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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Bad leaders protect their turf with recall "reform"

It's a damn good thing we recalled Janice Daniels when we did. Teapublicans in the state legislature want to make buyer's remorse more difficult to fix. As in the case with Janice Daniels, when voters in Michigan and the around the country get a good understanding of the tea party yahoos they've elected, they often want to get rid of them, just as we did.
But last week the tea party folks in Lansing tightened up the rules -- a lot -- to make it really hard to get rid of the bad politicians.
These are the people who have the GALL to tell you they care about the right's of the voters. They (read the Bob Gosselins and Glenn Clarks) want one thing only -- unlimited power not tainted by desires of the people.

from the Detroit News


Lawmaker recalls

Legislation aimed at making it harder to recall elected officials passed both houses under the protests of Democrats.

The legislation would shorten the number of days in which petition signatures can be gathered from 90 to 60, and limit the number of recall attempts to one per lawmaker per term.

"This is going to make it virtually impossible to recall someone," said Byrum, who is term-limited. "I question the timing of this legislation -- not that it's 2:30 in the morning (Friday), but that it's the lame-duck session."

Supporters of election reform said it's needed to allow politicians to vote their consciences without having to worry about being recalled. All but one Democrat -- Sen. John Gleason of Flushing -- voted against the reforms, saying the right of recall is part of the Democratic process.

Sen. Tupac Hunter, D-Detroit, called the legislation "cowardly, selfish, downright swinefully arrogant."

Like right-to-work legislation passed Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer claimed Republicans were rushing it through to avoid public scrutiny.

"You're trying to inoculate yourselves against recall," said Whitmer, D-East Lansing. "You should be ashamed of yourselves."

3 comments:

  1. It is astonishing the amount of legislation they are passing in these waning session. Much of it is really "lame". Regional Transit and Detroit Public Lighting authorities excepted.

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  2. Aren't the representatives in Lansing supposed to be representing the people? If they're afraid of getting recalled maybe they aren't doing a very good job representing the desires of their constituents.

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  3. Lately it seems to be the desires of Bob Gosselin. I have a bad feeling this is going to continue, especially now that his special puppet Martin Howrylak is headed to Lansing. Oh no, I sound like a "hate filled loser."

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