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The Nov. 4 mid-term election is coming quick, and there is going to be a lot on the ballot.
Statewide elections include governor and U.S. Senate, Secretary of State and Attorney General. All state house, state senate and U.S. house seats are up as well. There will also be two statewide ballot proposals on wolf hunting.
How do you vote and who will be on the ballot? Here’s what you need to know for the election...
For the full article, see Fritz Klug, "Michigan 2014 Election: Everything you need to know for Nov. 4", MLive, October 25, 2014.
After four years of construction, Francis Clergue, hoping to make a fortune selling electric power, opens a hydro-power plant in Sault Ste. Marie (U.S.). This low-head hydro plant was the longest in the world, and in design capacity (40,000 h.p.) was second only to Niagara in the U.S. The canal had the largest water-carrying section in the U.S., delivering 30,000 cubic feet per second.
Clerque spent over $50,000 for fireworks, bands, and food to celebrate the event on this day. "Invitations were sent to all members of the Michigan State Legislature, the Governor, the heads of the state government departments, the U.S. Congressional delegation from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and a large number of prominent American engineers, businessmen, and representatives of the press. Special trains were chartered at company expense, bringing Investors and potential Investors from New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, and Toronto for the celebration. The second floor of the powerhouse was used for the celebration, which was attended by 5,000 people. A large civic and military parade was held and Clergue's sister, Helen, threw a gold and jeweled switch, setting two generators into operation, lighting up several strings of arc and Incandescent lamps, and setting In motion a street car that ran over tracks laid from the powerhouse to the country club. Speeches were delivered at the banquet, with Clergue offering a rosy picture of Industrial development In Sault, Michigan. It was thought to be only a matter of time until this small outpost of the eastern upper peninsula would become a thriving city of over 100,000 and an industrial center of the Midwest."
Source : Michigan Every Day and Edison Sault Electric Company website.
For more information about Clergue, visit Francis H. Clergue and the Clergue Industrial Empire
After his first broadcast on radio station WJR in 1926 he received eight letters from listeners. At his controversial peak, 30 million listeners coast-to-coast tuned in his broadcasts and he received 80 thousand letters a week.
Stations in London, Rome and Madrid carried his program. Fr. Coughlin was called many things: Social watchdog, Nazi, saint, anti-Semite. In response to the charge of anti-Semitism, he replied that he had also...assailed prominent Gentiles, both Catholic and Protestant."
He was instrumental in the construction of the Shrine of the LIttle Flower on Woodward in Royal Oak, collecting donations of nickels and dimes from listeners.
Father Coughlin ruled the radio waves until a new Archbishop decided he was too controversial in 1937.
Source : Father Charles E. Coughlin, The Radio Priest, Detroit News, July 23, 1995.
An underwater telephone cable allowed the first permanent connection between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan on this day in 1889.
Source : Michigan History, September/October 2011.
Snyder Has Slight Edge On Schauer In Remaining Cash
With 10 days left in the 2014 election, Governor Rick Snyder has a slight cash advantage over his Democratic rival, Mark Schauer, according to pre-general finance reports filed on Friday. The reports also show that Mr. Snyder's campaign spent about $1.2 million more during the reporting period, August 26 through October 19, than did Mr. Schauer.
House GOP Winning Cash Fight As Playing Field Becomes Clear
House Republicans have an overall resources advantage in 19 of the 27 races Gongwer News Service considers potentially competitive heading into the November 4 election, according to an analysis of campaign finance reports filed Friday.
Cotter, Sheppard Under Fire For Questionnaire Answers
Democrats are calling attention to questionnaires answered by two Republicans in key House races, Rep. Kevin Cotter and 56th House District candidate Jason Sheppard, claiming they lied, while Mr. Cotter and Mr. Sheppard insist they told the truth. Mr. Cotter (R-Mount Pleasant) pleaded guilty to having an open intoxicant in a vehicle, a misdemeanor, in July 2000. But in an Mlive questionnaire he said he was never convicted of a crime.
And Mr. Sheppard, of Temperance, paid back taxes on Thursday on a property he owns but does not live in, but said in an Mlive questionnaire he has never failed to pay his taxes on time.
Big Money Flies In 20th, 32nd Senate District Races
Though Democratic Rep. Sean McCann of Kalamazoo has largely led the fundraising race against his opponent, Republican Rep. Margaret O'Brien of Portage, Ms. O'Brien on Friday filed a campaign finance report showing that her colleagues in the Senate Republican caucus will not let her go down without a very expensive fight.
AG, SOS Incumbents Outraise Their Opponents
It was little surprise, but Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette had a substantial fundraising and cash advantage over any of the other candidates running for the lower-ticket statewide races leaving particularly Democratic challenger Mark Totten well behind. As also might be expected, Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, as the incumbent, has raised and spent substantially more than Democratic challenger Godfrey Dillard. But Mr. Dillard had a nominal cash on hand lead going into the final week.
Supreme Court: Bernstein Tops Candidates With Personal Donations
Detroit-area attorney Richard Bernstein has pumped more than $1.8 million into his campaign for the Supreme Court, far outraising any of the candidates for the state's top court.
Pavlov Leads Brown, Hansen Well Ahead Of Forbes
Incumbent Sen. Phil Pavlov still has a financial one-up against his competition for the 25th Senate District seat, Democrat Rep. Terry Brown of Pigeon, finance reports filed Friday show, and incumbent Sen. Goeff Hansen is still financially well ahead of his competition, Democrat Cathy Forbes, in the 34th District.
Protect Wolves Raised/Spent $400K
The organization hoping to convince Michigan voters to overturn two laws allowing wolf hunting raised and spent more than $400,000 during the latest reporting period, a campaign finance report filed Friday showed.
Supreme Court Refuses To Rehear Juvenile Lifer Case
A motion to rehear a case on whether juveniles already sentenced to life in prison without parole should be given opportunity for parole was rejected by the Supreme Court on Friday.
Appeals Court Holds For MDOT In Gateway Project Case
In an unpublished case, the Court of Appeals upheld a ruling in favor of the Department of Transportation in regards to the disputed Gateway Project at the Ambassador Bridge.
Nurses Union Charges State Not Ready For Potential Ebola
Top officials in the Michigan Nurses Association questioned the actual readiness of the state for the possibility of dealing with a patient with Ebola, saying there have not been sufficient drills to ensure that the personnel who would actually be with the patients are prepared in the correct use of the protective gear.
University Boards See Substantial Spending
The most money is going into the Michigan State University Board of Trustees race with Republicans trying to pick up seats on the board.
U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland) may be leaving elected office, but he is apparently not retiring from politics entirely. Mr. Camp distributed a fundraising email Friday from his CAMPAC, the political action committee he created in 1999 to support various Republican campaigns.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 211, October 24, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
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