2012 Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund Recipients
Brett Quick, a senior at Ladywood High School in Livonia, will be preparing to enter a Nursing program to earn her Bachelors Degree. Brett, the daughter of Christopher Quick, Lead Mechanic at the City of Novi, and Geralyn Quick, has earned numerous awards. She is a member of the National Honor Society, and has been on the Honor Roll for all four years of high school, received a Varsity Letter in Cross Country, and has received the Athletic Director's Scholar Athlete Award for volleyball. Brett has exhibited leadership talents with the Executive Student Council and the Spanish Club, as well as serving on the Youth Council at Our Lady of Victory Church. Her numerous community activities include the Appalachia Service Project, Springhill Summer Camp, Third and Sixth grade teacher at Faith Formation Class, and has volunteered at PB&J Outreach in Detroit. In addition to all of this, Brett has carried a 3.87 Grade Point Average.
Morgan Fisher, is a recipient of the Carl Parsell Scholarship Award. She is the daughter of Beverly Hills Public Safety Officer Robert Fisher, and Maureen Fisher. Morgan, a graduate of Troy High School, is finishing her first year at Oakland University and is majoring in Business Management. Morgan began volunteering for Joint Aid Management (JAM), a non-profit Christian humanitarian relief and development organization providing food, clean water, education and care for orphans in South Africa. She started by filling up cans with loose change and saved $50, which would feed and educate one child. After meeting the founder of JAM, Morgan started her own non-profit organization by putting her music talents to work, called it Bands that JAM for Africa. She has held fifteen concerts so far, and raised $15,000, which will feed and educate 300 African kids for an entire year. Morgan's goals are to break the cycle of poverty; to inspire teenagers to see that it doesn't take a lot to make a difference; and to showcase the musicians of tomorrow while saving the lives of children today. Morgan recently received an acknowledgment for her hard work from the President of the United States.
Katrina Deane, daughter of LuAnn Deane, 46th Circuit Court Friend of the Court Social Worker, and Wilbur Deane will be completing her second year of studies at Michigan Technological University in Houghton Michigan. She is majoring in Psychology and has a minor in German. While attending St. Mary Cathedral High School in Gaylord, Katrina was active in the choir, drama, cheer leading, and was Co-President of the Youth Advisory Council. She was also the founder of "Vocal Achord", a student acappella group. Community activities include being involved in her church and pa11icipating in a relief trip to the Dominican Republic. She plans to finish college and start her career and devote herself to her family.
Megan Brown, daughter of St. Clair Shores Police Officer Jason Brown, and Laura Brown, will be attending Capital University to study marketing. Megan is a strong leader and an avid student. While attending Chippewa Valley High School, she has been involved in the Key Club, Student Class Council, Student Government, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Young Republicans, and Varsity Golf. She is also the Editor in Chief for the class yearbook. Megan's community activities include breast cancer awareness project through BRAvo and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure; participating in the Grace Centers of Hope walk-a-thons to raise funds and awareness of homeless children; and People to People International, a project created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower with the idea that ordinary citizens of different nations could solve their problems and live harmoniously with one another. Megan's goal is to have a rewarding lifetime career and to create a children's charity.
Bereavement Uniform Program
The Lighthouse Uniform Company, long known for its Fallen Fire Fighter Dress Uniform is very excited to introduce you to our newest program, the Bereavement Uniform Program.
This Program is an offshoot of the Fallen Fire Fighter Dress Uniform Program. It is an active response to families finding themselves in need of ‘end game’ help.
A little background; Many times responding to Fallen Fire Fighter Dress Uniform requests, difficult conversations were had about qualifying ‘line of duty death’. There is a whole generation of firefighters, mostly retired now, who dedicated their lives to the Fire Service, never owned a dress uniform and are beginning to pass away. Their families want to give them a ‘firefighter’s funeral’ and bury them in a dress uniform. Unfortunately, they don’t ‘qualify’ for the Fallen Fire Fighter Dress Uniform.
That doesn’t mean they don’t deserve one. It means their needs to be a different program and that’s what gave rise to the Lighthouse Bereavement Uniform Program.
