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Tag: Board of Canvassers
Rick Snyder has missed the point once again.
Fear of those time wasting recalls, and by golly the possibility that scorn of the public might translate into some form of holding-feet-to-fire action, has encouraged action by certain legislators. In fact that fear has energized the bunny governor, who has hopped right into the wrong side of the argument.
In his statement regarding passage of HB6060 and HB6063, the governor frames the role of recalls incorrectly. He says;
"The option to recall an elected official is an important feature of our state's democratic process, but Michigan's current recall system has some components that all sides have agreed are flawed. These changes will help ensure recalls are done in a fair and consistent manner and help prevent political gamesmanship from both sides of the aisle."
How compelling that we be saved from "political gamesmanship". How wonderful it is, to make it a more pleasant employment atmosphere for the sensitive egos of politicos who cannot live up to their promises, implied or openly stated.
Oh my, such pressures to live by.
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Rule of law decides the fate of a lefty effort to protect the status quo in troubled municipalities.
The Democrats have not liked the EFM law since it had its new dentures installed under the Republican legislature, and Governor Rick Snyder. Once the realization that bloated contracts might actually be dissolved to preserve solvency for some governments, activists in labor and the donkey party got to work on placing a ballot measure before the voters. The underlying hope of course, would be to inundate the airwaves with imagery of the starving kids of municipal workers and their uncertain futures. Riding the guilt train all the way to the election where likely another 7 other ballot initiatives will reside.
But once again, someone forgot to dot an 'I'.
Or at least forgot to check the validity of the petitions used with the canvassing board BEFORE collecting 226,000 signatures. Perhaps if they had done so, they might be a little more satisfied with the result. Norm Shinkle, one of the board members, weighed in:
"Outside the meeting room, Shinkle said it was clear that Stand Up for Democracy's petitions did not comply with state law and that the group should have had the documents' format approved by the board before it started collecting signatures.Defective.
Defective. Big 'D' .. 'efective'.
Its easy it seems, for the Dems to cry foul. Party lines! Partisanship! Favoritism! Those rotten Republicans!!!
Yet when one looks at the vote, split as it was along party lines, one should also weigh in the rule of law. And in doing so, see the partisanship FOR BREAKING THE LAW. Or perhaps bending it. To assume that the Republicans are unfair by rejecting it against the will of the 'other' partisans, is to ignore the fact that the 'other' partisans are asking for an acceptance of the petitions, even illegally.
In the end? The canvassers rejection will probably be held up in the appeals court, and the MI supreme court will not hear it.
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By JGillman, Section News
SLAP!! Yessiree... That's the message folks!
The Donkeys that have brought us the RMGN, High taxes, Granholm, Obama, and this year the FAKE TEA party, have taken a blow on the face. The Fake Tea Party has been denied its position on the November ballot for now:
Petition forms didn't have "The" before "Tea Party" on it, which is the proper name that the mysterious startup political party used on other campaign documents. The vote to approve The Tea Party petition failed in a 2-2 vote with the two Republican board members voting not to approve it.
But to be on the ballot... they still have an uphill battle.
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