Clear as mud.

Those three words pretty well sum up the status of a local petition drive to limit the compensation of individual Chippewa County Commissioners to $8,400.

“We all know the value of petitions,” said one of the key members of the grassroots organization, Debbie Sirk, in presenting the signatures to the board. “Now let’s work together to find a way to put this on the ballot.”

The commissioners, however, expressed a reluctance to give their approval and, from all indications, they weren’t even sure if they could.

The Say Yes to Sunday group says it has more than enough signatures to give Ottawa County voters a chance to repeal the ban on Sunday beer and wine sales.

Now they’ll have to wait and see how many of those petition signatures are from registered Ottawa County voters.

The group said it has 39,700 signatures as of 8 this morning, which — if they are all valid — is 1,944 more than necessary to get the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Residents in Troy may get to decide during the November election whether the city would need to get voter approval for future tax increases. Advertisement

The Troy City Council is considering a citizen-initiated petition, signed by more than 2,700 residents, that proposes freezing the city’s tax rate for operating and capital costs at 8.1 mills, costing a resident with a home that has a $124,885 taxable value — the average in Troy — $1,012 a year.

The council discussed the issue Monday but postponed making a decision until the Aug. 11 meeting.

A universal health care proposal will not be on Michigan’s November ballot because supporters fell short of collecting enough signatures from voters.

The Healthcare for Michigan Ballot Committee got about 133,000 signatures for a proposal to require the Legislature to pass laws ensuring every state citizen has affordable and comprehensive health coverage.

More than 380,000 valid signatures, or 10 percent of the total votes cast in the last gubernatorial election, are needed to put before voters measures changing the state constitution.

If you’re not in favor of commercializing the Great Lakes, you won’t be pleased by the water policy Michigan’s Legislature has just enacted. The PR campaign would have you believe that the new laws are a giant breakthrough in the protection of Michigan and Great Lakes water.

Wayne County officials approved language for a recall campaign against Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, green-lighting the second effort to oust him since the $8.4 million whistle-blower scandal broke this year.

The first never got started, after the language was rejected when Kilpatrick’s lawyers argued the petitioner didn’t live in the city.

The Wayne County Circuit Court Friday morning ordered the group attempting to recall House Speaker Andy Dillon (D-Redford Twp.), who represents north Dearborn Heights, to stop what they deemed to be illegal activities.

Taxpayers to Recall Andy Dillon, the court said, is barred from using people from outside his district — and even outside Michigan — to circulate petitions, which is illegal under Michigan election law.

Here is a story that details how far Democrats will go to destroy the people’s ability to be heard in government. It also shows Democrat’s penchant to abuse their power, their blatant waste of government funds, and the incestuous relationship that the anti-democratic process unions have with Democrats.