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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    EFM Ballot Challenge Hits The Wall

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 09:37:58 AM EST
    Tags: Board of Canvassers, Michigan, EFM, Petitions, Font Size, Rules, Law, Partisanship, Republicans, Democrats (all tags)

    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.

    "None of this would have occurred today if they had their petition approved like almost everyone else does," he said. "The petition was 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 Corinthian Scales on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 11:10:02 AM EST
    Does anyone truly believe any of these functional illiterates care, much less, comprehend Rule of Law?

    Or howza bout this Goonion labor 'wable wouser' stickin' it to the man?

    This all reminds me... I need to send Scott Walker another $100.

    I'm not surprised by the reaction. (none / 0) (#3)
    by KG One on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 03:48:29 PM EST
    These are the tried and true tactics of BAMN and other groups around Detroit.

    Pack 'em in a bus, ship 'em off to a meeting in Lansing and voilà, instant lead-in footage for the 6:00 o'Clock News state-wide.

    In a way, I'm kind of disappointed that the EM petition got squashed.

    No, I haven't gone over to the dark side.

    Just look at the bigger picture...

    These people don't have the faintest clue on how to fix the problem of democratic (literally) leadership, short of shoveling more money at the problem.

    Put it on the ballot and let them show the whole state on how they intend to fix the very problem that they created themselves.

    Time and time again, when they are asked exactly what their solution is, they stammer and get real stupid, real quickly!

    This would also be a great opportunity to show them how painful stupidity can be.

    Since they don't want their problem fixed by the state, they are really gonna love to see what a judge will do in the same situation after that municipality or district files for bankruptcy.

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