MichMash: Unorthodox recall petitions filed against state lawmakers

Michigan Advance’s Jon King discusses the recent recall petitions against eight Michigan lawmakers.  

A person signs a petition for a ballot proposal on a clipboard.

The executive director of Voters Not Politicians, Jamie Lyons-Eddy, is calling the recall petitions against eight Michigan lawmakers anti-democratic. Jon King from the Michigan Advance sits down with MichMash host Cheyna Roth to uncover the reasoning behind the recall petitions.

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In this episode:

  • These reason behind the recall petitions against six Democrats and two Republicans.
  • Meshawn Maddock’s anti-trans tweet towards children.
  • Grand Rapids ordinances targeting unhoused people.

The unorthodox recall petitions have been called against six Democrats and two Republicans.

“They didn’t all come in the same wave,” King explains. “Six of them came initially and then two more were added on.”

The recall petitions are over two issues: expansion of the state’s hate crime law and expansion on gun control measures. King adds there was also an “oddball” issue that was the reason for the petitions — a concern for Joe Tate to be the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The eight petitions were essentially targeted for votes that the lawmakers had made, nothing more.

In regards to the people who submitted these petitions, King says it is a mixed bag of people from the right wing of the Republican Party who have not accepted the status quo.

“There are different people — they are not big names,” King says. “What we end up having is some rank and file members. For instance, the petitions against Jennifer Conlin, Democrat from Ann Arbor, was (sic) filed by Linda Ensley of Brighton. She is active in the party in terms of she has held some various positions in the county party, but no major titles. It’s the same thing with all the individuals — no one really stands out.”

As reported by the Detroit Free Press, the Board of State Canvassers rejected seven of the eight recall petitions on Tuesday. The lone petition approved was against Rep. Cam Cavitt (R-Cheboygan) for his vote on the election of the Michigan House Speaker.

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  • Hernz Laguerre
    Hernz Laguerre Jr. is a Multimedia Journalist at 101.9 WDET. He is one of the co-host for "Detroit Evening Report," one of the weekend anchors for "Weekend Edition," the producer for our political podcast, "MichMash," and reports on arts, culture and politics.