Wisconsin has been garnering a great deal of attention over their attempt to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker. But Walker isn’t the only governor that his own constituents want to get rid of even before his term ends. Michigan wants to get rid of their governor, too.
Governor Rick Snyder managed to evade an earlier attempt at a recall as opponents weren’t able to gather enough signatures to force a new election. But now for a second time petitions are circling, and anti-Snyder forces are hoping for success.
Marty Townsend, public chair of Michigan Rising, the group heading the effort, told the Detroit Free Press, “We are trying to recall Gov. Snyder again because you must chop the head off the beast and slay the dragon before you start rebuilding the village…If you try to rebuild the village while the dragon is still around, he will just burn the village to the ground again.”
The group will need to gather approximately 800,000 valid signatures from registered voters in order to launch a recall election, an task that will likely require more than 1 million signatures to ensure enough valid signatures are contained and that there are no repeats, non-registered voters or other problems.
Since Snyder has been elected, he has initiated a controversial plan to “rebuild” various localities by replacing local government officials with “emergency managers.” These managers, who make large salaries and appear to represent corporate interests, have been declared by many to be a form of “martial law” in the state of Michigan. These emergency manager rulings are slowly being overturned by the courts, who are returning power to the elected local government officials.
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