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How to turn the ballot into a clusterfuck in three easy steps

by: Eric B.

Tue May 06, 2014 at 14:00:00 PM EDT

This is really a God damned disgrace.

LANSING — A second ballot proposal to try and stop the hunt of gray wolves in the Upper Peninsula was deemed to have enough valid signatures on Tuesday and will appear on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

The proposal, which will repeal a law passed by the legislature in 2012 had 182,732 valid signatures, exceeding the required 161,305 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

I'm generally against killing animals for fun, which is what this is, and that goes especially of scarce animals that fill a critical ecological role (i.e. top-tier predators like wolves), but this is also a story of terrible self-governance. There is no good reason why this issue should appear on the ballot two or three times in one year, let alone at all. There should be a single, straightforward vote, since it's pretty clear that what the Legislature did and what the electorate wanted them to do are very different things.

We can't have that, and it's for no better reason that arrogance and selfishness. The arrogance within the Legislature that it alone is the sole repository, despite all evidence, of competence and authority (from whence it draws the nickname "our ongoing experiment in the Dunning-Kruger effect"), and the selfishness of the gunsgunsguns crowd who believe that they alone should have a say in how the public's property -- it's wildlife -- should be managed.

Because of that, when it comes to killing wolves purely for fun, our November ballot is going to be confusing and outside the best practices of democracy.

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It could get worse
Instead of putting a pro-hunting proposal on the ballot, the legislature could approve it themselves, just like they did for the abortion rider measure.  That would make the second ballot proposal moot, too.  I wouldn't put it past them.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

and then
We could get a third anti wolf hunt measure, right?, right?

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M-Live notes that the measure includes an appropriation, which would make it immune from referendums to repeal it.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

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Also, petition language approved for ballot access
Examiner.com: Michigan's Board of State Canvassers approves second wolf hunting ban proposal
The board also approved the language of a petition submitted by DaNetta Simpson to create a new party, the Independent Non-Affiliation Party of Michigan.

MLive reports that  Simpson has until July 17 to collect 32,261 signatures from registered voters to get the party on the ballot this November, including at least 100 signatures each from seven of Michigan's 14 congressional districts.

If successful, the Independent Non-Affiliation Party would join the Libertarians, Greens, U.S. Taxpayers Party, and Natural Law Party as minor parties with ballot access in Michigan.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

to create a new party, the Independent Non-Affiliation Party of Michigan

Also known as the most ironically named organization of affiliated persons ever.

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...they have to distinguish themselves from the Dependent Affiliated Party of Michigan.

"I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." -- Harry S Truman

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Not to be confused with the Co-Dependent Affiliated Party of Michigan

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.

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All of the potential proposals
Here's a link to a pdf from the state Board of Canvassers showing all of the pending proposals to date and their status.

From what you've heard, Thomas
...is there any chance that any of them besides Raise Michigan might make the ballot?

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

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The ballot
Beyond wolf hunting and minimum wage, none of the other committees have the resources necessary to make it to the ballot.

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That's what I figured
...espiecially since some of them are constitutional amendments and need ~322,000 signatures.

By the way, the "part-time legislature" thing seems to get re-submitted to the Bureau of Elections every two years - and goes nowhere.

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

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