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4/16/2021   Liberty Sues Jerry Falwell Jr. For Millions In Damages Over Granda Episode, by Josh Kovensky, MuckRaker

The evangelical institution claims in the suit, filed in Lynchburg Circuit Court in Virginia, that Falwell concealed his relationship with Giancarlo Granda from the university.  Liberty cites both a lawsuit that Falwell filed against Liberty in November 2020 and a statement that the evangelical scion issued to the Washington Examiner before Reuters broke the news in August 2020 that Granda had a relationship with Falwell’s wife as the son of the famous preacher allegedly looked on.

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4/14/2021   Falwell’s son out as VP at Liberty University, by Brandon Ambrosino and Michael Stratford, Politico

Liberty University spokesperson Scott Lamb on Wednesday confirmed to POLITICO that Trey Falwell was “no longer employed by the university.” That development, Lamb said, occurred “this week,” but he declined to provide any additional details about what happened. Lamb also declined to answer questions about whether Jerry Falwell Jr.’s other son, Wesley, or his daughters-in-law were currently employed by the university. Liberty “does not answer questions about personnel,” he said.


His departure follows closely on the heels of another university shake-up. Last week, David Nasser, longtime campus pastor, resigned. He was replaced with Jonathan Falwell, Jerry’s brother and pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, founded by their father.

4/13/2021   Pastor’s son becomes viral star for debunking evangelical thinking on TikTok, by Gustaf Kilander, The Independent

Arguing that it’s weird for kids to read the Bible, Mr Piper said: “While other kids are learning to read with comics or whatever normal parents have around the house, here fundie [fundamentalist] kids are, 6, 7, 8 years old, devouring stories of Jezebel being defenestrated and then eaten by dogs.”


He added that the Bible is “basically Game of Thrones except if you don’t read it, you go to hell.”

















4/17/2021   Left-Behind Suburbs Are a Civil-Rights Battleground, by Will Stancil, The Atlantic

In some respects, segregation is even more harmful in the suburbs than in major cities, which typically have a larger industrial and commercial tax base that allows them to weather crises and sustain public services. On average, predominantly nonwhite suburbs have the lowest per capita tax base of any community type in a major metropolitan area—about 25 percent less than major cities, and about 40 percent less than predominantly white suburbs. In many segregated suburbs, the quality of public services erodes over time, forcing the communities to raise revenue through fees and traffic tickets.


U.S. Census Bureau data indicate that Brooklyn Center is typical of a rapidly segregating Minnesota community. In 1990, the city was 90 percent white; its poverty rate was low, at 5 percent. Three decades later, the city is 38 percent white and its poverty rate has tripled, to 15 percent. It is now the poorest major suburb in the Twin Cities region, and it has a higher percentage of residents of color than any other major municipality in the area. Ferguson underwent nearly identical changes in the years before a police officer shot Michael Brown to death in 2014; the city transitioned from 85 percent white in 1980 to 29 percent white in 2010. Over the same period, its poverty rate almost quadrupled.


Social-science researchers describe this process as resegregation: Communities that start out as almost exclusively white go through a brief and unstable period of racial integration, and before long, an overwhelming majority of residents are people of color.


Black Americans especially are migrating to the suburbs in record numbers. Just since 2000, the urban Black population in major metropolitan areas has fallen by about 5 percent, while the suburban Black population has grown by more than 40 percent.  


In wealthy new suburbs and exurbs, where McMansions line endless cul-de-sacs, housing that working-class families of color can afford is scarce. Inner-ring suburbs typically have an older housing stock, including small postwar houses, more rental units, and affordable high-density housing. Families migrating from the central cities of a metro area tend to cluster in these more affordable communities; so do immigrants.


Other, more nefarious forces also funnel nonwhite families toward the inner suburbs—such as the practice of discriminatory racial “steering,” wherein real-estate agents are more likely to show families of color homes in already-diverse neighborhoods.


1/19/2021   Lawsuit Alleges Racial Discrimination Against Livingston County Real Estate Agents, Jessica Matthews & Jon King, WHMI

"The complaint states that upon information and belief, currently there are no African American home owners on Zukey Lake and there never has been.


