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Judge Rules Shop Can Remain Open

Karl Manke, a 77-year-old barber in Owosso, Michigan, has defeated Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel in court for the second time in about a week.

The Argus-Press reported:

Judge Matthew Stewart ruled that Karl Manke will not have to close his shop after the state again failed to prove he was an imminent danger to public health.

Stewart said the state did not arrest Manke when he was cited, so he didn’t represent “an imminent health danger.”

“(The attorney general) has not presented any studies underlying the doctor’s conclusion. (The attorney general) has not shown any nexus between the cutting of hair and an increased risk of transmission,” Stewart wrote, the Detroit Free Press reported.

“(The attorney general’s) filings rest more on general facts about COVID-19 than specific practices or conditions at (Manke’s) business.”

Nessel’s office said she would appeal the ruling.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs suspended Manke’s license without a hearing.

“It’s an unbelievable abuse of power,” attorney David Kallman told radio host Steve Gruber, stating there is no legal basis for the action.

“This is pure retribution by the governor’s office and by the AG. This is so petty and vindictive, it’s beyond the pale,” Kallman said.

After her defeat, Nessel attacked Manke publicly.

We want him to discontinue his conduct, which we think is aiding and abetting the spread of the virus,” Nessel claimed.

“Mr. Manke,” she sighed, “He’s not a hero, he’s not a patriot. A patriot is a person that fights all enemies, foreign and domestic, and does everything possible to protect his fellow countrymen and countrywomen.”

“To me, Mr. Manke is doing just the opposite of that and he’s being selfish in his behavior,” the attorney general declared.

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‘Operation Haircut’ at Michigan Capitol

Barbers and haircutters are on the Michigan capitol lawn on Wednesday as residents call for the state to be reopened.

The Michigan Conservative Coalition organized the protest, dubbed, “Operation Haircut,” from noon to 3:00 p.m. in downtown Lansing.

“Operation Haircut is designed to demonstrate the insanity still rampant in Lansing,” MCC co-founder Marian Sheridan.

“Michigan needs to be reopened now to end the reign of Michigan’s power hungry bureaucrats.  We are suffering from a #Whitmerdepression.”

The protest is in response to barbers and haircutters being deemed “nonessential” by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has been targeted 77-year-old Owosso barber Karl Manke, who had refused to close his shop.

It wasn’t until Whitmer’s administration stripped him of his operating license that he finally did.

“Citizens are tired of being treated like babies,” Meshawn Maddock, MCC co-founder, said.

“Citizens are fed up. Join us in Lansing on May 20. Get a free haircut. Then, importantly, let’s get Michigan back to work, before it is too late.”

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Biden Forgets ‘Coronavirus,’ Claims He Doled Out ‘$84 Billion’ in Recovery Act

Joe Biden’s apparent cognitive decline was on display again Tuesday evening when he committed several blunders during an interview with Yahoo News.

The Democrat presumptive nominee seemed to forget the name of the coronavirus:

“Thousands of meatpacker— workers got sick, got cona— uh, uh, got the virus and some died,” he said.

Another time, he misstated the amount of dollars he doled out during the Obama-era Recovery Act by about $720 billion.

“I had the job of getting out $84 billion in 18 months in the Recovery Act,” he said, but in reality, it was $800 billion.

Biden temporarily forgot what century we’re in.

“The idea that you go through the 20th Century without— with just 12 years of education, er, the 21st Century,” he said.

Biden made a bizarre claim about hydroxycloroquine, the drug some doctors have said has cured their patients of coronavirus.

“It’s like saying maybe if you injected Clorox into your blood, you know, it may cure you,” he claimed, referring to bleach.

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Michigan Court Sides With Gretchen Whitmer Over Emergency Powers

A Michigan Court of Claims judge sided with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday, claiming the law grants her “broad authority” to enact executive orders.

Whitmer was sued by Michigan United for Liberty, which asked for the court to invalidate Whitmer’s stay-at-home and other executive orders, MIRS News reported.

“This is good news for our families, our health care workers, and everyone serving on the front lines of this crisis,” Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown said.

“The governor will continue to use every tool at her disposal to save lives and lower the chance of a second wave of COVID-19.”

