In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Judicial Showdown This Week
Judicial Showdown This Week Pull up a comfy chair. This will be fun to watch. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is fixin to nip in the bud the much-publicized phantom effort by organized labor to "hijack" the state constitution as one chamber honcho puts it. The Chamber will ask the state appellate court this week to kill the so-called Reform Michigan Government Now petition drive even before they count petition signatures that the RMGN filed to put the question on the November ballot. Bob LaBrant claims the attempt to rewrite the constitution is itself unconstitutional. His side will tell the three-judge panel that it is perfectly legal to rec onstruction an amendment to state law, but if you want to rewrite more than one segment, you need a constitutional convention. Clearly this RMGN beast goes beyond one section…way beyond. The case seems opened and closed, cut and dry, and call in the next case airtight. But pause for just a second. Is it conceivable that the backers of this thing sat in a room, drafted a nine page proposal, spent over a million smackers to collect signatures, but yet filed to grasp the obvious that it was illegal? Put another way, it would be like spending $100,000 on your kid's higher education knowing that they only have the intelligence to be a capitol reporter. Why bother? Which is the question we ponder here on the eve of this judicial challenge.
Was there a hidden political agenda? Did organized labor have nothing better to do with the million bucks? Or do they honest to goodness believe this wholesale rewrite of state law is legal? Bring some snacks along with the comfy chair; this may take some time to sort out.