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“Yesterday, our democracy bent, but it did not break,” Ann Arbor congresswoman Debbie Dingell wrote early Thursday morning. “Though these Republican-led efforts to overturn our election were unsuccessful in this moment, the cracks they caused in the foundation of our democracy gave domestic terrorists license to invade the United States Capitol.” Dingell later told WEMU that she believed President Trump’s “fighting words” incited the mob that broke into the building.
Tim Walberg, whose district wraps around the city, deplored the attack on “the symbolic foundation of our country”—but still voted in favor of President Trump’s last-ditch attempt to reject the votes of states he lost.
Ann Arbor’s longest-serving city attorney to retire in 2022. Stephen Postema announced he will step down after eighteen years on the job to support his wife in her battle against cancer. He has an excellent track record of winning lawsuits brought against Ann Arbor. High profile cases with large plaintiff demands against the city include the closing of the Dream Nite Club in 2011, beating back a $30 million suit by the would-be developers of the old Y lot, and defeating the Footing Drain Disconnect case which the plaintiff’s attorney estimated would cost the city more $50 million and wound through four different courts before the US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal. He also survived an attempt by a local attorney to have him fired in 2019.
County prosecutor Eli Savit wants to send fewer people to prison. Savit plans to address the underlying causes of criminal behavior, reversing policies that he believes disproportionately penalize poor and minority populations. The Observer’s James Leonard has our story.
A wrong made right. Don “The Bomb” Simons was a star athlete on Ann Arbor High’s football, basketball, and track teams. He was favored to win the “Most Athletic” award for the class of ‘61, but when the votes were tallied, another senior was announced the winner. Fifty-nine years later, Simons finally got the award he was cheated out of. The Observer’s Shelly Daily has our story.