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County Commissioner Bryant Nolden under fire after report on Morning Gazette Radio Show for illegal campaign contribution

  FLINT —  Genesee County Commissioner Bryant Nolden is under fire after a report on Thursday's Morning Gazette Radio Show that he made an illegal campaign contribution to Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver.

   Campaign finance reports placed online by the office staff of Genesee County Clerk John Gleason reveal that a non-profit corporation led by Commissioner Nolden made a donation to an event he attended to support Mayor Weaver. Corporations can't make donations to political campaigns under Michigan law.

   Commissioner Nolden did not return a telephone call asking for comment about the $120 check written from a checking account of the non-profit he works for at the city's Berston Field House. Friends of Berston was listed as the campaign contributor on the report filed by Weaver's campaign treasurer, Gail Ganakas.

   Nolden is paid a salary of more than $50,000 annually as director at Berston Field House, according to sources of The Morning Gazette Radio Show. He was on layoff from Flint Community Schools as a teacher when given the post at Berston where he had previously done volunteer work to support young people in programs there. He also collects a salary of more than $30,000 per year as a county commissioner. He was elected to a second term on the county board in November 2016 after previously serving as a member of the Flint City Council.

   State law says any person who knowingly violates the section prohibiting contributions by corporations could be found guilty of a felony punishable, if the person is an individual, by a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment for not more than 3 years, or both, or, if the person is not an individual, by a fine of not more than $10,000.

   The incident involving Commissioner Nolden was one of three campaign finance violations relating to the political scene in the City of Flint that could lead to criminal charges after they were revealed Thursday on The Morning Gazette Radio Show.

   The program aired live on CCN Radio at 8 am and will replay at 10 am and 11 am.

   You can listen by clicking on the blue button at right on your laptop or desktop computer, or by scrolling down on your smart phone, tablet or mobile device. Arthur Woodson, who led a recall effort against Flint's mayor, will also appear on the program with Flint City Councilman Eric Mays. Each guest will also reveal news you haven't heard anywhere else in the local media or read anywhere else!

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​​Flint's mayoral race shaping up with rumors flying about long list of potential new political faces 

  FLINT — A report on The Morning Gazette Radio Show revealed Friday that one big name often mentioned as a potential player in Flint's upcoming mayoral election can be scratched off the list. State Representative Sheldon Neeley, a former long-time city councilman, told The Morning Gazette Radio Show he "definitely won't be a candidate."

   Neeley scheduled a fundraiser for Tuesday with invitations by text going out a few hours after a report on The Morning Gazette Radio Show that Genesee County Clerk John Gleason had forwarded recall petitions to Flint City Clerk Inez Brown for her final review.

   "They have a cushion of about 3,000 signatures (more than what's needed) so there is no legal challenge that can stop the recall of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver from being on the ballot in November," Gleason said. "But this is Genesee County, so anything can happen."

   


​​Handwriting expert's opinion shot down by county clerk on recall of Flint Mayor Dr. Weaver

  FLINT —  Genesee County Clerk John Gleason has rejected arguments about allegations that more than 1,200 signatures were forged in a drive by citizen Arthur Woodson to force a recall election against Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver. A letter will be going out to the mayor before 5 pm today to notify her of the decision by Gleason.  Click Here to Read More

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Genesee County clerk, former Senator blasts Flint police by saying door-to-door investigation stinks of voter intimidation tactics 

  FLINT (CCN) — A former state senator is taking heat from police officers in the City of Flint after blasting door-to-door investigation tactics involved in a complaint about recall petitions against Flint's mayor.

   John Gleason blasted the City of Flint Police Department Monday on local TV stations and with comments published online by MLive.com. (See related story below)

   Gleason will be asked to clarify his comments as a guest Tuesday on The Morning Gazette Radio Show. The program will air live at 8 am and replay at 9 am, 10 am and 11 am. You can listen by clicking on the blue button at right on your laptop or desktop computer, or by scrolling down on your smart phone, tablet or mobile device. Arthur Woodson, who led the recall effort, will also appear on Tuesday's program.

   Gleason previously told The Morning Gazette Radio Show that Woodson's group had a cushion of more than 3,000 signatures over the number necessary to force the recall election on the ballot. "There is no legal challenge that can stop the recall of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver from being on the ballot in November but this is Genesee County, so anything can happen," said Gleason who has served as Genesee County's Clerk/Register since 2012 after spending 10 years in the state legislature. He also served prior to that on the Flushing Board of Trustees and on the Genesee County Board of Commissioners.

