(Tea Party PAC) – Michigan’s tyrant governor, Gretchen Whitmer, has really been making the most of her newfound power as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Since the beginning of March, Whitmer has made it her job to excessively oppress the people of Michigan all in the name of public health safety.
Just a quick review of the facts: there are almost 10 million people residing in the state of Michigan, of those almost 10 million, around 52,350 people have contracted the virus. Whitmer is keeping the entire state on lockdown with strict stay-at-home orders, devastating the state’s economy, ruining resident’s livelihoods, and running small businesses into the ground, for a virus that has infected .5% of the state’s population.
Now, a Michigan Court of Claims judge has ruled in her favor allowing her authoritarian tyranny to continue on, unchecked, at least for now.
As Lansing City Pulse reports:
A Michigan Court of Claims judge handed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer a small legal victory this afternoon, holding both the Emergency Management Act and Emergency Powers of Governor Act “confer broad authority” to enact executive orders, reports MIRS News.
Today’s ruling reportedly rejected Michigan United for Liberty’s request for a preliminary injunction that could’ve invalidated Whitmer’s executive orders, including the sweeping stay-at-home order and closure of nonessential businesses across most of the state.
“History will determine whether the governor is judiciously exercising this authority in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to an order from Court of Claims Judge Michael J. Kelly.
While today’s decision doesn’t close that case, it arrived as Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature continues to push forward with another lawsuit — in the same state courtroom — that challenges Whitmer’s emergency authorities during the coronavirus pandemic.
Oral arguments in that litigation began last week. A ruling could arrive sometime this week, though the case is destined for an appeal and further litigation at the state’s Supreme Court.
“This is good news for our families, our health care workers, and everyone serving on the front lines of this crisis,” Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown said in response to the ruling.
“The governor will continue to use every tool at her disposal to save lives and lower the chance of a second wave of COVID-19.”
This isn’t the end of Whitmer’s legal battles, however, as the Republican-led legislature has also sued Whitmer in the Court of Claims making a separate argument that Whitmer did not have the authority to extend her state of emergency order. Which, with only .5% of the entire population infected it sure doesn’t seem like an extended state of emergency was justified.
9 and 10 News reports:
The issue is there are two laws on the books that are clashing: One says she needs legislative approval to enforce executive orders, and another that says she does not.
In the hearing the judge asked the Legislature lawyer if there is a second wave of COVID-19 in the fall, would the governor be able to issue another emergency declaration without approval.
The Legislature attorney said a 1945 Emergency Powers Act was for local emergencies, not statewide ones.
A ruling in that case, by a different judge, is expected at any minute and we can only hope that judge sees things more clearly and reasonably than the judge from the previous case.
Whitmer is completely out of control and Michiganders deserve some relief from her unconstitutional, overreaching abuse of power.