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Mark G. Michaelsen
Mark G. Michaelsen writes frequently about public affairs.
by | Oct 19, 2009

Detroit has seen better days. There is a shortage of auto sales, jobs and public money but there is no shortage of contempt charges against attorneys. Two Detroit Mayors have served since Kwame Kilpatrick was forced to resign in 2008….

by | Apr 8, 2008

Just when one thought nobody could be as foolish as former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, two sex scandals in Michigan have Democrats there reeling. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick had an affair with his chief of staff, Christine Beatty. Usually,…

by | Mar 21, 2008

If a Democrat is elected President of the United States, former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, a Democrat, might be pardoned. There might even be pressure on a President Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton to appoint this former Alabama Attorney General…

by | Nov 9, 2007

High school and college football is a religion in Alabama. There are only two seasons: football season and talking about the next football season. So successful at winning football games, Hoover High School head coach Rush Propst has been a…

by | Aug 21, 2007

Last Thursday, a fire at the aging Chevron refinery in Pascagoula, Mississippi, temporarily sidelined one of the 10 largest oil refineries in America. Although Chevron says most of the refinery is undamaged, it has not restarted yet. The Pascagoula refinery…

by | Jun 26, 2007

In the mountainous region of Laos, the Hmong people were American allies during the Vietnam War. They rescued downed American fliers and attacked convoys moving supplies from North Vietnam to the Viet Cong along the Ho Chi Minh Trail through…

by | Jun 13, 2007

Among gritty industrial cities along the Great Lakes, Milwaukee has always been something of an oddity. European immigrants who came to work in its brewing, printing, and metal-bending industries elected three Socialist mayors who served for 44 of the 50…

by | Nov 28, 2006

It is easy for the media to still focus on the national Democratic tsunami that swept away the Republican majorities in the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate, leadership elections, and recriminations about failed national and state GOP strategies. In several…

by | Jul 13, 2006

Give the jurors in Montgomery, Alabama, credit for endurance. This wasn’t an FBI sting or about cash in the freezer. Instead, there were piles of documents to support 65 total indictments for bribery, conspiracy, mail and wire fraud and obstruction…

by | May 24, 2006

When we last examined Alabama’s criminal justice system (here and here), several public officials had been indicted for allegedly misusing the public trust. So far, jurors in Birmingham have found eight people and companies guilty of offering bribes to public…

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