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Voter Suppression And Choice In 2013, five Supreme Court justices, each appointed by Republican presidents, knocked the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act. Immediately a majority of Republican-dominated states began passing laws aimed at suppressing the votes of their majority Democrat demographics: minorities, students and the elderly. These laws – requiring voter IDs, cutting early voting, eliminating same-day registration, closing selected polling places, banning straight-ticket voting, etc. — never flat-out deny a person’s right to vote; they just make actual registering and voting more difficult, and therefore make it more likely that individuals in certain groups will not vote. Think of voter suppression as a kind of reverse marketing strategy, one aimed at getting people not to do something...

Free Parking Patrick Sullivan’s good story on parking overlooked one source of “free parking” that has become an increasing problem in Traverse City: spill-over into adjacent neighborhoods. Instead of discouraging people from bringing cars downtown, we’re allowing them to park on both sides of narrow residential streets all day long...

Real American Duality Isiah Smith didn’t really put his deep thinking hat on before writing the “American Duality” commentary. First there’s geography. His daughter feels safer in Sweden than in the United States, at least partially because of the violence in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Really? Safer than in northern Michigan, which is further away from Dallas and Baton Rouge than Stockholm is from Ansbach, Paris or Brussels and no closer to Minnesota than Sweden is to Germany? Did Smith miss recent supremely violent events in those places? Alrighty then...

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Best of Grand Traverse County

- March 26th, 2012  

Foodies, hop-heads and social butterflies agree: Grand Traverse County is the place to be -- and nothing is more evident than the growing number of restaurants, breweries and festivals popping up across its 600+ square aces. Here is the Best of the Best of where to go and what to do in Grand Traverse.

HANGING OUT

All-round hangout: 7 Monks Taproom
20-something hangout: The Brew
Live music: Union Street Station
Dance seen: Shimmers
Happy hour: Minervas
Brew pub: North Peak
Place to meet singles: Kilkennys
Place for a first date: Phil’s on Front St.

SHOPPING

Hair Salon: Salon Verve
Spa services: Grand Traverse Resort
Natural products shop: Oryana
Window displays: Ellas
Place to pamper your pet: D.O.G. Bakery
Art gallery: InsideOut Gallery
Stylish resale shop: Zany
Athletic gear shop: Running Fit
Store staff: Venus
Independent apparel: What To Wear
Men’s store: Captain’s Quarters
Place for chocolate: Kilwin’s
New store: Brilliant Books
Shop for romance: Ravissant
Jewelry store: Miner’s North
Eclectic Gifts store:: Nifty Things

DINING

Restaurant staff: Red Ginger
Healthiest restaurant: Oryana
Wine tasting destination: Tastes of Black Star Farms Lunch: Bubba’s
Bread/bakery store: Bay Bread Company
Bar food: U & I
Breakfast: Omlette Shop
Family restaurant: Bubba’s Gourmet restaurant: Red Ginger
Pasta: Poppycocks

Mexican: Agave
Appetizers/small plates: Firefly
Fast Food: Taco House
Salads: North Peak
Pizza: Pangea’s Pizza
Coffee Hangout: Brew
Burger: Bubba’s
Seafood: Apache Trout Grill
Steak: Boone’s Long Lake Inn
Desserts: Amical
Outdoor deck scene: Apache Trout Grill
New restaurant: Xylo

 
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