The Republican-led legislature has also sued Whitmer in the Court of Claims and the legislative bodies made a separate argument that Whitmer did not have the authority to extend her state of emergency order.

9 and 10 News reported:

The issue is there are two laws on the books that are clashing: One says she needs legislative approval to enforce executive orders, and another that says she does not.

In the hearing the judge asked the Legislature lawyer if there is a second wave of COVID-19 in the fall, would the governor be able to issue another emergency declaration without approval.

The Legislature attorney said a 1945 Emergency Powers Act was for local emergencies, not statewide ones.

A ruling in that case, overseen by a different judge, is expected at any time.

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Democrats Now Believe ‘Walls Do Work’ with Quarantine Orders

Michigan protester Rob Cortis told Breitbart News that Democrats now believe walls work because of the quarantines they’ve imposed.

Cortis and his “Trump Unity Bridge” float were in Grand Haven, Michigan, on Saturday to protest the closure of a huge parking lot at Gand Haven State Park, shuttered due to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s shutdown orders.

“Nancy Pelosi, [Chuck] Schumer, even Joe Biden and [Barack] Obama. They all finally agree with President Trump that walls do work because they’re endorsing the quarantine around all the people, building a wall around them and saying, ‘If we build a wall around you with quarantine, you’ll be safe,’” Cortis told Breitbart News.

“And if you’re safe, we’ll slowly let you out properly. We’ll put some rules and guidelines together, just like President Trump said,” he said.

“They all agree with President Trump!” he declared.

Cortis accepts donations so he can stay on the road promoting Trump, and he said he’s traveled over 260,000 miles supporting the president.

In Grand Haven, Cortis was offering “President Trump 2020” masks as a fundraiser for his efforts, which he said are available on his website.

“If everybody wears a Trump 2020 mask, you know what’s going to happen? CNN’s going to start announcing, ‘You don’t have to wear masks anymore,’” he said.

“Wear a Trump 2020 mask, the quarantine will be over,” Cortis said.

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Grads Will ‘Redefine What It Means to be a Global Citizen’

During a brief video to graduates of Delaware State University on Saturday, Joe Biden said some of them will “redefine what it means to be a global citizen.”

The statement is a stark contrast to President Trump’s America First agenda.

“I know these are difficult times for all of us,” Biden said, “And for any of you who might’ve lost loved ones to this pandemic.”

After saying “we’re going to get through this,” he continued, “We’re going to need the passion and ingenuity and the skill that all of you have to offer to help rebuild and transform this country.

“I’m looking forward to all of you becoming leaders, educators, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers, artists here in Delaware,” the candidate, dubbed the “last, best hope of globalists,” told grads.

“Many of you will be responsible for developing new technologies,” Biden said.

“Some of you will redefine what it means to be a global citizen and lead the way in uniting people regardless of age, gender, race, or zip code,” he said.

The 97-second video had three clear edits, suggesting Biden couldn’t get all the way through the brief prepared statement.

On Thursday, Biden proposed creating a 100,000-member Public Health Corps. made up of “young people” who would conduct coronavirus contact tracing.

“We have a chance to institutionally change the way this economy functions once we get by this godawful pandemic,” Biden said.

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Pelosi 1,800-Page Stimulus Dead on Arrival in Senate

The massive $3 trillion stimulus bill passed by House Democrats on Friday is “dead on arrival” in the Senate, Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) told Breitbart News Saturday evening.

Huizenga also slammed new proxy voting rules passed by House Democrats, which would see some members voting for others on their behalf.

“This is abdicating your constitutional duty. The idea that literally 22 people holding ten proxies each could go run the House of Representatives, because it takes 218 (votes) to do anything in the House,” he said.

“What a consolidation of power from Nancy Pelosi,” Huizenga continued.

“She just got what she wanted. I just do not understand my colleagues and their interest in handing their voting card to somebody else,” he said.

“How do you count people towards a quorum who aren’t physically there?” Huizenga said.

He said there should be a lawsuit filed against the new rule and believes one likely will be.

“How do you pass laws when you don’t even physically have a majority of the House of Representatives in attendance?”

Huizenga posted a video on Facebook shortly after the House vote on the stimulus on Friday.

After humorously noting that he needs a haircut — which is currently difficult to come by in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Michigan — said Republicans attempted to send the bill back to committee because it contained stimulus checks for illegal immigrants.

