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Wade McCree Jr. lost his job, but he won’t lose his shirt.
The disgraced judge — who once texted a shirtless photo of himself to a female court bailiff — had an affair with a woman while overseeing her child custody case, had sex with her in his chambers and sexted her from the bench.
Be he can’t be sued for money damages over any of that because judges are immune from civil lawsuits — a well-established doctrine that has many in the legal profession demanding change, arguing the McCree case highlights a pervasive problem in the justice system: judges getting away with bad behavior on immunity grounds.
For the full article, see Tresa Baldas, "He had sex with a witness in chambers, but judge can't be sued", Detroit Free Press, July 28, 2014.
State schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan told a group of charter school authorizers today that the Michigan Department of Education is working on a system to hold them accountable for the financial and academic performance of their schools.
The MDE framework will initially focus on charter contracts, transparency, academic performance, school finances and the way MDE assesses authorizers, according to Malverne Winborne, who oversees the charter office at Eastern Michigan University.
For the full article, see Jennifer Dixon and David Jesse, "Charter school authorizers told: Michigan will hold you accountable", Detroit Free Press, July 28, 2014.
he Department of Corrections budget for the budget year that begins Oct. 1 includes new efforts to prevent individuals from entering the justice system, helps inmates transition back into their communities and improves other re-entry programs.
The Corrections final budget also reflects expected savings from the implementation of the Healthy Michigan Plan, which would allow the Department to claim federal reimbursement for some healthcare costs for inmates, probationers and parolees.
For the full story, see "Final Corrections Budget Invests in Prevention, Reflects Health Care Savings", Michigan League for Public Policy, July 28, 2014.
In eight days, Michigan voters will head to the polls and decide on a proposal that could change how businesses are taxed and communities receive revenue.
Proposal 1 is complicated and confusing, partly because the ballot language doesn't even mention the personal property tax it aims to phase out.
Last week, MLive had a 5-day series analyzing the only ballot proposal on the Aug. 5 primary.
Most communities get some money from the tax, which businesses pay on equipment and machinery. Dearborn, which has heavy manufacturing, gets a good chunk -- 17 percent -- from the PPT.
If approved by voters, Proposal 1 would gradually eliminate the PPT on businesses and replace it with other revenue, which supporters say would stabilize essential services like police and fire.
What is the proposal? MLive political reporter Jonathan Oosting took a deep dive look at the proposal.
For the full article, see Fritz Klug, "Proposal 1: Everything you need to know about August 2014 ballot issue", MLive, July 28, 2014.
Brenda Lawrence is the childhood friend of Rudy Hobbs' mother-in-law. Her grandchildren are good friends with his kids. So how is it that Lawrence and Hobbs are running against each other in the open 14th Congressional District? Is there animosity there? Listen to the two tell their stories on this week's podcast.
Also, MIRS Editor Kyle Melinn breaks down some of the campaign finance numbers from Friday. Should Mark Schauer feel good he's only down 2:1 to Gov. Rick Snyder in fundraising?
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