June 30, 2022

MI Supreme Court rules elections panel must certify intiative stripping Whitmer of emergency powers

The coronavirus pandemic was the biggest power grab for Democratic politicians. However, many states are beginning to gut those powers, including Michigan.

A Michigan Supreme Court judge ruled that the state must comply with the will of the voters in stripping Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of her COVID-19 emergency powers, according to the Detroit Free Press. The ruling would ensure that the governor’s own veto would not overrule the citizens.

On Friday, the judge ordered the Board of State Canvassers to certify a repeal of the Emergency Powers of Governor Act. Whitmer was using a World War II-era law to justify restrictions in her state.

While the governor’s COVID-19 measures were already deemed unconstitutional, this would prevent any politicians from taking similar measures in the future. As it was, Whitmer switched to using the Public Health Code to the same ends anyway.

However, the Michigan Bureau of Elections approved a petition from Unlock Michigan, the Republican-led group leading the charge against Whitmer’s endless lockdowns, in April. The group submitted 460,000 valid signatures — well over the 340,000 required to end her restrictions once and for all.

Democrats on the election’s board attempted to stonewall the effort by requiring a further review of the signatures. However, Attorney General Dana Nessel accepted the petition and dismissed their request on the grounds that it was not within the purview of the body’s responsibilities.

This most recent legal victory pleased Fred Wszolek, a spokesman for Unlock Michigan. “The court has it exactly right — the Board of State Canvassers had a clear legal duty to certify what was obvious, that we had collected far more signatures than required,” Wszolek said. “We urge the Michigan House and Senate to act promptly to finally strike this awful law from the books forever,” he said.

Democratic politicians don’t seem to want coronavirus to end, even as millions in the U.S. have now been vaccinated. Even as they ease these restrictions in practice, it’s important that Americans ensure power-hungry politicians are never given the keys that open the door to tyrannical rule again — after all, they’ve already proven they’ll gladly use it.

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