It’s Sam Riddle week here at the City Hall Insider, as Michigan’s most fascinating incarcerated political consultant makes the rounds of the penal media. Thrsday, Riddle shared his secret fantasies about working for the U.S. Justice Department and came out of the Kid Rock fanboy closet on a prison blog. This morning, Riddle is sending … Continue Reading →
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Detroit’s favorite incarcerated political consultant Sam Riddle opened up to a fellow inmate/blogger in a wide-ranging jail house interview posted today where he defends Kid Rock, ripped Adolph Mongo and advocates that prison alums form their own political lobby. Oh yeah, and Riddle wants to work for the FBI when he gets on the outside. … Continue Reading →
Sure, road trips sound romantic — the lure of the open highway, blah, blah, blah. But sometimes sitting in a cramped car and listening to FM radio for hours on end doesn’t inspire. It breeds contempt. Lewis and Clark went at it like Leroy and Loretta Lockhorn. At the end of “On the Road,” Dean … Continue Reading →
The lawyers for the Penthouse Club may know their way around the First Amendment. Spelling? Not so much. The strip club on Eight Mile in northwest Detroit sued Gov. Rick Snyder in federal court Tuesday, challenging the constitutionality of a state law that took effect last month that makes their sign of a buxom blonde … Continue Reading →
Sam McCargo’s loss is Gary Brown’s gain … again. The council president pro tem just hired a new staffer who used to work for Kwame Kilpatrick’s text message attorney Sam McCargo. McCargo and Brown were on opposite sides in the scandal, which started when the former deputy police chief and others filed a whistleblower lawsuit … Continue Reading →
Tank of gas? Check. Beef jerky and trail mix? Check. Mix CD? Check. Term paper on turning around a city that’s bedeviled generations of urban planners? Check. Let’s hit the road and meet the mayor! Marcus Page and his pals in Kurt Burch’s city politics class could be reviewing that checklist shortly before they hit … Continue Reading →
One of the cornerstones of ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s administration is MIA. Process servers have spent five months searching for Jeff Beasley, a former city treasurer and pension board member, trying to serve him nearly 24 times at his Detroit home on Bretton Drive since November, according to court documents. Lawyers want to depose Beasley in … Continue Reading →
When you sling sludge for a living and one of your top guys admits to bribing city officials with cash, free Las Vegas trips, and Cristal champagne, where do you go for some good PR? Reality television. The CEO of Synagro Technologies, Bill Massa, put on his waders Sunday night on CBS’s “Undercover Boss” and … Continue Reading →
Mayor Dave Bing may be getting serious Twitter-verse buzz for gunning down an idea to build a statue in honor of RoboCop. But the City Hall Insider — which is emerging from a long winter break engrossed in Detroit’s 237-page CAFR — gives props to the man Bing unseated as mayor, Councilman Ken Cockrel Jr., who this week got his sillies out with a virtual nod to Yo Gabba Gabba!