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Postby Mulligan » Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:47 pm

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Expelled former Rep. Cindy Gamrat has filed to run in the special election for her old seat.


Aaaaaaaaand there off!

Courser announces plans to run for his old seat
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/p ... /72397320/


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Postby Mad Max » Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:50 pm

Gamrat, Courser lose bids for political comebacks

Lansing — Former state Reps. Cindy Gamrat and ex-Rep. Todd Courser were defeated in two special Republican primaries Tuesday that were triggered by their scandal-plagued departures two months ago from the Michigan House of Representatives.

The tea party duo were vying for the GOP nominations to fill the seats they vacated on Sept. 11, when the Republican-controlled House ousted Gamrat and Courser resigned to avoid an all-but-certain expulsion for misconduct and misuse of taxpayer resources related to their extramarital affair.

In Lapeer County, Gary Howell, a county school board member and road commissioner, prevailed in an 11-candidate Republican primary field with 27 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.

Lapeer County GOP chairwoman Jan Peabody finished second with 21 percent, followed by auto engineer Chris Tuski of Hadley Township in third place with 21 percent of the vote.

Ian Kempf, a Lapeer County commissioner, followed closely behind Tuski with 18 percent of the vote, while Courser trailed far behind in sixth place with 4 percent. Peabody lost the August 2014 primary to Courser.

In west Michigan’s Allegan County, Mary Whiteford of South Haven won the GOP nomination with 52 percent of the vote among eight Republican candidates.

Allegan County Commissioner Jim Storey came in second at 24 percent and Gamrat edged out fellow tea party member Bill Sage for third place, 9 percent to 8 percent. The special primary was a rematch for Whiteford, who lost to Gamrat in the August 2014 primary.

The winners of both GOP primaries in Allegan and Lapeer counties will be the favorites to win their March 8 special general elections because both areas are traditionally Republican strongholds.

Courser and Gamrat’s likely losses in Tuesday’s primaries cap a roller coaster three months in Michigan politics that began Aug. 7 when The Detroit News first reported on audio tapes proving Courser orchestrated a bizarre cover-up of a Capitol romance with Gamrat.

GOP House leaders forced the pair from office after Courser admitted to sending fellow Republicans an anonymous email claiming he was caught having sex with a male prostitute behind a Lansing nightclub.

The scandal and failed cover-up was on the minds of voters who showed up Tuesday at the polls.

“Todd Courser did something wrong, then tried to cover up what he did wrong and made it even worse than it was,” said Lapeer resident Shari Goff, 42, who voted for Arcadia Township Clerk Sharna Cramer Smith. “He brought us a lot of negative attention. We’re a nice community, and I wish people could see us the way we really are.”

Earlier in the day, Gamrat lowered expectations of her chances of winning the primary beforevoting at her precinct in Gun Plain Township just outside of Plainwell.

“I’m at peace with however it turns out,” Gamrat said. “We had a lot of hurdles and obstacles to overcome in a very short period of time. It just depends on who comes out to vote today.”

For several Allegan County voters interviewed at the polls Tuesday morning, Gamrat’s personal indiscretion was forgivable but the ensuing cover-up attempt was not.

“She had her chance and she blew it,” said Bernard Wolf, a 54-year-old dairy farmer and trucking company owner from Gun Plain Township.

Wolf said he voted for Gamrat last year, but chose Whiteford this time. “(Gamrat) has been an embarrassment to this district,” he said.

Joe Dec, a retired military veteran from Plainwell, said he voted for Gamrat because he didn’t see much difference between Gamrat and her opponents.

“Why not pick somebody who’s going to be watched closely?” Dec said. “I think people deserve second chances. I don’t think it was that big of a deal.”

Lapeer County race

Peabody, 54, is the Lapeer County Republican Party chairwoman and a former nurse from Lapeer. She lost the August 2014 Republican primary to Courser by 351 votes.

Voters interviewed at mid-day in the city of Lapeer said they were determined to make sure Courser wouldn’t get another year in the Legislature. Their comments were heavily laced with resentment toward the short-term lawmaker for the negative attention they said he has brought their area.

Lapeer Mayor Bill Sprague, a Democrat, said he crossed over and cast a primary election vote for Howell to help “put the embarrassment of Mr. Courser behind us.”

“There comes a time with stuff goes beyond bordering on the ridiculous and he’s there now,” Sprague said.

Howell is a 68-year-old farmer and retired lawyer from North Branch who chairs Lapeer County’s road commission and intermediate school district board.

“Gary’s willing to consider both sides, willing to work with both parties and he would serve the interests of the people of this county very well,” said Sprague, 60.