The Lighthouse can’t afford to provide free dress uniforms to every firefighter passing away and as it turns out, the solution to the problem hangs in the closets of many fire departments around the country… and it is to that end we are reaching out and asking departments to check their closets, send us their ‘surplus’ and unusable Class A’s. We will clean and refurbish them, reconfigure the rank as applicable and make them available to those families wanting/needing a uniform for burial purposes, at ‘no cost’.
Also, the decision was made to keep a low profile. The Bereavement Uniform Program can only be accessed from http://bereavement.lighthouseuniform.com and we ask that you link the Program to your department’s website. It will insure timeliness; provide anonymity for families needing it and it will help keep the Program at the top of Google searches.
This is an opportunity to do something meaningful and important. It is an opportunity to “take care of those who took care of us”. Whether ‘giving’ or ‘receiving’, find out more. Call us at 1-800-426-5225 (Seattle time) or email me at
. Steve Cohen, Pres. Lighthouse Uniform Company ‘Uniformly Different’ www.lighthouseuniform.com
Steve Cohen, President
Lighthouse Uniform Company
CHLORINE INSTITUTE "C" KITS
As a result of a first responders’ petition, The Chlorine Institute is now conducting a study comparing The Chlorine Institute “C” Kit to secondary containment.
Chemical companies are now claiming that first responders are always trained:
- That it is always imperative to check the internal pressure of the tank car prior to deploying the C-Kit.
- On the equipment necessary to conduct a pressure test on the car.
- How to conduct a pressure test on the car and what to look for.
- How to distinguish between a properly relieving pressure relief device (PRD) and an improperly relieving pressure relief device.
- Are warned that capping and disabling the PRD could cause the catastrophic failure of the car.
- If the PRD is capped and disabled, regular monitoring of the car's internal pressure must be established.
There are more than 5,000 Chlorine Institute Emergency “C” Kits in the hands of first responders.
Tens of thousands of first responders rely on the instructions contained within The Chlorine Institute Emergency Kit “C” Instruction Booklet for Chlorine Tank Cars and Tank Trucks. The instruction booklet fails to address any of the above claims and provides no such information.
The C-Kit concept requires proper training of tens of thousands of first responders.
The secondary containment concept requires no first response or training.
To post a comment, please go to First Responders’ Petition at www.petitionckit.com
First Responder Safety Issues
We have been in contact with Firefighter Unions across the Country to assist us in a very important matter. Our firefighters and other first responders are in serious danger with this new technology involving Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. By 2017, there will be an estimated 1.7 million Charging Stations installed on our City Streets. The Government has set up training for the Electric Vehicle through the NFPA and no plans have been set for the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. We have been in contact with multiple agencies and manufacturers across the country and have invited all angencies to our training program. Please read on to learn more about this important matter......
We are the owners of GreenStar Concepts, LLC, a “Certified Contractor” of Electric Vehicle Support Equipment (EVSE); we specialize in Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. Over the past two years, we have invested a substantial amount of time in research of Electric Vehicles and EVSE.
It has truly been exciting to see the enthusiasm of our Citizens, Business Owners, and Government Officials when we talk to them about Electric Cars and their benefits, and answer their questions regarding both Electric Cars and the Electric Vehicle Support Equipment. It is not unusual for us to field questions during our conversations, regarding the safety of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations; we noted that many people were concerned with the safety of this equipment, but because of our involvement and knowledge in this industry, it was easy to respond to their concerns.
We did however take note of a particular question we received from many Business Owners and Consumers regarding the safety of the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations due to their concerns about the high voltage used to power them. Some Business Owners, Local Government Representatives, and Citizens have asked if a Charging Station was hit or run over by a vehicle, would it be safe? Considering plans by the Federal Government to deploy 1.7 million Electric Vehicle Charging Stations throughout our Communities, their concerns and questions were held merit and deserved an “honest” response.
We reviewed previous research information and conducted additional research of the safety system(s) incorporated into the Charging Stations by the EVSE Manufacturers to protect against electrical shock or exposure. We again reviewed the installation guidelines and specifications published by the various manufacturers and consulted with Electrical Engineers regarding the installation methodology.
