Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 27, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 08/27/2013

Tea party activist to run for Lt. Governor

LANSING — A Michigan tea party activist said Monday he will challenge Lt. Gov. Brian Calley next year as a way to protest major policy initiatives of Gov. Rick Snyder, a move that could muddle the Republican governor’s expected re-election bid.

Wes Nakagiri, founder of conservative political group RetakeOurGov and a vocal critic of Snyder’s proposed expansion of Medicaid, said he would bring a “conservative voice” to the administration.

“Having a grassroots conservative on the 2014 ticket will energize the base of the GOP to come out and work hard on its behalf,” he said in a statement.

Though gubernatorial candidates are chosen in primary elections, their running mates are picked at party conventions. It is customary for delegates to get behind the gubernatorial candidate’s choice.

Yet in 2010, tea party activists insisted on a rare roll call vote for lieutenant governor even though the more moderate Snyder — after beating four more conservative candidates who split the vote in the primary — had named Calley his running mate. Fruitport businessman and tea party favorite Bill Cooper ultimately withdrew his name, but not before the convention erupted into angry chants and booing.

U-M eliminates use of trays in dining halls

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan is eliminating the use of trays in most of its dining halls in an effort to cut down on wasted food, reduce costs and curb energy use.

The change goes into effect during fall semester at the school’s Ann Arbor campus, reports.

Trays previously were offered to help students carry food from serving areas to seating areas. Eliminating trays will make it harder to take large amounts of food at once, officials said. The trays will not need to be washed, meaning less water and energy is used in the dining halls.

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