Tom Casperson

CollageRetiring U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek is throwing his support behind state Sen. Tom Casperson to succeed him in Congress, just as Casperson is getting a challenger in the Republican primary against Benishek’s former rival.

Former state Sen. Jason Allen, R-Traverse City, on Thursday announced he’s joining the race for Benishek’s seat in the 1st Congressional District — the state’s largest encompassing most of northern Michigan, including the Upper Peninsula.

Allen, who lost a 2010 Republican primary to Benishek by 15 votes, signaled Thursday he would make Casperson’s past votes for raising taxes to pay for road repairs a contrast in the August GOP primary.



Former Sen. Jason ALLEN notified the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) on Tuesday that he is resigning from his position as a senior policy advisor effective today, setting an expected Congressional announcement for Thursday.

Allen released an advisory about a press conference Thursday to be held at the Captain’s Quarters in Traverse City — his family’s haberdasher shop — about his future plans. The press release included a disclaimer on the bottom that read, “Paid for by Jason Allen for Congress.”



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.


spring_forward_fall_back_tn-486633A pair of state lawmakers claim that daylight saving time hasn’t produced the benefits anticipated when Michigan adopted it 42 years ago, and isn’t worth the problems it causes. But any attempt to rearrange Michiganders’ time schedules has potential consequences and faces political hurdles.

The modern use of daylight saving time, the practice of advancing clocks during summer months by one hour, was proposed in New Zealand in 1895. Several countries, including the United States, adopted the idea as a way to save energy during World War I. It has been used at other times, including during the oil embargo of the 1970s when, once again, it was considered as a way to save energy. Michigan adopted the practice in 1973 and has stuck with it ever since.


LANSING, Mich. — A resolution encouraging the United States Forest Service (USFS) to work with owners of privately heldCasperson hunting camps on leased acreage within the Ottawa National Forest was adopted by the state Senate last Thursday.

Senate Resolution 79 highlights the concerns of approximately 100 property owners who could lose their camps to the federal government if special use authorization or some alternative allowance is not granted. It also highlights the possible negative impacts to the local community if the USFS follows through and removes the camps.


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