Christina Hall Detroit Free Press Published 9:26 AM EST Jan 22, 2019 Three Fraser City Council members — nearly half the council — are targets of proposed recall petitions because they voted for a 9-mill property tax increase for police and fire services last year. The proposed language against Council members Michael Lesich, Suzanne Kalka and David Winowiecki was filed Jan. 9 by Karl Haus. The Macomb County Election Commission is to meet Tuesday to determine the factuality and clarity of the proposed language in the three petitions, one for each elected official. Haus, a three-year resident of the city, said he hopes to replace the council members with "like-minded people who respect the people's vote." The council's vote for the special assessment last year came after Fraser voters, including Haus, turned down public safety proposals at the polls in 2016 and 2017. "Why did we vote? Why waste the city's money on the fallacy of a vote," Haus said. … [Read more...] about 3 Fraser council members targeted for recall after tax hike
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The following are the latest results contributed by HM Courts Service, for cases sentenced by West Sussex Magistrates’ Court sitting at Worthing from December 6 to 11, 2018. Pawel Trojanowski, 31, of Princess Avenue, Bognor Regis, was given a six-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with four-week curfew, electronically monitored, from 9pm to 6am daily, and Rehabilitation Activity Requirement, after admitting drink-driving (80mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath) in Clifton Road, Bognor Regis, on November 21, 2018; and driving while disqualified in Clifton Road, Bognor Regis, on November 21, 2018. He must pay £115 victim surcharge, £85 costs, and was disqualified from driving for 36 months. He also admitted driving without insurance, no separate penalty. Julian Amyes, 53, c/o Claremont Court, Kings Avenue, Chichester, was fined £80 and must pay £30 victim surcharge, £85 costs, after admitting breaking a window, causing £100 worth of damage, … [Read more...] about HM Courts Service: Results list for December 6 to 11, 2018
Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 2:58 PM EST Dec 14, 2018 Lansing — The Michigan House worked overnight Wednesday, and the Senate kept at it late Thursday as legislators raced to finish off lame-duck legislation and keep bills alive, advancing a combined 144 measures this week while sending 66 others to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk for possible signature. Under the state constitution, no bill can become law without spending at least five days in both the House and Senate. With just one week left in the session, the five-day rule appears to have killed some measures that did not advance out of the chamber they were first proposed in. One major caveat in lame-duck though: Nothing is truly dead until the year ends. Legislative leaders can use “vehicle” bills to bypass the five-day rule by substituting language into any somewhat-related measure that has already advanced out of one chamber. Lame-duck sessions are often busy as term-limited … [Read more...] about What’s alive — and what just died — in lame-duck Michigan Legislature
ENTERTAINMENT 12/06/2018 05:45 am ET "The Favourite," "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" and "Green Book" don't rely on conventional tropes to tell queer stories. By Matthew Jacobs It takes half an hour for anything gay to happen in “The Favourite.” Then, with one unexpected kiss, it goes from a farce about Queen Anne’s court to a lesbian rendition of “All About Eve.” About the same stretch of time passes until “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” protagonist Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) casually reveals her sexuality by using female pronouns when describing a failed relationship. And in “Green Book,” concert pianist Don Shirley’s (Mahershala Ali) attractions to men are practically a footnote ― one that nonetheless provides keen insight into the lonely life he led in the early 1960s. None of these movies wave rainbow flags like a narrative stronghold. Pacesetters in the year’s ongoing awards derby, they focus … [Read more...] about We’re Gay, And It’s OK: On The Matter-Of-Fact Sexuality In 2018’s Movies
opinion Brian Dickerson Detroit Free Press Published 11:45 AM EST Nov 19, 2018 Sixteen newly elected Democratic Michigan state senators learned last week that they're in line to get half the number of staff, and about 60% as much money to provide constituent services, as their Republican colleagues. Per Michigan law, each of the 38 state senators elected to four-year terms last week represents approximately 238,000 Michigan residents. Each gets an annual salary of about $72,000 a year, plus expenses to staff and operate an office. But that's where the golden rule — you know, the one ordaining that whoever owns the most gold makes the rules — comes in. More: Bill could provide a potential $92K windfall for 2 Michigan senatorsMore: After victory, Whitmer offers olive branch to legislative Republicans Because their party will continue to hold a majority (albeit a majority diminished by the loss of four seats) in the Senate, … [Read more...] about Can Michigan Senate’s new leader be a grown-up?