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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:36 PM

Michigan House passes new version of emergency law repealed by voters

Michigan House passes new version of emergency law repealed by voters

by Laura Clawson

In November, Michigan voters repealed Public Act 4, the state's notoriously antidemocratic emergency manager law. On Wednesday, in the legislature's mad rush to get every horrible thing it can passed during the lame duck session, the House passed a new version of the same damn thing and sent it to the Senate, which is expected to pass it and send it to Gov. Rick Snyder to be signed (back) into law.

The new bill ostensibly includes changes to address problems with the original, like giving local elected officials a tiny bit more input in what happens to their cities and towns. But the real difference may be that Republicans attached an appropriation to this bill so that it won't be subject to referendum.

Michigan Republicans have an ... interesting relationship with ballot measures their state's voters voted on in November. One of the big lines Republicans are trying to sell to explain why they decided to attack unions during the lame duck session is that it's retribution for unions putting a collective bargaining measure on the ballot in November. Republicans just had to weaken unions because unions had the temerity to try to strengthen themselves, or something. Never mind that this is contradicted by the fact that some Republicans in the legislature, and of course a bunch of big donors and far-right think tanks, had been working on their anti-union bill since well before the collective bargaining ballot measure was proposed. Never mind that the timing is obvious: pushing such a divisive law before the election would have had repercussions for Republicans in November, and with the state House gaining Democrats come January, it was now or never. No, we're supposed to believe that a failed ballot measure forced their hand. But at the same time, we're supposed to believe that the successful ballot measure repealing Public Act 4 was also a legitimate reason to pass virtually the same law, with some cosmetic changes and an appropriation.

In other words, to Michigan Republicans, democracy is just something to override, evade, or blame.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/13/1169517/-Michigan-House-passes-new-version-of-emergency-law-repealed-by-voters

Republicans reap the fruits of redistricting
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021971150

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Reply Michigan House passes new version of emergency law repealed by voters (Original post)
ProSense Dec 2012 OP
PDJane Dec 2012 #1
gollygee Dec 2012 #2
Gregorian Dec 2012 #3
global1 Dec 2012 #4
Bandit Dec 2012 #7
Coyotl Dec 2012 #5
kimbutgar Dec 2012 #8
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #6
Spitfire of ATJ Dec 2012 #9
FightForMichigan Dec 2012 #10
Great Caesars Ghost Dec 2012 #11
Starry Messenger Dec 2012 #12
Pathwalker Dec 2012 #13

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:42 PM

1. The US is no longer a democracy, at least in Michigan.

If you lot don't wake up, you'll find the entire country handed over to the fascists.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:45 PM

2. They are thumbing their noses at democracy

They all need to be shown the door in '14. I so so so so hope this kicks them in the ass.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:48 PM

3. Insane.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:53 PM

4. I Just Don't Understand This Out And Out Disregard For The People By These Repugs.....

They might win the battle - but in the end they will lose the war. The voters of Michigan will turn on them the next time they are up for re-election. They will get thrown out of office. Can't they see that their days in an elected office are numbered. Or are they getting paid enough by the Kochs - so they won't have to worry?

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Response to global1 (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:19 PM

7. If Wisconsin is any guide they will not only not be voted out but will add more Republicans

They seem to revel in this kind of action.....If Michigan was a blue state they would not have double the number of Republicans in Congress than Democrats do... Unless we can get some sanity expressed on the airwaves or in print people are just going to continue voting Republican....We need a MAJOR education campaign... MAJOR ONE..in every state.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:59 PM

5. Political suicide? Do the Rs want to go extinct? Colossal Fail.

There is a tactic in the background, a drown them in bullshit to fight so they can't take the offensive or an attack where you can to counter Obama and Dems in control in DC, hoping to impair and distract them somewhere and thus impede them nonetheless almost everywhere. This smells of the sinister.

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:04 PM

8. Smells like organzied crime time and the RICO law to be enforced against the republican party.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:10 PM

6. michigan legislature votes for black people to be ruled by dictators

 

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:27 PM

9. Meanwhile FOX "News" is claiming DEMOCRATS are tyrants.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:36 PM

10. Serious question

At what point can the feds get involved when a state government decides it doesn't want to follow the principles of democracy anymore?

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:39 PM

11. We need lame duck reform, this is revenge on the voters.

 

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:47 PM

12. Wow, fuckers! x(

People really worked hard to overturn that POS EM law. Why the fuck even have elections and voting if they're just going to do all this Sheriff of Nottingham crap by decree?

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:05 PM

13. Greetings from Michissippi!

My poor husband has been calling, and calling our state rep., but his voice mail box has been full for a week. These Republicans don't care what we, the people think.

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