| Oct 23, 2013
| 3:49 PM
It is the center of the political universe in presidential contests. And now the war over the nation’s new healthcare program has come to Ohio as well, with potential repercussions for the short- and long-term future of the state’s governor,...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 5:56 PM
Detroit has once again been in the headlines as the city and its creditors battle in court over whether the city is eligible to receive bankruptcy protection.
Municipal bankruptcy, like just about everything else that contains the word "municipal" or...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 5:17 PM
DETROIT — As protesters marched outside, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder testified in federal court Monday that he “worked very diligently” to avoid Detroit’s historic bankruptcy as attorneys for employee unions and retirees grilled...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 2:38 PM
Last week, with a massive $18-billion debt, Detroit became the largest American city to seek bankruptcy protection, and once again we are reading obituaries of the late, great Motor City.
I don’t pretend to be an expert on Detroit, where I once...
| Jul 29, 2013
From The Nation: The headline juxtaposition boggles the mind. You have, “Detroit Files Largest Municipal Bankruptcy in History” on one day. Then you have “Detroit Plans to Pay For New Red Wings Hockey Arena Despite Bankruptcy ”...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 3:00 AM
America lost one of its iconic brands last month when Hostess, maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread and other staples of postwar Middle America, closed up shop.
The announcement was an occasion for wags to litter the Internet with jokes about the...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 9:18 AM
It's one thing to pick a fight with public employee unions in Wisconsin and quite another for Michigan Republicans to take on all of organized labor, as happened with the "right-to-work" legislation that Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law Tuesday evening....
| Dec 26, 2012
As authorities move to address K-8 absenteeism and truancy in Chicago schools, where tens of thousands of elementary students miss a month or more of school each year, they may not have to look far for workable strategies.
Government agencies and...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 8:00 AM
Talk about it
This week Republican Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan signed two new laws barring unions in workplaces they’ve organized from requiring employees to join and pay dues. The laws turned Michigan, home of the United Auto Workers, into the...
| Dec 14, 2012
| 4:47 PM
Rick Snyder, who is hardly a human cactus, warned Michigan's labor leaders. The state's mild-mannered Republican governor, currently in his first term in his first public office, has rarely been accused of being, or praised for being, a fire-breathing...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 3:51 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday he will likely introduce a gun control package in the coming legislative session and reiterated his opposition to assault weapons like the one used in the Newtown massacre.
The Democratic governor said he has directed...