The Republican primary winner will face Margaret Guerrero DeLuca of Imlay City, who won the three-candidate Democratic primary with 85 percent of the vote.

DeLuca, a former Imlay City mayor, was the 2014 Democratic nominee and lost the general election to Courser, 55 percent to 45 percent.

Allegan County race

In Allegan County, Republican leaders and outside groups coalesced around Allegan County Commissioner Jim Storey and Whiteford, a former emergency room nurse who co-owns a wealth management firm with her husband in South Haven.

Whiteford, 50, lost the August 2014 Republican primary to Gamrat, 41 percent to 29 percent in a four-candidate field.

Jim Krul, 57, of Gun Plain Township, said his vote for Whiteford was a vote against Gamrat.

“I wanted to make sure that Gamrat was not re-elected,” he said. “She would have been marginalized.”

The GOP primary victor will face Democrat David Gernant, a retired judge.

Some local Democrats who turned out Tuesday to vote for Gernant, who was unopposed, were not optimistic he could defeat the GOP nominee in March.

“This is a pretty red county,” Democrat Rick Knowlton, 68, said after voting at the Gun Plain Township hall. “I give it a slim chance.”

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/elections/2015/11/03/courser-gamrat-legislature-election/75094528/
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Re: Headlines

Postby middle aged female » Sun Nov 15, 2015 11:14 am

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Re: Headlines

Postby Mulligan » Thu Nov 19, 2015 10:51 pm

Lions name Rod Wood team president

The Super Bowl halftime show at Ford Field sealed the deal.

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Re: Headlines

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:24 pm

Mulligan wrote:Lions name Rod Wood team president

The Super Bowl halftime show at Ford Field sealed the deal.

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As long as he doesn't stroll around training camp practices in his workout clothes like a mincing Nancy boy, Rod Wood is an improvement over the last guy.
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Re: Headlines

Postby Craig » Fri Nov 20, 2015 5:48 pm

Ron damn Wood, the real one, excels at tying off and nothing more. He hasn't had an original lick in about 40 years.
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Re: Headlines

Postby Mad Max » Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:47 pm

Gamrat husband ID'd as person who sent Courser texts

Lapeer County Prosecutor Timothy Turkelson said he will not file charges in the case of anonymous text messages sent to former state Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat in an effort to get them to end an extramarital affair.

Turkelson said Gamrat's husband, Joe Gamrat, and other individuals he did not name were responsible for the plan to send texts from a prepaid burner phone.

"The results of the investigation confirm that Joe Gamrat ... was motivated to end the ongoing affair between his wife and Todd Courser," Turkelson said in a statement. "The messages therefore do not rise to the level of criminal extortion."

According to the Michigan State Police report, Joe Gamrat gave co-worker David Horr of Ft. Gratiot money to buy the burner phone. He would then tell him what to say in texts that Horr sent to Courser and Cindy Gamrat. The report also revealed that Joe Gamrat suspected the affair in mid-2014 and placed bugs in his wife's car to try to get evidence of the liaisons.

Courser blasted the decision in a Facebook post and video, saying that two former staffers who were fired were responsible for colluding with Joe Gamrat and the leadership in the Michigan House of Representatives to get him out of office.

"None of this absolves me of my own failures in this, but my failures cannot justify the evil and demonic plot these men carried out — and the hell of lies they have vomited," he said.

Gamrat, in a Facebook post, said she never caved to the demands to resign in the "lurid, disturbing and intimidating messages."

"As you can imagine, I was devastated to hear that the investigation appears to show that a number of individuals, including my husband, former staff from my office, and others, collaborated and had some degree of involvement together," she wrote. "After I have taken the time to look at the full report, I will thoughtfully consider what the right action is to take to move forward."

The former staffers, Ben Graham and Keith Allard, have denied any involvement in a plot to get Courser out of office, but Joe Gamrat told investigators that he frequently communicated with them, along with Josh Cline, who resigned from Courser's office in April.

Courser resigned from his seat in the House of Representatives on Sept. 11, and Gamrat was expelled by her colleagues the same day. Both ran to fill their vacant seats, but lost in the Nov. 3 primary election.

The pair were caught up in a sex scandal and bizarre cover-up in which Courser admitted sending out an anonymous e-mail in which he claimed he was a sexual deviant addicted to porn who paid for sex with men outside of bars in Lansing. The e-mail, which was widely distributed around Lansing, was intended to make it appear that Courser and Gamrat were the victims of a smear campaign and to make news of the affair pale in comparison.

