Archives for August 2018

Anti-Gerrymandering Proposal Approved For November Ballot

Voters will get to decide in November if state lawmakers will continue to draw legislative district boundaries or if the responsibility will be shifted to a new citizens council.

The Board of State Canvassers voted 3-to-1 yesterday to approve a slight change in the ballot language to the petition from the group Voters Not Politicians, who argue politicians have colluded for decades to draw up districts to retain the hold on power of the majority party. If approved, a 13-member panel would be created with four Democrats, four Republicans and five independents to draw the districts for the state House and Senate and U.S. House.

State, Local Police Out In Force For Labor Day

State, Local Police Out In Force For Labor Day…

Extra Michigan State Police troopers are out in force this Labor Day weekend along with a slew of local officers in a crackdown on drunk and drugged driving. MSP officials are reminding drivers that this is one of the deadliest weekends every year. Roughly 150 law enforcement agencies are taking part in the initiative, which is paid for by federal highway funds.

Over One-Million Michiganders Traveling For Labor Day

Triple-A Michigan says the last gasp of summer will have a lot of people on the road this weekend statewide.

The auto club is projecting over one-million people will take a trip of at least 50 miles from home for Labor Day. They note traffic deaths over the holiday were up in 2017 compared to 2016, with 27-percent of those crashes involving alcohol. While gas prices are about 45-cents a gallon higher than last year, Triple-A says the higher costs aren’t keeping people from taking one final summer trip.

Cruising The Great Lakes

Rolling on the Great Lakes…

A coalition of government and business groups is kicking off a campaign to attract cruise ships to the Great Lakes. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other officials are scheduled to attend an announcement of the “Cruise the Great Lakes” initiative Thursday on Mackinac Island. Partners in the marketing campaign say cruise ship tourism on the Great Lakes is expected to grow significantly in coming years.

Two Debates Set For U.S. Senate Race

There will be two televised debates in the race for the U.S. Senate in Michigan in October.

Democratic incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow and Republican challenger John James will spar October 14 on the campus of Grand Valley State University. They will follow that the next day with a debate at the Detroit Economic Club. James had called for six debates with Stabenow.

Marquette City Commission Approves Study Of Founders Landing Pier

A feasibility study will be done in Marquette on the aging pier at Founders Landing.

The city commission gave unanimous approval this week to spending 83-thousand-500 dollars to have GEI Consultants look into whether the old pilings should be reused or removed. Those pilings are driven into the bedrock under Lake Superior. The city took ownership of the 29 acres where the pier sits in downtown in 2001 in an effort to increase public access to the lake and spur private redevelopment of the area.

Update: Suspect Dies After Shootout

The Iron Mountain Police Department has released more details in regards to the situation in Dickinson County Monday morning.

It was about 8:45 a.m. when Iron Mountain Police Department received a call in reference to a stolen truck being driven recklessly near the Boss Snow Plow manufacturing plant. The truck as well as a handgun were stolen from a garage on the North Side of Iron Mountain, and located unoccupied in the Systems Control parking lot. Around 10:30 Polic located the sus[ect driving another stolen vehicle, after he attempted an armed robbery at a residence in east Kingsford. When police approached he took off again and a chase began. The 20 year old man, crashed the car off of Skidmore Road. Shots were fired, the suspect died from his injuries. An officer was treated for a head injury and released.

Flags Lowered For McCain

Flags lowered in honor of a hero…

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered that U.S. and Michigan flags be lowered to half-staff for five days in honor of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain. Snyder on Monday said the flags will be lowered on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex from Wednesday, when McCain will lie in state in Arizona, through Sunday, when he will be laid to rest in Maryland.

Democratic Officials To Voters: Make Blue Wave Happen

While political experts are predicting a Blue Wave of wins for Democrats this fall around the country, Michigan Democratic Party officials say voters shouldn’t be complacent.

At their nominating convention in East Lansing on Sunday, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell of Dearborn said the Blue Wave won’t happen with just talk. Congressman Dan Kildee said Democrats can’t win by just running against the policies of Republican nominee for governor Bill Schuette or President Trump. Democrats formally nominated their ticket Sunday, though all the candidates were in place from nominee for governor Gretchen Whitmer to state Supreme Court candidate Megan Cavanagh.

Snyder, Calley Call For GOP Unity

Governor Rick Snyder and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley are calling on Republicans to unite behind the campaign of Bill Schuette for governor, but without saying his name.

In a video message at the Michigan Republican Party’s nominating convention Saturday, both urged voters to do their part to try to prevent the so-called Blue Wave of Democratic victories. Schuette expects a very close race for governor against Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, but said even a 51-percent to 49-percent win is fine with him.