As part of its inaugural "Legislator of the Year" award series, MIRS announces its first-ever "Freshman of the Year" out of five nominees put up by the MIRS staff based on a lawmaker's effectiveness, impact and level of activity in 2011. Also, who will pick up Herman Cain's support in Michigan? And two key events in the House and Senate are recapped. Finally, Tony Hansen of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs reports some unexpected news from the deer hunting front. What is making the 2011 season so unusual?