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Over the last few years, political scientists have warned about a worrying trend in American democracy: Voter preferences don’t have much sway over presidents’ policy choices. New research suggests their worries are well founded.
In a new book, Who Governs? Presidents, Public Opinion, and Manipulation, political scientists James Druckman and Lawrence Jacobs examine data on internal polling from U.S. presidential archives and other existing research to determine how presidents use their knowledge of public opinion to craft policies. What they found is disturbing: Presidents tend to focus only on the opinions of the wealthy and well-connected insiders, ignoring the views and preferences of most of the electorate. This turns the idea that elected officials in the United States are responsive to public opinion on its head.
For the full article, see Sean McElwee, "America slouches toward plutocracy", Al Jazeera, May 26, 2015.
Who sets Lansing's agenda? Gov. Rick Snyder is term-limited, and that means power is shifting to the Michigan Legislature, where the GOP holds a solid majority in both chambers — and thus to House Speaker Kevin Cotter and Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof.
Though all three men are Republicans, both the House and Senate have shown willingness to buck Snyder's agenda in recent votes on prevailing wages and e-cigarettes and a hearing on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
So how we'll pay to fix Michigan's crumbling roads; negotiate legal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Michiganders; reform Detroit Public Schools, or set teacher evaluation standards are likely to be determined by Meekhof and Cotter — and maybe the folks who fund their campaigns.
For the full article, see "How Michigan's political machine works", Detroit Free Press, May 23, 2015.
Lindsay VanHulle, "Bill banning setting of local minimum wage sparks partisan divide" : Democrats accuse Republicans of going back on their support for local government control; Republicans say allowing local governments to set their own minimum wages would create a patchwork that discourage business investment.
Lester Graham, "Wayne County residents unnecessarily losing homes to foreclosure" : Advocates say the county is overestimating property values and that many people are losing their homes because they don’t know they can challenge their assessment.
Aaron Foley, "Mackinac Conference should address race in Detroit in Detroit" : A long-overdue talk on race won’t yield results in the gleaming corridors of the Grand Hotel. The powers that be need to get out of their comfort zone and into city neighborhoods for any real discussion, and change, to take shape.
On May 26, 1967, Kay E. Whitfield of Pontiac and Noreen E. Hillary of Grand Rapids became the first two women sworn in as officers in the Michigan State Police.
Source : Detroit Historical Society Facebook page
For more information about women police, see
Breaking the brass ceiling : women police chiefs and their paths to the top / Dorothy Moses Schulz.
Police women : life with the badge / Sandra K. Wells and Betty L. Alt.
Women and policing in America : classic and contemporary readings / [edited by] Kimberly D. Hassell, Carol A. Archbold, Dorothy Moses Schulz.
Unions fight for the rights of workers. But those battles are more often fought these days on picket lines, in contract negotiations, and through media coverage. However, violence and intimidation against union organizers and members can be found throughout labor history — and May 26th’s historical event was one of the most significant examples of that; a battle that ultimately cost the capitalists their cover-up of lies and deception.
Bryce G. Hoffman, "The Battle of the Overpass, at 75; Fight between Ford, UAW a turning point in Detroit history", Detroit News, May 24, 2012.
Brent Snavely, "UAW leaders and workers commemorate the Battle of the Overpass at Ford's Rouge complex", Detroit Free Press, May 26, 2012.
Battle of the Overpass, Reuther Library at Wayne State University.
This Day in Resistance History: The Battle of the Overpass, Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy.
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