We noted that the only protection provided or specified outside safety systems engineered and designed into Charging Stations, is the "Circuit Breaker" that provides the power to the Charging Station. In addition, we considered other installation methodologies utilizing bollards and other physical barriers; however, ADAG requires access, and as such, EV Charging Stations will be as vulnerable as gas station pumps are.
The conventional Circuit Breaker used to protect the circuit or feed that provides power to the Charging Station only responds to overloads and short circuits that occur along the feed. To determine if adequate protection is being provided, we considered the likelihood that Charging Stations will be installed in public and private parking lots, parking garages, along public streets, and in other areas where vehicular and pedestrian traffic is prevalent; we also considered the risks associated with vehicular collision and vandalism, as these high voltage appliances are highly visible elements in our Communities.
Q: So, what happens if a Charging Station is run over or struck by a vehicle or piece of equipment or is vandalized such that the Station is displaced or severely damaged? What is the potential for exposure of the high voltage power feed?
A: Under some scenarios we determined that the high voltage power feed may come in contact with the Charging Station housing, causing a short circuit or arc, which would cause the Circuit Breaker to trip and disconnect power to that feed. Other scenarios insist that there is a possibility, that the high voltage feed to the Charging Station may not come in contact with the Charging Station housing or have any condition that would create an arc or short circuit, before coming in contact with a vehicle or person. If an "over-load" or "short-circuit" does not occur, the live feed (240 Volt for Level II Charging Stations & 480 Volt for Level III Charging Stations) presents a serious and very dangerous safety hazard; electrocution/shock and even explosion of a vehicle (gas or electric powered) could occur as a result. In our opinion this equipment is"inherently dangerous" and believe more protection is necessary to prevent either scenario from causing severe injury or death. There is a critical need for improvement in safety of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and in the installation methodologies and specifications recommended by the manufacturers.
Giving consideration to the high voltage used to power Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, readily available access in public places, and the lack of adequate security, other concerns relating to the potential for Vandalism and Terroristic Acts should also be given serious thought.
There is also an urgent need for all First Responders (Firefighters, EMS, Police, and others) are trained to properly respond to “catastrophic accidents” involving EV Charging Stations. We have advised Fire Chiefs in Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, California, and Hawaii of the inherent dangers associated with Electric Vehicle Charging Stations where deployed in public places; we have verified that the Fire Departments and other First Responders have not been educated about these high voltage appliances and are not prepared to respond to a catastrophic accident involving one of these devices.
We notified Safety Administrators, Government Agencies, and Regulatory Entities about the safety hazards presented by the presence of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations throughout our communities, and took the following action in our effort to improve safety where EV Chargers are concerned.
- We contacted the NFPA and have shared this information with them. The NFPA responded and advised that Fire Chiefs and others involved in fire service and safety, from numerous States, have expressed their concerns with some aspects of safety as it relates to these devices. The NFPA Representative advised of their concerns and interest; this issue was addressed during their Electric Vehicle Safety Summit held September 27 -28, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The NFPA/SAE indicates in their “summary report” of recommendations for improvement in the safety of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.
- We contacted the manufacturers of Electric Vehicle Support Equipment regarding this issue; they could not deny the possibility of exposure of a high voltage feed occurring without the circuit breaker tripping; however, none would take this matter further and are awaiting the NFPA to make code changes.
- We contacted one of the “major” Automotive Manufacturers involved in the Electric Vehicle industry, to advise them of our concerns; they were surprised that the EVSE Manufacturers had not given consideration to this potentially hazardous condition and expressed their concerns as they have invested billions of dollars in this industry.
- We filed a complaint with the Federal Department of Energy, Inspector Generals’ Office; advised them of our concerns with the safety of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in the event a station is hit, run over, or damaged such that live power feeds are exposed. A Special Investigator from the D.O.E Inspector Generals’ Office has responded to our complaint, advised that the D.O.E has determined that they have “buy-in” with respect to the safety of these devices, and are taking action by conducting a thorough investigation.
- We notified the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration of this issue; the NHTSA has opened a case for investigation.
- Because of the lack of movement and available training for our First Responders, we created a safety training program: “Electric Vehicle Safety Training for First Responders”, to prepare Firefighters, Emergency Medical Staff, and other First Responders for catastrophic accidents and incidents involving Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. Our training program is available in two formats; a “Classroom” Course and “E-Learning” Course, both catering specifically to First Responders. Our training courses have been reviewed and approved by the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council and by the Florida State Fire College.
