Opponents of the Michigan emergency manager law call the state takeover of communities and school districts theft, the robbery of voter rights in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow has the issue in her sights and weighed in on Detroit's situation last Thursday, the day Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Kevyn Orr, a corporate bankruptcy attorney from Chevy Chase, M.D., as the city's emergency manager.
Race has worked its way into the debate. Detroit joins Benton Harbor, Pontiac, Flint, Allen Park and the school districts of Detroit, Highland Park and Muskegon Heights as government bodies under emergency management.