The complaint states that the agents set forth various conditions and provided false information to dissuade them from making an offer because of their race. The suit alleges the two imposed unfair conditions of sale included cash-only, a higher sales price and “as is”. A few days later, the home was listed as pending offer and in late October, it was listed as sold for $300,000 to a white man who did not purchase the home with cash and was allowed an inspection prior to purchase. Beaudin was the listing agent on that sale. When the Franklins leaned of what had happened, they were said to be heartbroken and outraged to have been victims of blatant race discrimination.


The suit alleges several violations of the Fair Housing Act and the Elliott-Larsens Civil Rights Act. The suit seeks actual damages and damages related to emotional distress and embarrassment, injunctive relief requiring Ikens and Beaudin to surrender their real estate licenses and punitive damages for alleged discriminatory statements made by the defendants."






4/17.2021   The Trumpy Republican Who Won in Biden Country, by Olga Khazan, The Atlantic

The less flattering origin story is this: Around 2002, Van Duyne and other homeowners in her subdivision organized to block a big new commercial development from coming to the area. Hackberry Creek is a “master-planned gated community” full of 3,000-square-foot houses with Jacuzzi tubs and plantation shutters, all set among “hillside vistas and winding creeks.” The residents were worried about trash and food odors drifting over from the proposed restaurants and stores, according to Herbert Gears, who was a city-council member at the time and favored the plan. Riled up by the dispute over the development with Gears, Van Duyne ran for city council in 2004 and won his seat.


Van Duyne opposed building apartments in Irving because, as she wrote in a 2008 Dallas Morning News op-ed, “in addition to the greater susceptibility to crime and increased traffic created by the high density of people in an apartment complex, many Irving residents are averse to apartments because of their long-term effects on the community … Will the apartments beautify the area or lower its aesthetic value?”

4/8/2021   Opinion: Republicans are learning that there’s more to capitalism than tax cuts, by Catherine Rampbell, The Washington Post

For a long time, the Republican Party had what it believed was a tacit deal with corporate America. Companies donated enormous sums to GOP campaigns and aligned groups, and in exchange, Republicans delivered tax cuts: on corporate profits, capital gains, estates. Whatever other agenda items Republicans pursued — on immigration, civil rights or anything else — corporate America would generally keep its mouth shut. So long as the tax cuts kept flowing, the only “speech” that corporations engaged in came from their wallets, which in turn were fattened by those tax cuts.


An un-virtuous cycle, if you will.


Last week, the Georgia House of Representatives voted to revoke a break on fuel taxes that benefits Atlanta-based Delta Airlines, which had criticized the state’s recent voting law. House Speaker David Ralston (R) explained: “You don’t feed a dog that bites your hand. You gotta keep that in mind sometimes.” Apparently — shockingly! — this tax break had not been based on some abstract notion of public welfare or good governance or economy-boosting policy but, rather, a perceived quid pro quo.


Textbook Fascism.

4/8/2021   Republicans’ list of enemies keeps growing, by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

The disgraced former president maintained an enormous list of people and institutions he insulted while in office. The Republican Party’s list of enemies seems to have expanded well beyond even that.


Republicans these days don’t like the National Football League, the National Basketball Association or Major League Baseball. They do not like corporations such as Coca-Cola and Delta that, however belatedly, support voting rights (though they are fine taking their money). They don’t like historians, climate scientists or statisticians. They do not like Anthony S. Fauci and other public health officials.


They do not like atheists or churches that practice the social gospel and advocate for civil rights. They do not like critics of the Confederacy. They do not like police reformers.


They don’t like judges — even ones they appointed. They do not like book publishers, social media platforms, the mainstream media or Hollywood. They also think universities and tech companies are bad.

4/6/2021   Fears of White People Losing Out Permeate Capitol Rioters’ Towns, Study Finds, by Alan Feuer, The New York Times

When the political scientist Robert Pape began studying the issues that motivated the 380 or so people arrested in connection with the attack against the Capitol on Jan. 6, he expected to find that the rioters were driven to violence by the lingering effects of the 2008 Great Recession.


But instead he found something very different: Most of the people who took part in the assault came from places, his polling and demographic data showed, that were awash in fears that the rights of minorities and immigrants were crowding out the rights of white people in American politics and culture.


