In 2018, Michigan placed a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana on the ballot. After Trump won the state of Michigan in a stunning election result, Democrats weren’t taking any chances with a critical election around the corner, they needed to ensure Michigan’s next governor, attorney general, and secretary state were all playing on the same team—the team against President Trump. The one ballot initiative that’s proven to bring leftists to the polls, the legalization of marijuana was added to the ballot, and like magic, Michigan now has an overreaching Democrat governor, a radical, activist attorney general who backs her up, and a far-left secretary of state, who’s busy finding creative ways for Michigan voters to skip coming to the polling place in November and drag out the results of the election in the critical swing state for at least 9 days after the election.
In a 2010 The Atlantic article, Joshua Green pushed the idea of adding the legalization of marijuana to the ballots in strategic states to help Democrats win elections.
Acting on a tip from an Obama official, I found a few Democratic consultants who have become convinced that ballot initiatives legalizing marijuana, like the one Californians will vote on in November, actually help Democrats in the same way that gay marriage bans were supposed to have helped Republicans. They are similarly popular, with medical marijuana having passed in 14 states (and the District of Columbia) where it has appeared on the ballot. In a recent poll, 56 percent of Californians said they favor the upcoming initiative to legalize and tax pot.
The idea that this helps Democrats is based on the demographic profile of who shows up to vote for marijuana initiatives–and wouldn’t show up otherwise. “If you look at who turns out to vote for marijuana,” says Jim Merlino, a consultant in Colorado, which passed initiatives in 2000 and 2006, “they’re generally under 35. And young people tend to vote Democratic.” This influx of new voters, he believes, helps Democrats up and down the ticket.
Thanks to the Chinese coronavirus, Michigan residents have been suffering the consequences of the 2018 election in ways that none of us could have imagined. With a radical, overreaching governor and attorney general ready to jump in and punish anyone who doesn’t support her draconian lockdown measures, Michigan business owners and residents who work for them were placed in a hopeless situation.
One business owner who made national news for defying Michigan Governor Whitmer’s draconian lockdown orders is 77-year-old barber Karl Manke, explaining that he was left with no choice but to defy her orders because he needed to feed his family.
On May 15, a circuit judge denied the state’s claim that the 77-year-old Karl Manke was to close his shop because he was allegedly in violation of Whitmer’s executive order to shut down all non-essential businesses amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
After the decision by the judge, Attorney General Nessel mocked the 77-year-old barber in an interview, telling the Fox Baltimore reporter that Manke is “not a hero,” adding, “He’s not a patriot.”
AG @dananessel says she doesn't plan on arresting Owosso Barber Karl Manke, but she does have a message for him and his supporters.
"He's not a hero. He's not a patriot."
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— Mikenzie Frost (@MikenzieFrost) May 13, 2020
Michigan Conservative Coalition’s Meshawn Maddock helped to organize a free haircutting event on the steps of the Michigan Capitol building to help bring awareness to the independent contractors who were suffering as a result of Whitmer’s draconian lockdown orders. Watch Meshawn Maddock, who is also a member of the Women For Trump national advisory board, explain how MI State Police gave criminal citations to hair stylists for participating in an outdoor haircutting event. The police officers were working under the direction of Democrat Attorney General Nessel.
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Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel gave the hairstylists $1,000 criminal citations for cutting hair at the event. The citations given to the hairstylists are the same citations given to a person caught in the act of prostitution in Michigan.
MLive reports that David Kallman, the attorney representing the hairstylists, found it “odd” that the state would “attempt to give the stylists criminal records” and “take away their livelihood” for cutting hair, which businesses have been allowed to do again statewide since June 15. He said state law allows hairstylists to cut hair during special events, such as the May 20 protest.
Kallman explained that the charges were made by Attorney General Dana Nessel, and not the local prosecutor. He also called out the riots that took place at the BLM protests that Governor Whitmer ignored and even took place in a public memorial for George Floyd with hundred of protesters during her lockdown.
On Friday, 100 Percent Fed Up reported that the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer did not, in fact, have the authority to shut the state down after April 30th. The Emergency Powers Act of 1945 was used by Whitmer to keep the state shut down but the Supreme Court has denounced the use of this act.
Whitmer has prolonged the shutdown for months causing the loss of many businesses in the state. The court said the law was an “unlawful delegation of legislative power to the executive branch in violation of the Michigan Constitution.”
Now, Whitmer’s radical AG Dana Nessel is being forced to back off her draconian law enforcement measures against citizens of Michigan who dared to defy the unconstitutional rulings of Democrat Governor Whitmer.
The Detroit News reports – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will no longer enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders on the coronavirus, effectively ending dozens of statewide edicts, after the Michigan Supreme Court two days earlier struck down the governor’s emergency powers.
Since the state’s chief law enforcement officer declined to keep enforcing the governor’s COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday, the Whitmer administration is now forced to pursue other ways to maintain public health restrictions after initially insisting the orders remained in effect pending a supposed 21-day legal reconsideration period.
Nessel’s office on Sunday made clear the department “will no longer enforce the governor’s executive orders through criminal prosecution.”
“However, her decision is not binding on other law enforcement agencies or state departments with independent enforcement authority,” said Ryan Jarvi, a spokesman for Nessel’s office.
Whitmer has argued she can use her state agencies to issue directives similar to the executive orders. How the COVID-19 directives would be enforced by local and state officials remains uncertain.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling raises several legal questions that we are still reviewing,” said Tiffany Brown, Whitmer’s spokeswoman. “While we are moving swiftly, this transition will take time.”