Mike Duggan's first challenge: Making connections in Lansing - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Mike Duggan's first challenge: Making connections in Lansing

Posted: Updated:
Mike Duggan during his victory speech on Election Day Mike Duggan during his victory speech on Election Day
  • Tim SkubickMore>>

  • Why the independent voters may decide the new governor

    Why the independent voters may decide the new governor

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:02:09 GMT
    The I's have it. Here we go with the popular wisdom schtick again. It says that independent voters hold the key to the outcome in the race for governor.
    The I's have it. Here we go with the popular wisdom schtick again. It says that independent voters hold the key to the outcome in the race for governor.
  • Back to school battle brewing in Lansing

    Back to school battle brewing in Lansing

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:47:57 GMT
    About 75% of the school children across the country are already in school but not in Michigan, where the tourism industry has convinced lawmakers to delay the opening of school until after Labor Day.
    About 75% of the school children across the country are already in school but not in Michigan, where the tourism industry has convinced lawmakers to delay the opening of school until after Labor Day.
  • House speaker candidates: Quit counting your chicks before they hatch

    House speaker candidates: Quit counting your chicks before they hatch

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:07:20 GMT
    There is a frantic game of "my list is bigger than your list" going on in this town as the two main combatants to become the next speaker of the Michigan House are trying to one-up each other.
    There is a frantic game of "my list is bigger than your list" going on in this town as the two main combatants to become the next speaker of the Michigan House are trying to one-up each other.
LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

Mayor-elect Mike Duggan has his first challenge in his desire to form working relationships at the state capitol.  Some believe he can do it, others are already feeling slighted.

Watch the report from Fox 2's Tim Skubick in the video player above or read it below.

The mayor-elect of Detroit says he wants to work with Lansing.

This senator says Duggan knows how to do it:  "Absolutely. He's had to do it for nine years at the DMC, and before that, with the county for 14 years," says Sen. Tupac Hunter.

Tell that to this Detroit Democrat Fred Durhal Jr. who is still waiting for that phone call from Mr. Duggan. "I'm on the approrpiations committee of the House, former Chair of the Black Caucus. I think I should get a phone call," says Durhal.

Tim Skubick asks him, "What does this demonstrate in your mind?"

Durhal responds, "Probably a little lack of political sophistication about how to deal with the legislature."

The mayor-elect is doing much better with the Senate Republican leader, Randy Richardville. He calls Duggan a friend and says they can work together - except when it comes to a bailout.

Skubick: The state's check book is not going to be wide open for Detroit?

Richardville: No. Never has been, never should be. ... But number one? They need to fix their structure first.

Skubick: And if they don't? They'll get nothing out of here?

Richardville: Well, no, we're not a bailout kind of program.

Ditto from the House Republican speaker. "We'll wait for that," says Representative Jase Bolger. Skubick notices a smile on his face, and Bolger says it's "because more money has not proven the answer. More money has proven not to solve the problems for Detroiters. In my visit there that was clear. More money to the city government of Detroit has not meant better lives for the people of Detroit." He continues, "This needs to be something that we do with Detroit, not to Detroit."

Mr. Duggan will need outstate Republican support for anything he wants from the state lawmakers, and so far nobody has said no.

"If he's willing to work and get Detroit back on board, and back in shape, I think it's important that the state of Michigan, including us up north - we can't write off Detroit," says Representative Ray Franz from Onekama, Mich.

The Speaker has invited the mayor to come town next week. Maybe that will give him a chance to mend some fences with Durhal.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Detroit barber shop has bills paid but water shut off

    Detroit barber shop has bills paid but water shut off

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-08-30 00:03:06 GMT
    Antonio Wymes paid his water bills on time, but service was still shut off to his Detroit barber shop.The problem was that the business next door was behind on its bill.
    Antonio Wymes paid his water bills on time, but service was still shut off to his Detroit barber shop.The problem was that the business next door was behind on its bill.
  • Community on edge as police search for injured bank robbery suspect

    Community on edge as police search for injured bank robbery suspect

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:32 PM EDT2014-08-29 23:32:48 GMT
    A community is on the edge after an attempted bank robbery goes wrong Thursday outside of a Clinton Township bank. "It's getting to be like the wild, wild west out here," said Kenneth Jones.
    A community is on the edge after an attempted bank robbery goes wrong Thursday outside of a Clinton Township bank. "It's getting to be like the wild, wild west out here," said Kenneth Jones.
  • Many concerned with water quality of Lake St. Clair

    Many concerned with water quality of Lake St. Clair

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:42:59 GMT
    Labor Day weekend is prime time for boating, fishing and water sports, but many property owners on Lake St. Clair are a bit concerned.
    Labor Day weekend is prime time for boating, fishing and water sports, but many property owners on Lake St. Clair are a bit concerned.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • PoliticalMore>>

  • Senate hopeful defends role in Irish firm's merger

    Senate hopeful defends role in Irish firm's merger

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-08-30 00:09:41 GMT
    Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American...
    Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical...
  • GOP Sen. McConnell's campaign manager resigns

    GOP Sen. McConnell's campaign manager resigns

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:00 PM EDT2014-08-30 00:00:44 GMT
    Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign manager is resigning as a result of a scandal involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012.
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager resigned Friday amid fallout from a scandal in Iowa involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012. Jesse Benton said he didn't want to become a...
  • EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

    EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:40 PM EDT2014-08-29 23:40:09 GMT
    The Environmental Protection Agency's staff concludes that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.
    The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices