Posts Tagged ‘Michigan’

Carl Levin Recall Language Passes Clarity Review

July 8, 2012

[This is the text of a press release that went out on July 3rd.  In spite of the historical nature of the subject, no major publications have yet written about it.]

Nothing Personal: Representative Sander and Senator Carl Levin at the Clawson 4th of July Parade shortly after speaking with Libertarian Congressional candidate Jim Fulner, and Recall organizer Scotty Boman.

Nothing Personal: Representative Sander and Senator Carl Levin at the Clawson 4th of July Parade shortly after speaking with Libertarian Congressional candidate Jim Fulner, and Recall organizer Scotty Boman.

Detroit, MI – Activist are free to begin circulating petitions to recall Senator Carl Milton Levin starting this Independence Day; their petition language has been deemed clear in the manner described by Section 168.952 of Michigan Election law which states:

“(3) The board of county election commissioners, not less than 10 days or more than 20 days after submission to it of a petition for the recall of an officer, shall meet and shall determine whether each reason for the recall stated in the petition is of sufficient clarity to enable the officer whose recall is sought and the electors to identify the course of conduct that is the basis for the recall. Failure of the board of county election commissioners to comply with this subsection shall constitute a determination that each reason for the recall stated in the petition is of sufficient clarity to enable the officer whose recall is being sought and the electors to identify the course of conduct that is the basis for the recall.”

Notarized certified letters containing the most recent language were signed for on June 11th, and Wayne County Election Chairman Milton L. Mack acknowledged receiving the language on June 14th in a letter written to the petitions sponsor, Scott Avery Boman.  In the letter Mack wrote that, “…the Wayne County Election Commission will not accept petition language directed to a United State Senator.”  According to Boman, Director of Elections Delphine Oden told him (by phone on June 22nd) this meant they would not be holding a clarity review hearing.  Section 168.121 (United States senator; recall) reads: “Persons holding the office of United States senator are subject to recall by the qualified and registered electors of the state as provided in chapter 36 of this act.”

On May 1st the commission held a hearing to review the clarity of previous language and found the prior language to be unclear.  The new approved (by default) petition language reads,

He co-authored and introduced an amendment regarding detention provisions (Subtitle D Section 1031) to S.1867 (the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012). He voted in favor of the final version (H.R. 1540) which contained the detention provisions in section 1021.”

Sponsors cite Levin’s pivotal roll in provisions they describe as “de facto martial law,” as their reason to initiate the recall effort.  The recall will require 468,709 signatures.  Boman said, “Warren and I can’t do this on our own.  We can get this started with a build-it-and-they-will-come approach.  In 2008 1,810,234 people voted against Carl Levin.  We need to have about a quarter of these people sign the petition, and a much smaller portion to step up and be activists.”

Petitions can be downloaded from:

http://committeetorecallcarllevin.com/2012/06/25/three-easy-steps-to-recall-carl-levin/

County officials also have standard recall petition forms that may be filled out by hand.  Co-sponsor Warren Raftshol said, “We are building an internet campaign via Facebook, and these petitions are legal and official.  I invite people to forward the link to Carl Levin’s Facebook page and tell him they object to NDAA detention.”

Boman said, “Independence Day is the perfect day to launch this effort.  The tyranny Levin has brought us with this law rivals the oppression imposed on the colonists by the British in 1776.”

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Straight Talk from THE Candidate

November 4, 2008

Apparently, comments by WDIV viewers, many of whom are my supporters, had an effect.  It is the eve of the election, so I will make this brief.

 

I will let each of these emails speak for themselves.

 

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Dear Devin Scillian:

 

At 11:30 AM you opened the special “Straight Talk” with the announcement that all of the candidates for President, Senate, and Congress (7th through 13th Districts) were invited to give brief statements about why they were the best choice.  Imagine my surprise, since I had not received such an invitation.

 

I am writing you now to accept the invitation I did not receive.  I would like to record my 4.5 minutes.  Since the election is only a day away, it is imperative that you reply quickly.

 

I will be in the vicinity of 550 West Lafayette Boulevard this morning.  Probably around 10:00 AM.  I will have my phone with me.  My number is…

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

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I made an impromptu visit to the WDIV studio, at 10 AM this morning.  I was greeted politely and was met by the show’s producer in the “Green Room.” After that discussion and a couple clarifying phone calls, I composed the following letter:

 

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Dear Producer Olive:

 

When you spoke to me in the WDIV Green Room you said I could suggest wording that would clarify the fact that not all candidates were invited to “Straight Talk” or any future program using the same criteria, and that you would take this into consideration.

 

Based upon our complete correspondence (phone, voice mail, and in person). I have crafted this statement:

 

Other candidates will be on the ballot, but we only invited candidates who met one of the following criteria:

 

* Their campaign has raised over $100,000 dollars.

 

Or

 

* An anonymous consultant of ours thinks they will receive at least 10% of the vote.  This determination may be made without any supporting polling data.”

 

To clarify any misunderstandings about this year’s program, the following statement should be made by one of the reporters on tonight’s evening news programs, as well as the morning broadcast:

 

Some viewers have expressed confusion over our criteria for including candidates in this past Sunday’s straight talk program.  Please accept our apologies for any misunderstanding.

 

Other candidates will be on the ballot, but we only invited candidates who met one of the following criteria:

 

* Their campaign has raised over $100,000 dollars.

 

Or

 

* An anonymous consultant of ours thinks they will receive at least 10% of the vote.  This determination was made without any supporting polling data.”

 

Thank you for your time, consideration, and candor.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scotty Boman

Libertarian for US Senate

 

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I have a sneaking suspicion that this disclaimer will not be used.  I think they know most viewers would be as disturbed as I, by this accurate and direct characterization of the criteria.