And So It Begins …

2020 April 30

It looks like Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is staring down a rebellion from both her legislature and furious state residents.

The revolt comes as part of larger anger focused on how Whitmer has used her coronavirus emergency declaration to enact strict stay-at-home orders.

Protests against the order seemed to come to a head Thursday as armed activists stormed the Michigan House of Representatives at the state Capitol.

While citizens were voicing their disapproval in the halls, Michigan’s GOP-led House turned on Whitmer at the same time.

According to WXYZ-TV, lawmakers not only refused to extend the governor’s emergency declaration, but even voted to challenge Whitmer’s authority in a court of law.

The governor was hoping to extend the declaration an additional 28 days.


Half Whit-mer has a problem on her hands. So sad so Glad.

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  1. 2020 May 1 12:07 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Those who seek to continue Governor Whitmer’s virtually unlimited power maintain choose to ignore the provisions of MCL 30.403 instituted via Act 390 of 1976 that limit the duration of her emergency declarations to 28 days.

    Under MCL 30.403, subsequent extensions of this emergency declaration would require approval by both the House and Senate of a resolution granting an extension.

    Despite referencing this section in her Executive Orders as the basis for her emergency powers, Governor Whitmer insists that the state of emergency is to stay in effect until she says it is no longer in effect.

    This position is consistent with the position taken by dictators throughout history and is inconsistent with the governance principles inherent in our constitutional republic……

    Each of us will need to choose a side – 1) the rule of law or 2) acquiescence to fear of COVID-19 and the subversion of our constitutional rights.

    Due to the unfolding of events in Lansing today, it is clear to me that Michigan is open for business as of 11:59 pm April 30.

    Having said that, in light of the Governor’s refusal to relinquish her emergency powers, there is significant risk of punitive action from government officials towards any individual or business which fails to comply with the provisions of Executive Order 2020-59.

    Life is not without risk.

    There are many who assert that the risk of COVID-19 justifies the need to close businesses, churches, and schools as well as restrict the movement of our citizens.

    Other such as myself, assert that the risk of COVID-19 pales in comparison to other risks in our society.

    So…much as our Founders intended, how you conduct yourself between now and May 15th is up to you.

    The choice is yours – 1) freedom or 2) compliance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order.

    There are risks no matter how you proceed.

    I for one refuse to accept the implications of a “New Normal” devoid of the constitutional protections that so many people before us have died to protect. This “New Normal” has risks to life documented through out human history that far outweigh the risks associated with COVID-19.

    I choose freedom.”

  2. 2020 May 1 4:40 am
    bc3b permalink

    A lot of people are referring to Whitmer as “Gov. Jenn II” (Grandholm). In actuality, Whitmer is far more like Pelosi than Granholm. Granholm was born in Canada so she never had aspirations for national office. Granholm was definitely a lightweight airhead, but not an evil person. Whitmer has the same lust for power as Pelosi and, like Pelosi, is an evil person.

  3. 2020 May 1 6:14 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “Each of us will need to choose a side – 1) the rule of law or 2) acquiescence to fear of COVID-19 and the subversion of our constitutional rights.”

    God I hate these kind of statements. Not because its a choice, but because its a false choice. There are so many laws on the books that make the term ‘rule of law’ a sick joke — Logan Act, self served warrants of the Patriot Act, the Sedition Acts of yore, to name but a few.

  4. 2020 May 1 6:17 am
    justrand permalink

    as WEC notes, the provisions of the 1976 Act do not allow her to extend her order without the approval of the Michigan legislature…but she’s a DEMOCRAT…so she can do whatever she wants.

    and because, um, COVID!! I am soooooo sick of the “Because COVID!” argument, but I read and/or hear it daily…hell, hourly!

  5. 2020 May 1 6:24 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Personally I think the whole situation has sunk her political career. BC might not agree but I think the MI residents will be pitching her over the transom come the next election.

  6. 2020 May 1 6:26 am
    drdog09 permalink

  7. 2020 May 1 7:48 am
    justrand permalink

    Starting in December 1941 and continuing through early 1942, the California Legislature went through a series of “Emergency Sessions”. WWII had come to America, and the California Legislature thought the California Governor should have sweeping powers in “times of emergency or crisis” (their words).

    Those “emergency powers” were codified in 1942, and those are the same California Codes now cited by Newsome to support enforcement of his edicts.

    Who else cited those? California Governor Culbert Olson (D) when he shipped 100,000 Japenese Americans to internment camps in 1942, in support of Roosevelt’s infamous E.O. 9066


  8. 2020 May 1 8:45 am
    drdog09 permalink

  9. 2020 May 1 8:53 am
    mulletover permalink

    Fake news
    Fake pandemic

  10. 2020 May 1 9:22 am
    fight on permalink

    Great video if you are missing baseball like I am.

