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Michigan Gov. Whitmer extends coronavirus state of emergency declaration another month, takes swipe at GOP

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended Michigan’s state of emergency and disaster declaration through May 28, hours before it was set to expire and after hundreds of protesters, some of whom were armed, gathered in the state Capitol building to voice their displeasure with the Democratic governor.

Whitmer also took shots at the Republican-controlled legislature for refusing to extend the order earlier in the day.

“By refusing to extend the emergency and disaster declaration, Republican lawmakers are putting their heads in the sand and putting more lives and livelihoods at risk,” she said in a statement. “I’m not going to let that happen.”

The emergency declaration gives Whitmer additional powers to issue executive orders during an emergency. She claimed she had the emergency authority regardless of what state lawmakers did.

In a rejection of the governor, the state House and Senate adopted resolutions Thursday to legally challenge her authority and also approved a bill to allow some of her mandates but not her stay-at-home order, which expires May 16.

No lawsuit had been filed as of Thursday night, MLive reported.

Whitmer said she planned to veto the bill and won’t sign any bills that “that constrain her ability to protect the people of Michigan from this deadly virus in a timely manner,” her office said, according to The Detroit News.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of demonstrators, some armed with rifles, descended on the state Capitol building in Lansing to voice frustration over the stay-at-home order, which mandates temporary business closures and that residents remain home.

Many made it inside the building and stood shoulder-to-shoulder, calling for a return to normal daily life. Opponents accuse Whitmer of overstepping her authority by prohibiting sales of items like garden supplies and banning most travel between homes and certain activities.

An earlier rally on April 15 called “Operation Gridlock” drew thousands outside the Capitol building, in addition to another gathering outside Whitmer’s home. Similar demonstrations have occurred nationwide as many Americans remain concerned about their livelihoods.

The Michigan Court of Claims sided with the governor Wednesday, denying a motion for a preliminary injunction to the order. The court ruled that the stay-at-home order doesn’t violate residents’ constitutional rights.

Michigan recorded 41,379 COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, including 3,789 deaths, according to the state website.

In her declaration announcement, Whitmer said scientific data shows the state is not ready to resume normal operations.

“It defies common sense and science,” she said during a virtual town hall Thursday night. “We are still in a state of emergency. We have to take this seriously. If we are smart, we can start to reengage safely.”

9 Comments

  1. Gramma

    May 1, 2020 at 5:48 am

    These Dem governors are marching in step to orders from HQuarters—follow the money. Janet Mills did the same in Maine. Extending shelter in place every two weeks makes sheeple feel ok about the order, but not those with common sense.

  2. Gail

    May 1, 2020 at 7:31 am

    Best solution? Vote adolfia whitmer out of office asap. I had no idea that people in Michigan were so ignorant as to have voted her in!!

    • Fed up!

      May 1, 2020 at 8:36 am

      The Nazi just doesn’t get it in Michigan. She just put a nail in her Political coffin. To bad someone doesn’t give her dirt nap. Sure would save some oxygen. Just a opinion 😉😉

    • Fed up!

      May 1, 2020 at 8:47 am

      You got of wonder as to why people vote these idiots in office and they do it over and over. Piglosi, Maxipad, Pencil Neck, Romney etc
      President a truly good person, but he made a very serious mistake, listening to those two Nazi Doctors and their model, shuttling down our economy. He needs to step up amit that this should of been handle State by State, City by City. You don’t punish everyone for a crime small Gang committed.

  3. Gretchen Smith

    May 1, 2020 at 8:24 am

    She is a typical dictator of the worst kind, a libtard demorat socialist. She is now showing contempt for Michigan people and should be unelected if the Michigan voters wise up.

  4. Todd

    May 1, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Typical commies dont give a shit about America or her people. It’s all about their hate for trump and their endless need for money and power of which they cant be trusted with either. Since becoming the commie party I believe they have gotten even worse. Its obvious they hate America and would have no problem giving to illegals prior to America s citizens. They should all be tried for their treasonous behavior.

  5. Tony

    May 1, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Dems are attempting to prevent or delay a re-opening of the US economy to keep Trump from having enough time to get our nation back to work before the November election.

