Casperson urges support for Eric Dompierre; Ishpeming High School in Sports Illustrated ‘Underdogs’ contest

For Immediate Release           
Oct. 26, 2012    
Contact: Marty Fittante

Casperson urges support for Eric Dompierre; Ishpeming High School in Sports Illustrated ‘Underdogs’ contest

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Tom Casperson is appealing to all Upper Peninsula residents and Honorary Yoopers everywhere to help write the next chapter of the Eric Dompierre story by supporting him and the Ishpeming High School football team in a nationwide, online contest.

“Eric Dompierre is an exceptional young man who, along with his parents, led the charge to change an antiquated state rule and enable Eric and students like him to participate in sports,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “Seeing this young man with Down Syndrome take the field and embraced by his teammates reminds us about the true purpose of sport. His selflessness and determination is inspirational, and I encourage everyone to help make this dream season even more memorable by voting for Eric and his teammates in Sports Illustrated’s Underdogs contest.”

In May, the Dompierres came to Lansing on behalf of more than 90,000 people who had signed a petition demanding that the Michigan High School Athletic Association adopt an equitable policy like that in 23 other states, balancing the special needs of disabled students with the need to protect the integrity of high school sports. The Senate unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Casperson calling for the policy change, and in response, later that month, Michigan schools overwhelmingly approved a change providing for a limited waiver to the age eligibility rule.  

“Due to the efforts of so many people who supported a compassionate rule change, Eric realized his dream of playing football this fall – and what a season it has been,” Casperson said. “Eric kicked extra points, made a couple field goals and even scored a touchdown; the Hematites are 8-1 going into the playoffs; and Eric’s struggle to play in his senior season was picked as one of ten stories featured in Sports Illustrated’s ‘Underdogs’ series.

“The series is also a contest with the winning team receiving a $25,000 donation and having ten team members treated to a trip to Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year Award Ceremony in New York City. Let’s show our UP spirit and support Eric and his team.”

Supporters can vote as many times as they want to between now and Nov. 15. Casperson called on Yoopers everywhere to once again show the same U.P. spirit that led them to help Grand Marais win the Readers Digest “We Hear You America” contest last year when they were led by Jack Hubbard to log 1.2 million on-line votes to help save the Grand Marais Harbor. “The U.P. and Eric Dompierre both have very special spirits. Working together we can once again show one and all that the U.P. is someplace truly special and Eric Dompierre is someone truly special” said Casperson.

Residents can vote online at:  On the website visitors can also click on the Heart of the Team episode link to see the 7-minute-long documentary.


Child pornography measure passes Senate

For Immediate Release:
Oct. 25, 2012
Contact: Marty Fittante
Child pornography measure passes Senate
LANSING, Mich.— Bills attacking child pornography unanimously passed the Senate last week in Lansing.
These bills will modify laws passed in the early 90’s that don’t address the issue as thoroughly as law enforcement, prosecutors and parents had hoped due to all the advances with the internet and technology since the legislation was originally passed.  
Among the package, a bill by Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, amends criminal procedures to make it easier for prosecutors to use evidence gathered in undercover police operations against child predators during sentencing.

“These bills help to strengthen our already existing child pornography laws in order to make them more thorough and protect our most valuable asset- our children,” said Casperson. “Making it easier for these heinous criminals to be prosecuted by allowing more evidence to be used against them will provide the proper safeguards we so desperately need because, in today’s world of technology, a child predator can circulate this filth throughout the world in a few keystrokes. This bill is a common sense step to help victims of such atrocious acts.”

The package also includes bills by Sen. Geoff Hansen, R-Hart and Sen. Dave Hildebrand, R-Lowell.

The package now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

For more information or to contact Casperson, please visit or call toll-free at 1-866-305-2038.


Sen. Casperson invites business owners to roundtable

WHO: State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba; a representative from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce; and interested local business owners.

WHAT: Roundtable meeting for business owners to meet with their state senator to learn about and request regulatory reform.

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 15
4 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: The Ramada Inn
412 W. Washington St.

BRIEFING: With the 96th Michigan Legislature term coming to an end, Casperson invites business owners to an informative roundtable to learn more about some of the Legislature’s regulatory reform successes. The lawmaker is also seeking input on what regulations the Legislature should seek to reform during the next term, which begins on Jan. 1.

Business owners interested in attending should RSVP to Kendra Everett via email at: