Abed and Barrett battle in Eaton´s 70th House raceby City Pulse
All Michigan voters are picking their state representatives and senators Nov. 4, but the epicenter for competitive races locally is in Delta Township. Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel, Jr., all but wrapped up the 23rd Senate District race last year when he cleared the field of any strong Democratic opposition. He does have a Republican opponent, Leslie hard rock guitarist Craig Whitehead.
Why is Snyder afraid to lead on same-sex marriage?by Mickey Hirten
Time and time again as he´s campaigned for re-election, Gov. Rick Snyder has been asked his view on same-sex marriage. Right idea, but it´s the wrong question. What we should ask the governor is why he lacks the courage to lead on the defining civil rights issue of this era.
Are wolves the villains or the victims and does hunting help?by Belinda Thurston
The story behind the wolf hunting proposals on the Nov. 4 ballot could be a modern-day fairy tale – sometimes the wolf is the villain and sometimes the victim. Michigan´s voters may write the ending. It starts in 2012 when the Upper Peninsula wolf population was removed from the endangered species list after making a comeback from near extinction due to bounty hunters. New litters of puppies thrived and healthy packs developed in the remote wilderness.
Short, fast and heavily funded. That’s how to describe the mad scramble that is the 8th Congressional seat race. And the outcome is anything but a given. The district, heavily Republican leaning, spans Ingham, Livingston and northern Oakland counties, including Rochester Hills. Yet, the newspaper endorsements are nodding to Eric Schertzing, the Democrat in the race, including the Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal and Livingston Daily Press & Argus (which usually endorses Republican).
It only took a day for state Sen. Rick Jones, after learning that his newly gerrymandered 24th district included Shiawassee County, to begin meeting voters there. Whether it was the local Elks Lodge or the county´s Right to Life chapter, the Grand Ledge resident burned up Interstate 69 to Owosso so often, the Shiawassee County Chamber of Commerce website lists Jones as the county´s state senator … which isn´t even the case, yet. The redistricting lines signed into law three years ago technically take effect Jan. 1.
Another year, another contested election for U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, whose underperformance in the Republican-leaning 7th Congressional District biennially gives Democrats visions of victory. After facing an underfunded and underwhelming Democrat in 2012, Walberg finds himself going against top-tier opponent Pam Byrnes, the former speaker pro tem of the Michigan House and a Washtenaw County commissioner.
Lansing voters will determine the fate of the Miller Road Community Center and Grand Woods Park in Delta Township Nov. 4 in two ballot proposals to sell the city properties. The local Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. has leased the 5,900-square-foot former community center at 6025 Curry Lane – one of the properties on the chopping block – since 2013. The nonprofit did not return phone calls or messages to City Pulse.
The growing chill in air brings a shiver of dread for the approaching winter along with the sour and frightening memories of the Board of Water & Light massive power outage last year. Two proposed city charter revisions on the Nov. 4 ballot stem from the utility’s failed communication and overall response to the ice storm around Christmas 2013. Between 34,000 and 40,000 businesses and households were without power, some for more than a week.
Distrust is at the heart of opposition to East Lansing’s Park District ballot proposal. “This is a referendum on whether we trust the people in government who for the last decade has been lying to us,” said city resident Eliot Singer. The proposal would allow City Council to sell downtown parking lots 4, 8 and 15 in what Mayor Nathan Triplett calls “an essential procedural step toward any project moving forward to revitalize the western entrance of East Lansing’s downtown.” It does not mandate their sale.
Ingham County seeks tax for county trail system maintenance and improvementsby Belinda Thurston
When you run or ride your bike on a trail you don´t follow municipal lines. You meander along a stream or river. You get lost in the vista or the wildlife. And before you know it you could have crossed from East Lansing to Lansing to Delhi Township, all in an afternoon trek. The ride is a chance to appreciate the entire region’s beauty and the connection the trail system provided.