Parnell reverend provides invocation to open House session

State Rep. Thomas Albert, right, today welcomed Father Mark Peacock of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Parnell to the state Capitol. Albert, who attends St. Patrick Parish, said Father Peacock gave an inspiring invocation to open today’s session in the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a different representative, or a clergy member…

Rep. Cole invites Gaylord Evangelical Church pastor for invocation

State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, invited Pastor Scott Distler of Gaylord Evangelical Church (center) to give the invocation today and begin a session at the Michigan House of Representatives in Lansing.  House lawmakers start each session with a prayer, and lawmakers take turns inviting local clergy to give the invocation.  At left is House…

Pagel bill for parole hearings gets governor’s ceremonial signing

State Representative Dave Pagel, from Berrien Springs, joined Governor Rick Snyder this week for a ceremonial bill signing of his parole reform legislation.  This bill corrected an injustice in the parole system for certain prisoners serving long-term sentences.  Some of these prisoners were being unfairly denied access to the possibility of having their cases heard…

Rep. Glenn welcomes Dow placekicker to governor’s speech in Capitol

Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, on Tuesday evening welcomed H.H. Dow High School senior Ashton Brooks and her mother, April, both of Midland, as his guests to the Michigan House of Representatives to hear Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State address. Ashton was the Dow varsity football team’s league-leading placekicker this past season and the…

Rep. LaFave hosts CEO Brisson for governor’s State of the State address

David Brisson, CEO of Roadmaster and Great American Disposal, on Tuesday joined state Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, on the Michigan House floor to listen to Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State speech. The governor uses the speech to announce his agenda for the coming year.  Each state representative is allowed to invite…

Cops & Doughnuts President Attends Snyder’s Speech

State Rep. Jason Wentworth, R-Clare, on Tuesday hosted Greg Rynearson at Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State speech. Rynearson is the president of Cops & Doughnuts, headquartered in Clare, and is one of nine cop-owners. The governor uses the speech to announce his agenda for the coming year. Each state representative is allowed…

Rep. Sheppard welcomes special guest for State of the State address

State Rep. Jason Sheppard, left, welcomed Dr. James Hardie, right, to the House chamber for the governor’s annual State of the State address. Sheppard, R-Temperance, invited Hardie, an optometrist in Lambertville, to serve as his guest while Gov. Rick Snyder discussed his priorities for the year. ###