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This is Ballot Watch. Today is the the sixth of a series of articles on the upcoming ballot initiatives and some key local elections in various regions around the country. Some of these cover topics in common with multiple states, while others look at a state level.
Today’s Ballot Watch is the second half of a two-part article covering the Midwest. By editorial discretion, and in an attempt to divide up the articles into fairly equal numbers of states, the “Midwest” is here defined by the states you see in the graphic — Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. I covered Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota yesterday, so today belongs to Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. (more…)
Welcome to Ballot Watch. Today is the first in the series of articles on the upcoming ballot initiatives and some key local elections. Some of these will cover topics in common with multiple states, while others will look at a state level.
What better time to kick off the Ballot Watch series then on Labor Day, when we can take a look at some of the state ballot initiatives that will affect workers this coming November.
Idaho has three attempts to repeal new education reform laws which shifted to merit pay, eliminated tenure, and removed class size from collective bargaining. South Dakota has a similar repeal measure on the ballot. Illinois has a question intended to limit increases in pension benefits for public workers. Michigan has a ballot question that would allow home health care providers to unionize, and another that would repeal the state’s Emergency Manager program. North Carolina has an initiative that would make it harder for workplaces to unionize.
Let’s look briefly at each of these ballot initiatives. How do you feel about them? Do you think any of them will affect voter turnout? Some of them are in presidential swing states — might they affect the Presidential election? (more…)
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)
There’s something rotten in the state of Michigan. It’s hard to write about what’s happening there in anything less than extreme terms. What’s happening is awfully extreme.
Across America, newly-emboldened Republican state legislatures have been enacting a series of laws that limit voting rights, limit union rights, restrict marriage rights, cut off access to abortion and other healthcare services, and otherwise put in place a far-right agenda of social engineering. (Even Newt Gingrich recognized this tendency on a national level.) In Michigan, they’ve gone several steps further, eliminating democracy in many of their larger cities, and violating their own Constitution in order to do it.
It’s a complicated story, but it starts and ends with the Republican-controlled legislature and with Rick Snyder, the Republican Governor. There were protections put in place to prevent this from happening. But those safeguards are being willfully ignored. (more…)
Today is a very important day for both former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA). Voters in Arizona and Michigan go to the polls today to express their preferences for the Republican candidate for President.
February started with Santorum sweeping all three states (Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri) in one day. His campaign’s sudden and unexpected viability quickly developed momentum in national polls, a momentum reflected in Arizona and Michigan. This was a scenario nobody considered in January, or even last year. Both states should be easy wins for Romney, Arizona because of the Mormon population, and Michigan because it’s his home state. (more…)