   Gleason's office now has until Friday to review a complaint filed by Mayor Weaver that more than 1,200 signatures were forged, according to a handwriting expert she hired to review them. Flint City Clerk Inez Brown tossed out more than 2,800 for a variety of reasons. The recall would be halted if Gleason's office rules that only 202 are indeed forged from the 1,200 Mayor Weaver says were forged. Woodson's next step would then be to challenge the ruling in Genesee County Circuit Court.

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​​Flint's recall leader tells Morning Gazette Radio Show he's filing complaint with State Police on alleged illegal donations to mayor

   FLINt —  The leader of a recall against the mayor in the City of Flint told The Morning Gazette Radio Show Thursday that he plans to file a complaint with the State Police about what he alleges are illegal donations to the political campaign of Dr. Karen Weaver.

   Arthur Woodson says he confronted two friends about $60 donations they made to the mayor that were listed on a report filed by Mayor Weaver's campaign treasurer on July 28. The report was posted online by the staff at the Genesee County Clerk's Office.

   "They told me it didn't happen," Woodson said. "They said they were given free tickets and didn't write a check to her campaign."

   State law requires any donations of more than $20 to be by check or money order.


Campaign finance violations to be revealed Thursday on Morning Gazette Radio Show to trigger possible Flint criminal charges? 

  FLINT —  Campaign finance violations relating to the political scene in the City of Flint could lead to criminal charges after three blockbuster stories to be revealed Thursday on The Morning Gazette Radio Show.

   The program will air live at 8 am and replay at 9 am, 10 am and 11 am. You can listen by clicking on the blue button at right on your laptop or desktop computer, or by scrolling down on your smart phone, tablet or mobile device. Arthur Woodson, who led a recall effort against Flint's mayor, will also appear on the program with Flint City Councilman Eric Mays. Each guest will also reveal news you haven't heard anywhere else in the local media or read anywhere else!

   


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​​Scratch one more name off list of potential mayoral candidates in the City of Flint; Lawyer Terry Bankert says he's not running 

  FLINT — Prominent attorney Terry Bankert told The Morning Gazette Radio Show he won't be running for mayor in the City of Flint if a recall election happens. He had told The Morning Gazette Radio Show last week that he was "strongly considering the idea."

   He is the second prominent name to tell The Morning Gazette Radio Show that running for mayor isn't in his future. State legislator Sheldon Neeley revealed last week that he won't run. Neeley, who is a former long-time city councilman, is the chair of the state legislature's black caucas who touched off rumors about a possible mayoral run when sending out invitations via texts about a fundraiser within an hour after The Morning Gazette Radio Show revealed that Genesee County Clerk John Gleason had sent signatures on petitions to City Clerk Inez Brown with a prediction that "nothing can keep it off the ballot" when saying, "They have a cushion of about 3,000 signatures (more than what's needed) so there is no legal challenge that can stop the recall of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver from being on the ballot in November. But this is Genesee County, so anything can happen."

   His prediction on "anything can happen" became reality when Gleason's office received s a complaint on Monday by Mayor Weaver that more than 1,200 signatures were forged, according to a handwriting expert she hired. Gleason said in an interview earlier this week on The Morning Gazette Radio Show that he will make a final decision on Mayor Weaver's complaint by Friday.

   State Rep. Neeley didn't take sides in Weaver's 2015 race against incumbent Mayor Dayne Walling and he says it's unlikely he will support anyone this time if the recall question hits the ballot. Bankert was a strong supporter of Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver when she unseated incumbent Mayor Dayne Walling in November 2015.

   Bankert said he isn't happy with the direction his city has taken under Mayor Weaver's leadership. The Flint attorney is a former city clerk and city ombudsman who is best known for his law firm's advertising slogans of "DumpYourSpouse.com" and "NoJokeBeingBroke.com" and a ballot proposal campaign he led to get voters to keep the ombudsman position at Flint City Hall to investigate complaints by citizens. He has been supporting a ballot proposal next week to revise the city charter, including keeping the ombudsman's office as a part of city government.

   The ombudsman's office was eliminated when Governor Rick Snyder sent in an emergency manager because of severe financial problems under Mayor Walling's first term. Mayor Weaver and the Flint City Council have not restored funding since getting their powers back last year.

