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Michigan Governor Extends Lockdown By Executive Order Despite Legislature Refusing To Extend Her Authority

Michigan Governor Extends Lockdown By Executive Order Despite Legislature Refusing To Extend Her Authority

Extends Emergency Order until May 28 after protests by citizens and rejection by legislature. Vindictive much?

In a series of executive orders, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the state of emergency through May 28, poising herself for a standoff with lawmakers.

According to Republican legislators, only the legislature has the power to extend a state of emergency while the governorship does not.

More from CBS:

Whitmer used one executive order to terminate Michigan’s current state of emergency, which was set to expire Thursday night, and cited two emergency powers laws, one from 1945 and another from 1976, as the legal basis for unilaterally extending the state of emergency. Whitmer indicated she will continually evaluate the need for both executive orders and will “terminate the states of emergency and disaster if the threat or danger has passed.”

The state of emergency gives Whitmer the authority to issue executive orders related to coronavirus, such as a stay-at-home order which is in effect until May 15. On Thursday night, Whitmer also signed an executive order keeping bars, gyms, casinos and theaters closed and only allowing restaurants to do delivery or takeout service through May 28.

GOP legislative leaders say the legislature has the authority to extend the state of emergency, not Whitmer, and declined to do so Thursday. Republicans have pushed back against some aspects of the stay-at-home order and urged Whitmer to restart parts of the state’s economy soon.

Republicans offered two, on-week extensions in exchange for an agreement that future extensions be approved by the legislature. Whitmer rejected the deal.

Lawmakers in both state houses passed resolutions “giving their leaders power to to take legal action against Whitmer over her coronavirus response,” reports CBS.

“Any attempt by Governor Whitmer to unilaterally extend the states of emergency and disaster past April 30, 2020, without legislative approval would be contrary to both law and Michigan’s constitutional system,” both resolutions say.

On the Senate floor Thursday night, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, a Republican, indicated a court battle would be coming.

“If she does not recognize the end of the emergency declaration, we have no other choice but to act for our constituents,” Shirkey said.

Whitmer’s office said in a press release that she intends to veto a bill passed by the Legislature on Thursday which would have codified some of her coronavirus executive orders until their expiration dates. The bill would not have extended the state of emergency and did not codify her stay at home order.


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CommoChief | May 1, 2020 at 1:11 pm

Gov Whitmer doesn’t seem to be auditioning for selection as Biden’s running mate. Unless there is a larger constituency of hectoring ‘karens’ voters than is recognized. IMO, most of the little tyrant ‘karens’ are simply loudly shrill not numerous.

This is even worse than what Gov Gruesom did by ordering all of the beaches but only in Orange County this weekend. Huntington Beach has announced challenging his order for lack of authority over that city at least. It is worse in Michigan where the legislature has itself has challenged Gov Whitner’s authority. Both are acting out of personal vindictiveness, to teach everyone a lesson.

I’d love to see Michiganners come out en masse to defy this order. Will she then call ALL citizens “brown-shirted Nazis”?

Recall her already!

Aren’t there means to remove a governor who thwarts their power, usurps powers not conferred?

I know there are lengthy processes, but there has to be a way to remove, forcefully if necessary, a governor from power that doesn’t take exceed;y long times. It seems this would be something anyone would consider, as the danger of having a power-mad politician who is unfettered by law and decency.

I wold like to see this happen in NY, I’d be right there throwing the rotten potatoes.

    gantzm in reply to oldgoat36. | May 1, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    The big issue is Michigan demographics. The urban and rural areas balance each other out, leaving nobody with a super majority. The legislature doesn’t have enough votes to override a veto. And the governor doesn’t have enough power to keep the rural areas from taking up pitchforks and arms.

    This could get real ugly soon.

      johnnycab23513 in reply to gantzm. | May 1, 2020 at 3:41 pm

      This the people expressed their will on a peaceful manner, despite being locked out of their capitol. I fear there will be more to come, with communist democrats trying to provoke violence. That would be a big mistake on their part!

    Tom Servo in reply to oldgoat36. | May 1, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    If they don’t have enough votes to override a veto, they certainly don’t have enough votes to impeach.s

    And remember that ALL of Michigan’s bureaucracy and judiciary is on her side.

      gantzm in reply to Tom Servo. | May 1, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      Hence why this could get ugly real soon. The metropolitan areas will praise Whitmer to the very end. The rural areas, nobody knows how far Whitmer can push until everything just snaps.

      OnPoint in reply to Tom Servo. | May 2, 2020 at 9:09 am

      I don’t know anything about Michigan law, but there might be a way to force a recall election. The hurdle for that is typically a few hundred thousand signatures. While the effort would be long to play out, the mere fact that such an effort was gaining steam and would destroy her future life in politics would probably be enough to make her rethink her motivations for doing this.

    gospace in reply to oldgoat36. | May 1, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Why yes, there is. Rope. Lampposts. Assembly. And a large enough group of fed up oppressed citizens tired of being treated as serfs and subjects. Are you ready to go that far?

