Kwame pulled it out. I didn’t think he had it in him, as Hendrix had something like a 19-point lead at one point. Four more years of top-shelf liquor on city expense reports? Depends if he can learn from his mistakes.
More shocking was the race for Detroit city clerk, and in this case the upset really counts as “stunning.” The incumbent referred to herself as “clerk for life,” but nuh-uh, not when the FBI marches into your office and impounds all your absentee ballots. Not even in Detroit. The News has done some very fine work on this story, with blood-chilling anecdotes of the clerk’s “elections ambassadors,” paid workers who descended on nursing homes to “help” Alzheimer’s sufferers fill out their ballots. In private. Oh, the humanity:
Investigations were launched following The Detroit News report that illustrated how legally incapacitated nursing home residents were being coaxed to vote, that people were voting from abandoned nursing homes and vacant lots, that the city’s voting rolls were inflated with more than 300,000 names of people who had died or moved out of the city; and the ambassadors had a practice of hand-delivering ballots from senior citizens and disabled voters that were filled out in private meetings with Currie’s paid election workers. Taylor testified last week that one ambassador, former state Rep. Nelis Saunders, said she could “virtually guarantee” an election win for $1,100. Then on Friday, a bureau of election worker testified that she saw an ambassador coax a confused nursing home resident to complete an absentee ballot. Ambassador Gracie Allen asked twice “Do you want to vote for Jackie?” and when the resident failed to respond, the election worker marked the ballot, according to the testimony.
And in the Woods? Our hotly contested, non-partisan — but terribly polite! — mayoral race? Not even close. The incumbent won in a walk, as did all the council incumbents, who will be joined by a newbie, who won the endorsement of the G.P. News by reminding them strongly of all the other long-time incumbents. Platforms across the board: Why rock the boat? (Because the entire metro area is facing economic Holocaust? Because houses are sitting on the market like last season’s orange sweaters? Just a thought.)
Take heart, though, Michiganders — at least you don’t own a house in Kansas. On a fast track to replace that lovely wheat stalk on the license plate with Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel, its Board of Education is, once again, on a roll: The Kansas Board of Education voted Tuesday that students will be expected to study doubts about modern Darwinian theory, a move that defied the nation’s scientific establishment even as it gave voice to religious conservatives and others who question the theory of evolution.
In Hillsdale, the new mayor still lives with his parents. He’s 18.
And what’s-a-poppin’ up your way?
ADDED: My friend John down in the Park draws our attention to the quote of the day, from the story about results in Oak Park, an Oakland County suburb. The city voted down a proposal to allow by-the-glass liquor sales, an issue that came up when some strange annexation took in a couple of bars last year. One of them was a karaoke club, whose owner says he will now relocate. Why?
“Karaoke without alcohol — it doesn’t go hand-in-hand,” he said.
Tell it, my brutha.
Oh, and Ferndale approved medicinal marijuana.