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Ron French & Chastity Pratt Dawsey, "State schools chief: Michigan is 10 years behind leading states" : Superintendent Mike Flanagan tells Bridge he is baffled by Michigan’s poor scores on national tests, has been slow to act on key reforms, and may have stayed in his job too long.
Phil Power, "Across Michigan, groups are daring to collaborate" : From building workforce skills to economic development, Michigan works best when groups inside and outside government share smart ideas.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, including massive coastal sand dunes on the Lake Michigan shore and North and South Manitou Islands, is established.
An old Chippewa Indian legend says that the dunes were created when a mother bear and her two cubs fled a forest fire in Wisconsin by swimming across Lake Michigan. The mother bear arrived first and climbed up on a bluff to wait for her cubs. Sadly, the exhausted cubs drowned, and when the mourning mother died, the Great Spirit Manitou marked her resting place with a single forested dune called Sleeping Bear. Her two cubs are the Manitou Islands.
Today, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore encompasses a thirty-five mile stretch of Lake Michigan's eastern coastline, as well as North and South Manitou Islands. The park was established primarily for its outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena. In 2002, nearly 1.2 millions people visited the park, which has an annual bugdet of around 3.3 million dollars.
For more information about the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, see Sleeping Bear: Yesterday and Today, Including Ghost Towns, Lighthouses and Shipwrecks of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore by George Weeks.
Michigan Historical Calendar courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
Michigan History, September/October 2011.
Sleeping Bear Dunes official website.
View YouTube film of President and Mrs. Herbert Hoover's visit of Dearborn Village on October 21, 1929 to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of incandescent light. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford also attended the Light's Golden Anniversary event.
Democrats Target Snyder On Contract Let After Fundraiser
Michigan Democrats on Monday charged that a contract awarded to a Detroit-area medical supply firm, and let by the State Administrative Board one day after the family that owns the company hosted a fundraising event for Governor Rick Snyder, was illegal and showed a "pattern and practice" of abusive behavior by the administration. Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson said the action to approve the extension of the contract was "blatantly outrageous" because it amounted to a no-bid contract that is against state law.
Land Emphasizes Business Experience In Senate Bid
The crux of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Land's career is her combined 16 years as Kent County clerk and Michigan secretary of state, but throughout her campaign she has de-emphasized that part of her resume in favor of casting herself as a small business owner.
Chamber Proposal On Road Funding Met With Criticism
The Board of Directors at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce is concerned about the Legislature's inability to provide more than $1 billion in infrastructure funding, so it is considering an initiative petition in January if lawmakers can't find a permanent solution by the end of the year. "While we're hopeful this issue might still be resolved, the business people we represent don't feel hope is a very good strategy," said Rich Studley, CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. "It just seems like we're constantly always starting over and that's been a real challenge." Mr. Studley said Chamber staff, with permission from its board, is looking at three or four different alternatives, including earmarking all the revenue generated by the sales tax on gasoline to road funding. Currently, none of that money actually goes to roads, but is instead mostly divvied up between the School Aid Fund, revenue sharing aid to local governments and the General Fund. The idea was met with criticism by the Michigan League for Public Policy and the National Federation of Independent Business-Michigan.
HUD Investigating Woosley Following Complaint
An investigation into Scott Woosley, the former director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, is being conducted by the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Dillard Banks On Voting Dissatisfaction, Promise Of Fee Reductions
The Democrat in the secretary of state race is again counting on residents being dissatisfied about how elections are being run and campaign finance is being policed in an effort to regain a post the party has not held since 1995. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is hoping her record over the last four years will keep the office in her, and Republican, hands. Godfrey Dillard got into the race late, having worked to be his party's attorney general nominee, but said his work as a civil rights attorney makes him the perfect candidate for secretary of state.
Election Could Leave Education, University Boards Split
All four of the statewide education boards have 6-2 Democratic majorities, and all have two seats held by Democrats up for election this year, meaning potentially all four could see split power after the first of the year.
CPAN: Insurers Pushing Medical Charge Limits
The Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault began its campaign Monday against a ballot proposal that would limit what hospitals and physicians can charge, arguing it is being pushed by the same auto insurance companies that are trying to change the state's no-fault laws.
Mixed Response To Disclosure Of Judicial Campaign Supporters
Of the seven candidates for Supreme Court, four said they would support a recommendation of the Judicial Selection Task Force to disclose all contributors to judicial race campaign advertising (outside direct contributions to candidates), though none outright opposed it, a release from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network said.
Brocklehurst Named Capitol Facilities Manager
Dan Brocklehurst is the new Capitol facilities manager, the Capitol Commission announced Monday. Mr. Brocklehurst was physical properties manager for the Senate for 22 years and had served as interim director after Steve Benkovsky left under pressure.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 207, October 20, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
A large number of Michiganders probably haven't heard of Onaway, Michigan, let alone point it out on the map.
But the Presque Isle County town of about 900 is one of 11 communities asking its residents in two weeks whether police should move the possession of small amounts of marijuana to the bottom of their priority list.
If all 11 pass, the number of local municipalities to scale back enforcement of an ounce or two of marijuana will double.
Voters in Berkley, Clare, Frankfort, Harrison, Huntington Woods, Lapeer, Mt. Pleasant, Onaway, Port Huron, Pleasant Ridge and Saginaw will be asked to say OK to dope.
Over the last three years, Hazel Park, Oak Park, Lansing, Jackson, Ferndale, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ypsilanti, Flint and Kalamazoo have all passed marijuana decriminalization efforts. With the addition of Ann Arbor's similar move in 1973, 11 cities already have removed the police incentive to crack down on weed.
In the areas where local elections have taken place, pro-marijuana advocates are batting 1.000. Not one Michigan community has shot down a marijuana decriminalization proposal.
Tim BECK, co-founder of the Safer Michigan Coalition -- the umbrella organization that supplies local advocates with political guidance, legal support and signature gathering help -- said the legalization movement is being driven by the grassroots.
Local residents don't see a need for harsh sentences for personal use marijuana possession and that's reflective in the results, he said.
"Everyone of these ballot proposals was pure grassroots. We put a little money into Port Huron for signature gatherers, but the rest was pure volunteer," Beck said. "We didn't spend one dime in Oak Park or Hazel Park. We don't have a ton of advertising. We just have a huge number of activists who believe in this."
The year 2014 may present a more unique challenge given the number of small communities looking to decriminalize marijuana. Up to now, decriminalization has been tried in cities or Detroit suburbs.
However, Beck said he expects more to come until Michigan follows the lead of 17 other states and completely decriminalizes small amounts of pot.
Already, three communities -- East Lansing, Montrose and Grosse Pointe Park -- will have ballot proposals in 2015. All three could have been on the ballot this year, but were kept off due to completely different legal hang-ups.
But outside of those three, more could be on the way, he said.
"Our ultimate goal is to get the state Legislature to approve legalization," Beck said. "We have people who want to do it and until we have it, there will be more of these local ballot proposals. I'm certain of that."
For the full article, see "Marijuana Decriminalization To Appear On Ballots In 11 Communities", Inside MIRS Today, October 20, 2014.
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