Mr. Pape’s initial conclusions — published on Tuesday in The Washington Post — suggest that the Capitol attack has historical echoes reaching back to before the Civil War, he said in an interview over the weekend. In the shorter term, he added, the study would appear to connect Jan. 6 not only to the once-fringe right-wing theory called the Great Replacement, which holds that minorities and immigrants are seeking to take over the country, but also to events like the far-right rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 where crowds of white men marched with torches chanting, “Jews will not replace us!” 

4/6/2021   Opinion: What an analysis of 377 Americans arrested or charged in the Capitol insurrection tells us, by Robert A. Pape, The Washington Post

The Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol by a violent mob at the behest of former president Donald Trump was an act of political violence intended to alter the outcome of a legitimate democratic election. That much was always evident.


What we know 90 days later is that the insurrection was the result of a large, diffuse and new kind of protest movement congealing in the United States.


The Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST), working with court records, has analyzed the demographics and home county characteristics of the 377 Americans, from 250 counties in 44 states, arrested or charged in the Capitol attack.


Those involved are, by and large, older and more professional than right-wing protesters we have surveyed in the past. They typically have no ties to existing right-wing groups. But like earlier protesters, they are 95 percent White and 85 percent male, and many live near and among Biden supporters in blue and purple counties.


When compared with almost 2,900 other counties in the United States, our analysis of the 250 counties where those charged or arrested live reveals that the counties that had the greatest decline in White population had an 18 percent chance of sending an insurrectionist to D.C., while the counties that saw the least decline in the White population had only a 3 percent chance. This finding holds even when controlling for population size, distance to D.C., unemployment rate and urban/rural location. It also would occur by chance less than once in 1,000 times.


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3/16/2021   Tom Cotton slams Chamber of Commerce as "a front service for woke corporations", by ALEX GANGITANO, The Hill


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4/16/2021   Jimmy Kimmel Heckles ‘Future Former Florida Congressman’ Matt Gaetz, by Trish Bendix, The New York Times

“Kimmel poked fun at Gaetz and his friend Joel Greenberg for making their Venmo transactions public: “One of those ‘salads’ cost more than $1,000 — I guess they added avocado. They didn’t check the privacy box. What’s the opposite of a criminal mastermind?” Jimmy Kimmel joked on Thursday.


Last Friday we noted that the Republican lawmaker was “well and truly f--ked,” in light of Venmo transactions showing Gaetz had paid $900 to his accused sex-trafficker friend, Joel Greenberg, which Greenberg proceeded to send to three young women. On Tuesday, though, new reporting indicated that he has been upgraded to exceptionally, royally f--ked.

4/14/2021   Women detail drug use, sex and payments after late-night parties with Gaetz and others, by David Shortell and Paula Reid, CNN

The partygoers, at times dressed in formal wear from a political event they'd just left, mingled and shared drugs like cocaine and ecstasy. Some had sex.
Gaetz, the brash Republican, liked to discuss politics, said one of the women. He behaved like a "frat type of party boy," she said, sometimes taking pills she believed were recreational drugs.

4/14/2021   Gaetz Attended Champagne-Fueled Sex Parties With Other GOP Officials, Two Women Tell CNN, by Jamie Ross, Daily Beast

If a party host requires you to hand over your cellphone before entering in order to stop anyone from documenting what’s about to take place, it’s not usually a sign of an imminent wholesome evening. But, according to women who say they frequently partied with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) over the past two years, that was just part of the normal routine.


Two women have spoken out about their experiences of the parties, which they say were typically packed with Republican officials.

4/14/2021   Matt Gaetz’s Wingman Paid Dozens of Young Women—and a 17-Year-Old, by Jose Pagliery and Roger Sollenberger, The Daily Beast

Federal investigators seized Gaetz's phone in December 2020, and they took his ex-girlfriend's device shortly after, according to two people who heard the woman describe the episode. Timothy Jansen, a criminal defense lawyer representing the woman, said she is refusing to speak to journalists and declined to comment.  Others were more opaque, such as 'Stuff' and 'Orher stuff' [sic]. According to three people with knowledge of the relationship, Gaetz was among the men who tapped Greenberg to access a large network of young women. Three payments in the reviewed documents — in amounts of $500, $500, and $250 — were designated for 'Ice cream.' Five other payments were for 'Salad,' one of which topped $1,000."

