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Posted on Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 1:22 p.m.

Michigan Rising group targets Rick Snyder in 2nd recall effort

By Julie Baker

The group Michigan Rising filed new recall petition language against Rick Snyder last week in Washtenaw County, accusing the governor of "abusing" children with cuts to food aid and school funds.


Gov. Rick Snyder

AP photo

“Governor Snyder is bad for Michigan. Our citizens cannot afford to wait another two years to get rid of this corporate monster; the recall will chop off its head. Snyder and his cronies are destroying our cherished democratic institutions and democracy itself," Jan BenDor, election specialist for Michigan Rising, said in a news release.

"Governor Snyder has abused the children of Michigan. He cut thousands of children off food aid. He robbed $400 million from the School Aid Fund, and then slashed school payments. This forced children into crowded classes. Then he signed more laws that privatize services, attack teachers and blame unions," she said.

A clarity hearing will be held in Washtenaw County on April 9 at 1:45 p.m. If the petition language is approved, Snyder will have 10 days to appeal the decision.

Michigan Rising is aiming to collect up to 1.2 million signatures to get the recall onto the November ballot. The group needs at least 800,000. A previous recall attempt yielded 500,000 signatures.

The group is planning a May 5 rally in Lansing to kick off the campaign.



Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 2:41 p.m.

No one ever said it was going to be "pretty" but something has to be done to make us solvent again!


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 3:49 a.m.

Hey "Michigan Rising" in a way, I hope you get what you are asking for; the ability to drive Michigan absalutely into the ground burdened by unsustainable debt. You've done such a great job so far. Keep up the greast work. Oh, one question......where's the money you term as "revenue source" going to come from?


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 3:50 a.m.

Spell check is not working...but you get the point.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 10:10 p.m.

I drive through every state in the midwest and I see new home construction and business expansion. Drive through Michigan and what do you see? Empty homes and closed businesses. Did this all happen in he last two years under the evil Snyder and his corporate buddies? It is probably because no business will relocate here because of the state's image as a union dominated, welfare wonderland.


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 3:54 a.m.

Property taxes are high because of union influence. Unionj influence increases the cost of goods, services, and impedes competition. Unions place the cost burden of the few on the many who suffer as a result of their political influence. why should I give more to recieve less?


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 10:12 p.m.

Oh yeah, not to mention the exorbitant propert tax rates.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 6:54 p.m.

If 500,000 signature or close to it were raised in the first recall attempt, and few were raised in Detroit, don't you think there's a HUGE probability that it will easily succeed in attaining the 800,000+ required to get a ballot success given the illegal PA 4 activities there now ? I do. I'm sorry to hear that Monica was disillusioned in recall 1, but hope that this new recall will have the energy and passion of the first with renewed energy caused by the ongoing PA 4 issues and the republican pushing of their radical right-wing push to the 1950's.

Monica R-W

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 4:32 a.m.

Sparty, "Bitter" really? It's about transparency. So, it's OK to not tell the truth to volunteers that are assisting with the campaign for recalling Gov. Rick Snyder for free? How is that going to achieve the overall goal? It's OK to say that's 500K signatures exist, when is a great probability that's a fallacy. So, its' OK to step down in the sandpit of the other side, just to "go along to get along". Not so much, sorry!


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 2:29 p.m.

Don't be bitter - if the goal is to get rid of Snyder, don't sabotage the campaign because of hurt feelings. Just don't participate in this one. We have enough childish behavior on the republican side.

Monica R-W

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 7:27 p.m.

