Ballot drive hopes to challenge Whitmer’s authority

Governor Gretchen Whitmer, faced with lawsuits challenging her use of emergency powers to fight the coronavirus, could continue to prevail in court. But she may be unable to stop a Republican move that would rescind the 75-year-old law that has enabled her to issue and lift COVID-19 restrictions unilaterally. A ballot drive says it’s in the “home stretch” after collecting more than 400-thousand signatures in two months. Its goal is 500-thousand. If enough signatures are deemed valid by a state board, the GOP-controlled Legislature would likely repeal the 1945 law. The Democratic governor could not veto the initiated bill.