Bonnie Bucqueroux teaches at Michigan State University's School of Journalism and experiments with citizen journalism, including co-publishing Lansing Online News with Bill Castanier. They also co-host a radio show Mondays at 7 p.m. on LCC Radio - WLNZ - 89.7.

2 responses to “The Populist vs the Pragmatist: Lansing vs Ann Arbor”

  1. Alex

    I’m looking forward to the Snyder-Bernero debates, and I agree that Bernero will probably not wear well with the populace at the end of them. Currently I’m very much leaning toward Snyder; I think that while he can be a technocrat, I would rather have someone who is trying to bring about intelligent change to the state as opposed to the man who has proven himself to be one the biggest political opportunists I’ve ever seen. Bernero seems like he’ll do anything to get elected, and I think that would translate more into sell outs to special interests and union demands that won’t happen (like you said, the jobs of the past aren’t coming back) than effective policy. Not to mention his demeanor isn’t suited toward building consensus in Lansing; we had 2 government shutdowns between intransigent Republicans and Gov. Granholm, and I don’t think I’d describe her as nearly as pugnacious as Virg.

  2. Fredrik Urshgur

    I wouldn’t vote for Vrrrg for dogcatcher, and I didn’t vote for him for Mayor of Lansing. Yet I’m going to vote for him for Guv’ner, because the last thing Michigan needs is 4 more years of anti-tax bullshit and a militant unwillingness to raise new revenues for a destitute state government. We have cut funding for higher ed by over 50% over the last decade. How much louder can the flushing sound of youth leaving the state get?

    So Vrrrg it is, even with everything I know about him. How fucking sad is that?

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