Zacharish Chandler (1813-1879) was mayor of Detroit (1851–52), a four-term U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan (1857–75, 1879), and Secretary of the Interior under U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant (1875–77), staunch abolitionist, and Radical Republican. A very feisty politician who was ready to fight (literally) for his beliefs.
Though not well known today, Chandler is an important historical figure without whom there may not have been a Republican Party, a President Abraham Lincoln, or a Civil War.
In 1854, Chandler, who had been a leader of the anti-slavery faction of Michigan’s Whig Party, helped forge a merger with other anti-slavery groups to create the first statewide Republican Party. By crafting a new political party, Michigan’s anti-slavery activists created a template that other Northern states would follow, triggering a series of events that would eventually lead to the election of Lincoln as president and the secession of the South.
As a U.S. Senator, he was not adverse to a "little bloodletting" to preserve the Union when the South threatened succession.
Zachariah Chandler was honored by the Michigan Legislature in 1911 by having a statue placed in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Congress, which remained until Michigan decided to replace it with a statue of President Gerald Ford. The Chandler statue was moved to Constitution Hall in Lansing.
Source : Wikipedia entry
Senator Tom George, Ford versus Chandler, Detroit Free Press, May 3, 2011.
Michigan Governors, Michigan Also-Rans, and the Constitution: Cass and Chandler, Night Train Blog, September 17, 2010.
A group of Eastern governors said Monday that they’ve cut air pollution about as much as they can and that it’s time for federal regulators to step in and force states in the upper South and Midwest — including Michigan — to slash emissions from coal-powered plants and other polluters.
Officials from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont say pollution from industrial areas is being carried north and east by prevailing winds, causing many, if not most, of the days when those states do not meet federal air quality standards.
For the full article, see Todd Spangler, "Michigan may be forced to cut pollution after petition from Eastern states", Detroit Free Press, December 9, 2013.
Conservatives Mounting Push For Abortion Proposal
Anti-abortion activists appear increasingly alarmed that majority Republican legislative leaders continue to say they might wait until January to act on their voter-initiated act that would prohibit the sale of insurance policies that cover abortion unless a person purchased a separate rider.
LGBT Group Demands Agema Resignation After Latest Comments About Gays
Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema again is under fire for remarks about gays after a published report Saturday quoting Mr. Agema as saying the reason they want access to medical benefits is because "they're dying" at a young age of complications from AIDS.
Sheriffs' Association, Chiefs Of Police Oppose Landline Bill
The Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and the Michigan Sheriffs' Association said on Monday they oppose a bill that would streamline the process allowing phone companies to end landline services, saying cell phones and voice over Internet protocol services are not completely reliable.
Campaign Finance, Medical Marijuana, Supplemental Bills Could See Votes This Week
It's the last week of session for the Legislature in 2013 and the full House plans to move packages of legislation reforming education, campaign finance and medical marijuana laws.
Team Making State Website Disabilities-Compliant
The state is still working to be sure its buildings are accessible to those with disabilities, but Sharon Ellis, Americans with Disabilities compliance director for the state, said that effort needs to move to the state's electronic properties.
Michigan Had Low Total Costs Of Workers Comp Claims, Study Finds
The total costs for a workers' compensation claim in Michigan were low compared with other states prior to reform legislation in 2011, a study by a Massachusetts-based think tank found.
Wesaw Paring Civil Rights Priorities
The Department of Civil Rights has asked for some additional funds for the 2014-15 budget, but in the meantime is narrowing some of its outreach focus, Director Matt Wesaw told the Civil Rights Commission on Monday at his first meeting as director.
Supreme Court To Hear Commutation, McCree Cases This Week
Whether a governor can rescind a prison commutation, and whether a court can even hear the argument, will be among the cases heard in oral arguments before the Supreme Court this week.
Sen. Johnson Running For Congress
Sen. Bert Johnson on Monday announced he would forgo seeking in re-election in the state Senate in exchange for a run for the state's 14th U.S. House District.
Michigan Ranks Near Bottom In Protecting Kids From Tobacco
Michigan ranks 44th in the nation in funding programs to help prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, a national report released Monday by a coalition of public health organizations says.
Trust Fund Approves $28M For 76 Projects
The Natural Resources Trust Fund Board has approved 76 projects for the coming fiscal year totaling $27.68 million.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #52, Report 239, December 9, 2013. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
Right to Life supporters are turning up the volume on their calls for the Legislature to take up the abortion insurance initiative this week -- instead of in January.
In press releases and email blasts, the activists caution that if legislative leaders delay a vote on the initiative by a month, it could mean delaying implementation by a year. That's unacceptable, according to supporters of the proposal, which would require women to purchase insurance coverage for non-emergency abortions through optional riders.
For the full article, see "Pressure Mounts For Commitment On RTL Initiative", Inside MIRS Today, December 9, 2013.
Other topics covered include:
• Pressure Mounts For Commitment On RTL Initiative
• 40-Year-Old Cold Case Draws Interest From CRC
• 83% Of Wayne County Voters Open To New Exec
• Bernstein Eyeing Supreme Court
• More Than Half Of Dredging Projects Not Finished
• House Passage Could Be Calling For AT&T Bill
• U's, BLM Pushing For Higher State Aid
• Panel Urges State To Allow Locals To Raise Own Revenue
• Radio Host 99% Sure He'll Run For House
• DCCC Putting McKenzine On Jumpstart Program
• MSU Demonstration Dodges Budget Bullet
• Grand Rapids Reporting More Commuters Using Bikes, Busses
• Bills Would Get MCCA Fees From Insurance Droppers
• Webinar: Michigan Legislative Tracking 101
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State House candidate Wendy Day calls out legislators for not taking up the abortion rider citizens' initiative up to now.
Rep. Harvey Santana talks about supporting reforms at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation on the hope state money will be used to help the M-1 rail project in Detroit.
Also, what will and what won't the Legislature take up in its last week of 2013?
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