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  •  How is it unconstitutional? (1+ / 0-)
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    Cities exist and have their own powers because the state charters them.  It's not unconstitutional to put conditions on that devolution of power.  

    Don't use "unconstitutional" as a synonym for "things I really don't agree with."  

    •  To take away someone's duly elected (5+ / 0-)

      representation?   Well hell.  Let's declare the country needs and EFM and do away with Obama and Congress.  

      If that isn't unconstitutional it ought to be.  The only reason they are reluctant to go after it in the courts is because our courts are also stacked with Republicans and Teapots.

      What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

      by dkmich on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 02:04:56 PM PDT

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      •  I must have missed how (2+ / 0-)
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        nextstep, sydneyluv

        Detroit voters lack the power to vote for Governor and other state officials.  Oh wait, they still do.  The state has power over cities, which only exist because the state law creates it.  There's nothing unconstitutional about it.  And if Detroit doesn't get any better, then I suspect that there will be a higher turnout at the next gubernatorial election and Snyder will be replaced.

        •  The state can disenfrancise them? n.t (2+ / 0-)
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          What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

          by dkmich on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 02:23:32 PM PDT

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          •  What disenfranchisement? (1+ / 0-)
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            If I live in an unincorporated area--like many outer suburbs of Detroit, am I disenfranchised because no city has been organized for me to have a smaller, more local level of government?  

            The people in Detroit have the power to vote for state officials.  They are not disenfranchised.  The state officials could entirely disincorporate Detroit if it wanted to, and just run it directly.  Or more likely, have Wayne County run it.  To use the business metaphor, Detroit is a subsidiary entity of Michigan, and everyone in Detroit can vote for the CEO who has the power to manage the subsidiary.  

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