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Baird Pays Back Taxes As Democrats Call For Ouster
Key Snyder aide Rich Baird cleared up at least one of the issues that erupted Thursday, correcting the property tax status for his Michigan home and paying back taxes. But Democrats said the revelations that Mr. Baird had filed for principal residence exemptions and was registered to vote in both Michigan and Illinois, combined with other issues in which he had played a role as part of the administration, were enough that Governor Rick Snyder should fire him.
Land Supporting Weiser For U-M Regent, Courser Doesn't Endorse Calley or Nakagiri
With the Republican Party State Convention taking place Saturday in Novi, tea party activist Todd Courser said in an email to supporters this week that neither of the candidates for lieutenant governor has demonstrated he is the "better voice" for the conservative cause.
Assessment Switching Not Blocking Federal Waiver
Michigan Department of Education officials had warned that Michigan could lose its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act requirements if it did not, for the coming school year, change to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test, but federal officials said this week they would overlook next year's continuation of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program tests.
Peters: Ferguson Raises Serious Questions On Police Tactics
In the wake of questions about the wisdom of the federal government providing out-of-service military equipment to local police agencies after the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Gary Peters said Friday "very serious questions" are warranted.
Appearing on the Michigan Public Radio Network's "Michigan Calling" program, Mr. Peters said police need to be able to deal with dangerous situations, but there also must be strict guidelines on when military-type equipment is used and training for officers on how and when to use it.
Baird Controversy Gives Dems' Theme On Snyder Added Weight
The revelation that Rich Baird, a top aide to Governor Rick Snyder, had improperly claimed the same type of property tax exemption in two states as well as having registered to vote in both states keeps Mr. Snyder on the defensive against Democratic challenger Mark Schauer, political analysts said Friday. Mr. Baird's situation alone is not so much the problem, but it comes after a series of flaps, the analysts said. It comes right after Scott Woosley, the head of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, resigned after the discovery he had improperly billed the state for liquor and other questionable expenses. Similar mini-scandals have hit the administration in the past year, such as continuing to pay former Treasurer Andy Dillon his treasurer's salary while he was serving in a consulting role, big raises for Treasury employees and a furniture contract tied to Mr. Snyder's cousin.
Two Outside Groups Launch New U.S. Senate Ads
Outside groups continue to air ads criticizing the two candidates for U.S. Senate, this time with the League of Conservation Voters going after Republican Terri Land and Ending Spending targeting Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters.
Snyder Requests Preliminary Damage Assessments In Flooded Counties
Governor Rick Snyder announced on Friday he has requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a joint Preliminary Damage Assessment with state and local officials in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties after last week's floods. Mr. Snyder's request follows completion of initial local damage assessments and is the next step toward requesting and being eligible for federal assistance.
Auditor General Releasing Preliminary Reviews
State auditors have long done preliminary summaries, but new Auditor General Doug Ringler is now releasing reports on those reviews.
PSC Approves Energy Assistance Grants
The Michigan Public Service Commission in conjunction with the Department of Human Services has approved Energy Assistance Program grants totaling $89.5 million to 13 organizations for the fiscal year beginning October 1.
Vapor Intrusion Website
The Department of Environmental Quality announced Friday it had launched a new website with information on vapor intrusion, where vapors from contaminated soil make their way into buildings. The site provides training videos on the issue, as well as ways to contact experts on the issue.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 164, August 22, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
You may have heard about local police departments across the nation stockpiling grenade launchers, mine-resistant armored vehicles and other military equipment.
One of the sources is the federal 1033 program, and it's been approving surplus military gear for local police agencies since the mid-90s.
Some of Michigan's statewide agencies are also packing some heat via the 1033 program, including the Michigan State Police (MSP) and the departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Corrections (DOC).
For the full article, see "Some State Agencies Stock-Up On Surplus Military Gear From Feds", Inside MIRS Today, August 22, 2014.
Other topics covered include:
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Carol Cain, "Bill Milliken's Impression" : The trailblazing former governor continues to affect Michigan politics and policy.
Jack Lessenberry, "Don't Bet on It" : Despite clear urgency, don't count on a legislative solution for Michigan's crumbling roads and infrastructure.
Tom Watkins, "Never Tired of Learning" : China’s precious “exports” come to Michigan.
Ken Winter, "Water Flouridation" : Debate hits Up North communities. --Is it safe or not?
On Aug. 22, 1942, the U.S.S. Wolverine-IX 64, the Great Lakes' first and only aircraft carrier, was commissioned at Chicago. The Wolverine was used on Lake Michigan to train student aviators in carrier landings and takeoffs.
Wolverine - a side-wheel excursion steamer built in 1913 - was originally named Seeandbee, a name based upon her owners' company name, the Cleveland and Buffalo Transit Co. She was constructed by the American Ship Building Company of Wyandotte, Michigan. The Navy acquired the sidewheeler on 12 March 1942 and designated her an unclassified miscellaneous auxiliary, IX-64. She was purchased by the Navy in March 1942 and conversion to a training aircraft carrier began on May 6, 1942. The name Wolverine was approved on August 2, 1942 with the ship being commissioned on August 12, 1942. Intended to operate on Lake Michigan, IX-64 received its name because the state of Michigan is known as the Wolverine State.
Fitted with a 550 ft flight deck, USS Wolverine began her new job in January 1943, joined by her sister USS Sable (IX-81) in May. Operating various aircraft out of Naval Air Station Glenview, a suburb of Chicago, the two paddlewheelers provided a training platform not only for pilots, but for Landing Signal Officers (LSOs) as well.
Sable and Wolverine were a far cry from frontline carriers, but they were suitable enough for accomplishing the Navy's purpose: qualifying naval aviators, fresh out of operational flight training, in carrier landing techniques. The two carriers lacked certain equipment found on fleet carriers, such as elevators or a hangar deck. If crashes used up the allotted spots on the flight deck for parking damaged aircraft, the day's operations were over and the carriers headed back to their home on Chicago's waterfront, the Navy Pier.
Making only 18 knots top speed, the Great Lakes carriers had operational limits to contend with such as “wind over deck” (WOD). Specific WOD minimums of around 30 knots were required to land combat aircraft such as F6F Hellcats, F4U Corsairs, TBM Avengers and SBD Dauntlesses. When there was little or no wind blowing over Lake Michigan, flying operations often had to be cancelled because the carriers couldn't reach the speed required to meet the WOD minimums. Low WOD speeds were critical on these carriers as the flight deck was relatively close to the water, compared to fleet carriers. Any aircraft not generating enough forward speed on takeoff would experience “sink” once clear of the bow. Many fleet carriers had enough height above the water for the pilot to collect the aircraft and gain flying speed, not so on Wolverine.
If low wind conditions continued over several days, a backlog of waiting aviators grew. The alternative was to qualify the pilots in SNJ Texans which had a lower threshold for WOD—even though most pilots had not flown the SNJ for four or five months. This process sent pilots to operational units without actually having carrier-landed the type they would fly while deployed with the fleet.
Mich — Again.
On Aug. 22, 1902, Henry M. Leland formed the Cadillac Automobile Company with a group of investors who had previously tried but failed to start a car company with Henry Ford. The company's first car was a one-cylinder model that quickly earned a reputation for quality, followed by a car with a four-cylinder engine. Leland is little known because he decided to name the company's car after the Frenchman who founded Detroit. He eventually sold the company to General Motors.
Source: Michigan Every Day
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