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Michigan GOP Attacks Rachel Maddow For 'Whining' About Democracy | Care2 Causes

Michigan GOP Attacks Rachel Maddow For 'Whining' About Democracy | Care2 Causes

Last Thursday in an exclusive, Rachel Maddow deftly explained what may appear to be a rather arcane controversy in voting in Michigan’s House of Representatives. The state’s constitution, amended in the 1960s under Mitt Romney’s father, provides that new laws cannot come into effect until after a legislative session, which can mean up to a 14 month delay. There is an emergency exception to this, allowing a law to go into ‘immediate effect’, and the state’s use of this exception is what Maddow zeroed in on. That exception requires a two-thirds vote in both state houses, however, despite their sweep in the 2010 elections the Republicans, do not have the numbers in the House of Representatives. Despite that, they have been waving through almost every single law to take ‘immediate effect’ — and Maddow played video of this happening on the House floor (see below) even though th...

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