POLITICS & PREJUDICES
Hold On to Your Pawn Tickets
Two Cheers for Detroit’s Dailies
Published: June 18, 2013
Kenyatta told him, essentially, that he doesn’t feel like working since the emergency manager now has the power. Fine. So quit. Today. People taking a paycheck without doing the job are a big part of the reason Detroit got in the mess we’re in.
The Duggan Debacle
SHOULD MIKE DUGGAN BE on the ballot? For months, it has looked like Detroit’s mayoral race would come down to a runoff between former Detroit Medical Center czar Mike Duggan vs. Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.
Then, last week, Wayne County Circuit Judge Lita Popke ruled that Duggan should be removed from the ballot. The law says you have to be a registered voter for at least a year before you file to run.
Duggan, who clearly moved to Detroit to run for mayor, registered to vote April 16, 2012. The filing deadline was May 14, so he figured he was covered. However, while he could have waited, he turned his signatures in April 2. So the judge, at least temporarily, bounced him off the ballot.
You don’t have to be a Duggan fan to know this was silly and arbitrary. Why penalize him for a technical glitch that made the lives of the canvassers easier? If this was a problem, they could have just have put off certifying them till May 1.
The Michigan Supreme Court should put him back on the ballot and let Detroiters decide. By the way, if you fear, as one person told me, this was a conspiracy by a black judge to keep a white guy from becoming mayor, think again.
Judge Popke is a white woman and almost certainly a Republican, first appointed to the bench by G.O.P. Gov. John Engler.
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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