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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.
Ted Roelofs and Ron French, "Election preview: How a handful of House races could shape Michigan’s future" : With the state House perhaps up for grabs, uncertainty for tea party candidates and what could be a close race for governor, Lansing’s approach to road funding, education and other key issues is unsettled.
Ron French, "The governor’s race: where they stand (in 3 minutes or less)" : Incumbent Rick Snyder and challenger Mark Schauer differ on a lot of issues. Here’s a primer before you step into the voting booth.
Ted Roelofs, "Election cash: How Super-PACs and ‘dark money’ are dominating state races" : Record outside spending in the U.S. Senate race, and armored truck-loads of cash from unknown donors. Welcome to Michigan elections.
On Oct. 30, 1956, 52 boys at Romeo Community High School faced a deadline to either trim their Elvis Presley-like hairstyles or leave the school. The Superintendent of Romeo Community High School imposed the deadline after teachers complained the students' sideburns and duck-tail haircuts spawned defiant behavior.
Barbers offered free haircuts to boys who could not afford them. And all 52 boys complied with the deadline.
Source: Michigan Every Day
For more information about Elvis, see Elvis Presley Wikipedia entry
Tom Harmon grew up in Gary, Indiana, the youngest son of a steel mill security guard. He worked his way through Michigan in the late 1930s while building his outstanding football career.
By his junior season, in 1939, he appeared on the cover of Time, which reported he was a "gregarious, lantern-jawed six footer with a Tarzan physique" who runs "with the power of a wild buffalo and the cunning of a hounded fox." He was touted by sportswriters as "the Michigan maestro," "the wily Wolverine," and "triple threat Tommy." And the six-foot, 195-pound running and defensive back, passer, and kicker actually exceeded the hype.
But on this day, October 30, 1943, according to his famed commander, General Clair Chennault, "oblivious to his personal safety," Harmon turned his P-38 directly into the half-dozen Japanese Zeros that had suddenly appeared above him. He raced into their midst, firing away.
For the full story, see Fredric Alan Maxwell, "The Late Great 98 Tom Harmon on the field and at war", Michigan Today, September 1, 2008.
Also see Elizabeth McGarr, "Conquering Hero : Humble and hardworking, Old 98 Tom Harmon was Michigan's first transcendent football star", SI Vault, August 20, 2008.
Drafting continues in Michigan.
To fulfill the necessary federal quota of troops, Michigan continued drafting for the Union army. At the end of this call, 6,383 men were drafted. After reducing that number for men who were exempt or paid the $300 commutation fee, 261 men were delivered to the induction center in Grand Rapids.
Source : Michigan history magazine, October 2003.
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