LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Tom Casperson welcomed officials from the city of Escanaba to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday as the city makes its case in the Michigan Supreme Court against the so-called “dark store” loophole.
“It is a matter of fundamental fairness that big box stores are treated the same as small, locally owned stores,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “It was an honor to welcome Mayor Tall and all the officials from Escanaba to the Capitol and recognize them during Senate session. I applaud them for their efforts in prosecuting this case to end the dark store loophole and ensure fairness for all local property owners, and I am hopeful the Supreme Court will affirm the Michigan Court of Appeals decision that saw the inequity of this practice.”
Donald Trump is vowing to put “America First.” He delivered that pledge after being sworn in today as the nation’s 45th President at the U.S. Capitol.
Former Escanaba Mayor Judi Schwalbach was one of two Upper Peninsula delegates at the Republican National Convention last summer.
She described the atmosphere in Washington in an interview this afternoon with the Radio Results Network.
“Well, you’re sitting there, and the senators are walking in, and you can’t put words to it,” Schwalbach told RRN News. “You just can’t. And I’m standing here right now and I’ve got tall buildings all around me, and people are just celebrating. Some are protesting, and it’s just what America does every four years that makes us all so proud.”
Surrounded by the kind of big rigs and logging equipment that have defined his working life, State Senator Tom Casperson this morning announced his decision to run for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Casperson will also announce his plans this afternoon at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. Over the next week, Casperson will make nearly a dozen stops across the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula to meet with voters and discuss his intention to bring a dose of common sense to Congress.
Tom Casperson will run for U.S. Congress, representing Michigan’s 1st Congressional District. Casperson will officially make his announcement that he will be running for congress – Monday, November 9th in both Escanaba and Traverse City.
Sen. Casperson’s first stop will be at 8:45 am at Roland Machinery Company – 2600 S. Lincoln Road, in Escanaba. Then he will be at Northwestern Michigan College’s Parsons Stulen Building – 2600 Aero-Park Drive – Traverse City at 3:00pm.
After eight successful veterans assistance fairs across the district, Escanaba can now be added to the list. These type of one on one assistance opportunities are designed to give veterans a more personal approach.
“What we do is bring together professionals in one place where local veterans can get access to the care that they have earned,” said Congressman Dan Benishek, “so there’s educational specialist here, PTSD specialists, people familiar with the VA as far as their health systems and disability claims. Anything that a veteran might need we’re offering here today.”
LANSING — The abrupt announcement that Congressman Dan Benishek will not seek re-election has shocked local government.
The seat, which has been held by Benishek since 2011, is wide open. While he hasn’t officially announced running for the vacant position yet, State Senator Tom Casperson spoke with TV6 and says he’s seriously considering it.
“I haven’t even had time to sit down and talk about it with my wife,” said Casperson. “That’s why when people ask, I’ve had to be reluctant to say anything straight forward about it. Clearly, it’s something we’ve talked about in the past. We’re just going to wait a day or so.”