Feb 7, 2008

Recall against Donigan derailed

An Oakland County Circuit Court Judge ruled Wednesday that the recall petition language against Rep. Marie Donigan, D-Royal Oak, was unclear, putting a stop to almost three months of work by Stop Hurting Michigan's Kids to recall her.

The three-person Oakland County Election Commission approved recall language on the petitions that were to be circulated by a vote of 2-1 back in November, but this ruling negates that decision. The Michigan Taxpayer Alliance is leading a statewide effort to recall primarily Democratic legislators who voted to increase the state income tax and place a since repealed sales tax on some services that helped balance the state budget and erase a $1.8 billon budget deficit.

Recall language has already been approved in the recalls against House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township; Rep. Marc Corriveau, D-Northville; Rep. Ed Gaffney, R-Grosse Pointe Farms, and Rep. Steve Bieda, D-Warren; Rep. Robert Dean, D-Grand Rapids; and Rep. Aldo Vagnozzi, D-Farmington Hills.

Recalls pending against lawmakers who had recall language rejected include Sen. Jerry Van Woerkom, R-Norton Shores; Rep. Joel Sheltrown, D-West Branch and Rep. Mary Valentine, D-Muskegon.

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