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DEAN RECALL
(2007-10-26)
(wgvu) - AS THE CLOCK TICKS TOWARD A POSSIBLE SECOND STATE GOVERNMENT PARTIAL SHUTDOWN OVER BUDGET ISSUES, A STATE REPRESENTATIVE FROM GRAND RAPIDS IS TARGETED FOR RECALL.
PETITION LANGUAGE FILED WITH THE KENT COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE SAYS THAT ROBERT DEAN (R-GRAND RAPIDS) VOTED TO RAISE MICHIGAN'S INCOME TAX AND EXPAND THE SALES TAX.
TO GET THE ISSUE ON THE BALLOT, THE RECALL GROUP NEEDS ABOUT 8,700 VALID SIGNATURES OF REGISTERED VOTERS WHO LIVE IN DEAN'S 75th REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT.
THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTION COMMISSIONERS WILL DECIDE ON NOVEMBER 5th IF THE LANGUAGE MEETS CLARITY STANDARDS. ONCE THEY BEGIN COLLECTING SIGNATURES, CIRCULATORS HAVE 90 DAYS TO MEET THEIR TARGET AND HAND THE NAMES IN FOR VERIFICATION.
THERE'VE BEEN THREATS OF RECALL CAMPAIGNS AGAINST SEVERAL LEGISLATORS, MAINLY REPUBLICANS WHO SIDED WITH DEMOCRATS, VOTING FOR THE TAX INCREASE.
THE LAST TIME A LAWMAKER WAS RECALLED WAS 1983, WHEN TWO DEMOCRATIC SENATORS LOST THEIR JOBS FOR SUPPORTING AN INCOME TAX INCREASE DURING ANOTHER RECESSION, UNDER THEN-GOV. JAMES BLANCHARD.

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