Author: Chad Selweski

Environmentalists applaud Snyder-backed plan to clean up toxic hot spots

Environmentalists are applauding a plan originated by Gov. Rick Snyder to increase state fees charged for household waste disposal and use those revenues to clean up thousands of sites contaminated by toxic waste. Legislation introduced by state Sen. Mike Nofs, a Battle Creek Republican, calls for boosting the state fee from 36 cents per ton, which is far below the rate in most states, to $4.44 per ton. Michigan would still have the lowest “tipping fee,” which is charged to waste hauling trucks entering landfills, in the Midwest. While the proposal represents a 12-fold increase in the surcharge it...

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Taxes always a big issue but they’re never a big deal

It’s Tax Day in the U.S., that annual ritual when average workers are anxious and angry as they try to meet the IRS filing deadline while partisans in Washington desperately try to score political points by promoting their tangential views of the federal tax system. The fact is that federal income tax revenues, as a percentage of the U.S. economy, the GDP, have remained within a narrow window of 15 to 20 percent going all the way back to 1950, when Harry Truman was president. Another fact is that most middle class Americans pay a federal income tax —...

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While state Dems still lack unity, national progressive group moves in

Sunday’s Michigan Democratic Party endorsement convention was not the meltdown that some partisans feared, but just as the Dems stumble around trying to reach some kind of post-convention unity, a national progressive group is moving into the state and promising to shake things up. The Cobo Center confab was raucous but an intra-party implosion was avoided largely due to Dana Nessel’s strength among convention-goers. The outspoken candidate for attorney general, the obvious favorite of the party’s progressive left-wing, Nessel apparently won the endorsement vote by a wide margin – so much so that her relatively centrist opponent, Pat Miles,...

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#MeToo candidate’s law firm boasts of defending men in sex misconduct cases

This is an excerpt of a column I wrote earlier this week for Deadline Detroit.   By Chad Selweski Dana Nessel has enjoyed national media attention as the Democratic candidate for Michigan attorney general tied to the women’s #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct, but her role as a defense attorney presents a much different picture. The Nessel and Kessel firm boasts online about its successful track record in helping men fight personal protection orders (PPOs) issued by the courts to safeguard a woman who feels threatened or in danger. Nessel, according to the firm’s website, also specializes in getting...

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GOP strategist Yob purchases more Michigan radio stations to boost his political clients

Controversial Republican political consultant John Yob has recently purchased more northern Michigan radio stations in his far-flung bid to sway the upcoming 2018 Michigan elections for Congress and governor. Yob has reportedly purchased WJLM-AM, a news-talk station which broadcasts in the Traverse City and Petoskey areas, plus a second Up North radio station, WWMN-AM. Those radio outlets could have a significant impact on the election fate of a Yob client, freshman Republican Congressman Jack Bergman. When Yob’s initial purchase of two other northern Michigan talk-radio stations were exposed by the press last year, the response was that his highly...

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