DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER’S PAC BOARD ENDORSES MIKE DUGGAN AS WRITE-IN CANDIDATE IN THE 2013 DETROIT MAYORAL PRIMARY
Category: Prime Politics - Original Written by Amber Bogins
The Detroit Regional Chamber's Political Action Committee (PAC) Board endorsed former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan as a write-in candidate for the August 6 primary for the Detroit mayoral election in November.
"The Chamber and the Detroit business community know and respect Mike Duggan. Mike is a recent former Chamber Board member and we know and applaud his work to turn around the Detroit Medical Center and his strong record of public service as Wayne County prosecutor. Furthermore, we believe the citizens of Detroit deserve the broadest choice of qualified candidates," said Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah. "The Chamber looks forward to seeing the outcome of the primary election and evaluating the final two candidates in the general election."
A video of the Detroit Mayoral Candidate Forum hosted by the Chamber PAC at the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference is available online at:mpc.detroitchamber.com.
About the Detroit Regional Chamber
With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber's mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:50
Category: Prime Politics - Original Written by Amber Bogins
It is indeed an understatement to say that the City of Detroit on July 9, 2013, stands at a crossroad. We have come to a place where we have never been before in the history of our City and our State. The future of Detroit for many has been made to appear uncertain, unclear, and most fragile. Yet we the people who live in the City of Detroit must not be uncertain, unclear, or fragile about the future that we must make together.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said years ago "history will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people". We are here today because we will neither be silent, nor passive, nor excepting of the current status quo.
Detroit is a great city. It sits on an international waterway. It has some of the best housing in the nation. It is the birthplace of the U.S. auto industry, of Motown, and has been the platform for the growth of the Black middle class. We are well aware of the current economic issues confronting our city. We are well aware of the national image that has been promulgated and carried by many in the media and others that have negatively characterized Detroit as a hopeless and helpless community.
Amidst all of this negativity must emerge people who love Detroit, who are committed to Detroit, who have a stake in Detroit, and who are compelled to serve Detroit. You cannot really lead Detroit without loving Detroit. Therefore, if one has demonstrated their love for Detroit, then he will certainly be relentless in the effort to serve Detroit. Our candidate for the office of mayor has a 40 year history in public service in the City of Detroit.
For many who suggest that voting in the next mayoral election is of no consequence due to the imposition of an Emergency Manager who seems to have all power, you are indeed wrong. The 2013 vote will be one of the most important votes that we can now cast. For in spite of the one man rule instituted by the Governor and the State Legislature over the will and consent of 2.3 million Michiganders who said NO to this seizing of democracy, we must still vote. In spite of the taking away temporarily the power of the City Council and the current Mayor, while disregarding our city charter, we must vote like our lives depend upon it. Quite frankly they do.
Our candidate is rooted in a family that taught him the values of integrity, dependability and responsibility. Coming up through the ranks as a member of the Detroit Police Department he rose to become ultimately the chief of police, the youngest in the history of Detroit. He was also the youngest of any major U.S. city. He has always emphasized the no tolerance policy for corruption, mismanagement, and even called on the FBI to investigate his own officers during the disappearance of drugs in the police evidence room. He is a lawyer, a professor, former Assistant Wayne County Executive, and has been an Executive Vice President of Business Development and Outreach in one of the largest African American owned real estate firms in America. He knows people and property.
He has appointed various community commissions to advise the Detroit Police Department on issues in the use of non-lethal violence. As a matter of fact, I chaired a special task force on the use and nonuse of non-lethal violence by the Detroit Police Department by virtue of his appointment. This grew out of the infamous Kel Light, formerly used by the some in Detroit Police Department as a weapon, which resulted in the serious injury and sometimes death of civilians. He has been Sherriff of Wayne County since 2009, retained in 2010 and reelected in 2012.
Our candidate has a plan, not just a philosophy. The plan is to increase public safety, neighborhood revitalization, core city services, and economic expansion. We are most impressed with the "One Square Mile" plan which puts a police officer in various neighborhoods to secure trust, to provide services, and to build relationships. This business man with a badge knows how to restructure and downsize but at the same time increase productivity and involvement of the people. Detroit needs more than just someone who can cut, slash and sell. Detroit needs someone who can add, increase and develop. Detroit needs our candidate.
Detroit needs a fighter. Detroit needs someone who will stand up and unhesitatingly declare to everyone that "I'm from Detroit, I represent the people of Detroit, and Detroit is much better than what the world has said about our City". We are here to work with everyone but we shall not be taken advantage of by anyone. We believe when Detroit does better, Michigan does better. If Detroit does not do better, Michigan cannot do better. Therefore today in the spirit of Fannie Lou Hamer we are "sick and tired of being sick and tired" of the current status quo. We call upon the Detroit community and all registered voters to join us in supporting the Honorable Sherriff Benny Napoleon as the next mayor for the City of Detroit.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 17:04
Category: Prime Politics - Original Written by University of Michigan
A subconcsious preducice against blacks may not have an effect on how whites feel about President Obama or policies intended to benefit blacks, a new study indicates.