Courser has said he was a desperate man reacting to text messages that threatened to expose the affair if he didn't leave office.

Turkelson said: "None of the individuals involved in this matter come to the table with clean hands. All bear some responsibility in creating this embarrassing and costly chapter in our county's history. Under these circumstances, I see no benefit in prolonging this saga at the expense of Lapeer County taxpayers in a prosecution that would be tenuous, at best."

While this portion of the saga may be over, a lawsuit by Allard and Graham against Courser and Gamrat continues. They have sued the former lawmakers for wrongful termination under the Whistleblowers' Protection Act.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2015/11/16/gamrat-husband-idd-person-who-sent-courser-texts/75862402/


I guess the so call "couples counseling" referred to by Ms. Gamrat previously wasn't enough to stop the extra curricular activities.
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Re: Headlines

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:28 pm

Mad Max wrote:
Gamrat husband ID'd as person who sent Courser texts

Lapeer County Prosecutor Timothy Turkelson said he will not file charges in the case of anonymous text messages sent to former state Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat in an effort to get them to end an extramarital affair.

Turkelson said Gamrat's husband, Joe Gamrat, and other individuals he did not name were responsible for the plan to send texts from a prepaid burner phone.

"The results of the investigation confirm that Joe Gamrat ... was motivated to end the ongoing affair between his wife and Todd Courser," Turkelson said in a statement. "The messages therefore do not rise to the level of criminal extortion."

According to the Michigan State Police report, Joe Gamrat gave co-worker David Horr of Ft. Gratiot money to buy the burner phone. He would then tell him what to say in texts that Horr sent to Courser and Cindy Gamrat. The report also revealed that Joe Gamrat suspected the affair in mid-2014 and placed bugs in his wife's car to try to get evidence of the liaisons.

Courser blasted the decision in a Facebook post and video, saying that two former staffers who were fired were responsible for colluding with Joe Gamrat and the leadership in the Michigan House of Representatives to get him out of office.

"None of this absolves me of my own failures in this, but my failures cannot justify the evil and demonic plot these men carried out — and the hell of lies they have vomited," he said.

Gamrat, in a Facebook post, said she never caved to the demands to resign in the "lurid, disturbing and intimidating messages."

"As you can imagine, I was devastated to hear that the investigation appears to show that a number of individuals, including my husband, former staff from my office, and others, collaborated and had some degree of involvement together," she wrote. "After I have taken the time to look at the full report, I will thoughtfully consider what the right action is to take to move forward."

The former staffers, Ben Graham and Keith Allard, have denied any involvement in a plot to get Courser out of office, but Joe Gamrat told investigators that he frequently communicated with them, along with Josh Cline, who resigned from Courser's office in April.

Courser resigned from his seat in the House of Representatives on Sept. 11, and Gamrat was expelled by her colleagues the same day. Both ran to fill their vacant seats, but lost in the Nov. 3 primary election.

The pair were caught up in a sex scandal and bizarre cover-up in which Courser admitted sending out an anonymous e-mail in which he claimed he was a sexual deviant addicted to porn who paid for sex with men outside of bars in Lansing. The e-mail, which was widely distributed around Lansing, was intended to make it appear that Courser and Gamrat were the victims of a smear campaign and to make news of the affair pale in comparison.

Courser has said he was a desperate man reacting to text messages that threatened to expose the affair if he didn't leave office.

Turkelson said: "None of the individuals involved in this matter come to the table with clean hands. All bear some responsibility in creating this embarrassing and costly chapter in our county's history. Under these circumstances, I see no benefit in prolonging this saga at the expense of Lapeer County taxpayers in a prosecution that would be tenuous, at best."

While this portion of the saga may be over, a lawsuit by Allard and Graham against Courser and Gamrat continues. They have sued the former lawmakers for wrongful termination under the Whistleblowers' Protection Act.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2015/11/16/gamrat-husband-idd-person-who-sent-courser-texts/75862402/


I guess the so call "couples counseling" referred to by Ms. Gamrat previously wasn't enough to stop the extra curricular activities.


Like Gamrat's husband needed help looking like a pitiful, cuckolded worm.
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Park bathroom explodes in Ecorse, DTE investigating possible gas leak


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Re: Headlines

Postby Shark » Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:08 pm

14-year-old boy dies in mini-bike accident


A 14-year-old boy riding a mini-bike died Friday after he sped through a stop sign and collided into a vehicle on Detroit’s west side. In the 1600 Rosemont block, the teenager crashing into a moving vehicle, Detroit Police Officer Dan Donakowski said. The teenager was taken to a local hospital and died of his injuries. The other driver sustained no injuries.
“He was driving erratically and at a high speed,” Donakowski said.
A police car in the area noticed the teenager speed by around 9 p.m. Friday. The officer turned the car around and attempted to make a traffic stop, Donakowski said.


