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A bill banning college student athletes from forming unions is on its way to Gov. Rick Snyder after receiving final passage in the Michigan Senate Tuesday.
Without any discussion or committee hearings, the Senate voted 27-11, mostly along party lines, to pass the union ban.
"The issue of student athletes and unions is one that will require study, and the governor will give the bill a thorough review once it is presented to determine whether or not he should sign it into law," said Snyder's spokesman Dave Murray.
The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, excludes university athletes from the definition of "public employees," which would bar them from forming unions.
For the full article, see Kathleen Gray, "Ban on college athlete unions heads to governor", Detroit Free Press, December 16, 2014.
The Michigan Senate is considering a bill that would strip residents of their right to sue over the “nuisance” of nearby wind turbines. It will likely get nowhere in the few days remaining in 2014, but could be reintroduced in 2015.
There have been many lawsuits in Michigan and other states brought against turbine operators for noise, vibrations, and flickering lights causing sleeplessness, headaches, and other physical symptoms, as well as economic loss, for nearby residents.
The legislation would protect developers and owners of these mammoth projects so long as they operate in compliance with local and state ordinances.
But creating a blanket protection for controversial energy projects is a hasty response to a developing problem.
For the full editorial, see "Don’t shield windmills", Detroit News, December 16, 2014.
“I had a team of people and their only job was to find me money,” said retired Maryland State Police Narcotics Commander Maj. Neill Franklin.
Franklin is the executive director of LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. He now travels the world speaking on behalf of legalizing marijuana.
It isn’t that the church-going, former undercover officer is a fan of the drug, but his 34 years in law enforcement have convinced him that the war on drugs has failed and is now mostly a money-making arm for police departments small and large.
For the full article, see Anne Schieber, "What are the Real Motives Behind Asset Seizures? Law enforcement veteran says its about the money while a lawmaker works to solve the problem", Michigan Capitol Confidential (CAPCon), Mackinac Center for Public Policy, December 16, 2014.
Michigan has traditionally supplied the city of Chicago with thousands of Christmas trees. Read on to learn about an early Christmas Tree Ship disaster and a recent posting about a 2011 Christmas Tree ship arriving in Chicago.
The Christmas Tree Ships, Michigan in Pictures, December 21, 2011.
Pasty Central Day in History, November 21.
Lives and Legends of the Christmas Tree Ships brings the maritime heritage of the Great Lakes to life, using the tragic story of the schooner Rouse Simmons as a porthole into the robust but often forgotten communities that thrived along Lake Michigan from the Civil War to World War I. Memorialized in songs, poems, fiction, and even a musical, the infamous ship that went down in a Thanksgiving storm while delivering Christmas trees to Chicago has long been shrouded in myth and legend. As a result, the larger story of the captain, crew, and affected communities has often been overlooked. Fred Neuschel delves into this everyday life of camaraderie, drudgery, ambition, and adventure—with tales of the Midwest’s burgeoning immigrant groups and rapid industrialization—to create a true story that is even more fascinating than the celebrated legends. For more information, see Fred Neuschel, Lives and legends of the Christmas tree ships, Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2007.
The Christmas Ship, Sault Ste. Marie Evening News, December 4, 2011.
Kinsley Scott Bingham (December 16, 1808 – October 5, 1861) was a U.S. Representative, a U.S. Senator, and the 11th Governor of the state of Michigan. Republicans will appreciate that his election started a quarter century of Republicans in the Michigan Governor's Office. Spartan fans will appreciate that the Farmer-Governor signed legislation creating a state agricultural college that today is known as Michigan State University.
Michigan Governors : Kinsley S. Bingham, Night Train Blog, August 11, 2010.
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