• Michigan: There are two big ballot measures attempting to stem the tide against radical Republican legislation that look like they may go before voters in Michigan this fall. One effort, known as the “Protect Our Jobs” amendment, would “enshrine collective bargaining in the state constitution” and just got a boost on Monday when the Secretary of State said it lacked authority to determine whether the measure was too broad to appear on the ballot. I’ll bet that opponents will go to court to try to block it, though. In the meantime, the SoS will continue to vet signatures that organizers submitted; they needed 323K but filed 684K, so they should be good.
On a separate front, a referendum that would undo Michigan’s extremely controversial, anti-union “emergency manager” law (known as Public Act 4) is further along in the legal process. An appellate court previously ruled that the measure should indeed appear on the ballot this November, but opponents have now filed an appeal with Michigan’s supreme court. Amazingly, the dispute centers around whether organizers used a sufficiently large font on their petitions! Michigan’s high court, filled with Republican appointees, is notoriously hacktacular, so a reversal always remains a possibility.
Source: Daily Kos