Michigan House Republicans Plan Gretchen Whitmer Impeachment

Written by Martin Walsh

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Several Republican members of the Michigan House of Representatives are proposing articles of impeachment against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

GOP State Rep. Matt Maddock announced via Parler that he is joining with Republican Reps. Daire Rendon, Beau LaFave, Ryan Berman, and Shane Hernandez on the effort.

He said incoming GOP legislators Ken Borton and Steve Carra are supportive, as well.

Republican State Sens. Dan Lauwers and Lana Theis are also backing impeachment, Maddock said.

Maddock posted a list of reasons for why he believed Whitmer should be impeached:

  • Ignored court orders.
  • Violated our Constitutional rights.
  • Completely ignored due process and the legislature.
  • Weaponized contact tracing databases to aid democrat campaigns.
  • Using our kids as political pawns and denied special needs students who depend on the services that occur during in-person classes. Caused the unnecessary death of thousands of our vulnerable elderly who died alone and scared in nursing homes.

In Michigan, the House of Representatives initiates impeachment and a majority vote is required.

In the next legislative session, Republicans will have a 58-52 majority, according to Mlive.

Three representatives would be appointed to prosecute the impeachment case in the Senate. Two-thirds of senators must vote to convict the governor in order for her to be removed.

Republicans hold a 22-16 majority in that chamber, Ballotpedia reported, so at least 3 Democrats would need to vote affirmatively for removal.

On Sunday, Whitmer issued a string of new coronavirus-related orders and dubbed the actions a three-week “pause.”

Effective Wednesday, Whitmer shuttered in-person learning for high schoolers, arguing that the population has the most contact with their peers.

Amateur organized sports, including the current high school playoff seasons, are also “paused.”

The order also bans indoor dining at restaurants and bars.

Theaters, movie theaters, stadiums, arenas, bowling centers, ice skating rinks, indoor water parks, bingo halls, casinos, and arcades also must close.

Group fitness classes have been suspended.

Whitmer will allow schools up to the eighth grade and child care centers to stay open, along with outdoor dining, takeout, hair salons, parks, health care facilities, and manufacturing businesses.

“In the spring, we listened to public health experts, stomped the curve, and saved thousands of lives together,” she said in a statement.

Whitmer asserted “there are thousands of cases a day and hundreds of deaths a week in Michigan, and the number is growing.”

In early October, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that Whitmer lacked the authority to extend or declare states of emergency in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whitmer issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in March and expanded it via another executive order in April.

The Republican-controlled legislature passed a resolution to extend the state of emergency, but only until April 30.

Whitmer issued many more draconian orders related to the pandemic after that.

Whitmer cited two state laws — the Emergency Management Act of 1976 and the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act from 1945 — as granting her the authority to continue the emergency orders past April 30.

But the state Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that Whitmer’s actions were unconstitutional.

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