“That, to me, seemed very wrong, especially while we can’t even get our state unemployment insurance situations figured out,” he said in the selfie video.

“I’m getting the angry emojis and that’s fine. If you want to prioritize illegal immigrants before we have people on unemployment, we’re coming from very different pages on that,” he told viewers.

“Go ahead and throw out your hate emoji, that’s the wrong way to go.”

“This is dead on arrival. They’re not even going to take this bill up,” Huizenga told Breitbart News of the Senate and added that the upper chamber would “basically start from scratch” if there is another bill.

“Doing pension bailouts, money for Planned Parenthood, money for the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, billions for the Post Office, $10,000 student loan forgiveness. I guess Bernie Sanders, (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), and Elizabeth Warren did get something in the bill,” he said, and called it an “1,800-page press release.”

“We haven’t even gotten the money out the door that we appropriated for the first waves,” Huizenga noted.

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Grand Haven, Michigan Protesters Gather to Reopen Beach Parking Lot

Protesters are gathering on the beach in Grand Haven, Michigan, on Saturday to demand the reopening of a parking lot closed by the state.

“Grand Haven Beach Bash,” billed as a “family-friendly event,” will take place near the state park on the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

The state has closed a key parking lot for tourists and beach goers at Grand Haven State Park.

 

Ottawa County has defending closing the parking lot.

Kristina Weighmink, public information officer for Ottawa County Public Health, told WGVU, “We understand that many people are eager to gather with friends and family, but we must stay focused on disease prevention methods. To minimize the risk of further infection, and to make sure our health system is not overburdened.”

Organizer Brandon Hall has been threatened with a $500 fine if he holds the event, the NPR affiliate reported.

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Sheriff Won’t Enforce Whitmer’s Shutdown Order: Businesses Are ‘Dying’

A Democrat county sheriff is the latest to say he is not going to enforce Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s shutdown order.

Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson told Charlie LeDuff’s No BS News Hour on Friday that he won’t be assisting Whitmer in going after residents she believes are violating her decrees.

“First, you know, people have to talk about the Constitution in its entirety. And that’s the separation of powers,” Swanson told him, the Detroit News reported.

“And the sheriff is the executive branch of that separation. We enforce laws — with discretion, remember that.”

Swanson continued:

It is dangerous for police officers to determine what’s right and what’s wrong. Otherwise I could look at Lafayette (Boulevard in Detroit) and say: “You know, by the order of the sheriff, I don’t agree with the speed limit. Go as fast as you want.” I can’t do that.

But what I can do is say: “I’m not going to park cars there and pull over everybody going one (mph) over.” I tell this to my people in Genesee County, because I have seen people and I have seen people on the nursing side… the business side, they’re dying. We have not raided a business. We have not shut a business down. We’re not pulling people over. We’re not writing tickets. And don’t expect us to do it.

On Tuesday, Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy also said he would use discretion in not enforcing Whitmer’s order:

Murphy said Whitmer’s vague order has left residents and law enforcement confused:

For example, I go out and ticket a boat that’s operating with a motor, and I get hauled into court, and the judge says, “What are you doing?”

“Hey, I’m upholding the executive order. Governor says you can operate a boat, but you can’t operate a boat with a motor.” And I hold up this executive order that nowhere in that executive order does it say you can’t have a motor. She mentioned that in a press conference. She mentioned that in the Frequently Asked Questions. But it was not in the order. So I’m supposed to uphold an order that’s not clear and concise, that’s based on Frequently Asked Questions.

Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian BeGole, too, said his department would not enforce Whitmer’s order:

“With limited resources, staffing and facilities, our priority focus will be on enforcing duly passed laws for the protection of Shiawassee County citizens,” BeGole wrote in a public letter.

“I have decided, within my authority, that our office cannot and will not divert our primary resources and efforts towards enforcement of the Governor Whitmer’s executive orders.”

Whitmer lashed out at residents on Monday.

“I expect people to follow the law,” she said.

“These executive orders are not a suggestion. They’re not optional. They’re not helpful hints.”

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Biden Claims Coronavirus Cost over 85,000 Jobs, Lives of Millions

Joe Biden marred his facts on Thursday during a virtual roundtable with three governors supporting his campaign.

