Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:24 PM
Bozita (26,955 posts)
The shameful campaign to prevent the referendum on MI's EM law from hitting the ballot
Rachel needs to see this piece.
If anyone has her email address, please let her know about this.
The shameful way supporters of the emergency manager law are trying to shut down a referendum on it
By Curt Guyette
PUBLISHED: JUNE 27, 2012
After a review of the petitions, the state declared that more than enough valid signatures had been gathered to put the referendum before voters. Only the perfunctory approval from the state Board of Canvassers was needed to complete the process.
Then the dirty tricks began. A conservative group calling itself Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility challenged the measure. Headed by Bob LaBrant, who formerly ran political and legal operations for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility said, among other things, that the petition heading was smaller than the legally mandated 14-point font size.
During a press conference held after that motion was filed, Melvin "Butch" Hollowell, attorney for the Detroit branch of the NAACP, pointed out that, of the last 17 ballot measures approved by the Board of Canvassers, none had the 14-point type that's supposedly required.
The point was made to demonstrate just how bogus the whole issue is, and how desperate opponents are to keep voters from having a say on this issue.
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