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
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
From my walk around Bloomington, Indiana, Saturday morning, Nov. 3, 2018.
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
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