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    Oct 30 2014
    Another phenomenal day on the Campaign Trail yesterday. Early start at Leland Public Schools for their famous Mock Election. Other area schools were invited to participate. Students represented and/or introduced candidates, then we adjourned to the library for some Q&A. It's a great opportunity on several different levels, but most gratifying to me was the fact that young people are interested in our political process and are getting involved. Listening to interests and concerns about their future, I am once again reminded of the importance of a quality public education system! We need to make sure that our kids have the opportunity to get good-paying jobs so that they can stay in Northern Michigan, if they chose.
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    Oct 29 2014
    Yesterday I also made a stop in Ishpeming, where I spent a couple hours during shift change with the United Steel Worker Locals 4974 & 4950 greeting oncoming/offgoing shifts at the to the Tilden Mine. Awesome response and great support throughout this journey.
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    Oct 29 2014
    Yesterday I attended the U.P. Energy Summit at NMU in Marquette. With all the concern about increasing electrical rates, this was a standing room only event. Every interest and stakeholder was there except you know who. Very interesting questions and answers. In my opinion, the immediate problem is to hold the rate increase in abeyance while sorting out what is fair and equitable. The long-term solution has to be reliable, affordable and environmentally sensitive. This is another example where the best answers are not found in Washington, DC. Michigan must control the outcome of this problem; our Congressman must be an advocate! The eastern UP gets little benefit from the Presque Isle plant and should be exempt from any rate increase. Uniting both peninsulas of Michigan for electrical power should be part of any long-term solution. The Presque Isle plant is a critical part of any future strategy along with gas, bio-mass and green. More to follow.

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