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State Rep. Pete Lund's controversial bill to change the way Michigan's 16 Electoral College votes are awarded in presidential elections, from a "winner-take-all" system to one that splits the votes based on the proportion of the popular vote, is consistent with broader Republican efforts nationwide to help the GOP win the presidency in 2016.
Discussions are under way to change the Electoral College system in at least three other states that — like Michigan — tend to vote Democratic in presidential elections, but have state legislatures controlled by Republicans.
Opinions differ on whether the efforts are coordinated or arose independently.
For the full article, see Paul Egan, "Will GOP change the rules on voting for president?", Lansing State Journal, November 21, 2014.
The Michigan State women's cross country team has completed a season of perfection.
The top-ranked Spartans captured their first national title in program history, finishing unofficially with 85 points - 62 fewer than runner-up Iowa State - at the NCAA Championships on Saturday afternoon.
It marks the first team national championship for MSU since hockey captured the 2007 title. The championship is the second by a women's team in school history.
For the full article, see Brian Calloway, "MSU women's cross country wins national title", Lansing State Journal, November 22, 2014.
Recall fever swept the legislature in 1983 after it went along with newly elected Gov. James Blanchard’s call for a 38-percent increase in the state income tax. Only one Republican — Sen. Harry DeMaso of Battle Creek — voted for the controversial measure.
Numerous recall efforts were launched against lawmakers who voted for the tax hike. Two were successful.
On November 22, 1983, Sen. Phil Mastin (D-Pontiac) was recalled by voters in his district. Eight days later, Sen. David Serotkin (D-Mt. Clemens) met the same fate. Both men had been in office for less than a year and had won by the narrowest of margins.
They would be replaced by Republicans, switching Senate control to the GOP — a majority it has not relinquished. It also elevated John Engler to Senate majority leader, where he laid the groundwork to unseat heavily favored Gov. Blanchard in 1990.
Source : Charlie Cain, "Reporters Notes", Dome, July 16, 2009.
Cathy Guisewite was the creator and cartoonist behind the long-running nationally syndicated comic strip “Cathy,” one of the first mainstream comics created by a woman. Appearing for the first time in 1976, the strip ran for 34 years, chronicling and finding humor in the title character’s eternal struggles with weight, love, work, and her loving but overly involved mother. For Guisewite, it channeled the obsessions and conflicts of an everyday American woman caught between society’s traditional expectations and new feminist ideals.
Guisewite grew up in Midland, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English in 1972. By age 26, she had already made quick strides in the advertising world, becoming the first female vice president at the W.B. Doner & Co agency. She submitted “Cathy” for publication at the urging of her mother with whom she shared the “scribbled stick figure drawings” that she had started doodling to vent her daily frustrations. The strip was immediately picked up for syndication in 1976, and within a few short years, Guisewite was CEO of Cathy, Inc., overseeing the strip, books, TV and mountains of “Cathy” merchandise. Guisewite is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” from the National Cartoonists Society in 1992. In 1987, she received an Emmy® for “Outstanding Animated Program” for her first animated special, Cathy. Before Guisewite retired the strip in 2010, it appeared in approximately 1,500 newspapers worldwide.
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.
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