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Michigan's Prop. 2 ruled unconstitutional: Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell is thrilled
The Grand Rapids Press ^ | 7/1/2011 | Jim Harger

Posted on 07/03/2011 5:59:46 AM PDT by Lattero

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati on Friday struck down Michigan's Proposal 2, the ban on the consideration of race and gender when hiring public employees or enrolling students at public colleges.

The voter-approved constitutional amendments burdens minorities and violates the U.S. Constitution, the court said in its 2-1 decision. The court said it violates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, who had suggested the city challenge the amendment after it was passed, was exultant Friday upon hearing the news of the reversal.

“Wow! Wow! Wow!” Heartwell said. “It confirms the belief that many of us have that for us to advance as a state, we need to be able to advance all people.

“Racial discrimination is a reality in the state of Michigan and affirmative action is a viable tool to defeat racism.”

In the wake of Proposal 2, the city has dismantled and re-purposed much of its Equal Opportunity Departement.

Heartwell said he will favor reviewing the department and city policies to “align them with the new post 6th Circuit decision environment.”

(Excerpt) Read more at mlive.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: affirmativeaction; georgeorwell; grandrapids; sixthcircuit
“'Racial discrimination is a reality in the state of Michigan...'"

You've certainly got that right Georgie, and your solution to the problem is to make racial and gender discrimination an official state policy. Somewhere, Dr. King is turning in his grave.

1 posted on 07/03/2011 5:59:52 AM PDT by Lattero
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To: Lattero
“Racial discrimination is a reality in the state of Michigan and affirmative action is a viable tool to defeat racism.”

So explain to me dear mayor how affirmative action (preferential hiring for racial minorities / quotas) is not discrimination.

2 posted on 07/03/2011 6:09:57 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Lattero
Oh come on,it's liberal Democrat fascist Michigan.
Non self-hating white folks and Asians are untermensch.
3 posted on 07/03/2011 6:10:49 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Sans Sarah-Bachmann's The One.")
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To: Lattero

Racial preference is a viable tool to defeat racism, who knew? I wonder if I can get the Dandelions out of my lawn by planting Dandelions.


4 posted on 07/03/2011 6:11:46 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a liberal is like teaching algebra to a tomcat.)
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To: Lattero

Apparently it didn’t burden Asians, but oops, I forget, they perform too well to be labeled a minority!


5 posted on 07/03/2011 6:13:32 AM PDT by donaldo
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To: Lattero

Judge Roy R. Cole, Jr. nominated by: Bill Clinton.
Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey nominated by: Bill Clinton.


6 posted on 07/03/2011 6:14:51 AM PDT by FlyVet
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To: Lattero

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell is such a flaming liberal you could roast marshmallows off him. How I WISH someone would come forward to run against him; he is a relatively young man and, as far as I know, GR has no term limits; thus, he could be mayor of this city for a LONG, LONG time....


7 posted on 07/03/2011 6:18:58 AM PDT by Jerrybob
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To: Pontiac
I guess the Second Court of Appeals doesn't believe that all man are created equal. They need to continue to subscribe to the notion that some groups need a leg up since they can't compete on an equal basis.

These judges are twisted in their logic. Wait... there is no logic.

8 posted on 07/03/2011 6:19:35 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Lattero

Mayor George Heartwell

9 posted on 07/03/2011 6:20:13 AM PDT by blam
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To: Jerrybob

I believe that Grand Rapids is home to some major furniture and business office companies. Why do they stay in GR? Is it the proximity of the resource? Inertia?


10 posted on 07/03/2011 6:22:50 AM PDT by Melchior
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To: RipSawyer
Dandies flower white—if you want a PC garden that will qualify for federal entitlement cash try planting the darker varieties of Begonias.
You knows Begonia gots to be eligible for affirmative action.
11 posted on 07/03/2011 6:28:20 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Sans Sarah-Bachmann's The One.")
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To: Lattero

The 14th Amendment needed a termination date.


12 posted on 07/03/2011 6:30:49 AM PDT by wastedyears (SEAL SIX makes me proud to have been playing SOCOM since 2003.)
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To: Happy Rain
Oh come on,it's liberal Democrat fascist Michigan.

Yeah us liberal democrat fascists voted to end affirmative action.
13 posted on 07/03/2011 6:33:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: wastedyears
The 14th Amendment needed a termination date.

The 14th Amendment is not the problem. If anything the 14th Amendment prohibits the use of race as a determiner of choice and demands that all races be treated equally under the law. This idiot thinks equality of outcome should be the determiner rather than equality of opportunity.

Any law which gives preference based on race assumes that the race that is given preference is inferior. The judge is a racist of the worst sort.

