Tag Archives: checks and balances

Saying they “delayed our action plan,” Rick Snyder lays the blame for the Flint water disaster at the feet of “career civil servants” who cared more about process than people

You have to give him credit for having chutzpah. It took him a few days, but our Governor, with he help of multiple consultants and a few top flight PR firms, is attempting not just to deflect blame for what happened in Flint, but actually turn the deadly public health crisis into an anti-government parable […]

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Rick Snyder, who spent his first six years in office laying waste to checks and balances, blames the Flint water crisis on the lack of sufficient checks and balances

He’s still not as open as I’d like, but, based on the National Journal interview with Rick Snyder that was just posted, it would appear that our Governor is beginning to accept the fact that this isn’t just going to go away, and that he needs to start actually answering questions. I still don’t like […]

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Senate Bill 652, which will likely be signed into law Friday, ensures that handpicked Republican judges will hear cases brought against the State by the citizens of Michigan

Remember how, last winter, Michigan Republicans, flush with corporate money and well armed with legislation drafted in far right think tanks, set out to kill unions, and systematically roll back women’s rights, gay rights, and public education? Well, it would appear that they weren’t quite done… Unsatisfied with having just control over the House, Senate […]

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State Representative Jeff Irwin on the illegal use of “immediate effect” by Republicans in Lansing

Last night, I posted something about a procedural trick being employed by Michigan Republicans in Lansing in order to speed their legislation into effect, bypassing traditional waiting periods, in apparent violation of state law. As luck would have it, this morning, Jeff Irwin, one of the Democrats in the Michigan House who is leading the […]

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Could it really be possible that 96% of the legislation passed by Michigan Republicans over the last year was implemented illegally?

According to Rachel Maddow 544 laws passed by the Republicans under Snyder have likely been rushed into implementation in violation of state law. Someone correct me if I got any of this wrong, but here’s the gist of what I heard… Historically, there’s always been a lag in Michigan between the time when a law […]

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