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On April 15, 1859, former Gov. Luren D. Dickinson was born in New York. Dickinson moved to Michigan as a teenager and settled in Charlotte. There, he was a teacher, farmer and school principal. Dickinson was elected to the Michigan House in 1886. He also served in the Senate. Dickinson was elected lieutenant governor in 1914, serving six terms before being elected to that office again in 1938. With the death of Gov. Frank Fitzgerald on March 16, 1939, Dickinson became Michigan's oldest governor and the only lieutenant governor to succeed an incumbent who died in office.
Michigan's thirty-seventh governor, Luren D. Dickinson (1859 ~ 1943), prided himself of being a frugal farmer. As a young man he taught school and served as principal of Potterville High School before becoming superintendent at age 21. He later served as assessor, township clerk, township supervisor, state representative, state senator, and seven terms as lieutenant governor. In 1939 he became governor, at age 79, upon the death of Governor Frank Fitzgerald. In 1940 he appointed the state's first woman lieutenant governor, Matilda Dodge Wilson. A devoutly religious man, Dickenson claimed he had "a pipeline to God," ardently opposed liquor, and waged war on "sin and high life practices." He lost his election bid in 1940.
Source : Michigan History magazine and Luren D. Dickinson.
In 1822, Colonel Brady and five companies of the 2nd Infantry established Fort Brady on the site of the French stockade Fort Repentigny (1751), along the St. Mary's River at Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan Territory, near Lake Superior. The outpost became an important defense structure in the upper Michigan frontier. In 1857, most of the soldiers at Fort Brady were withdrawn and transferred to Fort Snelling, Minnesota. Brady rose in rank to brigadier general later that same year, after ten years service. Brady had command of the garrison at Detroit by 1828.
He participated in the Black Hawk War. Five years later, in 1837, Brady was given command of Military Department No. 7, headquartered in Detroit. He remained in the position for seven years, during which time he was in command over the removal of several Native American tribes as well as an incident known as the "Patriot War". When the U.S.-Mexican War broke out, Brady was too old to join the troops in the field but he assisted by helping to raise troops and equipment and shipping it to the war zone. In 1848, three years before his death, Brady was promoted to the rank of major general.
One of the founders of the U.S. Army and the Detroit Brady Guards, Brady died at the age of 86 following a carriage accident. When his pastor told him he was near death, he responded: "Mr. Duffield, let the drum beat; my knapsack is slung; I am ready to die."
Source : Hugh Brady wikipedia entry
My Knapsack Is Slung: The Detroit Light Guard (1225 Corps Support Battalion in Iraq (2004-2005) / Hrad Kuzyk
Married Gay Couples Sue State For Suspending Marriages
Eight same-sex couples who married during the 25-hour window in March when such marriages were legal in Michigan filed suit Monday against Governor Rick Snyder for his determination that those marriages are suspended until the courts rule on whether Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is legal.
Sen. Johnson Declines Congressional Bid, Setting Up Possible Showdown With Olumba
Sen. Bert Johnson on Monday ended his bid for the 14th U.S. House District, instead deciding to run for re-election in the Senate, citing the desire to ensure his community is not further harmed in Lansing before trying to enact policy in Washington.
Democrats Rally Against Snyder Administration Taxes
Several House Democrats joined with small groups of individuals at various post office locations across the state Monday to speak out against the tax changes made by Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature on the eve of the deadline to file taxes.
Schertzing Running For 8th Congress
Democrats could yet have a relatively strong candidate for the 8th U.S. House District. Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing told Gongwer News Service he is collecting signatures for the August ballot.
Report Shows State Has Lowest Labor Participation Rate Of Region
Michigan's labor force participation rate - a statistic considered important to show how many people are working or looking for work - of 60.2 percent is relatively unchanged from a year ago and is the lowest rate of the Great Lakes states, according to an economic report from the state.
Snyder Confirms Lincoln Park Financial Emergency
Governor Rick Snyder on Monday confirmed a financial emergency in the Detroit suburb of Lincoln Park, meaning the Wayne County city is a step closer to possibly having an emergency manager appointed.
Pettalia To Seek Re-election In House
Rep. Peter Pettalia said on Monday he will seek re-election in the 106th House District to help maintain the House Republican majority rather than run for the 36th Senate District seat, where House Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas has already announced he will run.
Damrow, Grimshaw Back In 84th House District Race
Former Rep. Kurt Damrow and Dan Grimshaw are joining five others to face off on the Republican side in the 84th House District.
Snyder Launches Recycling Plan, Names Council
Governor Rick Snyder announced Monday his plan to increase recycling in the state and named the Recycling Council that will oversee implementation of that plan. The goal of the plan is to help communities in setting up curbside recycling while also creating new markets for the recycled materials.
State: 3.3M Tax Returns Have Been Filed
With one day left before the April 15 deadline to file Michigan's personal income tax, Department of Treasury officials said so far more than 3.3 million returns have been filed.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 71, April 14, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
By 2017, all 83 counties in Michigan should have convenient access to residential recycling, according to one of the goals set in the state's new recycling plan presented today by Gov. Rick Snyder.
Right now, just 25 counties offer across-the-board convenient access, according to the state's assessment. The administration also would like to double the state's recycling rate to 30 percent in the next two years.
The state's current rate is 15 percent, which is an estimate based off surveys done by the Michigan Recycling Coalition (MRC). The national average was 34 percent in 2012, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
For the full article, see "Snyder Recycling Plan: `Convenient Access' Statewide By 2017", Inside MIRS Today, April 14, 2014.
Other topics covered include:
• Snyder Recycling Plan: `Convenient Access' Statewide By 2017
• ACLU Sues For Same-Sex Marriage Recognition
• Johnson To Seek Re-Election To Senate
• Report: GF, SAF Revenue Down From Targets
• Pettalia Opts Against Senate Run
• Marijuana Legalization Champion Gathering Sigs In 8th
• Detroit 'Bailout' Language Not Popular With Voters
• Damrow Files For Old House Seat
• Virg For Gov In '18?
• Dems Fundraise Around Cousin George
• In The End, Lincoln Park Has Financial Emergency, Snyder Says
• Comeback: Is It Real?
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Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration is rolling out a statewide recycling plan today to boost Michigan’s recycling efforts that lag well behind most of its Midwestern neighbors.
The governor is scheduled to be at plastic bottle recycler Clean Tech Inc. in Dundee this afternoon, where he will outline his administration’s plan to reduce the amount of solid waste and recoup some of the estimated $435 million in reusable materials sent each year to landfills around the state. The 15-point plan includes the goal of doubling recycling efforts within two years.
For the full article, see Jim Lynch, "Snyder wants to double recycling in Michigan; Gov on Monday will outline two-year plan to boost state participation", Detroit News, April 14, 2014.
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