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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.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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A posting I had here a few days ago poked fun at the SEIU Corrections unit (MCO) questionnaire that attempted to identify the core political allegiance of its membership. It drew the attention of the Mackinac Center's Paul Kearsey, who asks a more important question than I had in my post.
What about Policy?
"The interesting and at the same time sobering thing about this is how SEIU leaders see their members through a strictly partisan political lens. The space that the union used to gauge the strength of its members' partisan leanings are (Are you sorta Republican, really Republican, or really, really Republican?) could just as easily been used to find out how worried their members are about losing their pensions in a state bankruptcy, or whether or not work rules negotiated by the union made prisons safer or a host of other questions having to do with what MCO members really want their union to do."
Leave it to the smart guys to make my point.
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