While speaking with Govs. Ned Lamont (D-CT), Phil Murphy (D-NJ), and Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI), Biden said, “We’re in the middle of a pandemic that has cost us more than 85,000 jobs as of today. Lives of millions of people, millions of people, millions of jobs.”

To date, there have been 85,066 deaths in American blamed on COVID-19, and over 1.4 million cases in the U.S., according to Reuters. There have been 300,798 deaths globally, arcgis.com reported.

Over 26 million jobs have been lost for U.S. workers in the five weeks since the coronavirus outbreak began, according to NPR.

The event kicked off awkwardly when Biden was introduced but wasn’t notified he was on camera and was supposed to begin.

He sat in silence for several moments and stared down at the floor before he was prompted to begin.

“Go ahead, sir,” an aide faintly said off camera. Note: the Twitter account @TrumpWarRoom boosted the audio level to make it more audible.

Another time, he seemed to forget the name of one of his top health advisers.

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“Um, and uh, and I’m not, and I, I have a, I have a uh, like all of you but every day I get between an hour and an hour and a half brief with um, uh, the former head of, our former surgeon general, anyway, with docs across the country,” he said.

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Coronavirus Chance to Institutionally Change this Economy

Joe Biden says the coronavirus outbreak is “a chance” to alter the U.S. economy.

On Thursday, “Good Luck America” published part two of its interview with the Democrat frontrunner for president.

“We have to come out of this godawful situation and build an economy that’s fair to everybody,” Biden said.

He claimed on the Snapchat show that “young people are afraid right now” and they’re graduating unable to work and pay off their debts due to the economic crash.

“We have a chance to institutionally change the way this economy functions once we get by this godawful pandemic,” Biden told Peter Hamby.

His idea to “rebuild the economy” is “every new highway is green,” and said there should be tax credits for constructing “green buildings.”

Biden proposed creating a “Public Health Corps.,” where 100,000 young people would “track and trace,” presumably referring to coronavirus contact tracing programs.

He said “prejudice within our system” is the cause for black and Hispanics being more likely to catch the virus.

In part one of the interview, Biden botched Andrew Yang’s name.

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“The latest episode of Here’s the Deal podcast with Andrew Young,” he said, as a picture of Andrew Yang appeared on the screen.

Andrew Young was mayor of Atlanta in the 1980s.

“We’re trying to get better with it,” Biden said of using the Internet, adding he “can’t wait” to get off his back porch.

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State Police ‘Monitoring All of the Conversations’ of Protesters

Michigan state police are “monitoring all of the conversations” of protesters planning to descend on the capitol Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told reporters.

Whitmer was first asked about what “proof” she has that protesters had spread the virus around the state after previous demonstrations.

“I saw one report— I don’t have proof. I’m not following everybody home and taking their temperatures and watching them for two weeks,” she said.

Whitmer claimed to see a lot of activists “touching each other” at protests.

She said a group analyzed cell phone data and concluded that it “translates to where we’re seeing hot spots in rural parts of Michigan.”

“I don’t know the group, I’ve not vetted the data, I can’t vouch for it,” she admitted.

Whitmer was then asked if she “wants to see” the Michigan State Police ticket protesters who are violating social distancing orders.

“I think the Michigan State Police is monitoring all of the conversations around this event tomorrow – that they are prepared and are working with the attorney general,” she said.

She said they are prepared to ticket protesters “if there’s reason to do it.”

“I’m hopeful they don’t have reason to,” Whitmer said.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order

In a 4-3 decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the Gov. Tony Evers’ administration’s stay-at-home order.

The ruling “essentially reopens the state, lifting caps on the size of gatherings, allowing people to travel as they please and allowing shuttered businesses to reopen, including bars and restaurants,” the Associated Press reported.

Health secretary Andrea Palm had issued the order, and the court found she didn’t have the authority to do so.

“Rule-making exists precisely to ensure that kind of controlling, subjective judgement asserted by one unelected official, Palm, is not imposed in Wisconsin,” Chief Justice Patience Roggensack wrote in the majority opinion.

Former Gov. Scott Walker praised the court’s decision in a statement to Breitbart News.

“The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the law,” he said.

“The rule of law must be upheld – even in emergencies. I am honored to have appointed two of the Justices in the majority on the 4 – 3 decision.”

