Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 12:35 p.m. UTC Aug 7, 2018 LANSING — An open seat for the top spot in Michigan government has drawn nine candidates for the Aug. 7 primary election. An additional five candidates are still in the hunt for governor for the Nov. 6 general election as well. Parties that are not on the primary ballot, such as the Green Party, can still nominate a general election candidate at a party convention. The field, which once numbered 20, was slimmed down in April, when major party candidates had to file required signatures to get their names on ballots. The governor serves a four-year term and is paid $159,300 a year, plus a $54,000 expense allowance. REPUBLICANS (4) Brian Calley Background: Calley, 40, of Portland has been the lieutenant governor of Michigan since 2011. He earlier served two terms in the state House and two terms with the Ionia County Board of Commissioners. In 2017, Calley spearheaded a ballot initiative … [Read more...] about Michigan governor’s race: 14 candidates aiming to replace Rick Snyder
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Jonathan Oosting Detroit News Lansing Bureau Published 5:59 p.m. UTC Jun 1, 2018 Mackinac Island — Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer traded jabs Thursday in a fast-flowing bipartisan gubernatorial debate that featured six top candidates for Michigan governor. Whitmer, a former state Senate minority leader from East Lansing, blasted Schuette, the attorney general from Midland, for fighting a right-to-literacy lawsuit in court. She also accused him throughout the debate of stating policy positions but not offering plans. Schuette returned fire by calling Whitmer’s new jobs proposal, which includes a $15-an-hour minimum wage and two years of free college, an “economic collapse plan” reminiscent of the policies of former Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The exchanges between the establishment favorites from each party punctuated the 60-minute debate at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference. It included Lt. Gov. Brian Calley … [Read more...] about Democrat, GOP governor hopefuls spar in bipartisan debate
Top Speed Since I was in high school it feels as though it’s once or twice a month I read that there’s a ‘new fastest car’ that is either being built or has just bested its class record at the Nürburgring. Fast forward to last week and it was me writing that I saw the new fastest RWD car in the world breaking records at the Never Lift Half Mile. Meanwhile, around the globe on showroom floors 0-60mph times have dwindled to nothing, and supercars comfortably make 900hp in the current automotive climate. With manufacturing processes and material science converging with innovative ways to extract power from a petrol engine, it seems as if we’re in the golden age of horsepower and, thus, top speed. The fact that you can purchase a Corvette from the factory today with more power than the V12 Enzo of last decade should excite you very much, but there’s obviously so much more to the equation of speed than this one number … [Read more...] about How To Go 346ft/s In A C6 Corvette
The Swingobot 2000 was showing off, navigating a busy hallway at Sinai Hospital to scrub the floor. Then Tug, a smaller robot, glided up unexpectedly from behind, returning to the pharmacy after delivering medication to nurses.Tug was programmed to detect people and other obstacles in its path. It stopped, maneuvered around Swingobot, then continued on its way.For the Baltimore hospital, and for the robots, too, it was just another day at work.Before Tug, “we had pharmacy technicians and couriers who would deliver to the floor,” said Lisa Polinsky, assistant vice president for pharmacy services for Lifebridge Health. “It took the technicians away from what they were doing in the pharmacy.”Robots have long worked on the factory floor, typically bolted to an assembly line, where they can perform repetitive tasks with consistency and precision. Now a newer generation, capable of moving about among people, is finding a wider range of work, in stores, hotels, … [Read more...] about Robots are spreading through the workforce. Will they crowd out humans?