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SEP 17, 2013 - Huffington Post

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Pontiac Emergency Manager Order Postpones Democracy For City After Financial Crisis

DETROIT -- Michigan's controversial emergency manager law gives state-appointed financial managers sweeping powers to bring cities in crisis back from the brink. But critics say the law has largely been used to wrest control away from locally elected leaders in cities across Michigan with predominantly African-American populations. Currently in Michigan, nearly 50 percent of the state's African-American population no longer has elected officials calling the shots in their cities or school districts. Emergency managers are championed as having the ability to make tough financial decisions ... Read More

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