The decision allows schools to remain closed, and local governments can create their own restrictions.

Dane County, home of liberal Madison, was quick to do just that.

Public Health Officer Janel Heinrich took Evers’ orders limiting gatherings and enacted them at the local level.

Evers, meanwhile, “reacted angrily” to the ruling, according to the AP.

“Today, Republican legislators convinced four members of the state Supreme Court to throw the state into chaos,” Evers said.

“They have provided no plan. There’s no question among anybody that people are going to get sick. Republicans own that chaos.”

He added, “In the meantime, we’re going to have 72 counties doing their own thing.”

“I can’t believe there’s a state in the nation with this type of chaos.”

Walker called for the state to reopen nearly three weeks ago during an interview with Breitbart News.

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“I get the fear that people hav, but there’s also a lot of frustration. People don’t know what to believe, what the facts are. It keeps changing all the time,” he said in late April.

Walker said he believes it’s time to reopen the state and he has encouraged businesses to come up with a plan to “safely” reopen.

“Not as a requirement of government, but I think to get employees back” is going to be a challenge, he said.

“I think this is one of those where the private sector, in many cases, knows better,” Walker said, adding if workers and customers don’t feel safe, “it doesn’t matter what date you say you’re going to reopen, it’s not going to happen.”

“Let’s stop suspending common sense,” he said.

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Michigan AG Blasts 77-Year-Old Barber Defying Shutdown Order: 'Not a Hero,' 'Not a Patriot'

The Michigan Attorney General attacked 77-year-old Owosso barber Karl Manke on Wednesday, saying he is “not a patriot” for ignoring Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s shutdown order.

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MI Sheriff Dismantles Gretchen Whitmer Executive Orders

In a Facebook video, a Michigan sheriff simply told residents why his department will not be enforcing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders.

Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy is the latest to announce his agency won’t cite alleged violators of Whitmer’s shutdown and stay-at-home orders.

Murphy said his department would be using discretion when choosing not to enforce the orders.

He said people accepted the need for a lockdown at the beginning, and then as Whitmer continued to issue executive orders–some rescinding others–it got confusing.

Murphy said Whitmer has been creating “Frequently Asked Questions” about the orders, which some people are interpreting as the substance of the order.

For example, I go out and ticket a boat that’s operating with a motor and I get hauled into court and the judge says, “What are you doing?”

“Hey, I’m upholding the executive order. Governor says you can operate a boat, but you can’t operate a boat with a motor.” And I hold up this executive order that nowhere in that executive order does it say you can’t have a motor. She mentioned that in a press conference. She mentioned that in the Frequently Asked Questions. But it was not in the order. So I’m supposed to uphold an order that’s not clear and concise that’s based on Frequently Asked Questions.

He said he was cautioned by the county prosecutor on enforcement “because there is a ton of ambiguity on the orders.”

Murphy also theorized that courts are “not going to get jammed up” with these types of enforcements, since they have been closed for two months, and he said he could “all but assure you” that they will get dismissed.

He invited the attorney general’s office to conduct investigations and enforce Whitmer’s orders.

Murphy denied being political in his decision and said he is “a sheriff making the best decision I can for the men and women in my office and the county as a whole.”

He encouraged residents to conduct proper hygiene and respect social distancing.

“Me deciding whether or not to enforce an executive order isn’t going to do anything to keep you safe,” Murphy said.

Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian BeGole also said his department would not enforce Whitmer’s orders.

“With limited resources, staffing and facilities, our priority focus will be on enforcing duly passed laws for the protection of Shiawassee County citizens,” BeGole wrote in a public letter.

“I have decided, within my authority, that our office cannot and will not divert our primary resources and efforts towards enforcement of the Governor Whitmer’s executive orders.”

Whitmer lashed out at residents on Monday.

“I expect people to follow the law,” she said.

“These executive orders are not a suggestion. They’re not optional. They’re not helpful hints.”

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Gretchen Whitmer Targets 77-Year-Old Barber’s Livelihood, Strips Operating License

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is waging an increasingly high-profile battle against an elderly barber, and he appears to be winning in both the courts of law and public opinion.

Karl Manke, a 77-year-old from Owosso, reopened his shop after he was turned down for unemployment.

