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    Tag: Chicago

    Low Information And White Elephants

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:57:26 PM EST
    Tags: Amtrak, Chicago, Corporatism, Cronyism, Detroit, Gifts, Maintenance, MDOT, Pontiac, Rail, Recalls, subsidies, Trains, Troy, Low Information Voters, White Elephants (all tags)

    Troy had the right idea, and the right Mayor.

    Once upon a time.

    Mayor Janice Daniels in December of 2011 led the opposition in the Troy City Council for an $8.5 million train depot for good reason.  Her opposition to a project that would be built with free money was framed with an understanding that nothing is truly free.  Even after the project was stripped down a month later, and re-presented for a couple million less, she held her ground, and looked at the bigger picture.  Ongoing expenses make the continuing use of the pusher-man's product not nearly as euphoric as when it was offered for free.

    The Troy City Council didn't get it, and the vote for the effort was shifted. Even in the face of the citizen commentary that was recorded as 11-7 in opposition to the transit center.  As RightMichigan.com poster Rougman pointed out at the time, its $5,500/sq ft cost was stripped down to $3,100/sq ft (a travesty for its cheapness) and the gold plated accoutrements would have to be withheld.

    "By shaving off 400 square feet the project's cost has been lowered significantly. That was some expensive square footage there--roughly coming in at $5,500 per square foot. The smaller and redrawn project will cost a mere $3,100 per square foot which I find absolutely alarming...what kind of slum are these bureaucrats trying to push over on us? No gold toilet seats? No granite counter tops?"


    Continued below the fold.

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    Sammie Speech

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sun Apr 10, 2011 at 04:36:43 PM EST
    Tags: Sherry Loar, Rob Port, Sammies, Sam Adams Alliance, Chicago, Chetly Zarko, Watchdog, 2011 (all tags)

    This will likely be the last self promotion I will have on this, but there will be additional Sammie videos posted in the multimedia section as time allows.

    I was a finalist, then won, and split the prize with Chetly Zarko for the watchdog award at the Sam Adams Alliance event as mentioned previously.

    The other two finalists Rob Port of Minot ND, and Sherry Loar of Petoskey were both worthy of this award, so its with a greater sense of humility that I accepted it.  Its really a big deal. Rob runs a watchdog type blog which is like a combination of the Blog Prof's site, and RightMichigan.com.  Sherry took the lead as the plaintiff fighting the forced unionization scam, who sacrificed both monetarily and psychologically in dealing with the collusive measure brought about by the last administration and their union cronies.

    I was in very respect worthy company.

    I should note that I am not the greatest speaker, and I do not travel with dueling teleprompters. So this award might well be seen as the greatest speaking fee I should ever expect to see.  I guess that is OK, as long as I can keep the pen to the page (so to speak) to entertain and inform.

    The video with Eric Rothoff and myself during the acceptance is below the line.

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    In Chicago

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Apr 07, 2011 at 09:42:34 PM EST
    Tags: Chicago, Sammies, This aint Kansas toto (all tags)

    Down here for the Sammies.

    Two things I must note.




    Wish me luck.

    (9 comments) Comments >>

    Bad Fish

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 11:00:02 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Asian Carp, Chicago, Economic impact, Cox, Obama (all tags)

    Is it too late? Has the Obama administration done to Michigan what it has done to the Gulf Coast?

    In its inability to offer rule exclusions necessary for the building of berms needed to prevent the oil from reaching sensitive areas, the Obama administration doomed those sensitive areas to an ugly death state for many years to come.  And with its political connections and the Chicago interests willing to ignore the destruction of our natural resources here in the great lakes, the president has now earned yet another star for ignorance and incompetent leadership.  The Free press reports the carp are here:

    "Several members of Congress were notified today of the find. The creature, found by commercial fishermen looking for carp as part of wider carp hunting missions, was 34.6 inches long and weighed just under 20 pounds.

    This is the first time anyone has found an Asian carp, live or dead, beyond an electric barrier on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal near Lockport. The nearest carp to the barrier was a dead one found last December after a massive poisoning of the shipping canal. "

    And it was a small one.

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    Andy Dillon demonstrates how he supports fellow democrats, er, I mean Michigan's Economy.

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 02:38:26 PM EST
    Tags: Rep Dillon, Governor's Race, Hypocrite, AKPD, Chicago, Michigan, Axelrod, Pres. B.O. (all tags)

    "We have a tremendously talented and skilled workforce. We're very productive in this state." - Michigan House Speaker (and Gubernatorial Candidate) Andy Dillon

    "Rescuing troubled companies and saving Michigan jobs." Sounds like a sure fire message you want to spread in a state mired in its own depression.

    As it turns out, it's easier said than done.

    {Continued below the fold}

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    Asian Carp Debate

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 10:08:03 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Asian Carp, Chicago, Economic impact (all tags)

    In Traverse City yesterday, Representative Dave Camp, and AG Mike Cox brought together a panel for a presentation on the ongoing silver (Asian) carp debate. In a standing room only event, we were able to get an overview of the efforts made by Cox's office and Camps office, and yes, even Granholm's office on this important issue.  

    It is a big deal.. We have a limited time to do something ultimately, or the nature of our great lakes region will be altered negatively forever.  Its estimated the one part of Michigan's economy that remains could be damaged quite literally making the state non-viable. Damage to the economy estimated in the tens of $Billions for Michigan alone.

    The effect of doing nothing has its consequence.  Its there in front of us. We have watched it like a plague growing northward from the Mississippi.

    So why are we facing opposition>?

    (3 comments, 359 words in story) Full Story

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