Sparty, I totally understand how you're feeling and believe me, I HATE to be disillusioned with Recall Rick 2.0 based off the actions of Recall Rick 1.0. Nevertheless nearly the same team, minus a Treasurer of Recall Rick 1.0 who will not associate further with the original group at this point, is in charge. Some members of Recall Rick 2.0 were part of the core group which told alleged fallacies about total number of signatures collected during Recall Rick 1.0. To say that 500K is off the mark, is an understatement on what I have heard from various resources on where true number was, and Sparty, that's just 1/4 of the story. Gov. Snyder SHOULD be recalled but, with another group in the lead. Maybe a member or two of Recall Rick 2.0 group could be CONSULTANTS on Recall Rick 2.5, I don't know...but leading the charge, no. IMHO this charge is extremely important a large number of Michiganders to re-experience what a number of volunteers, members of the public who signed the petitions in good faith and those who desired to see Gov. Snyder recalled, did in Recall Rick 1.0. Wish Sparty, I could get more into this here, but this story has many twists and turns. Right now the focus must be on receiving real information on the actual (un-inflated) number of signatures received on Recall Rick 1.0. Will be talking more about this on a West Michigan Radio show today (Paleo Radio) @ 4PM & our podcast (ROJS Radio) on Wed. @ 10 PM. Thanks!

Monica R-W

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 3:33 p.m.

As a person that initially supported Recall Rick 1.0, I can't stand behind this recall with the same leadership as the previous. Many people who put blood, sweat and tears into the last recall campaign were lied too, disrespected and frankly insulted by actions of the PAC leadership. These people aren't a 'disgruntle' few. Instead where're talking about hundreds of individuals who were volunteers (i.e.-not paid in any form or fashion) who once they raised about the total number of signatures obtained in Recall Rick 1.0 (and a list of other questionable actions) were removed from the campaign and in some cases, felt threaten. If possible, I would LOVE to see Gov. Rick Snyder removed from office but, only with a new organization, not associated with Recall Rick 1.0 leading the charge. Also, please media resources ( check into the claim of 500K signatures in Recall Rick 1.0, as its' inflated.

Monica R-W

Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 2:48 a.m.

Fire Rick, I understand your point but asking pointed questions about a fallacy at best of 500K signatures obtained on Recall Rick 1.0, is the right thing to do. Call us 'Truth-ers' but volunteers deserve facts and not spun information to suit whoever's grand plan. Again, if the core group gave the volunteers clear, accurate and factual information during Recall Rick 1.0, the probability of trust would be greater. This is not what happened. That's not our news resource fault. Instead it's the fault of the leadership of Recall Rick 1.0. With such, they should be willing to step down and allow a dedicate team of new leaders get this job done.

Fire Rick

Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 12:03 a.m.

@Monica: The only way to accomplish the goal of getting the Ricktator out of office is to work together to get it done. Holding a grudge over Recall Rick 1.0 isn't going to serve you (or any of us) well. Even if you choose not to support Recall Rick 2.0, then at least refrain from throwing those who are doing the work under the bus. The bottom line is that no one else is stepping up to lead the second recall attempt (except the original group). If they're crazy enough to try again, then let them. We have to find a way out of this mess, and in-fighting isn't going to get it done.

Left is Right

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 1:31 p.m.

" 'Governor Snyder is bad for Michigan. Our citizens cannot afford to wait another two years to get rid of this corporate monster; the recall will chop off its head. Snyder and his cronies are destroying our cherished democratic institutions and democracy itself,' Jan BenDor, election specialist for Michigan Rising, said..." Kind of amusing and a strong indication of where the recall effort stands. That such emotional language is used gives me the impression that this campaign is even further out from the edge than the previous.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 1:30 p.m.

They need 800 thousand signatures to get the recall on the ballot. Last time they got 500,000. That's a clue folks.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 11:51 a.m.

Michigan rising ???? may it be another " TITANIC " failure .....They just never get it ...rock on Rick ..knock down all the house of cards......


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 12:54 a.m.

In an unprecedented legislative move, on Thursday, Govenor Snyder signed a law that retroactively nullifies a $2.4million dollar judgment against the state GOP chairmans brother. Now that's exactly the kind of governors we want. They always take care of their cronies.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 3 p.m.

@Anders, You failed to mention most democrats were in favor of this bill too.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 1:20 a.m.

That's life in politics....kind of like Palosi and her brother-in-law...right?

