Democrat, backs petition to limit
Whitmer’s emergency power 1 reply
Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, the top Democrat in Michigan’s third largest county, says he supports repealing the 1945 law that gives Gov. Gretchen Whitmer the ability to declare a state of emergency and keep the declaration in place without input from the GOP-controlled Legislature.The 1945 Emergency Powers of Governor Act gives one person, the governor, “endless ability to create law,” Hackel said in a Wednesday night interview. He said he was surprised there wasn’t more resistance to the Democratic governor’s use of the 75-yer-old law to declare emergencies, which give her the ability act unilaterally to shutter businesses or require masks be worn.
COVID-19 data on Michigan
nursing home deaths 8 replies
Lansing — The U.S. Department of Justice says it wants “COVID-19 data” from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as it examines executive orders during the pandemic that “may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents.” The Wednesday move escalates a long-brewing fight over policies implemented by some governors that aimed to treat some elderly individuals with the virus in nursing homes amid fears of hospitals being overrun.The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division is evaluating whether to launch investigations under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, which protects the rights of persons in state-run nursing homes, a press release said.
‘Seattle zone of lawlessness’ 7 replies
Detroit — Officers used force to prevent protesters from setting up a “Seattle zone of lawlessness” during demonstrations that turned violent Saturday, the city’s police chief said Monday. Detroit police chief James Craig made the comment while there are multiple internal investigations to determine whether any officers acted improperly during the skirmishes.”I am not going to let any group set up a Seattle zone of lawlessness here in the city of Detroit,” Craig said. “That is non-negotiable.”In Seattle, authorities allowed protesters to occupy several blocks for about two weeks until clearing the area in late June. There were at least two people killed and a sexual assault in the zone.
but Whitmer not planning
to remove State of Emergency 11 replies
Lansing, Mich. – Michigan remains at the coronavirus plateau Gov. Gretchen Whitmer described last week with new case counts around 500 to 600 per day. While Michigan’s coronavirus situation remains better than other states with stable daily increases, she has no plans to remove the State of Emergency that allows many of her orders aimed at preventing the illness from spreading. Whitmer said the State of Emergency may remain in place until a vaccine is approved and widely distributed in Michigan. But she pledged to watch coronavirus trends and she wouldn’t rule out removing the State of Emergency is illness levels plummet.
involving husband Matthew, rips NFL 6 replies
The Detroit Lions announced Tuesday that quarterback Matthew Stafford did not have COVID-19 after a false positive test last week.But that didn’t spare the family the fear of the disease, and in some cases, the isolation and ridicule from the public. Stafford’s wife, Kelly, posted a message on Instagram about an hour after the Lions cleared up their quarterback’s status.Kelly Stafford, who just gave birth to the couple’s fourth child last month, describes the last four days as “somewhat of a nightmare.”
directing COVID-19 patients
away from nursing homes 26 replies
Lansing — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed Friday a bill from the GOP-controlled Legislature that would have shifted elderly people with COVID-19 away from nursing homes and into entirely separate facilities. The bill was a direct challenge to the Whitmer administration’s current handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has focused on caring for those with the virus in isolated spaces of existing homes. In a letter explaining her veto, the Democratic governor said the bill, sponsored by Sen. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, was based on “the false premise that isolation units created within existing facilities are somehow insufficient to protect seniors.”
COVID-19 patients out of nursing homes 6 replies
The Michigan House approved Wednesday a bill that would direct elderly people with COVID-19 away from nursing homes and into designated care facilities, a challenge to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s nursing home order. If the Senate concurs on the bill, the legislation would be sent to Whitmer, where she is expected to veto it. The bill, which was approved by the House 74-34, bans nursing homes from admitting or retaining an individual starting Sept. 1 who tests positive for COVID-19 unless the person had recovered or unless a nursing home could provide care in a separate building. Seventeen Democrats joined Republicans in approving the bill.
to clarify Whitmer’s emergency powers 11 replies
A federal judge asked the Michigan Supreme Court Thursday to clarify whether Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has the authority to continue issuing or renewing executive orders under either of the two state laws that govern her emergency powers. The request came on the same day that Whitmer extended Michigan’s state of emergency through July 16. The judge’s order stems from a federal lawsuit by a Grand Rapids medical center filed against Whitmer’s order banning non-essential procedures, but the root questions raised by U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney closely mirror those argued by the Michigan Legislature.
of emergency through July 16 22 replies
Lansing — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan’s state of emergency Thursday through July 16. The declaration, which was set to expire Friday, allows the Democratic governor continued authority to issue the executive orders that have created the framework for the state’s coronavirus restricted activity in recent months. Whitmer’s response to the pandemic has so far included 122 executive orders.“The aggressive measures we took at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic have worked to flatten the curve, but there is still more to be done to prevent a second wave,” Whitmer said in a statement.
on armed black protesters 5 replies
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said this week she would agree with people who say that black men storming the Michigan Capitol, as demonstrators did last month, would likely have been killed. In response to her comment during an online interview, Republicans accused her of defaming law enforcement. In an interview posted Tuesday on The Root’s Instagram page, Terrell Jermaine Starr asked Whitmer, “How do you respond to people who say that if there were a group of black men who stormed the state Capitol that they would have been dead?” Whitmer replied, “I understand why people say that, and I don’t disagree.”
to ‘defund the police’ 20 replies
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday she supported the “spirit” of efforts to defund the police in the wake of George Floyd’s death last month at the hands of Minneapolis police, a statement that her office later clarified did not indicate support for eliminating funding for law enforcement. The conversation surrounding the “defund the police” movement is really about reprioritizing resources, the Democratic governor told The Root in a Tuesday interview broadcast on Instagram. “The spirit as you just articulated is really just about reprioritizing and rebuilding communities, not just policing,” Whitmer said.
to shut Owosso barbershop 8 replies
A Michigan judge denied the state of Michigan’s request to shut down an Owosso barbershop whose owner has openly defied the governor’s stay-home orders and continued to cut hair. During a hearing Thursday, Shiawassee County Circuit Judge Matthew Stewart refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Karl Manke. Stewart said while his decision was a “close call,” he could not grant the state’s request because officials failed to demonstrate that Manke was posing an imminent public health and safety threat by serving customers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Stewart said the threat the state alleges that Manke poses to public health and safety “must be actual and not theoretical.”