Political Week in Review

political week in review PWIR photoThe Political Week in Review (PWIR) is a weekly update published by Michigan LCV and written by our Communications Manager, Katie Sulau. It is sent to well over 3000 inboxes of Michigan’s leading environmental policy makers, legislators, media, and advocates.

Sent out every weekend, the PWIR acknowledges the impact of politics on Michigan’s land, air, and water by identifying the most important occurrences over the past week that affect them. The PWIR then distills those issues, rumors, inside politics, and hearsay into an informative – and often humorous – summary of the week. In doing so, the PWIR has become an indispensable resource for staying up to date and conversant on the future of Michigan’s Great Lakes, crisp air, vibrant rivers, abundant forests, and the sustainability of both our cities and farmland.

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Recent Issues:

PWIR: Reusing, Recycling, Rebounding

Tags: 2014 election, beneficial reuse, clean energy, fly ash, HGIYG, PWIR, recycling, toxic chemicals, wind energy

In Michigan, fish and freshwater are a package deal. Without one, you don’t have the other. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported last week that the commercial fishing industry reeled in 3.6 million pounds of fish last year, amounting to $5.53 million in revenue. While still a huge catch, the totals are 150,000 pounds less than fishermen caught in 2012. Some say that this winter’s historic Great Lakes ice cover may be a boom for the fishing industry because some species thrive under ice cover and in chillier waters. With the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) declaring the “Year of Water” upon us, and Michigan’s water-related industries driving our blue economy, this should be the year to boost the quality and quantity of freshwater and fisheries.

PWIR: Fields Narrow on the Campaign Trail

Tags: 2014 election, chesapeake energy, encana, Governor Snyder, NRTF, pipeline safety, PWIR

Did everyone get outside to shake off the winter, enjoy springtime temperatures and soak up the sunny weather this weekend? Chances are, if you visited a park or took a walk on a trail, you were a beneficiary of Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF), which supports outdoor recreation projects from Marquette to Detroit and beyond. Last week, we told you about a proposal in the state legislature to slash NRTF funding by more than half, and now your opportunity to take action is here. Send a letter to your state representative right now. Then, read on for the latest from the campaign trail and more in this week’s Political Week in Review.

PWIR: Top of the Ticket

Tags: 2014 election, First Friday, gravel mining, Great Lakes, NRTF, oil spill, PWIR

Ann Arbor rolled out the red carpet and the reubens to welcome President Obama to Michigan last week. Though the Great Lakes and conservation issues were not at the top of the agenda, the President’s visit to University of Michigan to push for raising the minimum wage (and his sandwich order at Ann Arbor’s legendary Zingerman’s Deli) made a splash last Wednesday. Who’s who of Southeast Michigan were in attendance to shake hands with the Commander in Chief, including current Congressmen John Conyers (D – Detroit) and LCV Action Fund endorsed Gary Peters (D – Bloomfield Township). Congressional hopeful Debbie Dingell (D – Dearborn) was also in the house, as was Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, who had big news himself to announce the next day. The President’s address was heavy-handed on Michigan pride, tracing the lineage of a strong minimum wage to Henry Ford and connecting current pressure for policy change to local working wage leaders like the reuben kings at Zingerman’s Deli.

PWIR: Code Red for Critical Sand Dunes

Tags: 2014 election, 8th congressional district, Critical Dunes, Mitten Madness, PWIR, Rogers, sand dunes, Saugatuck, sulfide mining

We have a winner, folks! The 2014 Mitten Madness Champion is here. Michigan’s sand dunes fans came out in force and put the full court press on stiff competition. As a result of a few notable breakaways an unbelievable slam dunk, the Saugatuck Dunes took home the title this year. Congratulations to the dunes, and to all of our contenders who will mutually benefit from your generous donations for the protection of all of Michigan’s most treasured, most threatened places. Given developments we cover below about a devastating decision from the Michigan DEQ in favor of developing the dunes, your support could not have come at a more needed time. Thank you for an incredible tournament season that successfully supercharged our work to stand up for Michigan’s land, air, and water and elect conservation-minded people to office.

PWIR: The News is in the Numbers

Tags: 2014 election, budget, chesapeake energy, collusion, dnr, encana, Gary Peters, Governor Snyder, gubernatorial race, LCV, Mark Schauer, NRTF, polling, PWIR

Millions missing from a budget for natural resources, polling percentages filling out the campaign season scoop, and your opportunity to triple your impact --- this week, the news is in the numbers. First things first, we tipped off our Triple Match Mitten Madness tournament here at Michigan LCV! We are shining the spotlight on eight exemplary natural places across the state that are sitting on shaky ground due to oil slicks, drilling, mining or looming development. Here’s the thing: every dollar donated to better protect our bracket of contenders will be TRIPLED. PWIR readers, you have one more week to get in on the action, and time is ticking. Cast your vote for the choice location you want to take home the 2014 Mitten Madness Championship. Along with the title, the winning place will earn a legislative visit and a portion of the proceeds put toward an on-the-ground conservation project. Your contribution is a full court press for protection! Donate now to triple your impact.