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County stays on blue trend after this year’s vote
Democrats increasing control
By Jim Pruitt
A2 Journal

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Democrats are increasing their control of Washtenaw County’s urban areas, according to data collected from the Washtenaw County Clerk’s website. The trend has been noticeable since the 2004 election, with some areas of the county totally dominated by Democrats since 1988. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney received about 3,000 more votes than John McCain did in 2008, but neither man was able to prevent the Democrats from claiming the county overall. The last Republican presidential nominee to win Washtenaw County was Ronald Reagan in 1984. Some facts: No Republican presidential candidate has won a precinct in the city of Ann Arbor since 1988 or Ypsilanti since 1984. Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti townships have been completely blue since 1996. The cities of Milan and Saline have gone Democrat for two consecutive presidential elections. Saline had gone Republican five times

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority has announced plans to focus more on urban centers now that a vast majority of communities have rejected an offer to join.

AATA to concentrate on urban centers
By Jim Pruitt
A2 Journal

Mass transit proposal dies, but efforts will continue
communities who have expressed support. The death knell came after the Ann Arbor City Council voted to opt out of the system and terminate the four-party agreement between itself, the AATA, Washtenaw County and Ypsilanti. The city’s concerns matched those of other communities that have opted out about support for a regional approach and how it would be funded. Earlier this month, the AATA announced it will work with the communities that expressed the strongest interest in expanding public transit. Those communities include the cities of Ann Arbor, Saline and Ypsilanti, and the townships of Pittsfield, Scio, Superior and Ypsilanti, as well as the village of Dexter. “Efforts to extend the benefits of transit to a greater number of Washtenaw County residents will continue,” AATA CEO Michael Ford stated in a press release. “This issue is a high priority for our region’s economic vitality and growth. Public transit enjoys broad support in Washtenaw County. AATA ridership is at an all-time high, enjoying the fourth highest ridership increase in the nation, according to USA Today. “We respect the Ann Arbor City

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While a countywide transit plan has been scuttled, officials continue to look for ways to improve transit opportunities for urban areas. The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority has announced plans to focus more on urban centers now that a vast majority of communities have rejected an offer to join. The decision PLEASE SEE TREND/4-A means AATA will work with those

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By Ben Baird
A2 Journal

Alyssa Goss

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the southwest of the Textile and Maple roads intersection. While canvassing the neighborhood, the suspects discovered a garage door left open and they went through several of the vehicles inside. They then were able to enter the attached house through an unlocked door in the garage while residents were asleep inside. The suspects entered and quickly stole some cash, credit cards and some small electronic equipment from two rooms close to the garage, according to the sheriff ’s office. No suspect information has been released.

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff ’s Office is reminding residents to secure their doors following a home invasion in Lodi Township when the residents inside were asleep. Investigators learned some unknown suspects were looking for unlocked vehicles between 4:15 and 5 a.m. Nov. 13 in the Brookview Highlands neighborhood, according to the sheriff ’s office. The neighborhood is located to

Alyssa Goss, a former student of Pioneer High School and University of Michigan, made an appearance on the revamped classic game show “Let’s Make a Deal” Nov. 14 on WWJ Channel 62. For those not versed in the world of game shows, Wayne Brady’s version of the classic deal-making program involves costumes, music, jokes and, of course, prizes. “It was only my first week

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