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Simone Landon
Simone Landon was a senior editor in charge of the HuffPost News Desk, where she was previously a news editor. She was also the founding editor of HuffPost Detroit. Simone graduated from Brown University and before coming to HuffPost worked for Rhode Island Public Radio, Detroit Public Radio and the Detroit Metro Times.

Entries by Simone Landon

2 Chainz Talks Felon Disenfranchisement, Getting Back His Right To Vote (VIDEO)

(33) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 10:46 AM

Some 5.85 million Americans will likely be barred from voting on Nov. 6, not because of voter ID restrictions but because of the myriad laws that disenfranchise those with felony convictions. 2 Chainz isn't taking that statistic -- or his own disenfranchisement -- sitting down.

The "Birthday...

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Detroit Consent Agreement Lawsuit: City Council, Mayor Disagree On Challenge, Resolving Cash Crisis

(10) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 9:22 AM

Mayor Dave Bing met with Detroit city council early Monday morning to push a plan to stop a lawsuit that the administration says could jeopardize the city's ability to operate. But he found less support than he wanted, as city council members variously backed the lawsuit or hesitated to denounce...

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Ron Goldsberry Appointed To Detroit Financial Advisory Board By Gov. Rick Snyder

(6) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 8:25 AM

Shortly after Detroit City Council approved its version of the 2013 budget, totaling $246 million in cuts, Wednesday afternoon, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced his final appointment to the board that will oversee it.

Ron Goldsberry, an automotive consultant, will serve on Detroit's nine-member financial advisory board...

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Michigan Emergency Manager Law Challengers Appeal Font Size Decision

(3) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 9:17 AM

Backers of a petition to let voters approve or repeal Michigan's controversial emergency manager law are making their case before a state appeals court Thursday morning.

Stand Up For Democracy, a coalition of union, community and religious groups that collected 226,000 signatures to put the measure on...

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Detroit Rec Centers Could Seek Private Funding Through New Conservancy

(3) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 12:30 PM

Mayor Dave Bing is proposing an ambitious plan to transfer Detroit's recreation centers to a new conservancy backed by private funding.

Chief Operating Officer Chris Brown told City Council on Wednesday that the administration has already secured $6 million in pledged funds from corporate and foundation sponsors and hopes...

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Jack Martin Appointed Detroit Chief Financial Officer Under Consent Agreement

(11) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 3:01 PM

DETROIT -- Mayor Dave Bing on Thursday appointed Jack Martin the new chief financial officer for Detroit, a position required by the city's financial stability agreement with the state of Michigan. That landmark agreement, designed by a financial review team with input from the mayor, the Detroit City Council, the...

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Detroit City Council Approves Contract Increase For Ernst & Young

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 1:30 PM

Detroit City Council on Tuesday agreed to up the amount paid to the accounting and consulting firm Ernst & Young, despite the city's fiscal crisis. City Council voted 5-4 to amend the budget to pay the firm up to $1.35 million before the end of the fiscal year in June....

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Michigan Emergency Manager Law Referendum Petitions Not Certified

(522) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 11:50 AM

This story has been updated.

Michigan's Board of Canvassers deadlocked on a vote Thursday and failed to certify more than 200,000 signatures seeking a referendum on the state's emergency manager law, Public Act 4.

Despite a recommendation from Bureau of Elections staff that the board certify the petitions,...

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Petitions To Repeal Michigan Emergency Manager Law, Public Act 4, Recommended For Certification

(169) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 3:00 PM

It looks like Michigan voters will decide whether or not to keep the state's controversial emergency manager law.

The state Bureau of Elections is recommending the Board of Canvassers certify more than 200,000 signatures on a petition seeking to put Public Act 4 up for a referendum in November....

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Detroit Budget: Mayor Dave Bing's Plan Cuts 2,500 Jobs, $250 Million

(17) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 12:50 PM

The city of Detroit is set to lose a quarter of its personnel under the latest budget proposal from Mayor Dave Bing's office. The massive layoffs are part of an overall austerity plan to balance a general fund budget that will be reduced by 10 percent for the next fiscal...

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing To Return To Office April 30

(56) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 12:18 PM

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says he plans to return to work on April 30, after he finishes healing from intestinal surgery and a pulmonary embolism.

"I had a helluva operation," Bing told a small group of reporters via phone Friday morning, in his first in-depth interview with the press...

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Detroit's Martin Luther King Jr. High School Band Raises Money To Perform At London Olympics

(8) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 1:58 PM

Student musicians of Detroit's Martin Luther King, Jr. High School band who are hoping to perform during this summer's Olympics in London have attracted serious financial support but still need tens of thousands of dollars more to realize their overseas dream.

Band members have been fundraising in earnest and have...

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Detroit Financial Advisory Board's First 3 Appointees Named

(3) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 1:40 PM

The first three members of Detroit's new nine-member Financial Advisory Board were announced Thursday, with appointments coming from Gov. Rick Snyder, Treasurer Andy Dillon and Mayor Dave Bing.

Under Detroit's consent agreement with the state, the FAB will have power to oversee city finances and operations and approve or...

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Detroit City Council Balks At Proposed Pay For Chief Financial Officer Under Consent Agreement

(8) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 1:15 PM

Detroit must soon create positions for a chief financial officer and project management director as mandated by the new consent agreement, but City Council members were unwilling to approve salary figures for the jobs Tuesday.

The state, working with the mayor's office, developed job descriptions and salary ranges. Advisers...

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Mayor Dave Bing's Office To Present Detroit Budget To City Council

(12) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 8:20 AM

This story has been updated.

Detroit Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis is set to present a draft budget to City Council Thursday morning, a week after the city entered into a consent agreement to allow greater state oversight of its finances.

Lewis, who is acting as mayor while...

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Gov. Rick Snyder Applauds Detroit Consent Agreement, Looks Ahead

(24) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 5:15 PM

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder pushed an optimistic view of Detroit's future under the newly brokered financial agreement between the city and the state, despite the deal's lack of direct financial assistance for the struggling city.

Under the deal, the city gets state approval of a $137 million bond package,...

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Detroit Consent Agreement Approved By City Council

(143) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 6:50 PM

Detroit City Council on Wednesday voted 5-4 to enter into an agreement with the state of Michigan that will radically alter the structure of the city's government. Proponents said the agreement will help the struggling city's finances and pay off its longterm debts, but opponents said the measure was forced...

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Detroit Consent Agreement: City Council Vote On Financial Deal Comes Down To Wire

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 3:37 PM

UPDATE: Wednesday 4:30 p.m. -- The state-appointed financial review team for the city of Detroit voted to approve a consent agreement for the city at a meeting Wednesday afternoon. All seven present team members voted to approve the agreement. Three team members were absent.


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Detroit Consent Agreement: Mayor Wants Vote, City Council Wants Questions Answered

(4) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 8:15 AM

This story has been updated.

Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis plans to introduce a resolution to Detroit City Council Tuesday morning that would call for the body to approve a financial consent agreement with the state.

Proponents say the agreement would help the city stave off a state-appointed emergency manager...

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Detroit Consent Agreement Revisions Offer Small Changes, Overall Structure Remains

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 3:25 PM

The latest draft of a possible financial consent agreement between the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan includes some changes urged by City Council members.

Council met with Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis and Mike Mcgee, a consultant with Miller, Canfield Paddock and Stone PLC, Monday afternoon to review...

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