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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 The Wizard of Laws, Section News
Cross-Posted in The Wizard of Laws
The fake Tea Party has filed an application for leave to appeal with the Michigan Supreme Court, asking that court to overturn the Michigan Court of Appeals, a panel of which voted unanimously that the FTP should not be on the November ballot. With the much publicized departure of E. Weaver and the elevation of Alton Davis, this will be the first rule-of-law test for the newly constituted Supreme Court.
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Be sure to turn in what you have and get new petition sheets. I have run into many folks who have collected 5 or so signatures and are waiting to fill the sheets they have.
Even if you have one or two, it is necessary to get them in as soon as you can
This is needed to get an accurate count and know where we need to redouble our efforts. It also prevents a situation where we bottle neck the Data Entry folks at the last minute.
If you need more petitions, the Michigan Fix it centers have them as well as other organizers. In traverse City, you can look me up (in the book) and I can get them to you, or take the ones you have.
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