4/13/2021   New details shed light on Gaetz’s Bahamas trip, by Marc Caputo and Matt Dixon, Politico

Questions surrounding the ages of some of the women surfaced immediately upon their return — three of them looked so young when they returned on Beshears’ private plane that U.S. Customs briefly stopped and questioned him, according to sources familiar with the trip, including a woman on the flight.


In July 2020, as the full scope of his legal troubles were coming into view, Greenberg made a failed attempt to get politically connected friends to ask Gaetz to get President Donald Trump to pardon him, two of the friends told POLITICO.  Greenberg was not invited to the Bahamas, the three sources said, because of a conflict with Pirozzolo’s girlfriend. Pirozzolo, who recently told patients that his office was closed “due to a family emergency,” could not be reached for comment, nor could his lawyer or girlfriend.

4/13/2021   Indicted Gaetz Associate Is Said to Be Cooperating With Justice Dept., by Michael S. Schmidt and Katie Benner, The New York Times

Speculation about Mr. Greenberg’s cooperation began mounting last week, after his lawyer and a federal prosecutor both said in court that he was likely to plead guilty in the coming weeks. “I’m sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today,” Fritz Scheller, Mr. Greenberg’s lawyer, told reporters afterward.


The United States attorney’s office for the Middle District of Florida is leading the investigation, which is examining not only whether Mr. Greenberg, Mr. Gaetz and others broke sex trafficking laws but also whether Mr. Gaetz paid for women over the age of 18 to travel with him to places like the Bahamas.

4/12/2021   Exclusive: John Boehner believes Matt Gaetz should step down if indicted, by Jessica Koscielniak, USA TODAY

In an exclusive interview, Former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner told USA TODAY's Susan Page that he believes embattled Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz should resign if indicted.

4/11/2021   ‘Like the Tiger King Got Elected Tax Collector’: Inside the Case That Ensnared Matt Gaetz, by Patricia Mazzei, Michael S. Schmidt and Katie Benner, The New York Times

Records and interviews detailed a litany of accusations: Mr. Greenberg strutted into work with a pistol on his hip in a state that does not allow guns to be openly carried. He spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to create no-show jobs for a relative and some of his groomsmen. He tried to talk his way out of a traffic ticket, asking a police officer for “professional courtesy.” He played police officer himself, putting a flashing light on his car to pull over a woman and accuse her of speeding. He published an anti-Muslim Facebook post. He solicited help to hack critics on the county commission. Stalking a rival candidate got him arrested. Federal agents looking into the matter found at least five fake IDs in his wallet and backpack, and kept digging.  Their inquiry culminated in 33 federal charges against Mr. Greenberg, 36, including sex trafficking of a minor, bribery, fraud and stalking — and led to a mushrooming political scandal that burst into national news in recent days and ensnared Mr. Gaetz,

4/8/2021   Indicted Matt Gaetz Associate Is Expected to Plead Guilty, Lawyers Say, by Patricia Mazzei, Katie Benner and Michael S. Schmidt, The New York Times

Investigators have also been told of a conversation where Mr. Gaetz and a prominent Florida lobbyist discussed arranging a sham candidate in a State Senate race last year to siphon votes from an ally’s opponent, according to two people familiar with the investigation. 


Mr. Gaetz’s legislative director in Washington, Devin Murphy, abruptly quit last week, three people familiar with the decision said on Thursday, becoming the second senior aide to resign since the Justice Department inquiry came to light.

4/8/2021   Justice Dept. Inquiry Into Matt Gaetz Said to Be Focused on Cash Paid to Women, By Katie Benner and Michael S. Schmidt, The New York Times

Investigators believe Joel Greenberg, the former tax collector in Seminole County, Fla., who was indicted last year on a federal sex trafficking charge and other crimes, initially met the women through websites that connect people who go on dates in exchange for gifts, fine dining, travel and allowances, according to three people with knowledge of the encounters. Mr. Greenberg introduced the women to Mr. Gaetz, who also had sex with them, the people said.

Some of the men and women took ecstasy, an illegal mood-altering drug, before having sex, including Mr. Gaetz, two people familiar with the encounters said.

