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Michigan’s EM Law Repeal May Go on Ballot

You may remember a few weeks ago that the Michigan Board of Canvassers absurdly ruled that a proposed repeal of the state’s Emergency Manager law would not go on the November ballot because the font size was slightly too small. Now it looks like the courts have overruled that decision, unless the Michigan Supreme Court says otherwise:

The full Court of Appeals on Thursday declined a request by a three-judge panel to convene a special seven-member panel of judges to reconsider legal precedent surrounding the compliance of petitions circulated by the group Stand Up for Democracy.

The three-judge panel said Friday they disagreed with past case law and stayed their ruling that (sic) measure should make the November ballot.

Though a 2002 court ruling found initiative petitions must be substantially — not fully — in compliance with the law, the three-judge panel asked the 28 jurists on the Michigan Court of Appeals to take the rare step of appointing a seven-judge panel to reconsider the precedent.

A group called Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, which challenged the font size of the petitions, has (sic) they may appeal the issue to the Michigan Supreme Court.

And no, I have no idea who is doing the copy editing at the Detroit News. Apparently no one.

Comments

  1. Stevarious says

    And no, I have no idea who is doing the copy editing at the Detroit News. Apparently no one.

    They are crowdsourcing it.

    That is, they just wait for commenters to point out the errors and fix it live.

    Now sure how that works on the print side, but who reads newspapers anyway?

  2. d cwilson says

    That is, they just wait for commenters to point out the errors and fix it live.

    Fuck it! We’ll do it live!

  3. says

    That is, they just wait for commenters to point out the errors and fix it live.

    …and then piss all over said commenters for their self-righteous advice, right?

  4. Synfandel says

    Now Not sure how that works on the print side, but who reads newspapers anyway?

    Just doing my bit as a member of the crowd.

  5. d cwilson says

    All right, let’s talk about the actual story:

    A group called Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, which challenged the font size of the petitions, has (sic) they may appeal the issue to the Michigan Supreme Court.

    And at least one member of the panel who initially rejected the petitions because of the font size was a member of Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility. Nope, not conflict of interest there.

  6. baal says

    The emergency manager then handed the task to a personal friend along with 8% of the budget (when the in house cost was <1%) and assumed no oversight was necessary.

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