Emergency Manager Law, Public Act 4 — April 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Opponents of Emergency Manager law repeal challenging petitions due to FONT SIZE



[NOTE: This post has been updated HERE.]

In a clear act of desperation, a group opposing the repeal of Public Act 4 — Michigan’s Emergency Manager law — are challenging the petitions because they say the font size is too small.

[O]pponents of the referendum drive say they’ve found what they’re calling a “fatal error” on the petitions.

The group Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility says the petition itself is printed in the wrong type size, which is contrary to state law.

The group will ask a bipartisan state elections panel to throw out all the petitions at a hearing expected to be held later this month.

UPDATE: More from ClickOnDetroit.com:

Bob LaBrant of Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility said the petitions turned in by the pro-repeal group Stand Up for Democracy aren’t legal because the heading is printed in a type that’s smaller than required. A printer’s affidavit says the heading size is correct, but LaBrant contends that “two experienced printers” disagreed.

“It’s somewhere between 10 and 12-point, rather than the 14-point size required, he said, suggesting the type was the size generally used in the body of a letter rather than in a larger heading. Opponents also say the proposal’s summary is “incomplete and misleading” and that the petition language has other glitches.

I asked Brandon Jessup, head of the group Michigan Forward who spearheaded the effort to put the repeal on the November ballot, about this turn of events. “They are desperate,” he told me. When I asked if their challenge is legitimate, he said simply, “No.”

If the petitions were rejected due to this technicality, I fear for what might happen in our state. It’s not too hard to imagine that the response to such a blow to the repeal effort might result in a great deal of unpleasantness, potentially even violence. I hope I am wrong.

  • Churchlady320

    Eclectablog, your constant assessment of life in Michigan is a bellwether for the nation.  Even more than Wisconsin and Ohio, Michigan’s politics – if you honestly can call it that as opposed to autocratic impositions – have shown just how far the GOP is willing to go to end democracy.  The fact that Rachel Maddow calls out MI actions fairly regularly is an indication of the extremism of your poor state.

    I spent lots of time in MI as a kid – Lansing and Ann Arbor and Detroit.  My college roommate was from Benton Harbor. Spent time in Flint and the U,P. (eh) and loved them both.  I never thought I’d see the day your beautiful state would become the battleground for dictatorial power vs. democracy. 

    If it were not for you, much of this would be lost.  Some of us know “Water Warriors” about the privatization of the water department of Highland Park, but thinking that battle won, it is all the more appalling to see the same hammer fall on entire cities.  Racism methinks?  Yes – and anti-labor and anti-democracy and anti-working family and anti-participation…and on and on. Autocracy if not worse is the goal of  your state’s GOP.

    I am beyond enraged at the things you report, beyond horror that such things could happen in America.  I think you single handedly have changed our awareness of what extremism means and how far and how fast its reach can be.  We are rooting for your recall and hope that the people of MI can take back their state once and for all.  No privatization.  No dictatorships.  No.

    • Well thank you. I hardly know what to say. I’m not sure it’s single-handed but certainly this site has been a collection point for every damned nefarious thing that the Michigan Republicans have done. I actually feel I have an obligation now. Thankfully I love doing it.

      Thanks for your kind and flattering words. Hopefully others feel the same : )

      • cryingliberty

        Hear, hear.

        Eclectablog is about the only place you hear these things other than Rachel Maddow, and half the time, she’s getting her info from here! 

        Chris, keep it up – there aren’t many people out there doing the work you’re doing – and we need more of them.

  • maggy

    This reminds me of when my son’s OH voter registration (printed from an online site) was rejected due to the WEIGHT OF THE PAPER in 2004. Of course he wasn’t notified until it was too late to send in another one.  REPUBLICANS!  Yuck! 

  • B Mcconnaughey

    Only certain print shops can do these documents, right? What does MI Dems have to say about this?

  • Rational Adult

    The sad news is that democracies get the governments they deserve, and Michiganders in particular are woefully ignorant about what their government is doing. Newspapers in Michigan are barely surviving and no one wants to pay for responsible journalism, so voters get their information from simplistic TV news stories, one-sided talk radio and closed-loop web sites. This is true everywhere, but it’s especially pronounced in Michigan. I won’t say the people there need to get smarter, but I will say that a major shift in culture is needed to get the population more informed and involved in the important decisions affecting their state.

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