On the death of a South Dakota Supreme Court Justice

In a news release issued Tuesday, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard announced the death of Steven Zinter, an associate justice on the South Dakota Supreme Court. The statement from Daugaard read in part: “Linda and I were shocked to hear this news. Justice Zinter was a towering figure in South Dakota law and a consummate … Continue reading On the death of a South Dakota Supreme Court Justice

Roll in on the river: Once in a tickle trunk is easy; forever is hard

Southeastern Michigan's newest social media sensation (on Facebook) is News on the River, produced by Jim Roll. The daily newscast, anchored by Roll, is shot in front of the mighty Huron River. Each edition lasts one to two minutes. The first one aired on Oct. 19. In the first handful of episodes, a fashion correspondent, … Continue reading Roll in on the river: Once in a tickle trunk is easy; forever is hard

Maps: Prepping for 2018 Election Analysis

I'm putting together a tool kit for analyzing a narrow slice of the 2018 general election results. I want to see look at two kinds of county-by-county patterns. First, what's the relative strength of Republican and Democratic candidates in statewide races in 2018? Second, how does the strength of statewide candidates in 2018 stack up … Continue reading Maps: Prepping for 2018 Election Analysis

Ann Arbor’s Prop A, adverbs, and DDA tax capture

Voters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will decide on Nov. 6 whether a publicly owned parcel atop an underground parking structure in the downtown should be reserved in perpetuity as public land and developed as a parklike amenity, a civic commons of sorts. It's Prop A on the ballot. An alternative use for the parcel is … Continue reading Ann Arbor’s Prop A, adverbs, and DDA tax capture