Michigan Politics: Republican Judges No Longer In Majority

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  • LowHitPointsLowHitPoints Sword of the Afternoon MichiganRegistered User regular
    Protesters gather outside MI SoS home
    "The individuals gathered outside my home targeted me as Michigan's Chief Election officer. But their threats were actually aimed at the 5.5 million Michigan citizens who voted in this fall's election, seeking to overturn their will. They will not succeed in doing so."

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  • MorganVMorganV Registered User regular
    Protesters gather outside MI SoS home
    "The individuals gathered outside my home targeted me as Michigan's Chief Election officer. But their threats were actually aimed at the 5.5 million Michigan citizens who voted in this fall's election, seeking to overturn their will. They will not succeed in doing so."

    Awesome is for the response by SecState, not the dumb dickhead fascists protesting.

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  • LowHitPointsLowHitPoints Sword of the Afternoon MichiganRegistered User regular
    What I noticed from the article is the State Police not affirming whether or not the protesters were in fact armed, merely saying "there were reports of armed protesters". My guess is that there were firearms present.

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  • JaysonFourJaysonFour Classy Monster Kitteh Registered User regular
    Infamous local sheriff: *files yet another stupid fucking election lawsuit challenging the results because he likes to kiss orange ass*

    Federal judge: Yeah, I don't think so, Dar.

    Bonus: Dar Leaf is the same shithead sheriff of Barry County that is on tape joining a bunch of militia-types- who would be later arrested while planning to kidnap and murder Michigan Governor (and all-around bad-ass) Gretchen Whitmer- at an anti-lockdown rally.

    He has apparently not taken the hint that the entire state would love to see him fuck off forever.

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  • lwt1973lwt1973 King of Thieves SyndicationRegistered User regular
    Grandstanding for the MAGA crowd so you can say you supported Trump in your next election is better than supporting our nation.

    Such Silly Geese. I know they are all from deep red districts now BUT I hope and pray with the new districting that comes they will all be booted out.

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  • wazillawazilla Registered User regular


    Tweeter is a reporter with AP

    2021 is shaping up to be a fucking rollercoaster year

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  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    wazilla wrote: »


    Tweeter is a reporter with AP

    2021 is shaping up to be a fucking rollercoaster year

    They fucked around, and are about to find out.

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  • monikermoniker Registered User regular
    The city finished replacing all of the lead service lines last year, victims were awarded $641m in settlement, and now, with luck, he gets to go to prison. That is more justice than I would have thought possible back in 2015. Too slow, but I honestly figured it would be never.

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    Fucking phenomenal

    Is this Cindy McNessel’s doing?

    Michigan elected some kick ass women

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  • quovadis13quovadis13 Registered User regular
    edited January 14
    Snyder will Be charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty.. Misdemeanor with up to 1 year of jail or a small fine, so he’s going to end up getting fined at most probably. More details tomorrow.

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  • zagdrobzagdrob Registered User regular
    edited January 14
    I can't believe this is actually going to and can happen. Snyder will never get set in a cell, his name isn't Kwame.

    But if this is real, I will maybe start to believe justice can win. It's not enough, but I expected nothing so anything is more than i hoped.

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  • SummaryJudgmentSummaryJudgment Today we will paint a mountain that owes us nothing. Registered User regular
    zagdrob wrote: »
    I can't believe this is actually going to and can happen. Snyder will never get set in a cell, his name isn't Kwame.

    But if this is real, I will maybe start to believe justice can win. It's not enough, but I expected nothing so anything is more than i hoped.

    Snyder is charged with a number of misdemeanors, but the other defendants are charged with shit that will get you years after you plead down

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  • ProhassProhass Registered User regular
    edited January 15
    So as an Australian I’ve never really dug into the flint water crisis. Holy shit. The details are mind blowing. The implications horrendous.

    It also was like a preview of covid, of just an unaccountable group of people who have no incentive to look after their constituents beyond who directly votes for them, for their block, and just callously cause deaths through gross incompetence and malice of people they see as having no power over them.

    The fact that there was a successful referendum to stop the emergency appointments and repeal the law, and in response the legislature just made an even worse law that was immune to future referendums. Jesus Christ. That’s a fucking broken democracy

    I feel like a wilful neglect of duty that leads to kids getting fucking lead poisoning should be worth more than a misdemeanour. Also it was ongoing and prolonged wilful neglect, not one instance of like a fuck up or lapse in judgement

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  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    edited January 15
    Michigan has a pretty robust referendum system, but it also has a ton of legislative cheat codes. I honestly can't remember the last time a meaningful referendum beyond local/county millages was actually enacted.

    My personal favorite, there was one on wolf hunting but since it named the previous law by code section the legislature preemptively put a second copy of the law somewhere else so only one could be repealed. This one was an especially funny one because it authorized widespread hunting of wolves in the lower peninsula, where wolves haven't lived for generations and SO MUCH political effort was expended on both sides of that farce.