Amid the legal threats from Whitmer’s administration, he recently responded, “What, are they going to give me? Life? I’ve got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. I could care less.”

“As long as I have two hands and I’m capable of cutting hair, that’s my occupation,” Manke said. “That’s what I do. That’s what I’m going to continue to do.”

Manke addressed supporters outside his shop on Monday.

“I’d gone six weeks without a paycheck with no money coming in. I’ve been in this business 59 years…I’m 77. I’ve always worked,” he said.

“I’ve never looked for handouts. I don’t even know what they are. I had somebody call me and say why don’t you get on food stamps. I don’t want to get on food stamps. I want to work.”

“I came into this last Monday alone, thinking I’m going to swing in the wind alone,” he said. “I cannot believe the support that I’ve got,” he added to cheers, with some responding, “You are not alone!”

“It’s overwhelming,” he added, getting choked up.

Another day, Manke made it clear he was going to defy Whitmer’s orders.

He told radio host Steve Gruber he will only leave his shop “if they drag me out in the street or Jesus comes.”

Manke’s levity is a striking contrast to Whitmer’s attempts to appear tough.

When asked specifically about Manke defying her edicts, Whitmer responded, “I expect people to follow the law. These executive orders are not a suggestion. They’re not optional. They’re not helpful hints.”

Despite failing to obtain a restraining order against the barber on Monday, Whitmer’s administration is continuing to pursue him in court.

The AG said:

The Attorney General’s court action, filed on behalf of MDHHS, seeks to enforce the MDHHS Director’s Public Health Order that deemed Mr. Manke’s business an imminent danger to public health in light of the COVID 19 pandemic and directs him to immediately cease operations at his barbershop. The State is seeking to schedule a hearing as soon as possible.

The AG asserted Manke’s open business presents “clear public health dangers.”

After the close of business on Tuesday, Whitmer’s administration stripped Manke of his operating license, his attorney said.

“Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has suspended Karl’s license,” attorney David Kallman told radio host Steve Gruber.

“Not thinking about it, they’ve actually done it without a hearing, without any due process,” he added, saying the action took place some time after 5:00 p.m.

“It’s an unbelievable abuse of power,” Kallman said, arguing there’s no legal basis for the action.

“This is pure retribution by the governor’s office and by the AG. This is so petty and vindictive, it’s beyond the pale,” he told Gruber.

According Kallman, the AG claimed one of the reasons for the license suspension was because Manke was violating the temporary restraining order–which was never granted.

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MI Judge Sides with Barber, Rejects Whitmer Demand to Close Shop

A Michigan judge has denied a motion made by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration that an Owosso barber close up shop during the coronavirus outbreak.

Great Lakes News was outside Karl Manke’s Barber & Beauty Shop on Monday when the ruling came down.

Reporter Katie Heid said the judge denied the state’s claim that the 77-year-old Manke to close his shop because he was allegedly in violation of Whitmer’s stay-at-home order.

“This is not only a big victory for Mr. Manke, but also for other small businesses,” she said.

“Who else will open their doors?”

The state Attorney General lost in its effort to obtain a temporary restraining order, NBC 25 reported.

The AG said:

The Attorney General’s court action, filed on behalf of MDHHS, seeks to enforce the MDHHS Director’s Public Health Order that deemed Mr. Manke’s business an imminent danger to public health in light of the COVID 19 pandemic and directs him to immediately cease operations at his barbershop. The State is seeking to schedule a hearing as soon as possible.

The AG asserted Manke’s open business presents “clear public health dangers”.

Manke told ABC 12 he reopened after unemployment benefits were denied three times.

The barber had been repeatedly fined for allegedly violating the shutdown orders, but supporters paid the fines.

“I just couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t do that,” Manke told radio host Steve Gruber about continuing to operate his business.

“I don’t care really if I have to spend all of the money I’m making right now to pay my fine. It’s worth it,” he said.

He said he will only leave “if they drag me out in the street or Jesus comes.”

Manke said he has fielded several calls from other barbers about what to do.

“You have to have courage,” he said.

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Gretchen Whitmer Admin Sics Michigan Cops on 77-Year-Old Barber Defying Shutdown Edict

A 77-year-old Michigan barber said he won’t stop working “unless he is tasered by the police or Jesus Christ himself walks in” and will continue defying Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders.

