The Michigan Senate voted along party lines today to authorize a lawsuit against Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

The Senate Republican majority OK’d a potential challenge to Whitmer’s use of line-item vetoes in budget bills. The bills were meant to rein in Whitmer’s use of emergency powers during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said it’s time to let people and businesses make their own decisions on how to be safe during the pandemic.

       “This governor does not trust the citizens of Michigan to do the right thing.”

State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey again stoked controversy today when he refused to back off from questioning whether the January 6th US Capitol riot was real.

The exchange between Shirkey and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist was captured on an open mic on the Senate rostrum.

   Shirkey defended his sentiments in this audio. 

“I don’t, frankly, take back any of the points I was trying to make. Some of the words I chose I would do different.”


…he told Gilchrist, and:

   “I don’t back off very easily and sometimes I should.”