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A pair of women with notable careers in media and politics will give free lectures in Ann Arbor next month. Donna Brazile, political strategist and media contributor, will be the keynote speaker at the Women of Color Task Brazile Force Conference at 8:30 a.m. March 8 at Hill Auditorium, 825 North University. Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times, will speak at 4:30 p.m. March 19 at the Biomedical Science Research Building, 109 Zina Pitcher Place, on the U-M campus. The appearances are organized by the Center for the Education of Women. Both lectures are free and open to the public but registration is requested at http://www. cew.umich.edu. Veteran Democratic political strategist Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political comAbramson mentator, vice chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee, and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute. Aside from working for the full recovery of her beloved New Orleans, Brazile’s passion is encouraging young people to vote, to work within the system to strengthen it, and to run for public office. She has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000 when she became the first African-American
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A cape-wearing participant leaps into a freezing pool of water at the U of M Polar Plunge at Michigan Stadium Saturday.
Hundreds take icy plunge to beneﬁt Special Olympics
By Chris Nelson
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Participants, known as “plungers,” registered for the first University of Michigan Polar Plunge held at Michigan Stadium. This is the first year that the U of M Athletic Department has partnered with Special Olympics Michigan to host one of the 28 Polar Plunges planned in the state this year. Money raised from the plunges supports the free participation of Special Olympics athletes in competitions ranging from local to international levels, according to a U of M news release.
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Cheers filled The Big House in Ann Arbor early Saturday afternoon, even though there wasn’t a football in sight. Instead, more than 300 brave souls cannonballed and belly-flopped their way into frigid pools of icy water, while dressed in outfits ranging from penguin suits to wrestling outfits and bikinis. This was on a day where temps hovered around freezing — not counting the wind chill.
Prior to plunging, U of M football coach Brady Hoke, and former coach Lloyd Carr, pumped up plungers in the Wolverine locker room. “We’re excited to be here with these great athletes,” said Hoke. “Go out there and do your best. Have fun, go blue, and go Special Olympics!” After the pep talk, plungers, ranging from ages 5 to 59, dashed through “The Tunnel” under Michigan Stadium to the two pools on the field.
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Democrat lawmakers hear from public during listening session
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Five Democratic state representatives visited Ann Arbor Monday night to listen to constituents about their concerns and issues. The two-hour event at the Washtenaw County Intermediate School District on Wagner Road featured Reps. David Rutledge, Jeff Irwin, Adam Zemke, Gretchen Driskell and Jim Townsend (Royal Oak), who represented Minority Leader Tim Greimel of Auburn Hills. More than 50 people attended, along with a represenPLEASE SEE SPEAKERS/3-A tative from Congressman
John Dingell’s office. The Democrats promoted a new website — www.realstateofourstate.com — that is promoting their party’s stance that Gov. Rick Snyder’s recent State of the State address left much to be desired. Driskell, acting as the host, said the representatives were there to listen, not talk. Audience members were asked to come up and speak their minds. And did they have something to say. In a decidedly partisan atmosphere, the speakers took on the Snyder administration and the Republican majority in
Lansing. With passionate comments, the feedback featured many left hooks and upper cuts as people spoke on pension taxes, education funding, unemployment compensation, independent contractors, elections and apportionment. Saline resident John Baublit fired the salvo criticizing the Republicans for passing a law that allows the taxing of pension income. Baublit said PA 38 of 2011 violated the 1963 Michigan Constitution’s guarantee protecting public pensions from taxation and it violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal treatment under the
law since it created a graduated income tax. Michigan residents all pay the same income tax rate regardless of income level. Baublit said the 2011 law created four separate tax categories based on age. “All I ever did was live by the retirement rules and rely on them,” Baublit said. “The tax exemptions provided an incentive for me to remain in the classroom for 39 years.” Baublit said he would prefer the taxes raised from his pension be used for education, not as a gift
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