We are hopeful that your Agency gives careful consideration to the facts presented in this letter and take necessary steps to ensure for the safety and welfare of your citizens. We have State Senators, Fire Chief, Union President State Officials and City Officials endorsing our Training program and we hope you do also. Please give us a call to discuss our training program, we look forward to speaking with you soon.
Thank you in advance,
James Maddox, Co-Founder / Co-Owner 502-774-0222
Visit our web site: www.chargingmyev.com -- GreenStar Concepts LLC. Electric Vehicle Certified, NFPA Certified, GE Certified, Eaton Certified, First Responder Certified and EVSE Certified. 3625 Locust Ave Louisville, KY 40299 502-774-0222
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Legislative Consultants: Government Affairs- March 15, 2012
SNYDER PUSHES FOR CONSENT AGREEMENT IN MOTOWN
Gov. Rick Snyder this week rolled out his proposed financial consent agreement with the City of Detroit in an attempt to avoid appointing an Emergency Manager (EM).
The plan would create a powerful nine-member advisory board charged with overseeing financial operations, spending or debt restructuring.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing would have EM powers but the powers to charge or terminate collective bargaining agreements would need the approval of the Financial Advisory Board.
Board members would need at least 10 years of experience with municipal finance transactions, labor matters or high-profile/bankruptcy environments. The board would be subject to the Open Meetings Act.
The proposal met with great disapproval by members of Detroit City Council as well as a majority of the House and Senate Democrat members of the Legislature.
The Detroit Financial Review Team is looking over the proposed consent agreement and must make a recommendation to the Governor by March 28.
Meanwhile, Rep. John Olumba (D-Detroit) announced sponsorship of what he called the Detroit Structured Reinvestment and Restructuring Omnibus (DSRRO) - a 50-bill package of "ideas" targeting social welfare reform, education reform, local government reform, commerce and labor reform, judiciary reform and senior citizen support. And he said there are more bill ideas on the way.
CHAMBERS EXCHANGE COERCED ABORTION/AUTISM BILLS
A three-bill package of legislation (SBs 0414,0415 and 0981) that would allow insurance carriers or third-party administrators to get reimbursements from the state for any autism related claims has passed the Senate with only some Republicans posting "no" votes.
The bills create a $50,000 cap and requires the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to create and implement an autism coverage incentive program through which the carriers could seek reimbursement. The measures now go to the House.
Women would be prevented from being coerced into having abortions, provide for civil action by a woman against anyone who coerced her or tried to coerce her, and require an oral screening for coercion or domestic violence of a female seeking an abortion under a series of bills (BBs 4798,4799,5134,5181, and 5182) that passed the House but did not win Immediate Effect. The package now goes to the Senate.
GSRAs CAN'T UNIONIZE
Graduate student research assistants (GSRAs) at the University of Michigan (U-M) and other state universities cannot unionize.
Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law legislation (HB 4246) that prevents the organization of GSRAs before the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) was to meet to discuss organization efforts at the U-M.
The legislation was fast-tracked through the Republican-led House and Senate in the last three weeks.
UNIONS TAKE ON RTW-PLUS
In what appears to be a major counterattack against a plethora of laws enacted by the Republican-led Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder, the Protect Our Jobs coalition (comprised of state labor unions) has launched a statewide petition drive to place before the voters a constitutional amendment that would ban Right to Work (RTW) legislation as well as a host of other anti-labor bills.
In addition to the RTW ban, the omnibus constitutional amendment would also ban more than 80 bills perceived to be anti-labor now pending in the Legislature - which could include the Emergency Manager (EM) law (P.A. 4) The Stand Up For Democracy coalition has turned 226,637 petition signatures into the Secretary of State to put the law on hold and place a ballot referendum in November.
Also included is SB 0971 that bans graduate student research employee unions. The House, on a 62-45 party-line vote last week approved the ban that would affect the University of Michigan and other state universities.
The constitutional amendment would also place the right to collective bargaining in the state -Constitution.
There are reports that labor unions are committed to spending $10-to-$15 million on signature collection and voter education to get the measure passed.