Another Voice | May 1, 2020 at 1:58 pm

Gov. Whitmer is tone death to what her shared position with both houses of elected representatives. Currently have both have majorities of Republicans. Gov. Whitmer is by definition of the term “The Bellwether” for the Democrats and the next general presidential election. If, and I say IF, Biden were to be elected, he would be a lame duck sitting President attended by whoever the party selects to have in his Cabinet and the person the party puts on the ticket as his V.P. to preside in lieu of the full backing of the party to get him there. More reason then ever the Republicans take back the House and hold the Senate for day to day business and the Presidency to hold the Courts for judgeship nominations. PDJT has proven his ability to recognize and remove the areas of the over burdensome regulations from myraid number of government agencies. In PDJT’s case, he possesses more substance than form and that’s exactly what it will take to get our country back..involving the people from the bottom up without constriction of burdening them with more regressive top down”Whitmers”.

Frank Hammond | May 1, 2020 at 2:01 pm

The idiot RINO Governor of Ohio – Lyin Mike DeWine extended Ohio to the end of May for no reason other than he has unquestioned power.

    cktheman in reply to Frank Hammond. | May 1, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    What is being reported here about Ohio is not exactly correct.

    I am no fan of what my governor (and that insufferable Dr. Amy Acton) have done, but manufacturing and office are opening Monday (5/4) and retail on 5/12 as previously announced – this is unchanged.

    When the above were announced, there was no decision made on schools, hair care, restaurants (sans takeout), “entertainment” and assisted living/daycare at that – it is those which were given the formal 5/29 date.

      danvillemom in reply to cktheman. | May 1, 2020 at 5:55 pm

      AZ has the same guidance as OHIO but our small town is not waiting and the police have given up. The shops and dining establishments were forced to close during the busiest time of the year.

    cktheman in reply to Frank Hammond. | May 1, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    As a side note – I just did a drive around my town and there are a number of “non-essential” small businesses who are flouting the order and are opening….. GOOD.

Comanche Voter | May 1, 2020 at 2:07 pm

An evil harridan. A political Xanthippe (the wife who was so bad that Socrates was glad to drink the hemlock and just get it over with). The Queen of Mean. The nasty little girl who takes her ball and goes home so no one can play.

I could go on. But Michigan residents have got their troubles, and I’ve got mine–a governor appropriately nicknamed Gruesome Newsom who is all wee we’d up that folks went to the beach in Orange and Ventura Counties last weekend.

texansamurai | May 1, 2020 at 2:11 pm

is a citizen’s arrest lawful against an elected official should that official be in clear violation of the constitution/their oath of office?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to texansamurai. | May 1, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Only if you pump them full of amnesiac and truth serum at the same time and then video record their concessions.

    Tom Servo in reply to texansamurai. | May 1, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    not unless you’re carrying enough weaponry to outgun her bodyguards. And all of the state police who will be after you.

      henrybowman in reply to Tom Servo. | May 1, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      You know — all those State Police that the Right has been assuring us will “honor their oaths and disobey unconstitutional orders” when the hammer falls.

If it’s a power struggle of governor vs. ligislature, this is a good move. These execitive orders are due to expire long before the legislature will be able to galvanize into real action (i.e., not including noise like “resolutions”), get off its institutional ass, and do something useful. So basically she can’t lose this one.

Whitmer is still living in the “people will not use extralegal means to enforce their will” bubble. That is rapidly coming to and end, in this country. This is a prime example of why that is happening, tyrannical executives.

The people of Michigan went to their legislators and said that they wanted the lockdown lifted. The legislature responded by granting them that request. Now the Governor ignores that and unilaterally extends the lockdown. This leaves the populace only two choices; accept that or remove the governor. The big question is, if the populace decides to remove the governor, will they use legal or extralegal means. So, is everyone ready for the Second US Civil War?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Mac45. | May 1, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Plus the citizens can just start reopening everything simultaneously on their own.

    No way Gretchen has enough enforcement to control all that.

      As I noted above I am seeing it in my neck of the woods in Ohio. Retail is still ordered shut for 12 more days, but I saw several open today…. While a few things like vets, etc… were slated to open today (the local vet parking lot was packed).

      People have had enough.

      The legislature should advise Mayors and Sheriffs that they have no obligation to enforce this illegal and unconstitutional order. In that case much of the state will reopen. I don’t know about the judicial process but if a court were to act in concert so much the better.

    DanJ1 in reply to Mac45. | May 1, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Problem is that her power base are one party urban centers that have no ability to think for themselves. Combine that with the fact that for a number of reasons, these same people are disproportionately afflicted with the worst of the virus (85% to 15% by my calculation) so they do need to be locked down. Whitmer has to throw a blanket over the whole state in order to preserve her voting base and avoid being labeled a racist.

    drednicolson in reply to Mac45. | May 1, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    We’ve been in a civil cold war for at least a decade.

    Things could heat up and finally boil over soon.

