Delegating Denver #26 of 56: Michigan
Total Number of Delegates: 157 Pledged: 128 Unpledged: 29
How to Recognize a Michigan Delegate: Michigan has a lot to answer for. Two of the nation's greatest problems, aside from Mitt Romney and Madonna, can be blamed on industries based in Michigan. Global warming is the spawn of Detroit's auto industry, and America's obesity epidemic can ultimately be traced back to the unholy alliance between Monroe-based La-Z-Boy recliners and Marshall's Homemade Fudge of Mackinac Island. Clearly, Michiganders love to live life while comfortably seated, whether behind the wheel of an automobile or parked at the snack tray in front of their televisions. But that doesn’t mean they’re lazy: From their sedentary positions, Michiganders have created the American Autoworkers Union, the largest labor organization in North America. They are fully aware of the importance of the American worker and manufacturing to the United States economy. They always look for the "Made in America" union label when shopping for everything from cars to clothes. This is why Michigan delegates will stand out from the rest. They'll look vaguely like cable installers or warehouse counter help, because they wear American-made clothes from Dearborn-based Carhartt. Both sexes will dress in carpenter jeans and nylon insulated vests. Male delegates will tend to coordinate their look with a long-sleeved Tradesman Workshirt, while females typically pick the dressier Snap-front Twill Workshirt.
Famous Michiganders: Automotive pioneers Henry Ford and John Dodge; furniture designer Florence Knoll; superstar Madonna and her sidekick, Sandra Bernhard; Motowners Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder; rockers Alice Cooper, Anthony Kiedis and Kid Rock; Insane Clowns Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler; singer-songwriters Glenn Frey and Sufjan Stevens; Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelly; GOP pop stars Sonny Bono, Ted Nugent and Mitt Romney; Saturday Night Live cast members Gilda Radner, Tim Meadows and David Spade; comedic geniuses Lily Tomlin and Andy Richter; Star Wars voice-over actors David Allen Grier and James Earl Jones; film director John Hughes; shockumentarian Michael Moore; cartoonists Windsor McCay and Craig Thompson; Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides.
Famous Michigan Democrats: Current longest-serving congressman John Dingell; current second-longest-serving congressman John Conyers, senior senator Carl Levin; junior senator Debbie "D-Stabs" Stabinow; Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick.
Famous Michiganders With Denver Connections: 9News entertainment diva Kirk Montgomery; CBS4 entertainment dingus Greg Moody; News2 reporter Jann Tracey; Rattlebrainer Jeff Kosloski; chanteuse Dianne Reeves; ex-Broncos quarterback Craig Morton.
State Nickname: The Great Lakes State, The Wolverine State (official); The Frosted Flakes State, Pot Hole Paradise (unofficial) Population: 10,095,643 Racial Distribution: 78% white, 14% black, 3% Asian, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic Per Capita Personal Income: $30,439 Unemployment: 7.4%
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MICHIGAN DELEGATES
Most Michigander Denver Neighborhood: Northeast Park Hill
Most Michigander Bar: Purple Martini Tabor Center, 16th Street Mall 1201 16th Street Urban Michiganders can enjoy panoramic views of the skyline and the mountains while sitting in a glass bridge that spans Lawrence Street. Yoopers can sneak away and whoop it up at the ESPN Zone next door.
Most Michigander Restaurant: Pete's Kitchen 1962 East Colfax Avenue Where the official Michigan state food, cherry pie, is available 24 hours a day.
Best Day Trip: Terry's Museum at the Rambler Ranch, Elizabeth
Most of the Delegating Denver day trips are specifically planned to match a single state delegation with a Colorado site that is open to the public. However, this excursion teams Michigan with Wisconsin for a tour of the very private — and very spectacular — Rambler Ranch. Don't expect to see cattle: The herd here consists of over 600 restored AMC classic cars. The American Motors Corporation began as a merger between independent automakers Nash and Hudson and was based in Southfield, Michigan. Company president George Romney, father of 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, also served as 43rd governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969. The manufacturing plant was located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and turned out Ramblers, Gremlins, Pacers and Eagles. The "wrangler" at Rambler Ranch, Terry Gale, rounds up each of these models and displays them as art. His museum includes an 18,000-square-foot Hall of Ramblers situated in chronological order from 1958 to 1988. The collection is the largest in the world and is enhanced by a mouthwatering array of motoring memorabilia from the golden age of American gas stations. To see this private collection, which is equally important to Michigan and Wisconsin history, delegates need to plan their visit now. Start with Internet searches to find Terry's museum contact info, then arrange your "stampede" to this spectacular spread on the high plains south of Denver. To review: Rambler Ranch is not open to the public. Entry is granted only to members of groups who have scheduled their visit in advance.
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