SNYDER CALLS FOR COMPREHENSIVE ATTACK ON CRIME
In a special message to the Legislature on Public Safety, Gov. Rick Snyder called for a comprehensive system of "smart justice" that recognizes the connection between enforcement, prevention and economic opportunity.
Many of the proposals are geared to the cities of Flint, Detroit, Saginaw and Pontiac which rank among the nation's top 10 most violent cities. Among them are a proposed "Secure Cities Partnership" agreement between the state and the four cities in which those cities would participate in local, state and federal law enforcement teams and receive some $46 million more in state resources - including the hiring of 180 more state troopers to beefup law enforcement in the four cities.
PANEL TAKES ON SCHOOL UNION DUES COLLECTION
The collection of union dues in public school districts would be banned under legislation (HB 4929) reported from the Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee.
The measure, which was sent to the full Senate, would, in addition to banning public school districts from collection union dues for their unionized employees, would also require audits of public school unions and require those unions to file the audits with the state.
The measure appropriates $100,000 to cover the cost of the data collection thereby making the bill exempt from public referendum.
HOUSE MAKES COMMITTEE CHANGES
House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) announced committee changes following the swearing in of new House members Reps. Joe Graves (R-Argentine Twp.) and Tim Greimel (D-Pontiac).
Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons (R-Alto) will chair the House Education Committee replacing Rep. Tom McMillan (R-Rochester Hills) who had been chairing the committee since the recall of Rep. Paul Scott last November.
Graves and Greimel were added to the House Health Policy Committee and to the House Military and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Committee.
Graves won the 51 st House District special election to fill the seat left open by recalled Scott. Greimel won the 29th House District special election to fill the seat left open by the departure of former Rep. Tim Melton who resigned.
LOTTERY WINNERS COULD BE LOSERS.
On a 26-10 vote, without debate the Senate has passed legislation (SBs 0711 and 0712) that would limit food stamps for lottery winners.
The measures would require the Department of Human Services (DHS) to apply an asset test for those applying for food stamps and require the Lottery Bureau to provide DHS the name of a prizewinner and amount of the prize to they can be cross-checked with those receiving state assistance. The bills now go to the House.
SENATE PASSES PRISON PRIVATIZATION
The Baldwin prison facility, which has been closed since 2005, could reopen as a private prison as long as there is at least 10-percent savings under legislation (SBs 0877 and 0878) passed by the Senate on a 21-17 vote.
Under the bill, any contract would be for an initial five year period with the option of two-year renewals. The GEO Group, then Wackenbut Corrections Corp., ran the facility from 1998 until 2005 when the contract was terminated by the state.
Similar legislation (HB 5174) passed the House last month.
Legislative Consultants: Government Affairs
January 19, 2012
SNYDER: "FINISH WHAT WE STARTED"
In his second State of the State address that contained no major new initiatives, Gov. Rick Snyder outlined his and the Republican-controlled Legislature's accomplishments in 2011 but also citing some unfinished business.
In the still to do department, Snyder touched on the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) calling it a jobs issue not a bridge issue and asked the Legislature to hold hearings on soon to be introduced legislation to improve Michigan's transportation system. He also touched briefly on the contentious Emergency Manager issue saying the state stands ready to help financially distressed local jurisdiction get back on a sound economic footing.
Snyder did call on lawmakers to require insurers to cover "evidence-based" therapies for autism; passage of the MI Health Marketplace (health exchange); and Pure Michigan Fit Program, a nutrition education program, to address childhood obesity.
In the area of education, the Governor called on the Legislature to approve the creation of an Educational Achievement Authority, an initiative to tum around the lowest- performing schools and have it in effect by September and to complete work on dual enrollment and cyber learning legislation.
He also called on the House to pass legislation already adopted by the Senate to give vulnerable adults special witness protection against abusers, allowing advocates to speak on behalf of the elderly when appropriate, and establishing a senior alert program.
Snyder also committed to continuing discussions with lawmakers and local units of government regarding personal property tax (PPT) reform to preserve funding for communities since the tax is a significant part of their revenue. There is legislation pending that would phase out or eliminate the PPT.