"These findings differ from previous research, which suggested that subconscious negative attitudes toward blacks – also referred to as "implicit prejudice" – eroded the white vote for Obama during the 2008 presidential elections.
Researchers reinterpreted and extended the statistical analyses of previous studies, analyzing data from three national election studies that looked at voting behavior, candidate evaluations and racial policy attitudes in 2008 and 2009. Across the three datasets, implicit prejudice was not associated with either views of Obama or policy opinion after taking "explicit" prejudice, also known as conscious prejudice, into account.
"These results – taken together with the findings of other recent research projects – cast doubt on the contention that implicit prejudice has political consequences," said Spencer Piston, a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He co-authored the study with Nathan Kalmoe, a post-doctoral researcher at George Washington University.
In contrast, explicit prejudice has harmful and powerful effects, Piston said.
"For example, surveys indicate that over 50 percent of white Americans consider blacks to be lazier than whites," he said. "These prejudiced whites are less likely than non-prejudiced whites to support Obama, and they are also less likely to support policies intended to benefit African-Americans."
The results appear in Public Opinion Quarterly.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 13:02
Category: Prime Politics - Original Written by Amber Bogins
The Michigan Senate Democrats will be pushing for a vote on HB 4714 at Senate session tomorrow to expand Medicaid to 470,000 low-income residents in Michigan. The Senate Republican Majority is treating the July 3rd session as a formality and plans to gavel in and out without taking any votes. Michigan Senate Democrats, Congressman John Dingell and Medicaid supporters will be on-hand to urge the Senate to take up this life-saving and time-sensitive legislation.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 14:19
Category: Prime Politics - Original Written by Bankole Thompson, Chronicle Senior Editor
By Bankole Thompson
CHRONICLE SENIOR EDITOR
Tom Barrow, the boisterous mayoral contender who initially succeeded in knocking his opponent, Mike Duggan, former CEO of the Detroit Medical Center off the Aug. 6 primary ballot, has vowed to continue his challenge after Duggan announced a write-in campaign last week.
Barrow issued a release Monday morning warning Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey not to allow Duggan back on the ballot after the Wayne County Circuit Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled he wasn't qualified to be on the ballot because of questionable residency.
Robert Davis, labor activist who joined Barrow in the first lawsuit, is also challenging the legality of Duggan's write-in campaign.
"Should Mr. Duggan attempt to present documentation to your office in furtherance of a write-in campaign for the August 6, 2013 primary election, you are required, by order of the court, to reject such request," Barrow said in a letter to Winfrey.
During a news conference at his East Jefferson campaign headquarters announcing his write-in candidacy, Duggan said, "I did not expect this kind of reaction and I've heard from so many people. We don't want judges taking away our right to vote."
Duggan, who was encouraged by Strategic Staffing Solutions CEO Cindy Pasky to mount a write-in campaign, said it will be a challenging effort "but the goal is to finish number two on the ballot," which would allow him to go head to head with Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon in the general election in November.
Duggan said even though it might seem impossible to many, if he can get between 15,000-20,000 votes it will put him in second place for the November showdown where polls have already shown the race is between him and Napoleon.
Around the country few political campaigns have had a successful write-in campaign, including former Washington, DC Mayor Anthony Williams.
Barrow believes Duggan's latest campaign is a waste of money and resources.
"It's too bad that he will have to waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on a cash and carry hubris campaign for the wealthy and arrogant," Barrow said. "But even more important, its too bad he is not eligible to participate in any candidate forum since only candidates appearing on the August 6 ballot are eligible to do so."
However, a new Steve Mitchell Research poll commissioned by Turnaround Detroit, a political action committee co-chaired by Elizabeth "Betty" Brooks, a respected Detroit civic leader, shows that voters in Detroit want Duggan to be on the primary ballot.
The June 25-26 survey results among likely voters polled showed there is strong interest in Duggan's write-in candidacy.
"Turnaround Detroit was created earlier this year to support a leader that can turn Detroit around. The next five weeks will be spent communicating to Detroiters the importance of voting for Mike Duggan who has a proven record of success and 30 years of commitment to Detroit. Duggan brings the unique combination of experience we need to rebuild our neighborhoods and take back our city from the state," Brooks said.
"Turnaround Detroit is committed to ensuring that every Detroit voter has their viable choice for mayor included. The recent poll results and comments received from voters are clear indications that Mike Duggan as a write-in candidate is among the choices they want."
Former state senator Samuel "Buzz" Thomas, who co-chairs Turnaround Detroit, said, "Every day there are reasons shown why Detroit needs Mike Duggan to be written in on the mayoral ballot. Mike Duggan has the track record, proven leadership and experience needed at this critical time for the city to move forward."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 12:24
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