State approves recall petition to remove Gov. Snyder over Flint water crisis

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Gov. Snyder wanted sign in Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

Voters may finally have a chance to remove Gov. Rick Snyder from office over his handling of the Flint water crisis after the Board of State Canvassers on Monday unanimously approved a recall petition.

The approval comes two week after similar petitions were rejected for containing grammatical errors. At the time, the Board of State Canvassers approved another recall petition, but it sought to boot Snyder for moving the state School Reform Office to a department under the governor’s control.

The new petition calls for removing Snyder for declaring “a state of emergency in the County of Genesee and the City of Flint pursuant to the constitution of the state of Michigan and provisions of Act No. 390 of the Public Acts of 1976.”

The petition was submitted by Rev. David Bullock, a Detroit-based civil rights activist who has criticized Snyder for failing to respond appropriately to a water crisis that led to the poisoning of thousands of people and may have caused a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires disease.

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Snyder’s decision to declare a state of emergency in Flint led to the 2011 state takeover of finances and all other decisions that were previously made by democratically elected city officials.

While under emergency management, the state switched the city’s water source to the Flint River, despite warnings about the dangers of the highly corrosive water system.

Records have shown that state officials ignored studies about elevated levels of lead and even tried to cover up the health crisis.

Bullock and supporters of the recall hope to raise $2 million to collect at least 789,133 valid signatures over 60 days – a daunting task. The petition is valid for 180 days.

http://motorcitymuckraker.com/2016/02/09/if-gov-snyder-is-recalled-his-replacement-would-be-far-more-conservative/

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Linda Jackson

    Where are the petitions? I need to pick up for signatures!

  • Frank Rossman

    Bernie said, “Knock Snyder Out!!” https://youtu.be/MY6yDP92XL4

  • Frank Rossman

    Oh yeah, its time to give Gov. Snyder a dishonorable discharge! https://youtu.be/fPuBDhfy47k

  • Frank Rossman

    Hey, hey, ho, ho its time for Tricky Ricky to go, go, go!!! https://youtu.be/WTSG_Kcd_uA

  • circlingthedrain

    Remove his entire administration, Lieutenant Governor is part of that administration, even if elected separately. Kick the bastard out of office, and bring criminal charges (even if the immediate result is less helpful) as a potent example to the next executive. The only way to take back our government is by force of voting will, one office at a time.

  • Michael

    Taking the less popular stance here.
    I say keep Snyder, *for now*.
    Once we’re through the storm, then we can start talking recall.
    But make no mistake, this recall is much more politically motivated than it is due to an inability to fix the problem.
    And in situations like this, where fixing the issue in a timely manner is crucial to the health and safety of affected residents, initiating a recall, before the problem is fixed, would only serve to delay getting help to those who need it most.

    However, like I said, once the problem has been sufficiently fixed, then we can look at our options. However, I do have to say that overall Snyder has exceeded my expectations. Not that the bar was raised all that high to begin with, heh.

    • Daniel E Burke

      Your logic is flawed as Snyder is not here to “fix” anything. He is a crook. He will remain a crook and take no action for Flint. He has done nothing so far. I mean nothing. So what makes you think tomorrow he will wake up and “take action”. Nope.

  • TheAntiGenius

    Recall them ALL!

  • Paula

    Can’t we just write a petition to remove bout of them

  • Paula

    Can’t we just write a petition to remove bout of them

  • Dongald Trumpenis

    I say recall Snyder, and then if we have to, recall whoever follows him. Snyder and his cronies are like an embedded tick in the flesh of Michigan. Time to burn out the infestation.

  • Dongald Trumpenis

    I say recall Snyder, and then if we have to, recall whoever follows him. Snyder and his cronies are like an embedded tick in the flesh of Michigan. Time to burn out the infestation.

  • Donald E. Hodge

    I am very much for this recall petition. But it could take us to a place we don`t want to be. Does it mean Synder`s number two will step in next? if it does how will that make us a better State? He is worse!

    • Drew Prosch-Jensen

      Yes, it is my understanding the Lt. Governor then becomes Gov.
      Yes, frying pan>fire. Even I can’t be so cynical as to imagine that they put Calley in just as an insurance policy for just such an occasion. It had to be to “balance” (and I use that word loosely) the ticket with his West Michigan address if not credibility, but sheesh…We are just screwed.

    • Drew Prosch-Jensen

      Yes, it is my understanding the Lt. Governor then becomes Gov.
      Yes, frying pan>fire. Even I can’t be so cynical as to imagine that they put Calley in just as an insurance policy for just such an occasion. It had to be to “balance” (and I use that word loosely) the ticket with his West Michigan address if not credibility, but sheesh…We are just screwed.

      • Donald E. Hodge

        the countless poor mayors of Detroit, now the governor. How much longer are we going to get stuck paying off their debt. its always something, man. they can`t keep inviting us over to they promises and then hand you a shit sandwich and say “well just try it, come on. trust me”. I have had it. it is time for the F.B.I. to serve up someone. And serve them up Hot.

  • Donald E. Hodge

    I am very much for this recall petition. But it could take us to a place we don`t want to be. Does it mean Synder`s number two will step in next? if it does how will that make us a better State? He is worse!

  • Jennifer A.

    How can we sign the petition?