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If current polling trends hold on Election Day, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gary PETERS wins big and Republican Gov. Rick SNYDER wins by a few points.
If that happens, a current Michigan trend in top-of-the-ticket voting would be shattered.
In Michigan's last seven general elections with a U.S. Senate race on the ballot (1994-2012), the party that won U.S. Senate also won either governor or president statewide.
The last time it didn't happen was 1990 when Republican John ENGLER narrowly won the gubernatorial race while Democrat U.S. Sen. Carl LEVIN won re-election by about 16 percentage points.
If Snyder and Peters win on Nov. 4, Michigan would be returning to some old habits.
From 1990 to 1966, there were nine U.S. Senate races, and six of those nine were won by a different party than the party that won the race at the top of the ticket.
Only three times over that period -- 1982, 1972 and 1966 -- did the same party win both the U.S. Senate race and the top-of-the-ticket race.
For the full article, see "MI Hasn't Split Ticket On U.S. Senate, President/Gov Since 1990", Inside MIRS Today, October 23, 2014.
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The Detroit Free Press compares U.S. Senate candidates' positions on various topics, including: immigration, health care reform, women's pay, medicare, government spending/taxes, infrastructure.
For the full article, see "Where the U.S. Senate candidates stand on issues", Detroit Free Press, October 23, 2014.
A third Aramark prison food worker has been fired on suspicion of smuggling drugs into a Michigan prison, and the case is under investigation by the Michigan State Police, officials confirmed today.
The kitchen worker at Gus Harrison Correctional Facility in Adrian was fired and banned from prison property on Oct. 3 on suspicion of smuggling marijuana into the prison, Corrections Department spokesman Russ Marlan said.
The case is under investigation and no charges have been filed yet, a spokesman for the Michigan State Police said today.
For the full article, see Paul Egan, "Third Aramark prison worker suspected of drug smuggling", Detroit Free Press, October 23, 2014
A fired Aramark prison food worker filed a whistle-blower complaint Wednesday with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, alleging she lost her job for complaining about falsified records and kitchen practices that endangered health and food safety.
Amy McVay, 25, was hired Dec. 3 as Aramark Correctional Services began its three-year, $145-million contract with the state of Michigan and worked at the Gus Harrison Correctional Facility in Adrian until she was fired by Aramark on Oct. 14. The stated reason for her dismissal was insubordination.
But in a Tuesday interview with the Free Press and in the complaint filed with OSHA through her Detroit attorneys, McVay alleges she was harassed and retaliated against for complaining about a lack of temperature monitoring in cooking; the serving of raw or undercooked meat; falsified records related to dishwater temperature and cleaning solution quality; the serving of meat that had been dropped on the floor; changing the dates on stored leftover food so it could be served after its throw-away date; suspected inflating of the count of meals served — part of the basis for which Aramark is paid by the state — among other issues.
For the full article, see Paul Egan, "Ex-staff: Aramark falsified records, served filthy food", Detroit Free Press, October 23, 2014.
The Michigan Senate voted 32-4 to extend the state's film subsidy program beyond its 2017 sunset and eliminate a cap on what taxpayers will pay for out-of-state workers.
Senate Bill 1103 is sponsored and championed by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, a long-time proponent of the program which has lost luster and clout in the Legislature in recent years. Sen. Richardville unsuccessfully tried to double the annual budget to $100 million in the past. The senator said about the $100 million goal in 2011, “We will be fighting and I intend to win.”
The just-passed bill actually reduces the top 32 percent subsidy to 25 percent. But it also revises the subsidy calculation formula by lifting a cap how much out-of-state actor salaries can be included. The amount the state will pay to cover expenses represented by highly paid workers (actors, producers, directors) will no longer be capped at $540,000.
For the full article, see Tom Gantert and Jarrett Skorup, "Michigan Senate Votes to Remove Sunset Provision Ending Hollywood Subsidies; Bill also removes cap on high-paid actors; now moves to the House", Michigan Capitol Confidential (CAPCON), October 22, 2014.
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