Mike K

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 12:28 a.m.

Another failed effort. Rick is the best thing that has come to Michigan; that is unless you are a union lover or a liberal, then this Governer might not be for you. Sadly, Governor Snyder has actually avoided the stuff that has gone on in Indiana and Wisconsin, but that isn't enough for most here who fight progress in changing times.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 12:15 a.m.

OK I get now lets skip capitalism and go straight to Communism.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 12:10 a.m.

Snyder has what it takes to turn this State around and he does not cater to the entitlement attitude, what a refreshing change this is.


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 11:43 p.m.

I get it...... Recall Governor Snyder because he's done a better job in one year than Jennifer Granholm did in eight! Makes perfect sense.... ....Not!


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 11:15 p.m.

I work harder then most and seems like I,m being taken from, I believe you have it backwards.


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 10:27 p.m.

You should be for the recall if your in a union,your a teacher or retired teacher/administrator,you are lower middle class or poor and do not like paying more in taxes and giving the rich a tax break,if you think it's ok for the rich to get richer and the middle class to shrink more,i.e. less disposable income to support the economy due to increases in health coverage, gas prices,food prices,increase to Secretary of state for your auto plates,all these items and more do nothing to increase your home values when your neighbors and or new ones now are making less or have less.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 6:42 p.m.

Or Taxed on a pension, Same sex partner denied ability to get benefits, less unemployment available, less workers comp coverage, less auto catastrophic coverage available, upset with reduced K-12 and higher education funding while businesses get $1.8 billion dollar tax cut, all safety net programs cut for the poor, kids forced to say the pledge of allegiance while it's against the law, their weight reported to the State, Stem cell research now threatening cut off of higher education funding at UM, Right to work laws threatened, etc. etc. etc.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 2:40 a.m.

Translation: You should vote for the recall if you don't want your handout taken away!


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 12:52 a.m.

@Angry Moderate Because he doesn't want his money to be taken and given as a tax break to the rich.


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 11:29 p.m.

Because Snyder caused all of these things? Nice try...

Angry Moderate

Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 11:10 p.m.

So, basically, you should vote for the recall if you want to take other people's $$ instead of working?

Kellen Dunkelberger

Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 10:12 p.m.

This article makes it appear as if "Abused" is in the language filed. Clearly that cannot be the case.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 2:57 p.m.

But that will be the rhetoric that the disgruntled minority will use to try and get others to sign the petition. The group will play on emotional words to get people to sign the petition.

Basic Bob

Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 10:12 p.m.

So if the recall passes, we just elevate the lt. governor? How is that an improvement?

Kellen Dunkelberger

Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 10:16 p.m.

We don't just elevate the Lt.Governor. A new election is called.


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 10:10 p.m.

@Diana: Probably a professional signature getting group hired by the MEA or the UAW. At least we know what the teachers will be doing this summer. Can't wait for them to show up at my door again.

Fire Rick

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 3:11 a.m.

Neither the MEA or the UAW contributed money or resources to the first recall attempt. Further, none of the 500,000+ signatures gathered were paid for. The first recall attempt was entirely grassroots. Hopefully the major labor unions in the state will jump on board with the second recall attempt right after they're finished collecting signatures to amend the Michigan Constitution to protect collective bargaining rights.


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 8:58 p.m.

The CEO of Michigan Rising lives in Florida! Is this some new sport to run a recall against someone you can't even vote against?


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 2:54 p.m.

@Kellen, How is it a disingenuous attack? Is this guy running the Michigan Rising? Yes Does the guy live in Michigan anymore? No (doesn't matter why he doesn't live here) Looks pretty factual and right on the money.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 12:07 a.m.

Typical Liberals causing trouble then leaving.

Kellen Dunkelberger

Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 10:15 p.m.

Guy had to leave state because he took a job. This is a disingenuous attack. Michigan Rising is run by people in Michigan and a man who until recently also lived in Michigan.


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 8 p.m.