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4/6/2021   The congressman and his wingman, by Marc Caputo, Politico

Florida has never seen a tax collector like Joel Greenberg.


His Seminole County tax office was the only one in the state where employees were armed with pistols and body armor. He wore his own law enforcement badge and carried a sidearm at tax collector conferences. He let people pay property taxes with Bitcoin. He tweeted Islamophobic comments, installed a remote-controlled sprinkler system to spray petition gatherers he didn’t like and doled out fat contracts to his groomsmen shortly after winning the usually humdrum Orlando-area office with a campaign to stop “crony capitalism.”


Less than a week after his initial arrest and resignation, federal prosecutors allege, Greenberg kickstarted a new fraudulent scheme over Covid relief money. That charge was added to his third and (so far) final superseding indictment that was returned March 30. The indictment also alleged Greenberg had set up a company called Government Blockchain Systems LLC to use his elected office to “embezzle and divert over $400,000” in public money to personally benefit himself by using cryptocurrency like Bitcoin.


In addition, Greenberg is accused of misusing tax money to buy Bitcoin mining machines and then selling them at a personal profit on Amazon.


“You couldn’t make this story up, it’s so crazy,” said David Bear, an attorney for a Greenberg political rival whom the now-former Seminole County tax collector is accused of falsely smearing as a pedophile two years ago.  


“Ultimately, it’s about abuse of power and how the Republican Party lost its way with guys like this,” Bear said. “As one of the few remaining Never Trump Republicans, nothing could make me happier than seeing Matt Gaetz and his kind being taken down. They’re the embodiment of Trumpism.”

4/6/2021   Matt Gaetz, Loyal for Years to Trump, Is Said to Have Sought a Blanket Pardon, by Michael S. Schmidt, Maggie Haberman and Nicholas Fandos, The New York Times

Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, was one of President Donald J. Trump’s most vocal allies during his term, publicly pledging loyalty and even signing a letter nominating the president for the Nobel Peace Prize.


In the final weeks of Mr. Trump’s term, Mr. Gaetz sought something in return. He privately asked the White House for blanket pre-emptive pardons for himself and unidentified congressional allies for any crimes they may have committed, according to two people told of the discussions.

4/2/2021   Feds' investigation of Matt Gaetz includes whether campaign funds were used to pay for travel and expenses, by Evan Perez, David Shortell, Paula Reid and Pamela Brown, CNN

The investigation of Gaetz began in the closing months of the Trump-era Justice Department under then-Attorney General William Barr and was initially part of a broader probe into trafficking allegations against another Florida politician, Joel Greenberg.

4/2/2021   The Matt Gaetz Investigation: What We Know, by Nicholas Fandos, The New York Times

Gaetz has claimed his family is being extorted. Not exactly.

The disclosure of a serious federal criminal investigation would typically prompt carefully vetted statements and studied silence in Washington. Mr. Gaetz has gone on a media tour instead, confirming the existence of the inquiry while shifting attention to another attention-grabbing claim: that his family is being targeted by two men trying to extort it for $25 million in exchange for making potential legal problems “go away.”

4/2/2021   Feds looking at alleged payments Rep. Matt Gaetz made to women and online solicitation: Sources, by Alexander Mallin, Mike Levine, John Santucci, Katherine Faulders and Will Steakin, ABC News

Sources said Gaetz was part of a group of young male lawmakers who created a "game" to score their female sexual conquests, which granted "points" for various targets such as interns, staffers or other female colleagues in the state House. One of the targets of the scoring system was a group the lawmakers had heard were "virgins," according to a source. The scoring system by male Florida lawmakers was previously reported by the Miami Herald.


One source said Gaetz was often spotted trying to pick up young women at 101 Restaurant, a once-popular watering hole in Tallahassee for some lawmakers and students from nearby Florida State University.


While on Capitol Hill as a member of Congress, Gaetz allegedly boasted of his sexual encounters with women, and would allegedly try to show colleagues photos and videos of naked women he said he slept with, according to sources familiar with Gaetz’s actions.  One video in particular was of a naked woman with a hula hoop, according to a source who was shown the material -- an allegation first reported by CNN.