  11. 2020 May 1 9:28 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Scratching my head here. What possible reason could cause Joe Biden’s team to pore over his Senate records sealed at the U of Delaware? Has some piece of evidence gone missing, one wonders?

    T hat’s
    A wfully
    R econdite,
    A nyway

    Biden operatives accessed secret Senate records at University of Delaware before mid-March, report says

  12. 2020 May 1 11:45 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Don Surber said: Thats how a revolution begins. Someone stands up and says no.
    Ilhan Omar, on the topic of 9/11, “Somebody did something”

    Maybe we could combine them?
    Headline: Armed Protestors on State Capitol Steps
    Us: “Somebody said no”

  13. 2020 May 1 1:24 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    With you there on the ‘no’.

  14. 2020 May 1 1:28 pm
    drdog09 permalink


  15. 2020 May 1 2:01 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Fight On #10 –

    Missing minor league baseball. Major league baseball ? Not so much. They are talking about realigning teams for 2020 if there is a season. Tradition is an important part of baseball and they are doing their best to kill it.

  16. 2020 May 1 2:25 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #15 The De-troit tiggers suck like everything else in MI these days (minus the gutsy protestors) so why watch MLB?

    How is the rebellion going up there in MI? Looks the your RINO legislature even found a pair and said “NO” to the dictatorship of der FURHER Half-Whitmer

    CDC can only confirm just under 12000 deaths IN THE USA due to corvid19.
    You’re buying the lies. Notice they close churches to hurt them financially (as they provide funding and FOOD for muslims to pray wall to wall in city streets), Keeping businesses closed to they can get as many as possible onto government support, they trying to stop gun sales during this time, and trying to stop dissent and protests and free political speech.

    Notice how EVERY ONE of these things is related to your rights and oppressing you…

  17. 2020 May 1 6:02 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  18. 2020 May 1 8:22 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

  19. 2020 May 1 8:24 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

  20. 2020 May 1 8:26 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

  21. 2020 May 1 8:27 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

  22. 2020 May 1 11:24 pm

    21 – Ignoring it as usual when it doesn’t fit the current agenda.

  23. 2020 May 1 11:42 pm

    Even if true, it’s nothing to write home about frankly. Same damn survey show 53% still believe in the long proved bs steel docs.

  24. 2020 May 2 12:05 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Michigan is now operating under emergency orders that have an extremely shaky legal foundation. The crisis powers granted to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak expired at midnight Thursday, and when she failed to reach a deal with lawmakers to extend them, she set aside the legislative branch and unilaterally imposed the extension.

    That’s a stunning power grab. Whitmer is declaring she can run the state as she pleases, for as long as she pleases, with no oversight or checks on her power.

    This affront to democracy must be undone by the courts.

    Michigan’s emergency powers act of 1976 allows a governor to declare a state of emergency and assume extraordinary powers over the citizens of the state for 28 days in the face of natural or man-made disasters.

    At the end of 28 days, the law specifically allows for an extension of those powers, but only with the approval of both chambers of the Legislature. Lawmakers previously granted a 23-day extension.

    The language of the bill is clear. But Whitmer executed a series of questionable maneuvers late Thursday to justify her bypass of the Legislature, relying heavily on a convenient reading of the original emergency powers act adopted in 1945.

    Nothing she did changes the fact that in 1976 lawmakers added a new bill to complement the 1945 act with the expressed intent of giving the Legislature oversight authority when an emergency is declared.

    No reasonable person would assume the Legislature would willingly forfeit its Constitutional authority and vest absolute power in the executive branch. The language of the 1945 law is largely focused on short-term episodes of civil unrest.
    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks on Monday, April 27.

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks on Monday, April 27. (Photo: MSP)

    It does not mention contagious diseases. But the 1976 law specifically cites pandemics as a justification for operating under emergency powers. That, then, should be the law that is followed.

    Whitmer is attempting to assign a noble purpose for her unilateral power grab, saying she needed to continue her emergency powers to protect health care workers from being sued by COVID-19 patients.

    But the Legislature Thursday approved a bill that would enshrine that immunity in law, proving lawmakers are capable of working with the governor to protect Michigan.

    They had offered to grant her another short-term extension of her powers, with oversight. But she refused to accept any conditions that forced her to collaborate with lawmakers.

    The Republican-controlled Legislature Thursday also passed resolutions authorizing the speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader to sue the governor.

    More: Michigan Legislature OKs potential legal fight over Gov. Whitmer’s powers

    That lawsuit should be filed ASAP.

    From the beginning of her tenure, Whitmer has show disdain for both the law and regular-order governing, looking for every loophole to avoid dealing with the Legislature.

    This time, she’s taken the state to a very dangerous place.

    There’s no reasonable defense, in a representative democracy, for a governor to strip the legislative branch of its constitutional authority and assume dictatorial powers in perpetuity.”

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