Archive for April 26, 2012
Michigan is a divided state. Of course it is; there are two peninsulae. But it seems that the state Board of Canvassers is similarly divided, with a party-line 2–2 vote on the validity of petitions for a November ballot measure to repeal Public Act 4, the state’s emergency managers law.
We discussed the underlying battle a couple of weeks ago. The Republicans’ complaint regarding the petitions concerns the size of the font in the heading.
While Republican Jeff Timmer says that they are “tied by the letter of the law”, stare decisis in Michigan says otherwise. In particular, wiggle room has been permitted if there were enough signatures to override the relative harm of point sizes below the legal minimum.
Because of this, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said, “We anticipate that the issue will go to the next higher court with the Michigan Court of Appeal and possibly on to the Michigan Supreme Court.” It’s unclear whether the courts will make a final determination in time for the November ballot.
- Board keeps Mich. emergency manager law off ballot (sfgate.com)
- Michigan Board of Canvassers denies emergency manager repeal petition (clickondetroit.com)
- Is Michigan Meshuggeneh? (logarchism.com)
- Board keeps Mich. EM Law Off Ballot (myfoxdetroit.com)
- The rule of law in Michigan (inpropriapersona.com)
The United States did it. President George W. Bush knew about it. And he lied about it to all of us.
This is all information that can be gleaned by the roughly 140,000 formerly classified documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) via Freedom of Information Act requests. ACLU researcher Larry Siems then got the unenviable task of reading through all of those documents.
It took him two years.
As part of the project, he started The Torture Report, a website devoted to the research. More recently, with the completion of his research, he published The Torture Report: What the Documents say about America’s Post 9⁄11 Torture Program.
Here are some of the lowlights contained in the mountain of documents. (more…)