the ypsi/arbor double barrel open mic

So, Ypsilanti, I know the polls haven’t closed yet, but I thought that I’d open up a thread where you could gloat about the victories of your candidates in today’s election, or bemoan the “dirty tricks” of your opponents, if your side lost. So, if you have thoughts on the election, the results, or the way in which campaigns were run, here’s your place to express yourself. All I ask is that you remember to occasionally take a deep breath, and, of course, stay hydrated.

And, so that our friends to the West have something to talk about while we fight like meth-fueled pitbulls over Ypsi politics, I thought that I’d throw out a special question just for them… So, here it is Ann Arbor… What vintage Bordeaux would you serve Garrison Keillor if he were a dinner guest in your home? And, just to make things exciting, let’s say the entr

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  1. Posted August 5, 2008 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    I collected as much election results information as I could – it looks like the Sheriff’s race is going to break down neatly on urban vs rural with Minzey doing better the further away you area from West Willow.

    As to wine, Trader Joe’s porch wine white, served with a lentil salad and brown rice.

  2. egpenet
    Posted August 5, 2008 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    The Mars/Saturn conjunction … thast bright sdpot sraight above in the sky for the last couple weeks … explains it all.

    Progressives have four months to complete their agendas.

    After that … no fuss, no mas.

    Or as they say at the end of Italian dirty movies … FINI.

  3. Brackache
    Posted August 6, 2008 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Johnson fans: cut a smile on your faces, put on some clown makeup, and vote for Eller in the general.

    Be ahead of the curve.

  4. egpenet
    Posted August 6, 2008 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    Congrats, Jerry. Challenges ahead. We want you to succeed, as do the Commissioners. 100%.

  5. Old Goat
    Posted August 6, 2008 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    As consolation for the non victorious, consider that now you won’t be subjected to endless hours of long, insipidly boring meetings. There are funner things to do with your evenings!

  6. Meta
    Posted August 6, 2008 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Thankfully, despite all the yard signs, Clayton beat Minzey for sheriff.

    The rest of the results can be found here:

  7. Scott K
    Posted August 6, 2008 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Once again I’m throughly disappointed in how easily Ypsilanti voters are blindly swayed the City Income Tax issue. I was/am strongly in favor of the tax. We obviously know where Murdock stands on the issue. When I posed the question to Mr. Johnson he stated he was in favor of it, it failed, now time to move on to another solution. Great answer! Open minded thinking! Now council will be have even more one track members. I sit back and wait to see how all this will pan out and hoping I don’t have to say told you so when it comes to the city budget and the cuts that will need to happen.

    Ever since the tax issue last year I have considered my own run for council….however I fear that being open minded in my political thinking is political suicide in Ypsi. In favor of the city tax and having a McCain sign in my yard (yep, that’s me the new landmark in Depot Town….I am however a Democrat).

    I hope that blind voting based solely on party lines or a single issue will not lead us down the wrong path.

    P.S. (So, if I ever do run for office do you think the city keeps private records on who has had Republican yard signs?)

  8. Old Goat
    Posted August 6, 2008 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Scott K, I’m throughly disappointed at how easily you fail to understand how lousy things are right now. In the last seven years, the Republican leadership has managed to screw up everything they’ve touched or created.
    So bad, in fact, that all over America, cities and citizens are struggling to stay solvent.
    Your more-the-same-McCain yard sign lets us know that you are no Democrat and your “open-mindedness” is laughable.

  9. Demetrius Ypsilanti
    Posted August 6, 2008 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    A whole lot of us supported the income tax and the development of Water Street. For example, Steve Pierce, who heroically led the anti-tax charge, sat on the Blue Ribbon Committee that proposed the tax in the first place. He also supported the development of Water Street, back before he opposed it. He had the good sense to jump off both bandwagons when he realized that he could make more political hay on the other side. Good for him. Those things happen in America.

