Monday Morning State News Summary
Mon, 08 Oct 2012 01:34:00 EDT
Some Democrats in Michigan are hopeful there's a chance they could regain
control of the Michigan House in next months elections.
But pollsters and others say a lot of planets have to align for that to happen.
House Democratic campaign committee co-chair, Democrat Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor
told the Gongwer News Service their task is not easy since they also have to
rise above the (quote) "noise in Washington," not to mention "voter apathy."
But he does feel that polls are moving in their direction.
Lansing pollster Bernie Porn of EPIC-M-R-A, told the Michigan Radio Network that
President Obama must hit at least 54 percent in the election to have coattails
for "down the ticket" Democrats.
Other consultants have said the margin has to be higher than that.
Currently in Michigan the President's support is at about 52 percent.
Republicans currently control the Michigan House by a 64-to-46 member margin
over minority Democrats.
The federal government says two people have died in Michigan from a rare form of
meningitis linked to tainted steroids.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least 20 people in the
state have become ill in the outbreak.
The Michigan Department of Community Health said late last week that four health
facilities had received shipments of the steroids from the lab where the
outbreak has been traced.
The steroids were used to treat back pain.
(MI-Ballot Proposal Spending)
It appears the big political spending going on in Michigan this year, is tied to
five of the six ballot proposals voters will decide on next month.
The Lansing-Based MIRS News Service reports that, in an analysis of just six
Michigan TV stations, nearly 13 (m) million dollars was spent on advertising for
2 through 6.
And a national report from The National Institute on Money in State Politics,
says spending in Michigan overall is more than twice that.
In fact, Michigan is outspent this year only by the state of California, where
there's 11 proposals on the ballot.
The report also says that 60 percent of dollars spent on elections this year is
going to ballot issues and not candidates.
Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan will hold a rally at Oakland
University in Rochester tonight (Monday) at 7 p.m. Ryan is also scheduled to
attend a fundraiser in Pontiac earlier in the day.
The last time Ryan visited the area was in August when he and GOP presidential
candidate Mitt Romney attended a rally in Commerce Township.
Tickets for the rally are free and can be picked up at Republican campaign
offices in Royal Oak, Lake Orion, Bloomfield Hills and Utica.
(Detroit-Police-Police Chief Scandal)
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is expected to address the scandal surrounding Police
Chief Ralph Godbee today (Monday).
Godbee was suspended for 30 days by Bing after news surfaced of an affair
between Godbee and Detroit Police Internal Affairs Officer Angelica Robinson.
Bing says because the chief is a mayoral appointee, he must conduct the
investigation. But the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners says it should be
Meanwhile, Angelica Robinson's attorney says they are considering a lawsuit
against the city. Robinson was sent for a mental evaluation last week, but was
declared fit for duty and returned to work on Thursday.
Before the Tigers playoff game with Oakland yesterday (SUnday), the Detroit
Police Officer's Association passed out fliers to let the public know they enter
the city at their own risk.
The DPOA and the city of Detroit are currently at odds over a new contract that
calls for ten percent pay cuts and 12 hour shifts for police officers. The union
says the city doesn't have enough police officers to fight crime in Detroit.
Nearly 300 officers in plain clothes handed out pamphlets urging people to vote
against the emergency manager law ballot proposal on the November general
election ballot, as well as the collective bargaining ballot proposal.
(Muskegon Co-Holiday Light Show)
The Holiday Light Show in West Michigan has found a new home in Muskegon County.
Founder Brad Boyink says the light show will be moved indoors this year to a
building in a strip mall in Norton Shores. The show will run Tuesdays through
Sundays from Thanksgiving day night through Christmas Day.
Boyink created the display when he lived in Ottawa County's Spring Lake Township
and it annually attracted thousands of people to the cul-de-sac in the Heather
Court neighborhood each holiday season. But he moved to a new house on Lake
Michigan earlier this year and could no longer host the event.
The light show, which is set to music, has raised nearly 60-thousand dollars for
local charities since it started in 2006.
(WGHN, Grand Haven)
(Warren-Smoking Ban Lawsuit)
The Michigan Court of Appeals has dismissed a Warren bar owner's lawsuit
challenging the state's smoking ban.
The appellate court ruled that since Sporty O'Toole's bar has gone out of
business, and owner Boyd Cottrell says he doesn't plan on opening another bar,
there's no reason to continue the lawsuit.
Cottrell challenged the constitutionality of the smoking ban in a lawsuit
against the Macomb County Health Department after his bar was twice cited for
violations after the smoking ban went into effect in May 2010.
(South Haven-Waterfront Film Festival)
The Waterfront Film Festival along the Lake Michigan shoreline has a new home
for 2013. The event has been held in Saugatuck for the past 14 years, but
organizers will move to South Haven next year.
Organizers said the city pledged 50-thousand dollars in sponsorship and
fundraising efforts, and have venues that are large enough to handle any growth
in the festival.
St. Joseph is vying to host the Waterfront Film Festival in 2015 and 2016, but
no decision has been announced past next year.
Now in its 15th year, the Waterfront Film Festival celebrates independent film
and filmmakers in a non-competitive environment and regularly hosts Midwest
premieres of Academy Award-winning and nominated documentaries.
(Help from: Walt Zerlaut, WGHN, Grand Haven)
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover
Adams announced Michigan will receive $1.3 million in federal dollars to create,
enhance, or expand agriculture development ventures across the state.
The department received 39 proposals totaling $2.1 million with 21 proposals
recommended to receive $1.1 million in grant funding with the remaining $200,000
allocated to MDARDs domestic and international programs as well as grant
The grants are used to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan specialty crops
through processors, agri-businesses, producers, local units of government, and
legislatively authorized commodity boards in the state.
There were no tickets that matched all the numbers in Saturday's Classic Lotto
Jackpot drawing worth one (M) million dollars.
That means Wednesday's jackpot will be worth one-point-zero-five (M) million
The numbers drawn Saturday were: 09, 27, 29, 32, 35, and 46.
The winning numbers for the midday 3 lottery on Sunday were: 8-6-6.
The winning numbers for the midday 4 lottery were: 7-3-6-6.
The winning numbers for the evening 3 lottery were: 4-7-1.
The winning numbers for the evening 4 lottery were: 9-6-0-1.
The winning numbers for the fantasy 5 lottery were: 02-09-12-20-38.
The winning numbers for the keno lottery were: 01, 03, 05, 11, 15, 16, 20, 25,
30, 31, 38, 41, 42, 43, 46, 51, 60, 64, 65, 67, 71, 73.
The winning numbers for the Powerball lottery for Saturday are: 15-26-34-36-59.
The powerball number was: 35.
The next drawing will be held Wednesday.
The jackpot is projected to be $50 (M) million dollars.
The winning numbers for the Midday 3 lottery on Saturday were: 7-1-3.
The winning numbers for the Midday 4 lottery saturday were: 9-4-0-5.
The winning numbers for the Evening 3 saturday were: 1-0-8.
The winning numbers for the Evening 4 game saturday were: 4-5-9-9.
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery were: 10-11-15-22-38.
The winning Keno numbers Saturday were: 01, 02, 06, 07, 10, 12, 15, 21, 24, 27,
30, 43, 47, 49, 55, 58, 59, 61, 65, 68, 72, 74.
Tuesday's Mega Millions Jackpot will be worth $45 (m) million dollars.