More on MI Speaker of the House Jase Bolger’s cowardly attack on constituent Autumn Smith

As I reported two days ago, Autumn Smith, the organizer for the recall effort against Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger, is being systematically thwarted at every step by Bolger’s friends and lawyers. I shined a light on her situation with my blog (and by crossposting at Daily Kos, Blogging for Michigan and My.Firedoglake.) I also got in touch with some Democratic friends who are lawyers and posted a link on Tony Trupiano’s Facebook Page. Trupiano is a Detroit-based progressive radio talk show host with a show called First Shift with Tony Trupiano.

I’m pleased to report several things.…

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An overview of Michigan’s “Financial Martial Law Act” – P.A. 4

I’m getting ready for a townhall meeting in Ann Arbor tomorrow where I will be presenting an overview of Michigan’s “Financial Martial Law Act”. The townhall meeting is from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Community Center. The Facebook page is HERE. If you are in the area, I encourage you to join us.

I realized the notes that I have assembled make a pretty danged good two-page fact sheet about P.A. 4. While most commentators mention that it allows the Emergency Managers to break contracts and dismiss local elected officials, there are some other quite heinous things in that bill.…

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Rick Snyder’s drop in popularity leads all other GOP governors in GOP-led states

This is what happens when you govern differently than you campaigned. In other words: moderate my ass.

Political analyst and CNN contributor, Bill Schneider, shows just how far Governor Snyder has fallen. He won 58% of the vote last November and now has a job approval rating of just 33%, a stunning 25% drop in less than half a year. He’s leading among states with Republican governors and Republican-controlled legislators.


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Report from the Pontiac Financial Martial Law Act lawsuit press conference

I want to draw your attention to sureujest‘s fine Daily Kos diary covering yesterday’s Pontiac press conference held by Sugar Law Center and plaintiffs in the lawsuit to declare Michigan’s Financial Martial Law Act unconstitutional.

In it she has photos, video and interviews from participants. Here is an excerpt:

At the late afternoon press conference in Pontiac, MI today I spoke with Attorney Julie Hurwitz (of Goodman & Hurwitz PC), who is acting as representation in the suit.

Ms. Hurwitz (pictured above) told me that all legal representation for the civil suit against the State of Michigan is voluntary. Ms.

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GOP House Speaker Bolger running scared from recall effort, sics lawyers on recall petition filer

NOTE: This story has been updated HERE.

How do you know when you have a Republican on the run? When they are so frightened of being recalled that they use every legal harassment technique in the book. And, right now, Representative Jase Bolger, the Speaker of the House from Michigan’s 63rd District, is running very scared. So scared, in fact, that he’s not above siccing his lawyer on a young disabled woman exercising her right to petition her government.

Autumn Smith filed recall paperwork against Jase Bolger in May of this year. She quickly amended the language and resubmitted it and there was a clarity hearing on May 25th.…

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Traverse City Financial Martial Law repeal activists reach their 4-month petition goal in several hours

Okay, can I just say how much I love THIS???

In Traverse City volunteers collected about 1200 signatures within a few hours Saturday afternoon.

“People saw the signs at our table and on our many petitioner’s clipboards and eagerly offered their support,“ said Amy Hardin of Reject Emergency Managers. “We blasted through our first box of petitions in no time at all. In fact, we met 1/3 of our regional 120 day projection by mid-day!”

“It is heartening to see that so many people understand that our democratic principles must not be compromised in the name of economy,” she said.

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BREAKING: Major lawsuit attacks Michigan’s Financial Martial Law Act as unconstitutional

I have a piece up at that reveals the breaking news that 28 Michigan residents along with the Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice and the Center for Constitutional Rights have filed a lawsuit in Michigan challenging the constitutionality of Public Act 4, the so-call “Financial Martial Law Act” recently passed by Republicans.

The defendents in the complaint are none other than Governor Rick Snyder and State Treasurer Andy Dillon.

Here are the main points of the complaint (a link to the complaint can be found in the A2Politico article):

  1. This lawsuit arises from violations of Plaintiffs’ constitutional rights under the Constitution of the State of Michigan of 1963.
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