    Our gay marriage ban was technically enacted but I still don't give credit because it was already banned TWICE and the referendum was moot out of the gate.

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  • MuzzmuzzMuzzmuzz Registered User regular
    I live across the border, but I always got the feeling that Flint got as bad as it did, because it was a city that no longer 'brought value' to Michagan. Had this incident happened back when it was a boom town, there would be no doubt that the government would bend over backwards to help, but because businesses and wealthy people fled after the collapse of the car industries (leaving behind the people who couldn't afford to move), they were content to ignore the place, especially as they already had Detroit to deal with.

  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    Even when Flint was a boom town, there was a distinct divide in which side of the river a problem had to be on to get fixed, and this was overwhelmingly on the north side.

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  • MuzzmuzzMuzzmuzz Registered User regular
    Ah, I see. Most of my knowledge of Flint either comes from Michael Moore, (admittedly not the most unbiased of sources) or...my father's work union buddies, who got the heck out of Dodge the moment they retired. I'm going out on a limb and saying they all lived on the North Side.

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  • JaysonFourJaysonFour Classy Monster Kitteh Registered User regular
    Whitmer has activated the Michigan National Guard ahead of expected chud protests this weekend. There’s also a six-foot high fence going up around the capitol building. I do believe they are done fucking around with these people.

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  • enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    Hooray, fortify all the things! Open democracy is for suckers.

    Biden's FBI better pursue these assholes to the ends of the earth so we can return these buildings to their rightful state.

    Herbert Hoover got 40% of the vote in 1932. Friendly reminder.
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    My hope is that the arrests around the 6th have removed key players and put the rest of god into the rest, so the state capitol and inauguration riots never happen.

    On the other hand, travel to state capitols is a lot less expensive than DC, so a lot more people will be able to go, which means more idiots who won't get the message until it comes from their arraigning judge.

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  • JaysonFourJaysonFour Classy Monster Kitteh Registered User regular
    Several bowling alleys and roller rinks across the state have banded together to sue the Michigan government for "lost revenue".

    Essentially, they're equating the government shutting them down due to COVID to seizing their properties because suddenly none of them can raise enough in money to pay off their property taxes, and that's what happens when you can't pay your property taxes, so they want the state to pay them the money they would have made for the year if they'd remained open.

    I... don't really know what to think of this. I mean, I can understand being a little worried about property taxes, but "hey, we want a year's worth of profits because reasons" is kind of ridiculous. I mean, yeah, I feel for you guys, but shit is tough all over and you're not the only ones hurting, and maybe you ought to have saved some of that $$$ instead of just spending it all? I mean, you had an entire year to see this coming, it's not like it's the state's fault you don't know how to save and budget, guys...

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  • zagdrobzagdrob Registered User regular
    JaysonFour wrote: »
    Several bowling alleys and roller rinks across the state have banded together to sue the Michigan government for "lost revenue".

    Essentially, they're equating the government shutting them down due to COVID to seizing their properties because suddenly none of them can raise enough in money to pay off their property taxes, and that's what happens when you can't pay your property taxes, so they want the state to pay them the money they would have made for the year if they'd remained open.

    I... don't really know what to think of this. I mean, I can understand being a little worried about property taxes, but "hey, we want a year's worth of profits because reasons" is kind of ridiculous. I mean, yeah, I feel for you guys, but shit is tough all over and you're not the only ones hurting, and maybe you ought to have saved some of that $$$ instead of just spending it all? I mean, you had an entire year to see this coming, it's not like it's the state's fault you don't know how to save and budget, guys...

    I have a lot of sympathy for restaurants / entertainment venues in all of this because there's not much you can do to plan ahead for an entire year basically shut down. Most of those businesses are already barely getting by as is and the failure rates for those sorts of businesses even without COVID are astronomical.

    Some of it is certainly poor planning and mismanagement, but you can't put it just on them and I would hate to be in a position where I'm trying to figure out how to support / keep my employees, keep my business, and pay the bills that don't stop accruing just because you are shut down.

    This is why Trump failed everyone so badly - a more effective stimulus combined with better handling of the pandemic would have gotten these businesses open sooner and would have given them the support they needed to survive through it. People would be less desperate and lashing out because as scary as COVID is, facing destitution and losing a business you poured your blood sweat and tears into is much more concrete. It doesn't excuse the businesses that ignore the bans but it makes it more understandable.

    Really the state / localities should be working with these businesses to forgive or defer tax bills until they can get back on their feet, but again the municipalities are also hurting right now with their budgets being gutted by COVID and states lack the tools they need to offer real relief not just in Michigan.

    It's basically all a shit show that goes back to the Trump administration's stunning incompetence.

    But expecting the state to make up for a year of lost profits instead of offering some support and assistance is nuts.

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