t mean Ann Arbor’s next city council will lack collective experience

Photos: “Nobody is above the law” demonstration (Bloomington, IN)

In Bloomington, Indiana, at the southeast corner of the Monroe County Courthouse, a couple hundred people gathered Thursday at 5 p.m for the local edition of a demonstration that was organized nationally by moveon.org. The "Nobody is Above the Law" demonstration was a response to events earlier in the week. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions … Continue reading Photos: “Nobody is above the law” demonstration (Bloomington, IN)

Ladies and gentlemen: South Dakota

South Dakotans voted Republican Kristi Noem governor of the state on Tuesday, which will make her the first woman to serve as the state's top elected official when she's sworn in early next year. Noem prevailed with a roughly 3-point margin over Democrat Billie Sutton. That was 10 times closer than the 30-point margin Donald … Continue reading Ladies and gentlemen: South Dakota

A democratic case against voting? The case of one Michigan city’s mayoral race

Voters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will have a somewhat unusual choice on Nov. 6. If they participate in the mayoral election, their vote won't affect the election outcome—because only one candidate is eligible be elected. But under the city charter, each voter who chooses to participate in the mayoral election, will have an incremental negative … Continue reading A democratic case against voting? The case of one Michigan city’s mayoral race