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The biggest event covered in the Lansing Michigan paper on November 23, 1910 was a banquet held the night before Thanksgiving at the Hotel Downey to honor outgoing Michigan Agricultural College football, baseball and basketball coach Chester Brewer. Brewer coached the MAC Aggies from 1903-1910, never losing a home game on the gridiron. He returned to MAC from 1917-1920. Seventy-five guests, including many prominent citizens, attended.
After a “sumptuous and well-served banquet” the guests were treated to cigars. Then the speeches began. Among the presenters were future Michigan Supreme Court Justice Howard Wiest and founder of Motor Wheel William K. Prudden.
The Hotel Downey, standing in the current location of the Knapp’s building, was built as the Lansing House Hotel with bounty money obtained from the capture of John Wilkes Booth. The Downey burned in February 1912.
Source : "Thanksgiving in Lansing 100 Years Ago", CADL Blog, November 28, 2010.
Economists: Continued, Steady Growth In State Economy
In an optimistic forecast for the next two years, economists said on Friday the state should replenish 54 percent of the jobs lost during the Great Recession by the end of 2016. Economist George Fulton told attendees of the University of Michigan Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics the state has just completed its fifth year of recovery and in the next two job growth will continue to rise at a pace similar to 2012 and 2013.
LGBT Leader Says Votes There For ELCRA, Criticizes Bolger
House Speaker Jase Bolger's remark that organizations supporting extending civil rights protections to people based on sexual orientation and gender identity refuse to support a bill with only sexual orientation simply to ensure their survival as organizations and create a political battle is offensive, a top state LGBT leader said Friday. The remarks from Emily Dievendorf, executive director of Equality Michigan, on Michigan Public Television's "Off the Record," were the latest volley in the disagreement about whether to include protections for transgender people in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.
State Ties For Fifth-Highest Unemployment Rate
With the vast majority of states reporting lower unemployment rates in October, Michigan tied with two other states for the fifth-highest rate in the nation during the month.
State Pertussis Cases Top 1,000 For 2014
With official reports of 8 cases in one week from Grand Traverse County, the state now has 1,016 cases of pertussis in 2014, already matching the number of reported cases a year ago.
Report: Michigan 6th In Total Federal Grants For 2013
Michigan ranked sixth in total federal grants to state governments in 2013 at $18.39 billion, according to a report released this week from the National Priorities Project. But on a per person basis, Michigan came in at 20th with grants equal to $1,861 per person. And as a percentage of state revenue, federal grants were 33.74 percent in Michigan, 23rd among the 50 states.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 231, November 21, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
New research suggests increased ethanol fuel use could be dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Michigan.
A study by scientists at Michigan State University shows ethanol use in the state is reducing carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 1.4 million metric tons each year, the equivalent of emissions from 294,000 cars. Ethanol fuel production, meanwhile, has nearly doubled in the past seven years, from 276 million gallons in 2007 to 452 million in 2012.
The findings suggest ethanol could serve as one tool to slow global warming, experts said.
For the full article, see "Ethanol Use In Michigan Cuts Greenhouse Gas, Study Finds", Inside MIRS Today, November 22, 2014.
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David Worthams, "Before the lame duck is carved, a few words for the room" : My fellow lawmakers, my honored guests, my staff and family and sergeant at arms: Before I go back to my district, there are some things I’d like to put in the record…
Jeffrey Polet, "Traffic-jam thoughts on the road to incivility" : There’s nothing like a powerful steel chariot to make a person feel strong, free — and rude.
Nowadays, campaigns seem to increasingly rely on ad blitzes to overcome terrible strategy.
The end result is nobody's television (and laptop, tablet and smart phone) will be safe from grating ads.
You know how people bemoan everything's worse now (music, TV, movies) than when they were growing up?
Well, political ad spending really is getting worse. That's fueled by recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that allow people to donate more to campaigns and political parties and spend unlimited amounts on independent groups like SuperPACs.
U.S. Senate Democrats tried to push back against porous campaign finance law (i.e. Citizens United), but they've now lost the majority, so good luck with that.
About $4 billion (billion with a "B") was spent on the last election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
CNN helpfully notes that's 10 times more than the U.S. government committed to fighting Ebola (Hey, remember when we were all terrified of Ebola? Good times).
Nationally, $1 billion (a quarter) was spent by outside groups.
In Michigan, 75 percent of spending in the gubernatorial race came from outside the two campaigns. The same goes for the U.S. Senate race, as of September.
We know little about who's funding these independent groups dominating our airwaves.
But one thing is for certain: They're not going away anytime soon.
For the full editorial, see Susan J. Demas, "Big money pours into 2014 Michigan election for winners and losers", MLive, November 21, 2014.
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