She has gone mad. This is ridiculous. Any normal politician would be rolling out a plan…instead she thinks people appreciate her attempt at tyranny. Just like Newsome, the idiot from Nevada, Cuomo, the dullard from North Carolina.

    tom_swift in reply to puhiawa. | May 1, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    It’s not mad at all. She’s following Dem SOP—never let a good crisis go to waste.

    The powers she arbitrarily grabs for the government will outlast the immediate medical problem; future legislatures trying to take them back will, at best, “compromise”, and American institutional totalitarianism will make progress. Even baby steps will eventually get them to their goal, the Mussolinian ideal of “Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.” Liberal nirvanna and Orwellian nightmare. It’s not madness, it’s all-consuming idealism.

    As Winston Churchill might say, “Never vote Democrat. Never vote Democrat. Never, never, never, never—for no office, great or small, large or petty—never vote Democrat.

      buckeyeminuteman in reply to tom_swift. | May 1, 2020 at 11:50 pm

      So when you’ve got someone like John Boehner, Susan Collins or Mike DeWine on the ballot, are you sure you don’t vote Democrat? At least you would know what you are in for…

The moment of revolution is getting nearer.

This may be a real test of just how far the left can push the country into its ideal totalitarian model.

Gretchen is a perfect name for her.
She would have risen high in the Reich

Meanwhile Cuomo has decided that the NYC subways will close every night from 1 to 5, so the whole system can be cleaned. With traffic basically down to essential workers and bums, they estimate that there are only about 12K riders during those hours, so they’ll just provide alternative transport for them, including free taxis if they can prove they need to travel during those hours to get to or from an essential job.

PS: De Blasio has no control over the subways.

Too bad Louise Fletcher can’t play her in the movie

henrybowman | May 1, 2020 at 7:27 pm

All those still dreaming that when TSHTF various badgeholders will “honor their oaths over unconstitutional orders” — watch the various Michigan law enforcement establishments, as well as their National Guard, very closely. Or watch paint dry, equaly rewarding.

Vladtheimp | May 1, 2020 at 7:54 pm

American Hospital Association March 15, 2020

It is imperative to note that “elective” simply means a procedure is scheduled rather than a response to an emergency. For example, “elective” surgeries could include replacement of a faulty heart valve, removal of a serious cancerous tumor, or a pediatric hernia repair. Often, if these types of procedures are delayed or canceled, the person’s condition gets rapidly worse and can even be life threatening. This is particularly true with children who are all in an active phase of their life growth and development. The resulting decline in their health could make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

A blanket directive to cancel elective and non-urgent procedures usurps the proper role of the physicians caring for patients and their families, collaborating closely with the hospital, to determine what is in the patient’s best interests.

In Michigan, under Gauleiter Whitmer, all scheduled medical procedures have been outlawed so hospitals aren’t overwhelmed by the Chi-Com Virus, even in hospitals and facilities that:

Have Zero (0) Covid19 deaths – 24 counties

Have One (1) Covid19 death – 14 counties

Have 2-49 Covid19 deaths – 49 counties

Have more than 100 Covid19 deaths – 4 counties

So the taxpayers, non-taxpayers, illegal invaders of all but 4 counties of Michigan have been shut out of potentially life saving surgeries and procedures based on the problems of Detroit and its suburbs. Can any rational person of any political persuasion justify this? Any Medical Association? Any physician?

    Class/economic warfare. Blows my mind that Walmart, Homedepot, other large chain stores can sell the same stuff that main-street specialty shops sell that were shut down as non-essential. Can’t buy clothes from the boutique store down town? Buy clothes at Walmart. Or online. So how about the big businesses paying stimulus to the small specialty shops that were forced to close? What? That sounds like wealth distribution? Small downtown specialty shops maintained better social distancing than the big chain box stores did … but at least the gov’t did something to “make it better”, even if it didn’t. Preening dip-tards.

    Another Voice in reply to Vladtheimp. | May 1, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    “Often, if these types of procedures are delayed or canceled, the person’s condition gets rapidly worse and can even be life threatening. This is particularly true with children who are all in an active phase of their life growth and development. The resulting decline in their health could make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.”
    I realize only now how fortunate I was to have dodged a bullet in requiring an early intervention surgery. Diagnosed with a Breast Tumor Mid-December with an immediate Biopsy, I had a very successful surgery to remove it 3 weeks later. In that 3 weeks the tumor grew by 1 ct/meter. Had this not happened in Early January with follow up radiation in February, it scares me to think of where would I be if then was NOW and if I would have had such a positive outcome if treatment was delayed with the rate the tumor was growing.

Next up will be a tax increase because, well tax revenues declined and to lay off state workers means one of her major voter bases might leave the plantation.
The repub houses told her early on in her term to go soak her head in a bucket when she wanted a 45 cent gas tax increase to fix the damn roads.
Problem was she denied (lied like a democrat in realspeak) she wanted to raise the tax in the debate against the repub.

This is one sick broad.

Careful, America.

It’s rakes, pitchforks and torches time. Take back our power now while there is still time, or lose it forever.