(July 31, 2008) Campaign literature and website from Edison Hubert who is running for State House in the 54th District runs afoul of military prohibitions of political campaigning. According to Department of Defense Public Affairs office, official military photos may not be used in in political advertising or campaigns.
Hubert has sent out a number of campaign pieces with his official Marine Corps photo where he served for four years in the early 90’s.
Additionally, Hubert used a copyrighted Marine Corps medallion on his website and in his print advertising which is also a violation of military rules and regualtions. Prohibitions of the use of military images in political campaigning has been a long standing policy of the military. Rules governing the use of military images and uniforms were updated in June 2006.
Hubert is also in violation of a more recent directive issued in 2008 which states candidates must use a disclosure statement when using photos of themselves in uniform or talking about their military service. The statement should say, “Military Images and Information Do Not Imply Endorsement by DoD or Service Branch.” Hubert has not used the disclosure statement on his print ads or website.
YpsiNews tried to reach Mr. Hubert’s campaign for comment, but the telephone number on his campaign website is not working.
(July 24, 2008) YpsiNews.com was proud to broadcast live the YTownCan.com debate. Over 160 people were in attendance for the 2.5 hour event held at the Ypsilanti District Library. There were candidates for County Sheriff, County Commission District 4, Ypsilanti Township Supervisor, Clerk and Trustee.
See the on-line discussion during the debate.
(July 18, 2008) Materials Unlimited in downtown Ypsilanti is having their annual 20% off sale through the month of August. This year they have added a twist.
They will donate 3% of all sales to the Best Friends Animal Society, the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals.
The sale runs from August 2nd to 27th.
2 West Michigan Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(July 18, 2008) YpsiNews.com is sponsoring a candidate forum for Ypsilanti Township candidates, County Sheriff, and County Commission from District 4.
The debate is Thursday, July 24 from 6:30p to 9:00p and will be held at the Ypsilanti Public Library, 5577 Whittaker Road in Ypsilanti.
YpsiNews.com will record the debate and post the video on the Internet that evening. If we can secure a high speed connection, we plan to broadcast the debate live via the Internet.
The debate is being organized by Derrick Jackson and Jessica (Decky) Alexander.
A website has been created www.ytowncan.com where citizens can post questions and discuss the upcoming debate. Questions from the forums will selected and asked of all candidates. Residents will also be able to submit questions during the debate.
Then after the debate, return to the website to discuss the debate and candidates.
For more information please contact the organizers
Jessica (Decky) Alexander
(July 15, 2008) Skip Cerier from SchoolPictures.com, a clearing house and processor of school pictures, has completed purchase of the Ave Maria Campus in Ypsilanti. Cerier closed on the property on Monday.
Cerier says they have over 3 million pictures and provide service to some 400 schools in the region. Cerier says they have been on-line for some two years now and shot over 80 schools last year.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Tom Monaghan, founder of Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti, moved the campus to Florida in 2006. Monaghan was also co-founder of Dominos Pizza and store number 1 was in Ypsilanti. With the sale of the Ave Maria property on Forest Avenue, Monaghan has just three properties remaining in Ypsilanti. They are 1208 Grant, 305 Jarvis, and 318 W Forest.
Update1 — July 30, 2008 — Earlier we reported this was last property Monaghan owned in Ypsilanti. That is not correct. Mr. Monaghan still has three properties in Ypsilanti. The error was in reporting.