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Segregated Suburbs and MLK Jr.
Did King's Dream Fail? PLUS: Wayne County Corruption Redux
Published: August 28, 2013
Yes, as the Prophet Leroy said, you just can’t make this stuff up. These shenanigans were too much for even the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, who refused to certify the results. So now the state will have to do it.
That will cost the taxpayers money. The hilarious thing is that none of this will change anything; either way, the runoff will be Napoleon vs. Duggan. But the state is getting involved for one big reason, according to Chris Thomas, longtime state elections director: Whether it changes anything or not, those 18,000 folks don’t deserve to have their votes thrown out.
Next year, when election time for county clerk comes, voters should remember what Cathy Garrett tried to do to them.
Wayne County and Detroit: dysfunctional entities, but with 1.8 million people and a lot of potential. The solution: Both need to combine their destinies and seek a new beginning under a new charter. It makes no sense to artificially pretend their economies and fortunes aren’t interwoven. The time to merge the core county and the state’s biggest city is here, and it will never be easier to do that than now.
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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