Michigan State University
August 28, 2016 - 1:12:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Corrections, Courts

Relief does not always come so swiftly to those who prevail in the nation’s highest court — even when they have waited for decades to win a decisive landmark victory.

Consider, for example, the 363 Michiganders serving mandatory life terms for crimes they committed when they were teens.

In June 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that it was against the law for states to mandate life prison terms with no possibility of parole for juvenile offenders.



August 28, 2016 - 4:40:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On this day a state law banning hitchhikers and bicycles from freeways went into effect.

Source : Michigan History, July/August 2012



August 28, 2016 - 4:27:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

On this day in 1938, the veritable Charlie McCarthy was awarded the first ever degree to a ventriloquist's dummy. The "Master of Innuendo & Snappy Comeback" was awarded on air at Northwestern University, the alma mater of Edgar Bergen, McCarthy's human partner. Bergen was born and raised in Decatur, Michigan.

Source : Michigan Historical Society Facebook Page, August 28, 2014.



August 27, 2016 - 4:52:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Native Americans are getting back to their roots on Friday, August 27, 2010 with a Detroit River Canoe Crossing to enforce the 1974 Jay Treaty Rights led by the American Indian Movement of Michigan. 200 canoes will journey across Detroit's, Belle Isle Island/Park to Windsor, Ontario, and back.

The River Crossing will be a kick off for the American Indian Movement of Michigan hosting of a Pow Wow in Lincoln Park, MI.



August 27, 2016 - 4:43:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

A former mulatto Civil War soldier was lynched in Mason on this day, accused of attacking a local farmer's female relatives with an ax in a dispute over wages.

Source :

Lynching beyond Dixie [electronic resource] : American mob violence outside the South / edited by Michael J. Pfeifer. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2013. See pages 212-215.



August 27, 2016 - 4:38:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Lincoln Campaign Button, 1860. From the Archives of Michigan collections



August 27, 2016 - 4:14:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

Walk-in-the-Water, the first steamboat on the Great Lakes

On August 27, 1818, the Walk-in-the-Water, the first steamboat on the Upper Great Lakes, arrived in Detroit. She was owned by the Lake Erie Steamboat Company and ran between Buffalo and Detroit, with additional stops in Cleveland and Erie, PA.



August 26, 2016 - 11:38:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Gongwer

Appeals Court: MCCA Not Subject To FOIA

In the latest round of a longstanding argument related to Michigan's auto no-fault insurance, the Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 ruling, held that while the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association is a public body it is nevertheless not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

Colbeck Compares Dem Policies To Slavery; Dems Fire Back



August 26, 2016 - 10:25:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: MIRS

Numerous Michigan counties reported higher percentages of crossover ballots in the Aug. 2 election -- the upshot being that an estimated 5 percent of voters participated in parts of the Republican and Democratic primary, discounting all of their votes in partisan races.

Election reports in those counties that broke out crossover data found 33 and 117 percent increases and election officials believe the straight ticket voting debate is, in part, to blame.



August 26, 2016 - 7:03:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Education, K-12

State legislators, unions, school groups and civil rights organizations on Friday flooded the Michigan Supreme Court with arguments over the legality of a $2.5 million appropriation to reimburse private schools for government mandates.

Gov. Rick Snyder is asking Michigan’s highest court to issue an advisory opinion on the new budget line, which he signed in June, hoping to blunt the prospect of potential lawsuits against the state. The court is not obligated to rule but had requested legal briefs.



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