The Detroit Free Press: Let’s be clear about what happened Thursday. The governor of Michigan told voters in Detroit that the people they hired could not do the job. So he hired someone else — Washington, D.C., attorney Kevyn Orr, who understands fiscal crisis — to do the work for a while. Yes, it suspends democracy. Yes, it’s a tough pill to swallow. But isn’t it necessary?
New York Times: A veteran lawyer who once worked on Chrysler’s bankruptcy has been handed what may prove to be his toughest case yet: to bring Detroit back from the edge of financial collapse. Michigan officials on Thursday appointed the lawyer, Kevyn Orr, a partner in the Jones Day law firm, as an emergency manager to oversee operations in Detroit, one of the largest cities to ever receive such intervention.