Prior to joining Congress, Gaetz was a member of the Florida House of Representatives when his father was also a member of the Florida Senate. Sources told ABC News the two were often referred to as "Daddy Gaetz and Baby Gaetz." Sources said some women referred to him as "Creepy Gaetz." 

3/31/2021   Rep. Matt Gaetz under federal investigation, accused of having sex with a minor, Staff Video, USA Today

3/31/2021   The one *big* problem with Matt Gaetz's explanation, by Chris Cillizza, CNN

The Department of Justice declined to comment to CNN on Tuesday night. In a statement to CNN, the FBI in Jacksonville said, "The FBI declines to confirm nor deny the existence or status of an investigation. We refer you to the Department of Justice for further comment regarding this report."

Which, well, seems to matter. Because, if Gaetz's allegations are totally accurate, it would seem incumbent upon the DOJ and/or the FBI to say so. Allegations that a 38-year-old member of Congress had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and may have paid for her to travel with him are serious. The Justice Department is even investigating whether Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws, according to The New York Times report. If they are entirely inaccurate -- and if the teenager is, as Gaetz claims, entirely fictional -- then the FBI and DOJ not saying so could, after a while, amount to character assassination.

And yet, neither the DOJ or FBI has said anything -- amid repeated requests from media organizations to do so. (Worth noting for people alleging that this is a political hit on Gaetz, a major ally of former President Donald Trump: The investigation began in the final months of the Trump presidency, while Bill Barr was still the Attorney General.) 

3/31/2021   In investigation of Rep. Gaetz's alleged sexual relationship with minor, feds looking beyond Florida, sources say, by Mike Levine, Katherine Faulders, Alexander Mallin and John Santucci, ABC News

Within the last several weeks Gaetz started reaching out to prominent attorneys, according to one source. The source said that one of the attorneys Gaetz asked to represent him was Washington attorney Bill Burck, who represented Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and Don McGahn during the Mueller probe. Burck turned down the case, according to a person familiar with the decision.

3/30/2021   Matt Gaetz Is Said to Face Justice Dept. Inquiry Over Sex With an Underage Girl, by Michael S. Schmidt, Katie Benner and Nicholas Fandos, The New York Times

The investigation was opened in the final months of the Trump administration under Attorney General William P. Barr, the two people said. Given Mr. Gaetz’s national profile, senior Justice Department officials in Washington — including some appointed by Mr. Trump — were notified of the investigation, the people said.

12/11/2017   Women in politics fear #MeToo moment will backfire — and they’ll be the ones punished, by Mary Ellen Klas, Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee Bureau

Mayfield said she was outraged her freshman year as a House member when a group of freshmen male legislators lived together and ran their rented session home “like a frat house.”


They created a scoring system to rank female legislators and lobbyists, she said. One of them was asked what he wanted to do in Tallahassee and his answer was “to sleep with as many women as possible,” Mayfield recalled. “Who is investigating that?”


She said she believes Latvala’s accuser, but Mayfield also suggests that Tallahassee’s go-along, get-along culture may have allowed him to become “desensitized,” while those he may have shamed and offended did not feel free to complain.


‘I’ve walked around the building and you can look in women’s eyes and you just know they’re in pain. They’re terrified,’ said Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation. 







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The instructions explain what the prosecution must prove to convict.

In my new piece for @msnbcdaily I explain why they're so important in the Chauvin trial

Why Chauvin trial's verdict may hinge on Judge Cahill's jury instructions, by Joyce Alene, MSNBC


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"Deregulate" "There's too much regulation, too many regulations." "Freedom"  

2/26/2021   Impacts of PFAS could ripple for years in Livingston County, despite progress, by Jennifer Timar, Livingston Daily

In July, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced the "do not eat fish" advisory will remain in place as more data is collected.

In Livingston County, the advisory includes:

The Huron River
Kent Lake
Ore Lake
Strawberry Lake
Zukey Lake
Gallagher Lake
Loon Lake
Whitewood Lake
Base Line Lake
Portage Lake
The advisory also applies to the river and connected bodies of water in Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.


That covers pretty much all the area lakes except Horseshoe and Whitmore Lakes.  Which means lakeside property is even more priceless. 

Such a great time to sell North Village lakeside parkland for a song!  Expecially to build crackerboxes squeezed into trailer park sized lots.



