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Mike Duggan Officially Declares Candidacy For Mayor of Detroit
Duggan, the former CEO of the Detroit Medical Center, also is a former Wayne County prosecutor.
Posted: February 27th, 2013
Mike Duggan is running for Mayor of Detroit

Mike Duggan kicked off his bid to become Detroit's next mayor Tuesday night as several hundred supporters packed an east-side gym for the formal announcement.

"We're going to make a commitment to an administration where every neighborhood has a future," Duggan told the enthusiastic and diverse crowd at the Samaritan Center on Conner near I-94. He touted 74 meetings he has had with residents across the city, an experience he called among the most meaningful in his life. "This is the city that I love, and this is why I'm running for mayor."

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Major tax problems in Detroit
More Than Half of Detroit Property Owners Don't Pay Taxes
Property owners increasingly are re-buying their land in tax-foreclosure auctions and legally erasing their debts.
Posted: February 25th, 2013
Homes in a neighborhood in Detroit

According to a story written by Christine Macdonald and Mike Wilkinson for The Detroit News, nearly half of the owners of Detroit's 305,000 properties failed to pay their tax bills last year, exacerbating a punishing cycle of declining revenues and diminished services for a city in a financial crisis, according to a Detroit News analysis of government records.

Sources reviewed more than 200,000 pages of tax documents and found that 47 percent of the city's taxable parcels are delinquent on their 2011 bills. Some $246.5 million in taxes and fees went uncollected, about half of which was due Detroit and the rest to other entities, including Wayne County, Detroit Public Schools and the library.

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Former Detroit Power Players Released
Sam Riddle and Monica Conyers Both Released From Prison
Conyers and Riddle, who were accused of shaking down businesses for thousands of dollars, both got 37-month prison sentences for bribery. Now, they’re out and back in Detroit.
Posted: February 5th, 2013
Monica Conyers and Sam Riddle

Monica Conyers and Sam Riddle, two of Detroit’s most notorious public corruption figures, are both out of prison — just in time for the highly anticipated verdict in ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s trial.

Jury deliberations are expected to begin Tuesday in Kilpatrick’s case. Kilpatrick and his codefendants were targeted in the same decade-old public corruption probe that secured a conviction from Riddle, Conyers and at least 15 others — including Kilpatrick’s former right-hand man Derrick Miller and ex-city water director Victor Mercado.

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Detroit Mayoral Race Heating Up
Detroit Mayoral Candidate Lisa Howze Purchases Super Bowl Air Time
Howze, 39, a former state representative, is a certified public accountant with experience in auditing, business assurance advising and financial analyst.
Posted: January 28th, 2013
Detroit Mayoral Candidate Lisa Howze

Detroit mayoral candidate Lisa Howze declared her intent to run for the office nearly a year ago, but she’ll step up her effort in a big way Feb. 3 when she airs a campaign ad during one of the nation’s most-watched broadcasts — Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday.

Howze said today that the 30-second ad will focus on her campaign theme of restoring Detroit.

“It’s about the future of our city and how it will be a better, brighter Detroit,” said Howze, 39, who wants to become the first woman to lead the city.

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Detroit Revamping Police Department
Detroit Police Department Eliminates Gang and Tactical Units, Moves 100 Officers To Investigations and Patrols
The officers redeployed to homicide should increase the city's ability to close investigations and better link gun-related crimes in the city, according to the statement.
Posted: January 23rd, 2013
Detroit Police Chief Chester Logan and Mayor Dave Bing

The Detroit Police Department will eliminate its gang and tactical units to add about 100 officers to homicide, criminal investigations and traffic enforcement, the city announced Wednesday.

"The first phase of the restructuring will immediately add approximately 100 or more officers to patrols and investigations," Interim Detroit Police Chief Chester Logan said in a release handed out in advance of a press conference.

The officers redeployed to homicide should increase the city's ability to close investigations and better link gun-related crimes in the city, according to the statement.

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Interview with John Jamian
The Jonathan Kinloch Show
Original Air Date: December 9th, 2012
Interview with John Jamian

Jonathan Kinloch broadcasts live from the Detroit Cheesecake Bistro and speaks with the Executive Director of the Detroit-Wayne County Port Authority, John Jamian.

They speak about the Detroit local economic developments, competing with other port authorities, the mission of the port authority, being a major supplier to the steel/automotive industry and marketing the Port of Detroit.

Jonathan Kinloch and John Jamian also discuss bringing federal grant dollars to the region, operating the largest foreign trade zone in the United States, bringing cruise ships to the city, how the port benefits local businesses, dealing with officials in Lansing and more.

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Interview with Al Garrett
The Jonathan Kinloch Show
Original Air Date: December 2nd, 2012
Interview with Al Garrett

Jonathan Kinloch speaks with the President, Michigan AFSCME 25, Al Garrett.

They speak about the fight against the consent agreement, the repeal of public act 4, crafting new legislation since public act 4 has been repealed and new agreements being discussed by the city council.

Jonathan Kinloch and Al Garrett also discuss what needs to be investigated by the inspector general, the role of Law firm Miller Canfield, conflicts of interest, Treasurer Andy Dillon, Mayor Dave Bing's role, the union's role in the consent agreement and more.

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Fiscal Cliff Deal Details
President Obama Keeps Campaign Promise While Avoiding Fiscal Cliff... Here Are The Details
Highlights of a bill Congress passed Tuesday aimed at averting wide tax increases and budget cuts scheduled to take effect with the new year.
Posted: January 2nd, 2012
President Obama Keeps Campaign Promise While Avoiding Fiscal Cliff... Here Are The Details

The measure would raise taxes by about $600 billion over 10 years compared with tax policies that were due to expire at midnight Monday.

It would also delay for two months across-the-board cuts to the budgets of the Pentagon and numerous domestic agencies.

The House and Senate passed the bill Tuesday and sent it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

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