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First congressional candidate Jerry Cannon questions whether U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek fought hard enough to prevent the high electric rates the Upper Peninsula is facing. He also defends his military service at Guantanamo Bay and charges of alleged abuse of detainees. The Democrat also addresses what happened with the Obamacare controversy from early in the campaign, among other issues.
Also, new campaign finance reports are out and the MIRS team breaks down the legislative races and projects how the state Senate and state House will look like after Nov. 4. And what did editor Kyle Melinn find inside his 6th grade class' 30-year time capsule he and his Byron Center classmates dug up last week?
Robin Miner-Swartz, "If you #lovelansing – or any community or charity – consider Giving Tuesday" : When you’re doing your holiday shopping, don’t forget the charities that need tending, especially at this time of year. Giving Tuesday, after Thanksgiving, is the newly designated day.
Bill McGraw, "Border crossing – the long, fraught history of the Detroit-Grosse Pointe divide" : The sudden closing this summer of a road leading from Detroit into Grosse Pointe Park reignited accusations that Detroit’s largely African-American and poor population was not welcome. Residents on both sides are pushing for change.
Established to preserve and interpret the rich copper mining heritage of the Keweenaw Peninsula, the park was headquartered in Calumet.
Source : Michigan History magazine, October 2003.
The first telephone installed in Michigan was not in Detroit or Grand Rapids or Ann Arbor, but in Rockland, a town of a few hundred residents in Ontonagan County in the Upper Peninsula. Linus Stannard had visited the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876 and heard Alexander Bell describe his new invention. So when he returned home, he convinced friends to go in with him and set up a private telephone line from Greenland through Rockland to Ontonagan which evolved into the Ontonagan County Telephone Company.
Source : Michigan Every Day.
It's a milestone birthday for Michigan's first governor, and the state plans to celebrate.
The Michigan Historical Commission will commemorate Stevens T. Mason's 200th birthday today with a historical marker dedication at Detroit's Capitol Park. The ceremony is set for noon at the park that's home to an 8-foot bronze statue of the man and his remains in a crypt beneath it.
The state says the marker commemorates the place where Mason led Michigan's statehood drive.
Mason was reinterred in the park last October. His remains were unearthed as part of a $1 million renovation project.
Mason, known as the "Boy Governor," was elected the Michigan territory's first governor in 1835 when the state capitol was still in Detroit. He was re-elected in 1837 and served two more years.
Source : Michigan's 'boy governor' turns 200, gets a party in the park, Detroit News, October 27, 2011.
For more information, see Joseph Serwach, Michigan’s Boy Gov at 200 : Stevens T. Mason, the state’s first governor, can still teach us important lessons about success.
Laura Berman, "Boy governor's remains can't be found", Detroit News, June 29, 2010.
The boy governor : Stevens T. Mason and the birth of Michigan politics / Don Faber. University of Michigan Press, c2012. 205pp. : In 1831, Stevens T. Mason was named Secretary of the Michigan Territory at the tender age of 19, two years before he could even vote. The youngest presidential appointee in American history, Mason quickly stamped his persona on Michigan life in large letters. After championing the territory's successful push for statehood without congressional authorization, he would defend his new state's border in open defiance of the country's political elite and then orchestrate its expansion through the annexation of the Upper Peninsula---all before his official election as Michigan's first governor at age 24, the youngest chief executive in any state's history....The Boy Governor tells the complete story of this dominant political figure in Michigan's early development. Capturing Mason's youthful idealism and visionary accomplishments, including his advocacy for a strong state university and legislating for the creation of the Soo Locks, this biography renders a vivid portrait of Michigan's first governor---his conflicts, his desires, and his sense of patriotism. This book will appeal to anyone with a love of American history and interest in the many, larger-than-life personalities that battled on the political stage during the Jacksonian era.
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