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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
Fresh off the State Newswire
LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced that Rodney Stokes will be the administration's point man on working with cities to help them become more vibrant and inviting by enhancing their existing resources. Stokes, who currently serves as Department of Natural Resources director, will leave that position to join the Executive Office.
By Corinthian Scales, Section News
What a disgusting abuse of power by a Peter Principle agency bureaucrat. Thank God that Sens. Hune and Booher have taken the initiative to intervene on this outrageous dictatorial assault on private property rights.
Seriously Gov. Snyder, you can't even manage the simpleton you appointed to head the DNR, and you still want to stick us taxpayers with your bureaucrat managed boondoggle bridge? No thanks. Not with your brand of gross negligence.
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Rodney Stokes, a parks and rec guy appointed under Snyder's predecessor Jennifer Granholm, is pig hunting.
Under the guise of "invasive species" enforcement, the DNR's director Stokes, has set loose a force on small farms and family run operations which for decades have raised certain types of swine that are considered dangerous and damaging in the wild. These types of pigs can apparently reproduce quite easily. However, the pigs are said to be aggressive, and damaging to forests and wildlands if allowed to get loose.
so by fiat, the Director decided to simply eradicate the problem by destroying the livelihood of game pig farmers and other swine herds that MAY have certain strains of the feral breeds in them.
In July of 2011, the department, likely under the suggestions of Snyder's advisory team gave the operations that might be affected a few more months to kill their stock. And the the Michigan Animal Farmers Association had appealed for declaratory relief citing the rules for invasive designation. MAFA argued on behalf of those small farms that what the DNR is calling an invasive danger, does not meet all the requirements to be classified as such.
The suit by MAFA unfortunately did not meet the appeals court standard, which effectively strengthened executive authority in ALL areas.
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