James Tatum

Articles (154 total)

G.M., bailout a mistake

On Nov. 24, Candice Anderson was finally cleared of a murder that she didn’t commit. For ten years, Anderson accepted the blame for the death of her boyfriend, Gene Mikale Erickson, who died in a car crash that took place on Nov.

Old GM and New GM

This past week, General Motors Co. was in court over a lawsuit filed by owners of vehicles that have been found to have an ignition switch defect. A defect that has been linked to 29 deaths. And the company’s opening argument to defend itself was essentially, “Oh, no, that wasn’t us that produced those defective vehicles. That was Old G.M. We’re New G.M.”

Snyder nabs re-election

Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich., was re-elected to another four years as the chief executive of the state with victory over Mark Schauer, his Democratic opponent. He was unable to carry his fellow Republican, Terri Lynn Land, the former secretary of state, with him to victory.

Why Detroit cut pensions, and Stockton didn't

On June 28, 2012, the city of Stockton, California filed for bankruptcy, $1.1 billion in debt, and on July 18, 2013, the city of Detroit, Michigan filed for bankruptcy, $18 billion in debt.

Colorado experiment

If Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado loses his race for reelection, it may well be because he didn’t tout his chief accomplishment: the legalization of marijuana. On Nov.

Broken, but not bankrupt

The city of Ypsilanti is in trouble. City revenue decreased by -0.56 percent between 2004 and 2013, while debt connected to the Water Street project accumulated.Given these problems, it is understandable that citizens would come to the conclusion that the city is a candidate for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

Detroit: Still intact

Of course, people will say that in Detroit’s bankruptcy the city has been sliced and diced and sold off for all of its parts, or that the rich will take it for all it has, but that just isn’t true.When Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy on July 18, 2013, it filed with $18 billion in debt.

Tickets and Taxes

Michael Brown’s death uncovered a number of problems with the racial turmoil in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, but it also uncovered a more technical problem.