   Bankert released a statement on his Facebook page about deciding not to run for mayor, posting as follows:

   "I am not running for public office in response to several friends who asked. But if I was, it would be to street fight to protect you the Flint Citizen from: 1. Flint Police directly involved in political action and scaring citizens. 2. Governor Snyder and his guy Baird selling us out to big water and big fracking interests.Stop their removal of our water resources falsely saying the harm to Flint is over. 3. Fight to make sure ever mom in Flint will know if her children have been specifically harmed by lead in our water. 4. Fight to make sure the new city charter is aggressively implemented.5. Fight to implement Flints new master plan. 6. Fight to break down the barriers to new business deciding to locate in Flint. 7. Fight to find resources for law enforcement to make eradication of the drug, numbers and prostitution industry in Flint our top priority. 8. Fight to make every mothers children safe in Flint. 9. Fight to make every institution and business feel welcome in Flint. 10. What I would not fight is the Flint City Council. They are a co partner and they deserve respect. 11. I would not fight the downtown interest. What I would fight for is a neighborhood agenda as important as the downtown agenda. I would fight for your access to your city government , delivering accountability and transparency. (These) are a few of the things I would fight for but I am not a candidate for any office I have a successful downtown Flint Family Law Practice. (810) 235-1970. What I will fight for here as a previous Flint City Clerk and later Flint Ombudsperson is to encourage you to vote August 8 Yes for the New Flint City Charter. It brings needed change to Flint. @TerryBankert a non candidate."

   

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​​Rumors flying about alleged police reports this guy didn't file; Lawyer letters only way to clear record 

  A couple political heavyweights were on the other end of the line to yell and scream at me after conversations they had just encountered with other local media members. Somebody had apparently been telling them stories about Mike Killbreath that simply didn't happen.

   Lawyer letters is how yours truly intends to respond.

   And oh yeah, by also sending them out our proverbial bushel of rotten apples from The Morning Gazette Radio Show for their absolute incompetence at the job of being journalists. Make sure you tune in to tomorrow's radio show. You can listen live at 8 am by clicking on the blue button above that says, "Click Here to Listen Live to CCN Radio." We will present replays of the show at 10 am and again at 11 am.  Click Here to Read More


​​Morning Gazette Radio Show to file more criminal complaints on Flint City Council illegal activities

  FLINT —  More criminal complaints will be filed by The Morning Gazette Radio Show after it was revealed on Thursday's program that some Flint City Council members broke state law by recently allowing city dollars to be used to promote a campaign.

   The incident took place at the last Flint City Council meeting on July 24 when City Council President Kerry Nelson allowed a special order by a group promoting a "Yes" vote on next week's ballot proposal to revise the Flint City Charter.  The program aired live on CCN Radio at 8 am and will replay at 10 am and 11 am. 

   You can listen by clicking on the blue button at right on your laptop or desktop computer, or by scrolling down on your smart phone, tablet or mobile device. Arthur Woodson, who led a recall effort against Flint's mayor, will also appear on the program with Flint City Councilman Eric Mays. Each guest will also reveal news you haven't heard anywhere else in the local media or read anywhere else!

   The Morning Gazette Radio Show filed another recent complaint after five city council members violated Michigan's Open Meetings Act when convening with select media members in an illegal quorum to discuss city business. They did it when releasing a press statement authored by City Councilwoman Kate Fields blasting Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver and state officials after a lawsuit was filed by the State of Michigan in an effort to force the council to make a decision on a 30-year contract Flint's mayor has proposed with Great Lakes Water Authority for the city's drinking water supply. The other council members who formed the quorum at Councilwoman Fields' event included Vicki Van Buren, Monica Galloway, Jackie Poplar and Council President Kerry Nelson. The Morning Gazette Radio Show has also demanded that City Councilman Wantwaz Davis resign because he was jailed for 60 days after a probation violation, yet he's still collecting a paycheck despite missing all meetings while lodged at the Genesee County Jail.

   The Morning Gazette Radio Show has also reported that two other city councilmen — Eric Mays and Scott Kincaid — have been under investigation by the Flint Police Department. Councilman Mays is accused of felony charges for pawning a city owned laptop, but he recently told The Morning Gazette Radio Show he was "simply safeguarding public property" because break-ins are frequent at his home in the city's 1st Ward. Councilman Kincaid denies allegations that he circulated a recall petition at a south end neighborhood group's meeting, but didn't sign it. Multiple reliable sources tell The Morning Gazette Radio Show that his son signed the petition as the circulator which would be a misdemeanor crime for both Kincaids.


   


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​​Flint boxer Claressa Shields going for world title Friday night at MGM Casino in Detroit on Showtime TV 

  DETROIT (CCN) — Flint's Olympic champion boxer Claressa Shields will fight for a world championship on national television Friday night. Her bout with an undefeated German opponent will be the main event on the Showtime cable network. Promoter Demitri Selsta said Shields will likely fight at about 10:30 pm.

   Shields is 3-0 in her pro career after becoming the first U.S. Olympic boxer to win two Gold Medals. "Her opponent is 16-0 but Claressa isn't worried," said her trainer, Jason Crutchfield. "She's ready and she's confident. She's ready to go take care of business."

   The fight is part of a seven-bout card at the MGM Casino & Hotel in Detroit. The doors open at 7 pm and the first fight will be at 8 pm. Tickets remain at the $125 each price range.