    Now that what’s been dubbed ‘TEAM PIERCE’ is in control of the City we shall get see how they lead. They’ve made a lot of promises. They promised that no police and fire fighters would lose their jobs. They said that they would be more transparent in their dealings. Let’s see them do it. If they can, I’m with them.

  10. Scott K
    Posted August 6, 2008 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely understand how bad things are now (although in terms of the economy I believe it cycles regardless of who is in office. It’s the Federal Reserve board that has the most influence over the economy). And no I don’t like the conservative Republican leadership at all. Eight years ago I voted for McCain against Bush in the Republican primary. I was confident Gore would win the Democratic nimonation so no sense voting in the Democratic primary. I also have voted only twice in my life for a Republican over a Democrat…once for Engler over Fieger (god that hurt) and once when I lived in PA for Arlen Specter over whomver the Dem was against him. I vote for the person as a whole, and it so happens it nearly has always been a Democrat. McCain is as close to the center as one can get…why do you think the conservatives cringed when he won the nomination? I like Obama…I just like McCain better and have for a longer period of time.

    I once asked my grandfather as a kid what is the difference between Democrats and Republicans. He said “Republicans are for the rich and Democrats are for people like us.” I have only wavered from that when I thought the bigger picture was of more benefit than the party line.

    My point as it related to Ypsi was now the city leadership is dominated by one party line. And as was mentioned before…we shall see…..

  11. rodneyn
    Posted August 6, 2008 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    The Ann Arbor News concluded today’s coverage of the Ypsilanti City Council primary races with this gem:

    “Turf said she’s disappointed she didn’t win but is more disappointed with the overall results of the elections. ‘The city is going to get who they voted in and I don’t look forward to that,’ she said.”

    It is unfortunate for Mr. Gawlas and Mayor Farmer’s friends that their long record of poor decision-making on Council has resulted in an ever shrinking minority of supporters. Megan, I have no doubt that you and your 93 ward 1 voter-friends are disappointed. Based on your campaign finance report, those 94 votes were quite expensive – at over $17/vote! I can understand why you would be disappointed. For the rest of us, the overwhelming majority of voting Ypsilanti residents, we WILL be looking forward to seeing what this “new” City Council will do over the next two years or so.

  12. egpenet
    Posted August 6, 2008 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    What just happened echoes Stalin’s plan … One step forward, two steps back.

    How fitting to mark Solzhenitsyn’s passing!

    One thing Mr. Florida left out of his book is that the Creative Class doesn’t vote … politics/schmolitics … we’re flying under the radar, so there!

    Sad, but true.

  13. Brackache
    Posted August 7, 2008 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    Hmmm… the sky’s still above us, the earth’s still benieth us. The unemployed, currencyless birds are still trespassing on all our private properties with disregard and impunity, tweeting merrily and not giving a fuck about our elections.

  14. Old Goat
    Posted August 7, 2008 at 3:28 am | Permalink

    Yea, Yea, McCain voted support of Mr. Bush’s agenda only 89% of the time. That’s one maverick republican!

  15. Ol' E Cross
    Posted August 9, 2008 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t hear the results until tonight. Wasn’t much surprised about Murdock or at all Richardson, Gawlas, was more unexpected.

    To my renewed Councilman Murdock, congrats. Thanks for the visits. Please serve well … I hope you’ll be as independent, gutsy, even-handed and prudent as you seemed on the porch. (No, when push came to shove, I didn’t vote for you, based on the issues, but still trust you to serve upcoming issues well.)

    And, as the loosely affiliated “Team Pierce” now has the majority, you folk have some time to convince me I was wrong. I’ve been before and will hopefully be again. At least I can take comfort being I’m back where I’ve been most my voting life… on the losing side of American politics.

    (Speaking of which, Scott K, hey neighbor. I’m not with you on McCain this go round but understand the allure he had a few years ago. And, I would never mistake someone planting a pro-income tax lawn sign as a republican, whatever sign followed…)

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