14 posted on 07/03/2011 6:36:40 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: cripplecreek

And Grand Rapids got a Liberal Democrat Fascist judge to reinstate it.
If you claim to be a liberal Democrat fascist you should be pleased—otherwise do better next time.


15 posted on 07/03/2011 6:43:08 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Sans Sarah-Bachmann's The One.")
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To: Northern Yankee
These judges are twisted in their logic.

It is Orwellian logic.

We will ensure Equal Protection of the Law by deigning protection of the law to some men while providing preferential treatment to others based entirely on the race of the individuals.

16 posted on 07/03/2011 6:46:59 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Jerrybob

I thought Grand Rapids was a conservative town. How did this guy become mayor?


17 posted on 07/03/2011 6:53:36 AM PDT by Mad-Margaret
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To: Happy Rain

Actually it was a federal judge Mr Wizard.


18 posted on 07/03/2011 6:54:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Lattero

Sounds Orwellian.


19 posted on 07/03/2011 7:04:10 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: cripplecreek
Oh,it was the judge that filed the motion then? Sorry,I must be a bad wizard cause I was under the impression that Grand Rapids IN MICHIGAN sued to void the plebiscite.
But then I foolishly fall for facts—call it a weakness.
20 posted on 07/03/2011 7:04:47 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Sans Sarah-Bachmann's The One.")
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To: Mad-Margaret

It is a fairly conservative city as urban areas go but urban conservative vs rural conservative are two different animals.

Dick DeVos, former GOP candidate for governor (and head of AMWAY) is headquartered in Grand Rapids. His brother in law is the founder of Blackwater.


21 posted on 07/03/2011 7:04:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Happy Rain

The Michigan legislature and Governorship are now run by Republicans. The Courts are the only source of liberal power, and the liberals intend to milk it for whatever they can.


22 posted on 07/03/2011 7:06:37 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Happy Rain

Who voted for the law in the first place?


23 posted on 07/03/2011 7:07:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Brilliant

In the last election we took the Governor’s mansion, attorney general’s seat, secretary of state, two more US house seats, held one and gained another conservative seat on the state supreme court, solidified our hold in the state house and gained control of the state senate. Of our 83 counties, less than 10 consistently vote democrat. The rout here was probably greater than anywhere else in the country in the last election.

The fact is that this suit has been going on for several years. Our voter ID law spent several years in court before coming into effect a few years ago. (And now the democrats want Eric Holder to “investigate” that.)


24 posted on 07/03/2011 7:15:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Brilliant

Michigan is doing it’s best to crawl out from under the shadow of socialist Detroit—and doing a good job of it.
But if you have no control over your major cities thus giving liberal politicians with standing access to Leftist courts,then what have you?
Not much.
That Grand Rapids mayor should be made an example of or the Michigan GOP will rank with the California GOP—well intentioned but well neutered.


25 posted on 07/03/2011 7:17:25 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Sans Sarah-Bachmann's The One.")
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To: Lattero

This is the stupidest decision I have ever seen.

“We need racism, because not being racist damages someone.”

OK - we should all take them at their word. Racism is now legal and expected.

Who wants to be the forst business in Michigan to discriminate based on skin color - maybe a restaurant - “different prices for blacks and whites”.

After all - it is the law for the state.


26 posted on 07/03/2011 7:57:50 AM PDT by Eldon Tyrell
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To: cripplecreek

Where do you live in Michigan? I moved to Orlando 28 years ago. If it weren’t for my job and the fact that my wife was born here and won’t move, I’d consider moving back to Michigan.


27 posted on 07/03/2011 7:58:23 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant

I grew up here in Jackson county. I was born in Albion but grew up mostly in Hanover. I live near Napoleon and Brooklyn now.


28 posted on 07/03/2011 8:07:59 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Brilliant

I grew up here in Jackson county. I was born in Albion but grew up mostly in Hanover. I live near Napoleon and Brooklyn now.


29 posted on 07/03/2011 8:08:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Lattero

Yet anther reason why the 14th amendment is one of the most carelessly written and reckless of all amendment to the Federal Constitution and should be either repealed or ignored(given the way it was “Ratified” under the gun.)

Federal employees in black robes have successfully managed to make the carelessly written Amendment to serves the exact opposite propose even its equally reckless its writers intended.


30 posted on 07/03/2011 1:21:51 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Happy Rain

“Michigan is doing it’s best to crawl out from under the shadow of socialist Detroit—and doing a good job of it.”

Bada boom, bada BING...Dave Bing!


31 posted on 07/03/2011 2:40:41 PM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: Pontiac

Mother Nature’s formula:

natural selection x evolution = undeniable fact of life.

Conclusion- The truth is not racist.


32 posted on 07/03/2011 3:00:39 PM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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