Snyder said he would deliver a special message on public safety in March that will focus on increasing law enforcement, improving the operation of the criminal justice system and ensuring the availability of jobs.
He will also deliver a special message on energy and the environment in the fall to focus on the intersection job creation, affordability, science and sustainability.
Snyder pledged to "maintain a sense of urgency and finish what we started."
"Last year was focused on dramatic policy improvements," Snyder said. "This year will be tackling unaddressed challenges and making this year about good government.
His remarks could be described as politically safe in an election year. He made no bold promises that couldn't be kept, did call on the Legislature to act on bills that would require politically tough votes for Republican lawmakers, and handed out a thank you or two to labor unions for their cooperation in negotiating new state employee contracts as well as partnering with the state in efforts to create immigration opportunities for individuals with advanced academic degrees or are entrepreneurs who can create jobs in Michigan.
SENATE DEMS: FREE COLLEGE TUITION
In a yet to be released nine-page "Michigan 2020 Plan: A Passport to Prosperity," Senate Democrats are proposing the state pick up the entire four-year college tuition tab for Michigan students.
The document also calls for a sunset on tax credits, extension of the sales tax to online sales and cut state contract expenses.
The plan is estimated to cost $1.8 billion annually when fully funded.
Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D- East Lansing) said there are no new taxes in the plan.
The plan calls for the creation of a Sunset Commission that would be charged with reviewing all tax credits with a goal of achieving a 10-percent reduction - about $3.5 billion.
Extension of the sales tax to online retailers would pull in an estimated $141.5 million this year.
Reducing the cost of government contracts would save more than $1. 6 billion, according to Whitmer.
Under the Michigan 2020 Plan, students would receive an annual grant of up to the median average of tuition at Michigan's 15 universities which is currently $9,975. The grant would vary based on how long a student had spent in the state's K -12 education system.
House Democrats are reportedly still reviewing the plan and specific legislation is being drafted.
HIGHLAND PARK SCHOOLS TO GET EM AND MONEY
Gov. Rick Snyder has declared the Highland Park School District is in a financial emergency and that an emergency manager (EM) is on the way.
The State of Michigan will also advance the district its January state aid payment so the school district can meet its payroll this week.
A 10-member review team determined there was a financial emergency in the area and the Governor concurred.
The next step under P A 4 is an Emergency Manager.
MICHIGAN JOB GROWTH IMPROVING ... BUT
Testifying at the recent Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC), University of Michigan economist George Fulton said 2011 was a year of solid job growth in Michigan and that the state is besting the U.S. economy in jobs.
"Our view is that the Michigan economy is more than two years into a sustained recovery," Fulton said "with manufacturing leading the state's comeback."
Fulton pointed out, however, that the job growth is on tract to be subdued, something he said is not typical of past recessions.
He projected Michigan's unemployment rate in 2012 will be 9.4 percent and won't average below 9 percent until 2014.
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS SLIGHTLY
Michigan's unemployment rate fell to 9.3 percent in December - a half of one percent below the November figure.
It is the lowest rate since 2008 and nearly 2 percent below the 11.1 percent in December 2010.
Michigan also added nearly 80,000 private-sector jobs last year - jobs that are higher paying than the national average.
POLL: ROMNEY LEADS IN MICHIGAN
A recent MIRS tracking poll in the Michigan Republican presidential primary shows former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney leading with 43 percent. However, for the fourth straight poll, there is a different candidate holding the second spot. This time it is from Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum with 20 percent. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has dropped down to 15 percent.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul is at 14 percent, followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry who has plunged from a high of38 percent in late August to just 2 percent.
KOWAL DROPS CONGRESSIONAL BID
Sen. Mike Kowall (R -White Lake) has announced he has decided to "continue my work in the Michigan Senate and to suspend my candidacy for Congress in 2012."
Kowall was challenging U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter (R-Livonia) for the GOP nomination in the 11 th Congressional District.
VA W BACKS BERNSTEIN
Attorney Mark Bernstein has received the endorsement of the UAW Michigan Community Action Program (CAP) for the University of Michigan Board of Regents.
Other unions are also in his comer.
The UAW support of Bernstein likely dashes the hopes of former Lt. Gov. John Cherry who had also expressed an interest in running.
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