    Dems know full well that Trump fulfilled his promise to Make America Great Again – across the board, in every state and region, Blacks and Hispanics included, America was back! Stronger than ever, respected again and with a booming economy, the lowest unemployment, higher wages, and more opportunities, personal and professional, for all our citizens. Under Trump’s inspired leadership we were again the envy of the world.

    Then came the Chinese virus. It slammed the door on America’s progress cold.

    Dems know that the Administration of Creepy Joe and the Magic Negro has been exposed for the long ugly discouraging nightmare it so obviously was. Compared to Trump’s glittering America First agenda, Barack and Biden’s time at the helm seems like endless quibbling over pro-nouns, letting boys into girls restrooms, creating the ISIS terrorist group by collecting and shipping Gaddafi’s arms to them from Benghazi, refusing to rescue our fighting men under deadly assault, and sending plane loads of cold cash to the Iranian terrorist regime, corrupting the institutions of government (IRS, State Department, FBI, CIA, DOJ, FISA Court, etc.) to attack domestic political opponents, undermine a presidential election and conspire against a sitting president and his appointed office holders, all this and so much much more.

    Given Biden’s failure as VP, his blatant corruption in Ukraine and China, his obsessive lying, his mistreatment of women, and his obviously advancing senility there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell that America’s voters will elect him to the Presidency. Dems know that too, but they’re caught on the horns of a most peculiar political dilemma: Creepy Joe can’t beat Trump, but he’s already accumulated the lion’s share of delegates to the Dem’s nominating convention.

    Hillary is waiting in the wings to snatch the nod from Biden, but she’s damaged goods. She’s not only lost to Trump once already, but she’s got more baggage than a FED-X 747.

    NY Governor Cuomo won’t be able to play Rescue Ranger either. Although he was looking pretty good on TV giving his daily COVID-19 updates right up to the point it was revealed Cuomo ordered individuals already confirmed to be actively infected with the deadly virus to be adnitted into nursing homes which were filled with highly vulnerable elderly individuals nearly all with significant co-morbid conditions. Needless to emphasize they died in droves, and just as needless to lay their deaths at Governor Cuomo’s criminal gross negligence.

    So, what are the Dems to do? They spent 3 years trying Russia, Russia, Russia; Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine; Impeachment, Impeachment, Impeachment and all fell flat, wrecked on the solid rocks of Trump’s protective economic bulwark and exposed as nothing but evil corrupt conspiracies conjured up by a bitch’s brew of desperate Dem political criminals in cahoots with establishment media propagandists, all attempting to save their collective filthy hides from public rebuke and righteous official prosecution.

    Dems are stuck tight, hoisted on the own petards with no good options, they can’t run and they can’t hide. Like B’rer Rabbit they arrogantly punched Trump’s Tar Baby and now can’t loose themselves from the consequences. Grasping for the one last straw – betrayal of the American people – is the Dems last resort. Like the man condemned to hang by the neck till dead, as he mounts the gallows his last hope, after the final stair step holds, is that the rope will break and he’ll fall free.

    Dems hope that by keeping Americans in lockdown they’ll be able to blame Trump and somehow convince voters to put the Jackass Party with senile old Creepy Joe and (pick your favorite crazy hag for 2nd banana) in the White House so we can get back to the really important business of identifying politically correct pro-nouns, grabbing guns, boycotting Israel, believing (some) women and kowtowing to our Chinese overlords.

  6. sally

    May 1, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    have you noticed the more liberal the governor the more corona virus cases in his or her state

  7. Mary Geiger

    May 1, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    It’s estimated that 20 percent
    Trusted Source
    of people with COVID-19 will need to be hospitalized for treatment. A smaller percentage of this group will need mechanical ventilation.
    SARS cases were more severe, in general. It’s estimated that 20 to 30 percent
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    of people with SARS required mechanical ventilation.
    Estimates of the mortality rate of COVID-19 vary greatly depending on factors like location and the characteristics of a population. Generally speaking, mortality rates for COVID-19 have been estimated to range between 0.25 and 3 percent.
    SARS is much more deadly than COVID-19. The estimated mortality rate is about 10 percent
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    https://www.healthline.com/health/coronavirus-vs-sars#severity

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