Karl Manke, owner of Karl Manke’s Barber & Beauty Shop in Owosso, has remained open despite the stay-at-home order.

Manke told ABC 12 he reopened after unemployment benefits were denied three times.

He has been cited for violating the shutdown order, and supporters have stepped up to pay the fines.

On Friday, state police showed up with an order from Whitmer’s administration to close.

“Today Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon acted under the authority granted to him by state law to issue an order that is necessary to correct conditions that pose an imminent threat to the health or lives of people in Michigan,” the department said in a statement to NBC 25.

“The order requires Karl Manke’s Barbershop in Shiawassee County, which overtly defied Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order, to immediately close to the public.”

Despite the legal threats, Manke vowed to stay open as long as he can.

“Whatever way it is, they’re going to have to drag me kicking and screaming out of this building,” he told ABC 12.

“If the barbershop does not comply with the order, the state will ask a judge in Shiawassee Circuit Court to issue a temporary restraining order,” the department said. “If such an order is issued and the barbershop owner fails to comply, he can be held in contempt of court.”

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel also weighed in:

Mr. Manke was given every opportunity to voluntarily comply with the Governor’s Executive Order and the order of the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Director. As a result of his continued operation, today his business was deemed an imminent danger to the public health and ordered to be shut down by the DHHS Director. If he refuses, the Department of Attorney General will request an order from the Shiawassee County Circuit Court on Monday to close his business. Mr. Manke’s actions are not a display of harmless civil disobedience. His actions are counterproductive to the collective effort businesses and communities everywhere have made to slow the spread of COVID-19, and by opening the doors to his business, he’s putting the lives of many more Michiganders at risk.

“I just couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t do that,” Manke told radio host Steve Gruber about continuing to work.

“I don’t care really if I have to spend all of the money I’m making right now to pay my fine, it’s worth it,” he said.

He said he will only leave “if they drag me out in the street or Jesus comes.”

Manke said he has fielded calls from other barbers about what to do.

“You have to have courage,” he said.

Manke’s attorney, Bill Amadeo, told The Argus-Press that his client would be seeking a jury trial.

Amadeo said Manke would be pleading “not guilty” during a June 6th court hearing.

Kyle Olson is a reporter for Breitbart News. He is also the host of “The Kyle Olson Show,” found on Michigan radio stations on Saturdays. Follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook.



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Glitches, Screen Goes Black, ‘Am I On?’

Joe Biden’s campaign attempted to hold a virtual rally on Thursday and it melted down in a tech disaster.

Biden apparently was to be introduced, and he was going to walk towards the camera before dramatically removing his aviator sunglasses.

The video almost immediately glitched, and before Biden strutted forward, he said, “Did they introduce me? Am I on?”

As Biden attempted to address supporters, his words were garbled to the point of being indecipherable and the glitching video made his face contort in awkward, unnatural ways:

Another time, the screen went black:

Biden attempted to argue he would be the president who would ensure front line workers would have the personal protective equipment — PPE — that they need.

Except, he confused the acronym with the Paycheck Protection Program:

“We have to make sure that there’s work protection, uh, available, the PPPs available,” he said.

“PPP to make sure people can be safe in their jobs,” he added.

Kyle Olson is a reporter for Breitbart News. He is also the host of “The Kyle Olson Show,” found on Michigan radio stations on Saturdays. Follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook.



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Michigan House, Senate Sue Whitmer over State of Emergency Extension

The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate joined forces on Wednesday to sue Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) after she bypassed the legislature to extend the state of emergency declaration.

“Only the Legislature has the power to extend the state of emergency,” House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) told reporters on Wednesday, adding the law is “very clear,” the Detroit Free Press reported.

“The Legislature is left with no choice but to seek the court’s intervention to restore constitutional order,” Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) said.

Chatfield contended Whitmer opted to “go it alone,” and not work with the legislature.

“Because of that we filed a lawsuit today in the Court of Claims, challenging the governor’s unconstitutional actions,” Chatfield said, according to the Detroit News.

“Today was very avoidable, but it is necessary. It’s a sad day for our state because we truly should all be working together.”

