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Board OKs Whitmer recall language from parolee  

By: - June 9, 2020 10:59 am

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The third attempt by an Albion man to launch a recall petition against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was approved by the Board of State Canvassers on Monday, while another attempt to greenlight a recall petition against Attorney General Dana Nessel failed.

Chad Baase’s petition to recall Whitmer cites nine of her executive orders during Michigan’s COVID-19 outbreak that he says have stripped Michiganders of their freedom and hurt businesses.

With Monday’s unanimous go-ahead from the board, Baase has a 60-day window over the next 180 days to collect almost 1.1 million signatures in order to qualify for the statewide ballot.

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Baase, who’s currently on parole, has had numerous run-ins with the law, including a 30-month prison stint in 2014. He had threatened to kill family court referees, county judges and their children before telling the Calhoun County Commissioner that he would kill 10,000 people by poisoning the city water supply.

Baase has also faced a slew of driving offenses from 1998 to 2017, most of which involve driving while intoxicated or impaired.

The board had last rejected both petitions on May 22. That rejection of the Whitmer recall effort was based on the petitioner’s failure to accurately represent the governor’s executive orders and a lack of specificity in the language.

Baase reportedly plans to start gathering signatures on July 1.

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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).

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