Does the Snyder administration sanction/fund/support child abuse? Surprisingly, the answer appears to be yes. This is REAL child/family abuse: It was unfortunate both and the Ann Arbor Chronicle refused to cover this story, despite requests that they do so.


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 4:15 p.m.

There was no "law" being enforced in this event. So ruled not one, but three different judges, when they all threw out every charge and publicly disparaged "law enforcement" behavior as unconstitutional and highly irregular. It is enlightening to see how many people are 100% in support of our march to tyranny. The rule of law is so over in this country, and I'm sorry it pleases you.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 9:36 a.m.

Nice video by has-been actors looking for a means to be relevant. They tend to forget the "little" details including the mother pulling a gun on law enforcement.

Chase Ingersoll

Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 6:51 p.m.

The silver lining I see on these recall petitions is along the lines of allowing people whom we thought to be fools, speak and remove all doubt. Chase Ingersoll


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 6:21 p.m.

Yes, Rick Snyder's administration has certainly been a "disaster." Unemployment is down, revenue collection is up, spending is down. I suppose you want the good old days of Granholm?


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 2:50 p.m.

@fjord, "Cutting spending in times like these is not the way to lift the economy." Really Obama has been spending like crazy the past two years and that hasn't helped us. Please explain how we are going to pay it all back?


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 1:27 p.m.

Why not Fjord? Business taxes have been cut and business is responding. If that is not a factor, then who gets the credit? Let me guess, Jennifer Granholm, right?


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 6:53 p.m.

Snyder deserves no credit for unemployment being down, though he'll certainly try to take some. And spending should be up, not down. Cutting spending in times like these is not the way to lift the economy. Granholm was no picnic either, but Snyder's been a considerable downgrade.


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 6:11 p.m.

Those who organized the previous attempt at a recall didn't do a very good job of making their petitions widely available. I hope this time they put more effort into collecting signatures. Snyder's been a disaster. I can't wait to sign this petition.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 2:48 p.m.

@fjord, Please explain how "Snyder's been a disaster?" And didn't you sign the first petition?

Fire Rick

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 3:03 a.m.

@Angry Moderate - A point of clarification ... not one person was paid to collect signatures in the first recall attempt. It was 100% grassroots. As for not being able to get enough people to sign, that couldn't be farther from the truth. There were events where people would practically knock each other over to get to a clipboard. The downfall of the first recall attempt was a lack of organization and not enough volunteers (two things that can be rectified before the second recall attempt begins in May).

Angry Moderate

Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 11:08 p.m.

LOL. They had thousands of paid employees and volunteers collecting signatures all over the state for weeks. They just couldn't get enough people to sign.


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 6:27 p.m.



Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 6:06 p.m.

Just so everyone is on the same page, this is the first of many articles that will follow (the second) recall effort as if it were an actual political election. We will get updates on how many signatures they have, how many they need, and their target dates. We will read countless optimistic comments about the effort (despite the facts that these never really work in Michigan) and of course, we will read countless comments bashing the governor. This is what is called a media agenda -- push the cause (despite its lack of actual news value) and avoid any criticism of the cause (like, you know, how they often fail and waste time and money) and above all else, make it seem like everyone wants this to happen (despite the fact, again, that these efforts fail.) Avoid any positive news about the governor (or the state of Michigan) in the same story to avoid hurting the narrative. There are really one three times a recall effort is newsworthy *When it is announced *When it meets the signatures by deadline/When it fails to meet the needed signatures by deadline. *When it is placed on the ballot. But that is besides the point, we will get the updates (as noted above) whether we need them or not. So get ready for the recall agenda 2.0 folks -- I am ready for it, are you?

Marshall Applewhite

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 3:38 a.m.

This is pretty much spot on. I'm surprised they haven't deleted this post yet.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 1:35 a.m.

excellent post

Top Cat

Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 5:47 p.m.

"Abused", "robbed", "slashed", "forced" and "destroyed" ? Well something is Rising here and I better get my boots before it gets much deeper.