A Michigan state representative is filing legislation to impeach Governor Gretchen Whitmer over her draconian handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
State Representative Matt Maddock (R-Milford Township) will file the impeachment legislation Tuesday, which is ostensibly the first of its kind in Michigan state history.
Maddock announced his intention to impeach the governor on Sunday, tweeting: “Today, myself and a growing list of Michigan Legislators have decided that @GovWhitmer has crossed the line and will be calling for #ImpeachWhitmer hearings. The list of violations is long and the call is overdue.”
“Michiganders have been beaten down for too long. Restaurants losing dine-in customers watching their life’s work circle the drains. Thank you to my fellow legislators who are calling for impeachment hearings of @GovWhitmer,” Maddock wrote in another tweet.
— Matt Maddock (@matthewmaddock) November 16, 2020
Michiganders have been beaten down for too long. Restaurants losing dine-in customers watching their life’s work circle the drains. Thank you to my fellow legislators who are calling for impeachment hearings of @GovWhitmer #FreeMichigan #ImpeachWhitmer #MILEG @realDonaldTrump
— Matt Maddock (@matthewmaddock) November 17, 2020
This impeachment effort comes on the heels of the governor’s announcement of new COVID restrictions. Although the orders do not come directly from her but from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, many have argued that Whitmer is using the DHHS to circumvent the Michigan Supreme Court’s recent ruling that her executively ordered restrictions were unconstitutional.
Governor Whitmer has received widespread condemnation from conservatives in Michigan, conservatives across the US, and even from President Donald Trump for her exceptionally harsh restrictions. In a Facebook post, Maddock accused her of ignoring court orders, due process, and the legislature; violating the Michigan Constitution; weaponizing contact tracing databases; politicizing the shutdown of schools; and causing the death of thousands with her policy of putting COVID-19 patients in nursing homes.
Brandon Hall, Chairman of the Campaign to Impeach Gretchen Whitmer, said the following on the impeachment legislation via Moody on the Market: “Today’s historic news that State Representative Matt Maddock will introduce an impeachment resolution to address Gretchen Whitmer’s crimes and corruption is tremendously encouraging for families throughout Michigan, especially as another draconian lockdown looms. Despite social media censorship and paid attacks against me by Gretchen Whitmer, despite the Lansing swamp fighting us at every turn, and despite repeated excuses from Republican legislators, impeachment is now moving forward with unprecedented momentum.”
Hall added: “We must move quickly to hold the vote, initiate impeachment hearings that will include subpoenas as well as sworn testimony, and then put Gretchen Whitmer on trial in the Senate.”
Those who have joined Maddock in supporting impeachment hearings include State Representatives Shane Hernandez, Ryan Berman, Beau LaFave, Mary Whiteford, Daire Rendon, and Lynn Afendoulis, as well as Senators Tom Barrett, Dan Lauwers, and Lana Theis. Incoming state reps who support the impeachment effort include Ken Borton, Patrick Outman, and Steve Carra.
Big League Politics has reported much on Governor Whitmer’s tyranny over the past several months. Those articles can be read here.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott Ends Statewide Mask Mandate: “It’s Time to Open Texas 100%”
Enough is enough.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott finally announced an end to statewide mask and closing mandates on Tuesday, charting a path away from coronavirus lockdowns.
All businesses within the state of Texas will be able to open “100%” after the Governor’s proclamation. After a full year of coronavirus restrictions, Abbott has determined that it’s time for Texans to make their own decision on following health and safety mandates.
The decision to end lockdown restrictions in Texas follows Florida’s approach, and Texas is easily the biggest state to end restrictions on everyday life in the United States. Texas had a varied experience with the coronavirus, with Governor Abbott at one point reinstating restrictions after a second wave of the disease.
Governor Abbott cited the success of President Trump’s life-saving coronavirus vaccine in bringing an end to COVID-19 restrictions. He indicated that the risk of the virus will remain, but that vaccinating vulnerable populations and allowing businesses was the right course ahead for the Lone Star State. The restrictions end on Wednesday.
Abbott believes that nearly all Texans ages 60 and older will be vaccinated by the end of the month, with the vaccinated population reaching critical mass by April.
Abbott did state that he would consider reinstating coronavirus restrictions in the state if COVID test positivity rates went above 15% in areas of the state.
With a full year of arbitrary restrictions and questionable advice from supposed medical experts, Abbott’s decision to end restrictions in place for a year may serve as a dam-buster in finally doing away with lockdown policies. With Trump no longer in office, blue states may soon follow, having lost their excuse.
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