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"True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance" -- Henry David Thoreau.

* Bridge reported last week that a center of contention in efforts to streamline state regulations may be how the state regulates -- some might even say hampers -- the alcoholic beverage market. TheMackinacCenter for Public Policy has long had the Michigan Liquor Control Commission in its sights -- and it is happy to share with you the many reasons why:

http://www.mackinac.org/1933

* This seems exceedingly relevant to many of the policy discussions going on in Michigan right now: Cities = economic strength.

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2012/04/global-economic-dominance-us-cities/1787/

* Aubrey McClendon runs a huge petro firm in Oklahoma City. He also happens to own property on the Lake Michigan shoreline near Saugatuck (via a firm called Singapore Dunes LLC). His plans for using said property, which are now covered with sand dunes, has been the center of a major fight involving questions of zoning, fair treatment, conservation and local control. Now he seems to have some trouble closer to home:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/18/us-chesapeake-mcclendon-loans-idUSBRE83H0GA20120418

* A former General Motors production site gets a cool new name -- Site36. Now all it needs is actual business activity:

http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2012/04/meet_site36_the_new_name_being.html

* Comerica used to be based in Michigan. It's now based in Texas. It just reported a big boost in loan earnings in Michigan-- but is reducing its loan business in the state. I guess there's a reason I don't have an MBA:

http://www.freep.com/article/20120418/BUSINESS06/204180339/Comerica-sees-Michigan-profits-jump

* Stryker Corp. was based in Michigan. Oh wait, it still is based in Michigan -- Kalamazoo to be exact. The medical equipment firm also had a good first quarter of 2012:

http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2012/04/stryker_reports_first_quarter.html

* When thinking of Michigan, one doesn't usually think of dude ranches, but a big resort ranch located between Muskegon and Pentwater in West Michigan is looking to hire a bunch of people for the summer:

http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2012/04/double_jj_is_hiring_around_200.html

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