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A famous performer in early twentieth century America, Houdini collapses after performing one last time at Detroit's Garrick theater and dies on Halloween Day.
Source : Michigan Every Day.
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On this day, Minnesota custodian Oscar Munson found Michigan’s discarded water jug in the visitors’ locker room. The discovery came after a bitter contest in which Minnesota dominated the Wolverines in almost every statistical category except one: points. The game ended in a tie after Minnesota scored a touchdown with two minutes left on the clock. Exuberant fans stormed the field, forcing an early end to the game, which many football pundits considered a major upset over the Wolverines. It was Fielding Yost’s first “defeat” as head coach at Michigan. It was also the first live “broadcast” of a college football game.
Source : Deborah Holdship, "Trophy life: The Little Brown Jug", Michigan Today, September 17, 2014.
Courser, Glenn Races Said To Be Close
While Republicans aren't panicked that tea party Republicans Gary Glenn and Todd Courser will lose the GOP-leaning 98th and 82nd House Districts, respectively, they are expecting the margins to be closer than Republicans have won those districts by in the past.
Latest Snyder Ad Looks At Detroit Recovery
With Detroit's apparent imminent exit from bankruptcy, Governor Rick Snyder's campaign released its latest ad on Thursday that focuses on the city's seeming financial recovery.
Hawatmeh, Yanez Race Turns Personal
It would not be a Macomb County race without a nasty edge, and the contest in the 25th House District between Rep. Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) and his Republican challenger, Nick Hawatmeh of Warren, has just that.
Johnson, Schostak Trade Barbs, Claim Superior Operations
Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson and Michigan Republican Party Chair Bobby Schostak faced off Thursday on Michigan Public Television's "Off the Record," battling intensely about the race for governor and insisting each had the better get out the vote operation.
Dems, GOP Clash On Barrett Ad
House Democrats said on Thursday a radio advertisement for Republican candidate Tom Barrett of Potterville in the 71st House District was taken down by local stations, but the station said the ad was replaced with another, though it is unclear if the ad is on a different topic or a different version of the ad in question.
Dems, Republicans Continue To Funnel Money Into Key House Races
During the past two days, the House Republican Campaign Committee has put $657,010 into key House races and the Michigan House Democratic Fund has expended $305,999, according to 24-hour expenditure reports.
Ag Environmental Program Halfway To Goal
The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program is now half way to its goal of 5,000 verified farms, Director Jamie Clover Adams announced Thursday.
Dillard Proposes One Branch For Wayne County
Godfrey Dillard, the Democratic candidate for secretary of state, has throughout his campaign proposed making a trip to a Department of State branch office more convenient and faster by moving to more regional, larger branch offices. But Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson jumped on his plan announced through a radio interview to move to a single office in Wayne County.
Online Want Ads Decline In September
The number of online ads with open jobs fell in September compared to August, data released by the state shows, but is still considerably higher than the number of ads posted a year before.
Peters Scores Detroit News Endorsement
The Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, has largely cleaned up on newspaper endorsements in his race against Republican Terri Land.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 215, October 30, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
With Tuesday's gubernatorial election looking closer by the day, every percentage point counts for incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer.
So how much of an impact could the state's three third party gubernatorial contenders -- Libertarian Mary Buzuma, U.S. Taxpayers candidate Mark McFarlin and Green party candidate Paul Homeniuk -- have on this cycle's final outcome?
A thorough review of each Michigan gubernatorial election since 1900 shows that historically, the likelihood of a third party candidate changing the tide of election results is low.
In the 45 gubernatorial matches that have taken place since the beginning of the 20th century, the outcome of only one election was directly impacted by the presence of a third party candidate. That was 1912; the same year Teddy ROOSEVELT ran on the Progressive party ticket, commonly referred to as the "Bull Moose" party.
The Progressive candidate for Michigan's gubernatorial position, L. Whitney Watkins, took away 33 percent of the vote, primarily from the Republican candidate to ensure a Democrat win.
No other Michigan third party candidate has come anywhere close to that figure. In 22 of the past 45 elections, the efforts of all third party candidates combined did not break 1 percent of the overall vote.
For the full article, see "Do Third Parties Sway Gubernatorial Elections? Historically, No", Inside MIRS Today, October 30, 2014.
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Michigan's right-to-work laws should be struck down because there was a concerted effort to prevent the public from witnessing the laws' passage — including the locking of doors to the Capitol and directing Republican staffers to fill seats in the public gallery, attorneys for the Michigan ACLU argue in court papers filed Wednesday.
The 2013 lawsuit on behalf of the Michigan AFL-CIO and other unions and two Democratic state representatives, originally filed in Ingham County Circuit Court, is now in the Michigan Court of Claims. It alleges violations of Michigan's Open Meetings Act during two turmoil-filled days of legislative action at the Capitol in December 2012, after Gov. Rick Snyder did an about-face in announcing he would support fast-tracked legislation on right to work.
Thousands of union supporters demonstrated inside and outside the seat of state government in Lansing and were met by more than 100 police officers, some on horseback. State troopers used pepper spray in some instances, made a few arrests and on the first day of debate, Dec. 6, shut off access to the Capitol for several hours, saying they were concerned about security and public safety.
For the full article, see Paul Egan, "Testimony, e-mails shed light on right-to-work turmoil", Detroit Free Press, October 30, 2014.
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