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The Wolverine State

Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. The state's name originates from the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake". Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 states, with the 11th most extensive total area, and is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River. Michigan has a population of about 10 million. Its capital is Lansing and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's most populous and largest metropolitan economies.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 44° N — Longitude: 85° W

Area: 250,493 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: US-MI

Birthplace of

R. W. Bradford, Raymond William Bradford, in Detroit, on 20 Sep 1947
Voltairine de Cleyre, Voltairine de Claire, in Leslie, on 17 Nov 1866
F. A. Harper, Floyd Arthur Harper, in Middleville, on 7 Feb 1905
Steven Horwitz, Steven G. Horwitz, in Detroit, on 7 Feb 1964
Peter McWilliams, Peter Alexander McWilliams, in Detroit, on 5 Aug 1949
Leonard Read, Leonard Edward Read, in Hubbardston, on 26 Sep 1898
Jeff Riggenbach, Frank Jeffrey Riggenbach, in Detroit, on 12 Jan 1947
Mary Ruwart, Mary J. Ruwart, in Detroit, on 16 Oct 1949
Joseph Sobran, Michael Joseph Sobran Jr., in Ypsilanti, on 23 Feb 1946
David J. Theroux, David Jon Theroux, in Lansing, on 1949
Preston Tucker, in Capac, on 21 Sep 1903

Deathplace of

Preston Tucker, in Ypsilanti, on 26 Dec 1956
Henry Grady Weaver, in Detroit, on 3 Jan 1949

Measures of Freedom

Freedom in the 50 States 2015-2016 | Michigan | Cato Institute
2014: Overall rank: 24, fiscal policy rank: 18, regulatory policy rank: 15, personal freedom rank: 38, economic freedom rank: 21
LP State-by-State Membership Numbers [PDF], Libertarian Party News, Apr 2006
31 Dec 2005: Number of Members: 667


The Bill of Rights: Eminent Domain, by Jacob G. Hornberger, Freedom Daily, Dec 2004
Discusses the eminent domain protections of the Fifth Amendment and how they were undermined by cases such as Berman v. Parker (1954) and Poletown (1981), and the positive outcome of Wayne County v. Hathcock (2004)
In 1981, the Michigan Supreme Court decided one of the most controversial cases involving eminent domain ... the city of Detroit had seized thousands of homes, businesses, and churches in an area called Poletown ... so that General Motors could build a plant on the site. The city claimed that the "public use" limitation was met [because] the new plant would "create jobs" and increase the city's tax base. Opponents contended that this wasn't truly a "public use" because the ... property was simply being taken from them to be given to General Motors. The Michigan Supreme Court ruled in favor of the city ...
Housing Discrimination Laws and the Continuing Erosion of Property Rights, by George Leef, Freedom Daily, May 1999
Discusses a decision by the Michigan Supreme Court whereby a married couple who (for religious reasons) declined to rent an apartment to another, unwed couple were deemed to be in violation of the Michigan Civil Rights Act
The case ran into a snag in the trial court, however. The judge was persuaded that in passing the Civil Rights Act (CRA), the state legislature did not mean to include unmarried couples in the class of people "“protected" by the law. The reason was that an old Michigan statute made unmarried cohabitation a misdemeanor. Reasoning that the legislature would have repealed that statute if it had meant to "protect" unmarried couples against housing discrimination, the trial court dismissed the complaint. The plaintiffs appealed, but the state court of appeals affirmed the decision of the trial court.
Related Topics: Free Market, Property Rights
Michiganistan?, by Leon Drolet, Liberty, Jun 2003
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide on the constitutionality of state sodomy laws and, as a Michigan state legislator, I support repeal of this state's laws. Violators of Michigan's felony law can be penalized with 15 years of imprisonment and can even be sentenced to five years for engaging in oral sex.
Related Topic: Freedom of Religion
Political Plundering of Property Owners, by James Bovard, Nov 2002
Details the effects of local government land and property seizures allegedly for urban renewal purposes, for improving "blighted" neighborhoods or for the benefit of sports team owners
In 1980, the cities of Detroit and Hamtrack, Michigan, evicted 3,400 families from an area known as Poletown, bulldozed their homes, and gave the razed area to General Motors ... One hundred and fifty businesses, 16 churches, and 1 hospital were driven off their land ... Most of the evicted businesses received only minimal compensation ... The Michigan Supreme Court upheld the action because the city governments claimed that the destruction of private homes was necessary in order to save jobs. (General Motors had threatened to move its Cadillac plant to some other state if Detroit did not clear space for it.)
Prohibition Hasn't Ended Yet, by Lawrence Reed, The Freeman, Jul 2001
Discusses laws in 30 states that forbid purchases of wine from other states unless done through a state-licensed liquor agent
In Michigan, a tiny number of out-of-state sellers have been "approved" to sell and ship to Michiganians: They are the ones—surprise, surprise—that agree in advance to comply with state regulations and promise not to undercut the prices charged by in-state producers ... He notes that Michigan wineries that have Web pages can and do sell wine legally over the Internet to Michigan residents! ... the Michigan Liquor Control Commission does make an enforcement effort. In a state of nearly 10 million residents, the Commission seized more than a hundred packages of illegally shipped wine, beer, and liquor last year.
The think tank boom, by Peter Orvetti, Libertarian Party News, Feb 2000
Discusses the proliferation of state-level "libertarian/conservative think tanks" between 1985-2000, the activities in pursuit of their goals and various examples and quotes from some of the public policy organizations
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Michigan ... devotes its energies to education, the environment, and regulation ... "The federal leviathan absorbs people and money and produces very little change," said John P. Overton, senior vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. "States and state policy organizations are leading the way with education reform, welfare reform, term limits, tax limits, and a number of other issues. [That's why] there has been this incredible growth—because the action is in the states."

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Michigan" as of 31 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.