Deep Dive: What to know about ‘Secure MI Vote’ petition drive
Despite several reports from government and election officials finding no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, Republican lawmakers and some voters are pushing for tighter voting laws across the U.S. -- including here in Michigan.
$2,000 monthly stimulus petition adds more signatures, now tops 2.7M
The popular Change.org petition calling for $2,000 monthly stimulus checks for Americans continues to add signatures and gain support, but not with the people who can make it happen. The petition -- which calls for $2,000 monthly checks to be sent to adults in the U.S. and $1,000 for children -- recently surpassed the 2.7 million signature mark, having added more than 200,000 signatures in just over three weeks. She suggested the government issue monthly payments until the pandemic was over and businesses were able to stand on their own again. Despite the government issuing three rounds of stimulus checks and expanding the Child Tax Credit while also allowing parents to receive part of the credit in advanced payments, Bonin has argued that monthly stimulus checks are truly needed to keep Americans on their feet. You could still be eligible for new ‘plus-up’ payment‘Plus-up’ stimulus payments may not be worth as much as you expect, here’s whyWaiting for your tax refund?mlive.com
Stimulus check petition seeking $2,000 monthly payments hits 2.5M signatures
Although there appears to be little traction in Washington on the next round of potential stimulus checks, a petition that’s made national headlines continues to add signatures at a high rate. A petition on Change.org calling for $2,000 monthly checks to be sent to adults in the U.S. and $1,000 for children now has 2.5 million signatures. READ MORE:How to make sure your Child Tax Credit payment hits the right bank accountDon’t want the new advanced Child Tax Credit payments? There’s a deadline to unenrollChild Tax Credit payment schedule released as IRS sends letters to 36 million familiesAlready have your third stimulus check? You could still be eligible for new ‘plus-up’ payment‘Plus-up’ stimulus payments may not be worth as much as you expect, here’s whyWaiting for your tax refund?mlive.com
Hundreds of physicians, psychologists call for Ann Arbor Public Schools to reopen
ANN ARBOR – More than 350 local physicians and psychologists have signed an open letter and petition to the Ann Arbor Board of Education and Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift, urging them to reopen schools for students who choose to learn in-person by Gov. “The scientific, health and psychological consensus is clear: It is possible for children and teachers to safely return to school with proper mitigation measures. Ad“My own experience of seeing the devastation caused by school closure among Ann Arbor’s children has been eye-opening and heartbreaking. “It’s time for Ann Arbor to make the rational decision to allow students and families a choice of in-person schooling. AAPS students deserve better.”This is the third letter that Ann Arbor healthcare providers has sent to AAPS and coincides with efforts by parents to reopen the schools due to negative impacts their children are facing during the closures.
Group aims to recall Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
DETROIT – There is a group of people who believe Detroit needs better leadership and they are not willing to wait until the next election. On Monday, a group including several of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s foes submitted a petition to recall him. The petition has been filed to recall the mayor by a Detroit resident who claims he actually voted for Duggan in 2017. The mayor believes the group is simply against Proposal N that would increase vacant home demolition funding. “They have been angry since the results came in in 2017 and this is the third time they’ve announced a recall petition,” said Duggan.
Michigan AG to probe ‘Unlock Michigan’ ballot drive to limit Whitmer’s emergency powers
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is opening an investigation into the group Unlock Michigan’s ballot drive to limit Whitmer’s emergency powers. There are allegations that members associated with the group may have engaged in criminal activity while collecting petition signatures to repeal state law. Unlock Michigan is trying to repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act. READ: Michigan group surpasses signatures needed for petition against Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powersNessel said her office has received complaints from residents who reported that they were deceived by petition circulators who were gathering signatures to support Unlock Michigan.
Michigan group surpasses signatures needed for petition against Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powers
Gretchen Whitmer of some of her emergency powers hit a major milestone after surpassing the number of signatures needed. The petition is from Unlock Michigan, who said it reached 400,000 signatures over the weekend. No one individual should have unilateral authority over all thing,” said Unlock Michigan State Co-Chair Ron Armstrong. According to the National Governor’s Association, 56 U.S. states and territories have active emergency orders right now. The official deadline for this specific kind of legislative initiative is in January although Unlock Michigan thinks without hurdles, the wait time could be 75 days.
Group tops 400K signatures to repeal Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s virus powers
Gretchen Whitmer, faced with lawsuits challenging her use of emergency powers to fight the coronavirus, could continue to prevail in court. If at least 340,000 signatures are deemed valid by the state elections board, the GOP-controlled Legislature would likely repeal the 1945 law rather than let it go to a 2022 public vote. A 1976 law, which requires legislative approval to extend a state of emergency, would remain intact. He urged people to consider if they would be OK with 2018 gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette or President Donald Trump, both Republicans, wielding emergency powers permanently with no need to consult lawmakers. If the 1945 law is rescinded, Whitmer's ability to reimpose restrictions would be subject to legislative negotiation.
Oakland University to require residents to wear ‘BioButton,’ to track health; students launch petition
Oakland University will require residents to wear a “BioButton” in residence halls when students return to campus this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. “In order to lower the risk of virus outbreaks on campus a BioButton screening tool is being used. A group of Oakland University students have launched a petition against the policy, citing an intrusion of privacy and data. The university is also advising the BioButton to be worn by faculty, staff, and students who will be on campus regularly. Related: A look at how Oakland University is preparing campus for fall return amid pandemicWhat do you think about this idea?
Petition started to remove Bedford school board member Todd Bruning
BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A petition and a Facebook group has been started with the goal of recalling Todd Bruning from his position with the Bedford Township School Board. Section 1107 of the Revised School Code states that the Governor may remove a school board member. There is nothing in the law that provides procedures for a school board itself, or any employee of the school board, to remove a board member. Bedford Public School Board members only speak on behalf of the District through formal action at public School Board meetings. The Bedford Public Schools Board of Education does not endorse any statements made by individual Board Members."
Service industry workers petition to extend closures in Washtenaw County over public health concerns
Everyone was feeling very nervous about reopening and afraid for their safety, said Van Wassehnova. As a result, the group launched a petition on Friday to present to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners calling for the closure of dine-in service until the pandemic no longer presents a threat to public health. As of Tuesday morning, the petition had 700 signatures and the group is confident the petition will reach its goal of 1,000 signatures soon. However, for other service workers in the area, this is not the case. There are essential businesses out there that should stay open but people definitely dont need to sit down and have a beer or dinner during a pandemic, said Van Wassehnova.
Petition started to remove Monroe statue of General Custer
MONROE, Mich. Dozens of people are saying its beyond time for the statue of Civil War commander General Armstrong Custer in Monroe to finally come down. All of us feel like if this is up then we have no justice, we have no peace at all, honestly. Like, why is this up, praising this guy when we have no justice for our colors, said one Monroe woman. Everybody deserves Justice. Everybody deserves peace.