Jeff Timmer: Lawyer, guns, money and recalls

BY: - April 23, 2021

“I’m a desperate man. Send lawyers, guns, and money. The sh-t has hit the fan.” — from “Lawyers, Guns and Money,” a 1978 song by Warren Zevon That effectively became Donald Trump’s perseverative mantra following his defeat last November. Trump lied and cheated before, during and after the 2020 election. Most elected Republicans and party […]

Board OKs petition language to yank governor’s emergency powers

BY: - July 6, 2020

The Board of State Canvassers unanimously approved language for a petition that would repeal the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945, which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used to keep Michigan in a state of emergency since the first reported case of COVID-19 was found here on March 10. Unlock Michigan, a group with ties […]

Board rejects another Whitmer recall petition

BY: - June 18, 2020

A recall petition aimed to repeal the emergency powers of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was unanimously rejected Thursday by the Board of State Canvassers, saying it lacks clarity and a factual basis.  Chris Trebilcock, the attorney representing Whitmer, said that the petition filed against the governor includes inaccurate paraphrases and misrepresents the governor’s executive orders. Michael […]

Board OKs Whitmer recall language from parolee  

BY: - June 9, 2020

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 […]

Panel chucks Whitmer, Nessel recall petitions 

BY: - May 22, 2020

Two petitions to recall Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel were unanimously rejected by the state Board of State Canvassers on Friday.  Legal representation for the two Democrats asserted that the petitions held false statements, inaccurate paraphrases and spelling errors and were, overall, not eligible for approval by the board. Chad Baase, an […]

From the Inman recall to green ooze: News you may have missed over the holidays

BY: - January 6, 2020

The Advance took some much-needed time off over the holiday break, but that didn’t mean the news slept.  During that time, we had a state lawmaker arrested for drunken driving, further environmental scares and more developments in the ongoing sagas of state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s ban on flavored vaping products.  […]

Court of Appeals denies appeal in Inman recall effort

BY: - December 20, 2019

The state Court of Appeals has denied an appeal request from a Traverse City-area group trying to recall state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg), who last week was granted a mistrial on corruption charges and found not guilty of lying to the FBI. The group had submitted the necessary signatures for the recall effort, but their […]

Inman recall group files appeal after state chucked petitions

BY: - December 2, 2019

Disgruntled constituents of state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) hope to take another shot at recalling the indicted lawmaker, who heads to trial in federal court on Tuesday morning. The effort to recall Inman, who stands accused of attempted bribery, extortion and lying to federal officials, filed an appeal Monday to the state’s Court of Appeals. […]

Inman recall bounced, Republican lawmaker’s bribery trial starts Tuesday

BY: - November 29, 2019

Indicted state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) dodged a bullet the day after Thanksgiving when the state Bureau of Elections declared a recall campaign against him to be invalid. The reason? Petitions omitted a single word: “Right.” Inman is still facing a federal trial scheduled to start on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the […]

House overwhelmingly votes in favor of non-binding Inman resignation resolution

BY: - August 29, 2019

The state House of Representatives on Thursday passed a resolution urging the resignation of indicted Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg), although it appears he has no plans to heed the call.  Inman’s attorney, Christopher Cooke, in a statement, called the resolution “one more punitive action” and a “violation of his constitutional rights,” as the Traverse City-area […]