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The first American election was held in the Northwest Territory. Wayne County included all of Michigan. Solomon Sibley won but opponents charged that his friends supplied liquor to those who voted for him. The election, between rival James May, a former British subject who received strong support from British residents, and Solomon Sibley, the preferred candidate of the Americans, spanned three days and consisted of each voter publicly announcing the candidate of his choice for the territorial council. After losing the election, May claimed that Sibley distributed liquor to voters and intimidated them by having armed soldiers stand guard with clubs, threatening to beat voters who cast ballots in May's favor.
Source : Historical Society of Michigan and Andrea Farmer, This Week in Michigan History, Detroit Free Press, December 17, 2006, B.3.
For more information, see Michigan: A History of the Wolverine State by Willis F. Dunbar
Wednesday Meeting On Roads Called ‘Critical'
House leadership exited a Legislative Quadrant meeting on Tuesday evening without a deal settled to fix the state's crumbling infrastructure, and House Minority Leader Tim Greimel said Wednesday's meeting is now "critical" in terms of coming up with a plan both chambers would be willing to pass.
Pinhole Leak Reported In Enbridge Pipeline In U.P.
In its statement, Enbridge said it was during a planned maintenance check that that "minor defect" was discovered as the release created a "dime-sized stain" on the pipe. The pipeline was shut down and repaired, they said. State regulators were notified of the leak because the repair needed required Enbridge to report the leak. The company said the incident was a "clear example" of how the company was working to find and repair anomalies before they had any impact on the environment, but David Holtz of the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club said the said the incident underscored the urgency of conducting a review of potential threats damage and leaks to the pipelines could cause.
House Narrowly Passes Toxic Cleanup Modifications
A bill that would make changes to toxic cleanup policies, with one opponent saying it provides less stringent clean up requirements, passed the House on Tuesday with the minimum votes for passage.
Prohibition On Student-Athlete Unions Heads To Snyder
A bill that would prohibit college student-athletes from engaging in collective bargaining and require the Michigan Employment Relations Commission to make calculations on the expenditures attached to collective bargaining available to the public is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder after the Senate passed the measure Tuesday along mostly party lines.
Talks Continue On Teacher Evaluation Bills
House and Senate negotiators are trying to come up with an agreement on legislation putting in place a framework for teacher evaluations, but are still short of a final accord.
MSF Approves Pork Processing Facility, Senate Office Bonding
Clemens Food Group will establish a pork processing operation in Coldwater Township with help from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation touted Tuesday, investing $255.7 million in capital investment and bringing 810 jobs to the area. $70 million in tax-exempt bond financing for the purchase of the basement through the seventh floor of the Capitol View building in Lansing to be used for Michigan Senate offices was also approved.
Education Board Splits On Report, Not Necessarily Recommendations
The State Board of Education issued a report to the Legislature on proposed changes to school finances on a party-line vote, but that did not necessarily indicate a partisan split on the recommendations. The report urges that the state develop a "level of effort" in school funding and that it protect the School Aid Fund from being shifted to other uses. But it also recommends that funds go to districts and programs based on their need, particularly where those programs have shown to improve student outcomes.
State Inches Closer To Public School Student Data System
It will take until the end of the 2015-16 school year, and even then it will not be complete, but the state is moving closer to a goal set some 20 years ago of having a single source of records information for all public school students in the state.
Supreme Court Rules Private Security Videos Could Be Open Under FOIA
Security videos from private companies, if held by police agencies, are subject to public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Tuesday.
Snyder Signs Bills To Aid Ex-Prisoners In Employment
Legislation designed to improve the chances of former prisoners finding a job after their release was signed into law Tuesday by Governor Rick Snyder. The major component would require the Department of Corrections to provide a released prisoner with a certificate of employability if the prisoner within 30 days of release if the prisoner met several conditions. The prisoner would have to complete a career and technical education course, not have any major misconducts and no more than three minor misconducts in the two years prior to release, and scored at the silver level or better on a work readiness test.
Education Board Urges Against Sales Tax Shift In Roads Plan
While roads need improvement, funds should not come from schools, the State Board of Education said in a resolution adopted Tuesday.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 246, December 16, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
With two days left before the House and Senate are scheduled to end voting for the 2013-14 session, Gov. Rick SNYDER and legislative leaders enter into what has been described as dangerous waters on the long-term road funding question.
The Governor and the Legislative quadrant met behind closed doors for another two hours this afternoon and emerged shortly after 6:30 p.m. without a deal in hand. Snyder conceded today that the debate is no longer just about raising $1.2 billion in new revenue for the state's crumbling roads.
In speaking with reporters today, Snyder said leaders are trying to "achieve a balance of different principles." In short, how to raise $1.2 billion in new revenue, not harming schools and locals, examining whether taxes collected at the pump go to only roads and keeping gas prices reasonable while not creating a "regressive" tax on low- and middle-income taxpayers.
"So if you go through that list of criteria, it's really how do you take the House plan and the Senate plan and come up with a compromise that can check the boxes that meet those needs. So that's where the discussion has really been focused . . . and some of those criteria mean more to some leaders than others.
"We are moving forward. We're not just going in circles."
For the full article, see "Snyder Looking For 'Balancing Principles' In Road Talks", Inside MIRS Today, December 16, 2014.
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Ron French, "Special education rates vary wildly by school district, race, gender and income" : A Bridge Magazine- Michigan Radio investigation suggests that early education interventions could help many struggling students avoid a special ed designation. See our interactive database showing special education rates in your school district.
Sarah Alvarez, "How parents can negotiate their child’s path through special education" : All parents of kids with disabilities have a lot to know when it comes to education, leaving parents searching for tips and advice from other parents, special education officials and advocates on how best to get the services they think their child.
Bridge Staff, "Special Education searchable list" : Special education varies by district Type in the name of your school district or charter school, and see the percentage of students with Individualized Education Programs overall, plus the percentage of students in special education by gender and race. Data shows both the percentages of all IEP’s by different demographic groups and also how that compares to the makeup of the districts’ overall enrollment.
Chastity Pratt Dawsey, "As good jobs finally arrive, few Detroiters have the skills to fill them" : Thousands of positions in construction, healthcare, information technology and other high-growth fields are finally coming as Detroit emerges from bankruptcy. But a rollback in job programs and an educational system that leaves many young adults short on reading and math skills means many Detroiters can’t even quality for job training.
Chastity Pratt Dawsey, "Detroit Public Schools taking a new approach with trade schools" : Detroit Public Schools once served thousands of students daily at vocational -technical career centers. Declining enrollment and high school closures led to cuts. DPS is now re-inventing the trade schools.
Phil Power, "Detroit rescued by great leaders who kept showing up" : A cast of judges, lawyers and politicians united by a shared sense of responsibility helped usher the city through bankruptcy with remarkable speed.
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