Whitmer vetoes emergency power bills; Kinzinger endorses Benson
Govt. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed eight bills on Friday that would have amended, repealed or limited emergency provisions in several state laws, arguing they would “limit the state’s ability to protect the people we represent” .
Whitmer said the legislation undermines Michigan’s responsibility to put “the safety and security of residents first.”
“These bills are not based on a careful and thoughtful attempt to understand the needs of our departments and agencies, nor do they address real threats that sometimes require prompt action to keep Michiganders safe and save lives,” the Democratic governor wrote on Friday. in a veto message to the Legislative Assembly.
representing Julie AlexanderR-Hanover, blasted Whitmer’s veto as blocking “the most basic openness and accountability Michigan citizens expect from their state government.”
“Voters hold their government accountable and engage with their officials, but emergency powers limit the role of the people and the lawmakers they elect in the really big decisions,” Alexander said.
The eight bills were the first to arrive on the governor’s desk of a package of 30 bills to amend or repeal areas of state law related to emergency authority. The package was introduced in part in response to Whitmer’s use of executive orders during the pandemic.
About seven months into the pandemic, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the law that underpinned Whitmer’s emergency orders was unconstitutional because it delegated exclusive powers to the Legislature to the executive and allowed the executive to exercise these powers indefinitely.
But some emergency restrictions remained in place even after the Oct. 2, 2020 ruling, as Whitmer moved to issuing epidemic orders under the public health code and through his Department of Health. Health and Social Services.
Bills opposed on Friday would have set time limits for the use of emergency powers, required state officials to send notice to the Legislature within 24 hours of using certain emergency powers emergency and repealed a duplicative law, Alexander said.
Kinzinger endorses Benson
Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois endorsed Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson Monday in his re-election campaign against the GOP nominee Kristina Karamo of the Oak Park.
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Benson, a Democrat from Detroit, is one of five candidates for secretary of state across the country that Kinzinger and his Country First political action committee have endorsed. Four of the five approved candidates are Democrats.
“Now more than ever, it is essential that we elect leaders who are loyal to the Constitution and willing to be a bulwark for democracy – regardless of their political party affiliation,” said Kinzinger, one of two Republicans of the United States House who voted. to create the select committee to investigate the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol and now sits on the panel.
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Kinzinger said in a statement that Benson had the “experience and integrity” to continue serving as secretary of state. Country First will invest in approved races “as it deems most useful”.
“His opponent is an extremist Holocaust denier who shows greater loyalty to Donald Trump than to our constitution and institutions,” he said.
Slotkin and Dingell in competition for student votes
US Democratic Representatives. Debbie Dingell of Ann Arbor and Elissa Slotkin of Lansing are holding a contest to see which campus — the University of Michigan or Michigan State — can get more early votes ahead of the college rivals’ football game on Oct. 29.
In an Instagram post last week, lawmakers asked students to vote at satellite polls set up on each university’s campus this month.
“But my students at U of M, we’re going to beat Michigan State on the court and at the polls,” said Dingell, who represents UM. “So we have to vote earlier in the next three weeks before we beat them in the game.”
Slotkin, who represents MSU, urged students to vote early, adding that they will announce midway through the big game on 29 who won.
“Spartans, do your thing,” she said.
Dingell is up for re-election in a safe Democratic district, but cross-campus competition could be a boon for Slotkin, who is in a hotly contested race for a third term in Michigan’s new 7th district against State Senator Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte. His campaigns in 2018 and 2020 worked to encourage MSU students to register and go to the polls.
“I really think the students of Michigan State have the opportunity to decide this election, period,” Slotkin recently told student newspaper The State News.
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Slotkin’s campaign sent out a fundraising appeal last week asking for donations to help pay for part-time student organizers who distribute voter registration information during “dorm storms” in East Lansing. The campaign said this peer-to-peer outreach is more effective than TV ads because of how students consume their media.