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Former Detroit mayor sentenced to 28 years in prison. Detroit's Bankruptcy Should Be A Warning To Every Worker Expecting A Pension, Or Social Security. Detroit (Photo credit: Ann Millspaugh) The City of Detroit tried to file for bankruptcy last week. A state judge initially blocked the filing, but a federal judge ruled Wednesday this week that the bankruptcy case can move forward. More legal maneuvering is ahead and Detroit may well succeed in the end. After all, Detroit owes somewhere in the neighborhood of $18 to $20 billion to over 100,000 creditors.

More importantly, this situation should serve as a warning to every person expecting to retire one day and collect a pension or other retirement benefits: do not trust other people with your future. Detroit’s city workers have two significant legal advantages compared to many workers. For many reasons, Detroit’s bankruptcy, if a judge eventually allows them go through that process, will not set much of a precedent for other cities.

So rather than discuss Detroit’s case specifically, let’s look at the larger lesson that its workers are now learning. Those risks are not small ones. Mayor during Katrina gets 10 years for corruption. NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. US District Judge Helen Berrigan handed down the sentence Wednesday morning. Nagin was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Nagin’s support for various projects.

The bribes came in the form of money, free vacations and truckloads of free granite for his family business. The 58-year-old Democrat had defiantly denied any wrongdoing after his 2013 indictment and during his February trial. Nagin was a political newcomer when he won election as New Orleans’ mayor, succeeding Marc Morial in 2002. He cast himself as a reformer and announced crackdowns on corruption in the city’s automobile-inspection and taxi-permit programs. Decline of Detroit - Wikipedia. The city of Detroit, in the U.S. state of Michigan, has gone through a major economic and demographic decline in recent decades.

The population of the city has fallen from a high of 1,850,000 in 1950 to 677,116 in 2015, kicking it off the top 20 of US cities by population for the first time since 1850.[1] The city's automobile industry has suffered from global competition and has moved much of the remaining production out of Detroit. Local crime rates are among the highest in the United States, and vast areas of the city are in a state of severe urban decay. In 2013, Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history, which it successfully exited on December 10, 2014. However, poverty, crime, and urban blight in Detroit continue to be ongoing problems. Contributors to decline[edit] The deindustrialization of Detroit has been a major factor in the population decline of the city.[2] Role of the automobile industry[edit] "Detroit rose and fell with the automobile industry.

" Law Department | Goverment | City of Detroit MI. The Law Department is headed by the Corporation Counsel, Melvin Butch Hollowell, who was appointed by the Mayor Mike Duggan, and confirmed by the City Council in January, 2014. The Law Department is comprised of seven divisions: Administration, FOIA, Governmental Affairs, Litigation, Labor/Employment & Workers Compensation, Transaction & Economic Development, Criminal Enforcement and Quality of Life. Each division, with the exception of the Administration Division, is responsible for a discrete area of the law and is made up of several sections. The Law Department is required by Charter to represent the City of Detroit in all civil actions or proceedings filed against the city. The Corporation Counsel may also prosecute any action or proceeding in which the city has a legal interest when directed to do so by the Mayor.

The Law Department is responsible for providing advice and opinions to the Mayor, City Council, and all city agencies. Detroit Laws - FindLaw. Federalelections2008. Election Results | Obtain Voter Information | How Do I|City of Detroit MI. Kilpatrick Wins Detroit Mayoral Race. His election was on the same day the Justice Department announced it was investigating potential absentee ballot voting irregularities in Detroit. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Kilpatrick had 117,354 votes, or 53 percent, and Hendrix had 103,446 votes, or 47 percent. Early returns had shown Hendrix with a 12-point lead. About 2:30 a.m. EST, as his lead widened, Kilpatrick rallied his supporters at the Renaissance Center along the Detroit River, delivering in essence a victory speech to boisterous cheers. "We'll be marching forward, we'll be reaching out to everyone, we'll be rising up and standing strong," Kilpatrick said.

"Detroit's best days are ahead of us. " About a half hour earlier, Hendrix addressed supporters at his post-election party at the State Theatre. "I remain optimistic, I remain positive and I remain a candidate," he said to rounds of applause. In August's nonpartisan primary, Hendrix had topped Kilpatrick 44 percent to 34 percent. Data Driven Detroit » Was the 2008 presidential election a voting boom or bust? Was the 2008 presidential election a voting boom or bust?

Do you really know who voted in 2008? The 2008 Presidential election generated more excitement and youth involvement than any in recent memory. The Census Bureau has just released the demographic characteristics of the voters in the 2008 general election and we can now see what the real[1] turnout numbers look like. I think the results will surprise you. Let us start with the fact that, while the number of votes in 2008 was up by 5.4 million above the 2004 number, the actual percentage turnout for the nation was less – 63.6 percent turned out in 2008 vs. 63.8 percent in 2004.

Who knew? Where were the voters? Nineteen states experienced an increased turnout, but the South was the only region where that increase was statistically significant: Mississippi (+8.0%), Georgia (+7.4%), North Carolina (+6.1%), Louisiana (+6.1%), Virginia (+5.6%), and the District of Columbia (+4.9%). Who were the voters? Is Detroit getting better? Some key findings. Detroit Rising: One year after exiting bankruptcy, are city services in Detroit improving?

How is Detroit doing one year after leaving bankruptcy? Any realistic estimation of the city's progress has to take more than finances into account. As Detroit approaches the anniversary of its exit from emergency control and bankruptcy, we look at a range of city services to see whether daily life has actually changed for the majority of Detroit's residents. Streetlights Entity: Public Lighting Authority of Detroit This new entity, using bond money, is a $185-million project to modernize Detroit’s streetlight system. Result: Residents are generally happy, but some have complained the new lights do not cover as much area as the old ones, including leaving sidewalks in the dark. Blight Entity: The Detroit Land Bank Authority Since May 2014: More than 7,000 blighted homes torn down The city now routinely demolishes 100-150 houses a week. Tax collection Entity: City of Detroit Buses Trash pickup Technology. For Detroit, a Crisis Born of Bad Decisions and False Hope.

Voting policies in the United States - Ballotpedia. From Ballotpedia Voting laws are the subject of much debate and the focus of many reform efforts. Some contend that restrictive voting policies effectively disenfranchise some Americans, especially racial minorities, the elderly, and the disabled. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, "since 2008, states across the country have passed measures to make it harder for Americans ... to exercise their fundamental right to cast a ballot. These measures include voter ID laws, cuts to early voting, and purges of voter rolls. " Voting policies are enacted and enforced primarily at the state level. Voting policies may serve one of two general purposes. FairVote Additional reading. Congress for Kids: [Constitution]: Checks and Balances. DetroitFactSheet 412909 7. Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr steps down as Detroit emerges from bankruptcy.

How corruption deepened Detroit's crisis.