The duo are seeking a “speedy hearing” for the suit, and would like the court to find that Whitmer’s “ongoing ‘emergency’ orders are improper and invalid” under Michigan law.

Last week, both the House and Senate passed resolutions allowing their respective leaders to pursue legal action against Whitmer after she extended the state of emergency, which expired April 28.

Her action required the shuttering of bars, restaurants, casinos, and theaters for another 28 days.

“If she does not recognize the end of the emergency declaration, we have no other choice, but to act for our constituents,” Shirkey said, the News reported.

Amid confusion over the validity and clarity of Whitmer’s declarations, Attorney General Dana Nessel sent a letter to law enforcement agencies “confirming” they should be taking action against violators of social distancing and other stay-at-home regulations.

“Nessel finds the two orders to be valid under the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act and asks local law enforcement agencies to continue their enforcement efforts,” her office said.

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Coronavirus an Opportunity to ‘Fundamentally Transform’ America

Joe Biden echoed Barack Obama’s 2008 promise to “fundamentally transform” America on Monday when he vowed to use the coronavirus outbreak to alter the country.

“And I truly think, if we do this right, we have an incredible opportunity to not just dig out of this crisis, but to fundamentally transform the country,” Biden told a group of Latino supporters during a livestream.

It’s not the first time Biden has talked about leveraging the crisis to advance progressive policies.

He said April 22nd:

I believe, because, sort of, the blinders have been taken off, because of this COVID crisis, I think people are realizing, “My Lord. Look at what is possible. Look at the institutional changes we can make – without us becoming a ‘socialist country,’ or any of that malarkey – that we can make to provide the opportunities to change the institutional drawbacks …” from education, all the way through to all the other things we talked about.

On April 17th, Biden said, “We have an opportunity now to take, in a recovery act, a real recovery. We can fundamentally change the science relating to global warming.”

And on April 16th, he said, “I think we have an opportunity now to significantly change the mindset of the American people, things they weren’t ready to do, even two, three years ago,” all thanks to the virus.

The first vow to “fundamentally transform” the country came from Barack Obama in 2008.

“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” Obama told a cheering throng of supporters at the University of Missouri shortly before the election.

Kyle Olson is a reporter for Breitbart News. He is also the host of  The Kyle Olson Show,  found on Michigan radio stations on weekends. Follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook.



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Gretchen Whitmer Mimics Biden Campaign Talking Points on Tara Reade

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stuck closely to the Biden campaign script when asked about allegations made by Tara Reade.

Whitmer was asked by CNN host Jake Tapper about her reaction to the accusation that Joe Biden sexually assaulted Reade in 1993.

She replied:

As a survivor, and as a feminist, I’ll say this. We need to give people an opportunity to tell their story. Then we have a duty to vet it. And just because you’re a survivor doesn’t mean that every claim is equal. It means we give them the ability to make their case and the other side as well. And then to make a judgment that is informed. I have read a lot about this current allegation. I know Joe Biden, and I’ve watched his defense.

There’s not a pattern that goes into this. And I think for these reasons, I’m very comfortable that Joe Biden is who he says he is.

In April, the Biden campaign circulated talking points to its surrogates and supporters so they would play down the accusations and vouch for Biden’s credibility.

“Biden believes that all women have the right to be heard and to have their claims thoroughly reviewed,” they read.

The document continued in part: “…this alleged conduct would have been so wildly out of character for Joe Biden.”

“There has never been a complaint, allegation, hint or rumor of any impropriety or inappropriate conduct like this regarding him – ever,” the talking points said.

Whitmer wouldn’t be the first Democrat to use those talking points.

During an appearance on CNN, Stacey Abrams made similar comments.

“I believe that women deserve to be heard and I believe that they need to be listened to, but I also believe that those allegations have to be investigated by credible sources,” she said.

“I believe Joe Biden. I believe that he is a person who has demonstrated that his love of family, his love of our community has been made perfectly clear through his work as a congressional leader and as an American leader,” Abrams added.

“I know Joe Biden, and I think that he is telling the truth and that this did not happen.”

Like Whitmer, Abrams is also believed to be vying to be Biden’s vice-presidential running mate.

Kyle Olson is a reporter for Breitbart News. He is also the host of “The Kyle Olson Show,” found on Michigan radio stations on weekends. Follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook.



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