Jim Stamas for State Senate paid $325 the first time around, then gave Spangler’s duck back for resale, which brought in another $180 from Bay Mid Drywall.
Republican candidates were out in force on Wednesday as Gary Glenn for Representative, John Moolenaar for Congress and Roger Hauck for State Representative all purchased animals, but chose to give the animal back for resale. According to auction rules, the highest amount of the two bids goes to the seller. The lowest bid goes to the 4-H Small Animal Committee to improve the 4-H small animal exhibits.
Stamas purchased six animals, including a mini satin junior rabbit doe from Theoron Arno. Stamas said he has been trying to purchase one of Arno’s animals for three years and finally was successful.
Glenn last week received the support of the state affiliate of the National Association of Theater Owners, whose members include the Neighborhood Cinema Group (NCG), which owns the Midland theater, and Goodrich Quality Theaters, which owns the Bay City theater.
Glenn, a cosponsor of bipartisan legislation that would extend Freedom of Information Act requirements to Michigan’s governor and legislature, said he believes transparency also includes keeping constituents informed about his health after being diagnosed in January with prostate cancer that had grown up his spinal column and destroyed one vertebrae, breaking his back. Glenn said he received his last chemotherapy treatment on July 27 and that his PSA count — 348 when the cancer was discovered — is now less than 0.1, the lowest score the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center can measure.Read more
A report released by the state Wednesday says immigration boosts Michigan's economy, helping the state emerge from a lengthy recession, and suggests many of the estimated 126,000 undocumented immigrants in Michigan should be made legal.
The report "The Contributions of New Americans in Michigan" was released by the Michigan Office for New Americans, which Republican Gov. Rick Snyder created in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The state office said it partnered in the release of the report with the bipartisan Partnership for a New American Economy's "Reason for Reform" campaign, which is pushing for immigration changes and a less-restrictive federal immigration policy.
“Immigration has proven to be a driver of job creation and economic growth in Michigan,” Snyder said in a news release.Read more
Rep. Glenn’s service in Lansing continues to earn the support of business owners representing key segments of Michigan’s economy:
• The Michigan Agri-Business Association political action committee joined two other prominent agricultural groups — Michigan Farm Bureau’s Agri-Pac and the Corn Growers of Michigan PAC — in endorsing Glenn’s reelection campaign. “As a result of your proven commitment to Michigan’s farmers and agribusinesses, and your focus on smart policy to keep growing Michigan agriculture, the MABA’s PAC is pleased to endorse your candidacy,” chairman Bruce Sutherland wrote to Glenn. “I am confident that you will be a strong advocate for Michigan farmers and agribusinesses.”Read more
Republicans Margaret Copeland, left, and Rep. Gary Glenn attended the Republican National Convention last week in Cleveland. They were two of the 2,472 Republican delegates to cast votes. Copeland cast her vote for Donald Trump while Glenn voted for Sen. Ted Cruz. Trump received the nomination with 1,543 votes while Cruz came in second at 559. Sen.Marco Rubio received 165 votes and Ohio Gov. John Kasich garnered 161 votes. To win the nomination, a candidate needed 1,237 votes. Trump will face Democrat Hillary Clinton in the race for president during general election on Nov. 8.
(Rep. Gary) Glenn continues to receive support from small business owners and job providers, saying his highest priority will remain making Michigan more attractive for new plant sites and other new business and industry needed for job creation in Bay and Midland counties.
• Glenn has been named a “Friend of Retail” by the Michigan Retailers Association, which represents 5,000 member businesses, 15,000 stores and websites, and a retail industry directly responsible for 850,000 jobs and 18 percent of Michigan’s total economic activityRead more
The Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) recent progress on the development of a new plan for three-year auctions has been praised by Michigan State Sen. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and State Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Midland) for its positive impact on competitive electric rates in the state.Read more
In the wake of a recent demonstration at Attorney General Bill Schuette's home in Midland, a local state representative has proposed legislation that would make such protests illegal in Michigan.
A group of about 40 people gathered outside Schuette's home Wednesday, July 6, to protest and demand the attorney general take action against the Enbridge Line 5 crude oil pipeline, which crosses the Straits of Mackinac.Read more
(Rep. Gary) Glenn’s 2016 campaign last week continued to pick up endorsements and/or financial support:
• RUSH PAC, the Rural and Urban Streets and Highways Political Action Committee of the County Road Association of Michigan, is urging taxpayers to support the first-term lawmaker’s 2016 candidacy. PAC treasurer Denise Donohue wrote, “RUSH PAC is impressed by your understanding of local roads and bridges, and we are confident that you will translate that knowledge into action in the next legislative session.”Read more
Nearly five years after making the ultimate sacrifice for his country, U.S. Navy Corpsman Aaron D. Ullom was remembered Saturday by his friends, family and local legislators at a bridge dedication ceremony that will leave his name and memory above a busy thoroughfare in his hometown.
A crowd gathered at the Midland Armory at 2 p.m. Saturday to hear from those who knew and loved Ullom from his early years and from his time in the service. Ullom was a 2009 Midland High School graduate, who joined the U.S. Navy and was killed by enemy gunfire on July 12, 2011 while in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
It was a simple action on Ullom’s behalf, a natural instinct to leave the safety of a small ditch to apply a tourniquet to a wounded Marine nearby, but an action that has left a tremendous impact on his community and now a permanent fixture in Midland. Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 513, now Public Act 21 of 2016, in February to designate the bridge in recognition of Ullom.Read more