I was looking at a house in the 1600 block on Rosemont yesterday evening. I saw these guys zipping thru the neighborhood. I'm surprised those little death machines are street legal.
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Postby Navy Blue Scrubs » Sat Jun 11, 2016 11:13 pm

Shark wrote:
...I'm surprised those little death machines are street legal.


Uh, Pretty sure they're not.

So a few years ago there was this kid from Southwest who got runned over on his death machine. Hello?, do you really think some old lady is going to see you when she's making a turn and you're overtaking her at ground level in her blind spot?

Anyways, he wasn't my patient but there was an order for morphine and I went in to give it to him. All I had to do was keep my mouth shut, give him the medicine and leave, but of course I couldn't just do that. I asked him if he had a license. He was fifteen so I knew that answer. Then I asked if the microrocket was legal. Again, I knew the answer. At that point his mother, who wasn't much older than her son, asked me why they sold the things if they weren't legal. I don't know. Why do they sell lawn darts or heroin? The latter has been pretty good for my business too. Maybe it's because idiots like you, Mom, will buy them.

edit: Youtube video of dirt bikes, minirockets and ATVs wreaking havoc on Livernois, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSRsjEuFlg4 , love where the woman on a bicycle finds herself in the middle of it
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Re: Headlines

Postby jmy » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:18 am

Shark wrote:
14-year-old boy dies in mini-bike accident


A 14-year-old boy riding a mini-bike died Friday after he sped through a stop sign and collided into a vehicle on Detroit’s west side. In the 1600 Rosemont block, the teenager crashing into a moving vehicle, Detroit Police Officer Dan Donakowski said. The teenager was taken to a local hospital and died of his injuries. The other driver sustained no injuries.
“He was driving erratically and at a high speed,” Donakowski said.
A police car in the area noticed the teenager speed by around 9 p.m. Friday. The officer turned the car around and attempted to make a traffic stop, Donakowski said.


I was looking at a house in the 1600 block on Rosemont yesterday evening. I saw these guys zipping thru the neighborhood. I'm surprised those little death machines are street legal.


They're all over here at the start of summer. They make a racket, and the dogs hate them. On the upside, by the end of June, they've almost all fallen into disrepair and the kids don't know how to fix them.
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Re: Headlines

Postby middle aged female » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:33 am

jmy wrote:
Shark wrote:
14-year-old boy dies in mini-bike accident


A 14-year-old boy riding a mini-bike died Friday after he sped through a stop sign and collided into a vehicle on Detroit’s west side. In the 1600 Rosemont block, the teenager crashing into a moving vehicle, Detroit Police Officer Dan Donakowski said. The teenager was taken to a local hospital and died of his injuries. The other driver sustained no injuries.
“He was driving erratically and at a high speed,” Donakowski said.
A police car in the area noticed the teenager speed by around 9 p.m. Friday. The officer turned the car around and attempted to make a traffic stop, Donakowski said.


I was looking at a house in the 1600 block on Rosemont yesterday evening. I saw these guys zipping thru the neighborhood. I'm surprised those little death machines are street legal.


They're all over here at the start of summer. They make a racket, and the dogs hate them. On the upside, by the end of June, they've almost all fallen into disrepair and the kids don't know how to fix them.

They had the mother on the news last night shrieking it's all the cops fault.
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Re: Headlines

Postby meme » Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:13 am

I can't see how those things could be street legal. I couldn't see turn signals or brake lights. Cops should be confiscating them after checking ownership. Registration? Insurance? All I see is reckless driving on that video. A video of the same shit happening in Baltimore followed the Detroit video for me. I get so tired of hearing/reading about this shit.
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Re: Headlines

Postby The Conscience » Sun Jun 12, 2016 10:59 am

meme wrote:Cops should be confiscating them after checking ownership. Registration? Insurance? All I see is reckless driving on that video.


It's a continuous loop:

Minibike/motorcycle/stolen car driver's reckless activity draws police attention
Police attempt to make a stop
Driver increases speed and recklessness to evade police
Driver creams into a telephone pole/house/other innocent driver and predictable tragedy ensues
Driver's relatives blame police for causing tragedy
Teddy bears and other stuffed animals begin to congregate at site of tragedy
Relatives hire prominent attorney
Attorney rides around on his big-legged donkey shouting that the police caused the tragedy
City quietly settles with family
Repeat
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