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President Barack Obama will speak in Detroit tonight to an expected crowd of 5,000 people at Wayne State University — marking his first visit to the Motor City in three years.
Obama will speak at a ticketed event at the Matthaei Complex at 7 p.m., according to an email sent to Wayne State University officials and reviewed by The Detroit News. Doors are to open at 5 p.m. Saturday. It's not clear how and when tickets will be distributed, but typically the Michigan Democratic Party has distributed tickets before campaign events for the president or first lady.
Obama is campaigning on behalf of former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer running against Gov. Rick Snyder and Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, who is challenging former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land to replace the retiring Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit. This is Obama's 13th visit to Michigan since taking office.
For the full article, see David Shepardson, "Obama to speak at Wayne State on Saturday", Detroit News, October 28, 2014.
It became illegal to paint advertising on barns in Michigan. The state paid to have 47 barns, most with tobacco ads, repainted.
Source : Historical Society of Michigan
G. Mennon Williams, Michigan's governor at the time, was the first paying customer to cross the Mackinac Bridge on this day in 1957. By connecting the two peninsulas, the new bridge put an end to huge backups caused every hunting season by hunters waiting for boat ferries, as well as all talk about the Upper Peninsula becoming a separate state or becoming part of Wisconsin.
Source : Michigan Every Day.
For more information, see Pat Zacharias, "The breathtaking Mackinac Bridge", Detroit News, June 6, 2000.
November 1, 1957 by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Check out Mackinac Bridge Connects Michigan, History.com
Robert Cavalier de la Salle built a fort at the mouth of the St. Joseph River near St. Joseph. It was the first European outpost in the Lower Peninsula.
Source : Historical Society of Michigan
Senate Race, Once Intense, Now Peters' To Lose
Sixteen years ago, with the possibility of an unexpected opening for a Michigan Senate district in Kent County looming, then-Kent County Clerk Terri Land realized she needed to send a public signal of her interest should the vacancy occur. "Stealth campaigns don't work," she told Gongwer News Service then. One wonders how this year's U.S. Senate race between Ms. Land, the Republican nominee, and the Democrat, U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, would be different had the Ms. Land of 2014 - who up until the final month of the campaign has eschewed the type of regular retail campaigning that is generally considered mandatory in a competitive race - heeded the advice of the Ms. Land of 1998.
Both Parties Focus On Ground Game In Victory Quest
Though they espouse opposing political philosophies, Michigan Republican Party Chair Bobby Schostak and Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson share a theory for winning elections: Get activists into the neighborhoods to talk to the voters.
Senate Caucuses Continue Big Spending In Key Districts
While the 20th Senate District race continues to hands down see the most financial interest from both Senate Republicans and Senate Democrats, the campaigns of candidates in the 7th, 17th, and 32nd also saw late contributions just days away from Election Day.
Candidates Praise Tenor Of Supreme Court Race
There is one glaring omission from the 2014 Supreme Court races: negative advertising. And all of the candidates contacted by Gongwer News Service said it was a welcome change.
Totten Would Require Revelation Of Political Donations To Charities
If elected attorney general, Democrat Mark Totten said he would take steps to require politically-oriented donations to 501(c) charitable organizations be revealed. The attorney general has regulatory authority over charities in the state, Mr. Totten said during a press conference, and in one attempt to open political spending to greater scrutiny he said would require that any contributions to a 501(c) organization by made public. In itself, that would not solve the issue of undisclosed political funding, Mr. Totten said, but it would provide a step towards greater disclosure.
House Republicans Pour $30K Into 104th
Republican candidate Larry Inman of Williamsburg has generated from concern from his party, but the expectation is he will still keep the 104th House District seat in GOP hands, and on Friday, as the House Republican Campaign Committee continues to expend funds for key House races, it put $30,000 toward Mr. Inman's race against Democrat Betsy Coffia of Traverse City.
Report: Most Funds For Attorney General, Supreme Court Unreported
There has been a substantial amount of money spent in the races for attorney general and Supreme Court, and most of that came through funds that are not required, or simply are not, reporting their spending, the Michigan Campaign Finance Network said in a report released Friday. The largest spending, the report said, was $2.26 million the Michigan Republican Party spent on a television advertisement touting its Supreme Court nominees. Given that the funds for the ad have yet to be reported as a campaign expenditure, the group suspected the party was couching the spot as an issue ad.
Appeals Court: Tenants Can Challenge Tax Assessments
The Court of Appeals, through a decision announced Friday, has granted tenants the right to challenge assessments before the Tax Tribunal. The tribunal had rejected Spartan Stores' challenge the assessment issued by Grand Rapids on a shopping center where it has a grocery store, agreeing with the city that the grocer was not the owner or an agent of the owner and so did not have standing to challenge the assessment.
Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums Released For 2015
Those planning to sign up for health insurance through the state's marketplace for 2015 can now find out how much they will pay, the Department of Insurance and Financial Services announced Friday. The full listing of plans with estimated monthly premiums is posted on the FIS website to give residents an idea of the options available.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 216, October 31, 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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