Michigan court upholds Whitmer's power to extend stay-at-home orders

dublinbay z6 (KS)

Victory for the Democratic governor!

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"Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer had the right to extend the state's stay-at-home order and extend the state of emergency, the Michigan Court of Claims ruled Thursday, rejecting a lawsuit filed by Republicans in the state legislature who challenged her emergency powers in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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The Republican-controlled legislature filed its lawsuit after Whitmer extended the state of emergency through May 28th without its approval at the end of April.

Republicans argued that the emergency powers law from 1945 only pertains to local emergencies, rather than statewide emergencies. Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens rejected that argument, writing in her ruling that "the EPGA was intended to confer 'sufficiently broad power' on the Governor in order to enable her to respond to public disaster or crisis."

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On the issue of the 1976 law, though, Judge Stephens wrote that Whitmer was not able to extend a state of emergency on her own using that law. But under the court's ruling recognizing her broad authority as governor, Whitmer would be able to cite the 1945 law in extending a state of emergency next week, should she decide to take that avenue.

Republicans are planning to appeal the decision. At the end of the oral arguments held on May 15, Stephens anticipated that the case would likely be decided by the Michigan Supreme Court.

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Michigan has been hit hard by COVID-19, which has killed more than 5,000 Michiganders. The state has the ninth highest deaths per capita as of Thursday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins data.

The devastation caused Whitmer to issue strict stay-at-home orders, which she has begun to loosen. . . . . The areas opening up are common vacation spots where some Michiganders own second homes, but Whitmer encouraged people to "think long and hard" before visiting those regions to avoid possibly spreading the virus. "


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/michigan-court-stay-at-home-order-upheld-governor-whitmer/

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The Trumplicans have targeted Michigan, which elected a woman Democrat for governor at the last election. They'd love to topple her or at least publicly embarrass her, but so far, Gov. Whitmer has stood firmly in place!

You go, Gretchen, go!

Kate

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paprikash

Yup — the Michiganders I know would love for her to ”go”

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mr1010

no wonder he's soiling his pants and needed to go golfing today. This had to hurt.

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Sue 430

No Paprikash, she is actually popular except with trumpers. Who are decreasing in number in our state. They are just so mouthy they seem like more.

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paprikash

The Michiganders I know aren’t mouthy — but they sure are intelligent and successful Trump supporters

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Ziemia(6a)

Whitmer continues to have highly positive poll numbers.

Here's one related nugget:

"Michigan voters overall also overwhelmingly agreed — by a margin of 69%-22% — that protests at the state Capitol against Whitmer's stay-at-home orders sent a wrong message. And while that opinion was somewhat more varied among partisan groups — with more than 90% of Democrats, 70% of Independents and 55% of Republican leaners agreeing the protests were wrong — only one group, strongly Republican men, had a majority that felt they sent the right message, by a margin of 58%-30%.

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But Independents, a key voting bloc in Michigan, came down on Whitmer's side, 65%-28%. Forty percent of them said they strongly approved of her actions.


https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/05/20/republican-men-views-coronavirus/5227671002/

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abzzybee(9/10 S. Florida)

Paprikash, intelligent Trump supporters? Give me one real scientist, one former president, one respected independent intellectual who endorses Trump. Those protesters didn't look or sound very intelligent, more like a mob bent on getting their way with intimidation and strong arm tactics.

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Sue 430

Paprikash, maybe so many informed people support her because although we were hard hit, and had the 3rd highest number of cases, we have succeeded in flattening the curve and are now 8th. Also we are one of only 2 states to meet the White House corona virus task forces recommendations to begin phase one of reopening. A pretty good testament to her leadership.

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

If only the GOP had bought the MI SC like they did in Wisconsin.


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