Watery Victory for Michigan Libs whining about "burdensome regulation, unnecessary regulation, freedom-hating regulators"

Owners of dams flooding Midland ignored federal regulators for years


"Government can't do anything well." "Volunteers."  "Pay for it with contributions."


1850   “The state shall not be party to, or interested in, any work of internal improvement, nor engage in carrying on any such work...”  Michigan 1850 Constitution

1844   Private Turnpike Companies:

Beginning in 1844, private turnpike companies attempted to fill this void with a network of toll roads, portions of which were constructed of wooden planks. Although these companies had to be chartered by the state and were required to construct and operate their roads according to certain standards, these toll roads were entirely the responsibility of private enterprise. This was significant because it marked the only time that public roads in Michigan were not a direct government responsibility. One of the first plank road companies, the Detroit and Port Huron, was chartered in 1844. Several more of these private toll road companies were established during the next few years, and in 1848 the state legislature passed a General Plank Road Act to regulate their operations.


Plank roads were required to be from two to four rods wide, 16 feet of this to be a “good, smooth, and permanent road”. Eight feet of width was to be of three-inch plank. For two-horse wagons and carriages, as well as “for every score of neat cattle”, a toll of two cents per mile was permitted. For one-horse vehicles, the maximum rate was one cent per mile. Altogether, more than 202 companies were chartered, although most never began operations. The Detroit and Pontiac Plank Road was opened late in 1849. The Detroit and Howell—50 miles long, with 10 toll gates along Grand River Road was completed in 1851. It was soon discovered, however, that the planks decayed rapidly and that the roads could not be kept up from the tolls received. “Mark Twain, who traveled to Grand Rapids by stage to give a lecture, was asked how he had liked the trip. ‘The road could not have been bad,’ he replied, ‘if some unconscionable scoundrel had not now and then dropped a plank across it.’” Many companies abandoned operations after a few years and few were able to show a profit. However, this situation lasted only about 40 years as the toll roads proved economically impractical. The support by the legislature of private toll companies did not meet the needs of a well-planned road system.


The practice of working off one’s road taxes, called the statue labor system, was the cornerstone of 19th century highway taxation policy in early Michigan.

Each able-bodied male living within a local designated road district was directed to work off his road tax at the rate of not more than thirty days per year. The road supervisor, who was elected by residents of the road district, had authority to determine the time and place for each citizen to work. In the event that the citizen could not work, his road tax could be commuted at the rate of 62.5¢ per day. Every able-bodied male was expected to work a certain number of days a year on road construction or maintenance. The road overseer notified all such township residents of the time and place of work; those that failed to report were penalized. A resident who provided a wagon, scraper, yoke of oxen, team of horses, or other equipment would be assigned a reduced number of work days. The statute labor system provided little cash for the purchase of road equipment or the hiring of full-time road personnel. Indeed, there was the prevailing view that no experience or training was necessary to build or maintain roads. Anyone who could operate a scraper or yoke of oxen could build roads, according to common belief.


The results of such amateur efforts were detrimental to an efficient system of roads; in fact, such efforts often left roads in worse condition than they were before such “repair work” had been initiated. One shrewd contemporary of the time observed:


The experienced traveler who finds himself at the beginning of a newly mended road will betake himself to the nearest house and learn how far the improvement extends; if for the distance of 10 miles, he will then inquire by what circuit, not exceeding 15 miles in length, he can escape from the danger of repairs. After a time nature mends the damage done by the process of reconstruction, and the journeyer may find once again a way tolerable…”


Despite the inefficiency of Michigan’s highway system, it was strongly defended by farmers of the state. They not only favored use of amateur personnel as adequate for the task, but they stoutly opposed any attempt to abolish the statute labor system in favor of taxation to finance roads. The depressed economic plight of Michigan farmers in the late 19th century helps explain this fear of increased taxation.


In 1907, the legislature repealed the act which had permitted citizens to work out their road taxes.

- excerpts from The History of Roads in Michigan, by Dorothy G. Pohl, Managing Director for the Ionia County Road Commission, and Norman E. Brown, retired MDOT Act 51 Administrator. It was presented to the Association of Southern Michigan Road Commissions on December 2, 1997