The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Granholm wins; but GOP is even stronger

LANSING - In the attempt to gain a foothold in state government, Michigan's working families scored only some smaller victories - but one very big one - in the Nov. 5 general election. Democrat Jennifer Granholm was the lone bright spot on the ballot, defeating Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus by a 51-46 margin in the race for Michigan governor. ..

Lame-duck session may or may not hold nasty surprises

LANSING - Will the ongoing legislative session in our state's capitol be "the mother of all lame ducks" as predicted by Bill Ballenger, editor of Inside Michigan Politics? ..

Beasts of the field will get a diagnostic research center to call their own

EAST LANSING - Animal-borne diseases like bovine tuberculosis, chronic wasting disease and the West Nile virus threaten the lives of cows, deer and humans. But state-of-the-art laboratories that have the capability of identifying, tracking and eradicating those diseases are few and far between in the U.S. ..

Plumbers 98's new union hall: 'You should be proud of this building'

Plumbers Local 98 officially opened the doors of its new union hall with an open house on Nov. 4. ..

Construction's crystal ball: Activity to decline slightly in 2003

The first set of prognosticators have weighed in with predictions for the nation's construction activity in the new year - and the news is pretty good. ..

NEWS BRIEFS

Contractors, union big political donors  ..

File jobless apps through the mail

The State of Michigan is offering jobless workers a way of cutting through unemployment lines by filing their claims for jobless benefits through the mail. ..