Con-Con

On Michigan’s 1960 ballot was a proposal to convene a Constitutional Convention (soon thereafter to be dubbed “Con-Con”) to overhaul the state constitution. Delegates at MFB’s Annual Meeting opposed the idea, joining with 18 other groups in a “Stop the Con-Con” campaign. Rural areas voted 2-1 against the proposal. Urban counties voted in favor, passing the measure by a slim margin (23,000 votes} out of almost 1.2 million cast. Electing, if reluctantly, to be at the table, 26 Farm Bureau members among the 144 total delegates worked seven months to write the new constitution. Members of the Farm Bureau cohort pictured here in 1962 are (from left) MFB Vice President Blaque Knirk, John B. Martin Jr. of Grand Rapids, Allen F. Rush of Macomb County, Thomas G. Sharpe Livingston County and longtime MFB Legislative counsel Stanley M. Powell. 

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