So does that mean we can stop Facebook and Google from collecting data now as well? Or is it only an issue when it's a Democrat?
You could try legislation.
This is an issue because a partisan governor used taxpayer money to use a party operative to illegally collect personal health information.
But you make a good point. She's above the as denoted by the "D". If you seek dozens of pages of shitty diaper outrage, expand the identifier to TDS and imagine someone in Trump's family took their dog to the vet for its annual shots and was photographed by the paparazzi....
Post by EPIC Sir Tinley on Apr 21, 2020 18:42:34 GMT -8
Whitmer backtracks after COVID-19 contract awarded to Dem consultant who said Trump should 'get coronavirus ASAP'
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration acknowledged Tuesday that normal protocols were bypassed when a no-bid contract for coronavirus contact tracing was awarded by the state to Great Lakes Community Engagement, which is operated by a well-known Democratic consultant Michael Kolehouse -- who has previously written that President Trump should "get Coronavirus ASAP" and that someone should "do the country a favor and cough on that man," Facebook posts reviewed by Fox News show.
The Washington Free Beacon reported earlier Tuesday that Michigan gave a separate contract to track the spread of coronavirus to Every Action VAN, a division of the Democratic data operation NGP VAN. The contract for Great Lakes Community Engagement, which would total $200,000 over eight weeks, was to be executed in coordination with EveryAction, which is tightly linked to NGP VAN's operation. The state abruptly canceled the contract Tuesday.
“Nearly every major Democratic campaign in America is powered by NGP VAN's software, including the Obama campaign’s voter contact, volunteer, fundraising and compliance operations in all 50 states," NGP VAN boasts on its website. The Washington Post has described NGP VAN as "the voter file provider for Democratic campaigns and independent groups up and down ballot."
NGP VAN has previously exposed secretive and proprietary information due to technical glitches, The Washington Post has reported, including when a software patch was improperly applied.
The contracts raised concerns that Whitmer's administration was tying confidential health information to a political data gathering operation and that Whitmer, a rising star floated as a possible vice presidential candidate, had circumvented the state's normal process for awarding key financial resources.
Kolehouse Strategies appears in contact tracing testing materials obtained by Fox News, although the governor's office indicated that the firm hadn't yet begun work.
There was little doubt that Kolehouse and NGP VAN were no strangers to the Whitmer administration before they secured the contracts. Kolehouse also runs Kolehouse Strategies, which openly advocates on behalf of progressive candidates. In other social media posts, including one on April 1, he has praised Whitmer and called Trump a "maniac."
"We stand with that women [sic] and her name is Governor Whitmer!" Kolehouse wrote on March 30.
Kolehouse has since locked down his Facebook account, and he did not respond to Fox News' request for comment.
Contact tracing allows health officials to proactively address the spread of a virus by assessing exposure among individuals, and involves major potential privacy risks. Wes Nakagiri, a local county commissioner, was the first to discover the contract arrangement -- and told the Free Beacon that the Whitmer contract was unprecedented.
"I’ve been involved with grassroots activists for a little over a decade," Nakagiri told the outlet. "I’ve never seen anything like this on the conservative side of the ledger, where you’ve got this entity working with governmental bodies, dumping huge networks of information into one database. They’re asking for contact information, they’re asking for who else lives in the house—it’s troubling that this information is being stored in a Democrat-aligned database."
Post by EPIC Sir Tinley on Apr 26, 2020 4:49:17 GMT -8
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Provides a Lesson in What States Shouldn't Do To Stop a Pandemic
Some protestors were nasty and went overboard, but her harsh tactics will sap her legitimacy at a critical juncture.
If any politician is looking for a lesson on how not to deal with the coronavirus crisis, they would do well to look at Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D). Even if you have zero sympathy with the people who violated basic social distancing rules yesterday to protest Whitmer's new stay-at-home-order, you should at least understand that her policy was bound to spark an ugly blowback.
The spread of coronavirus represents a massive failure of public health authorities, but Americans everywhere—including in Michigan, where I live—have thus far willingly complied with their edicts. It has been amazing to see just how completely American society has transformed itself in three short weeks: Businesses that have been deemed non-essential have shut down, laying off millions of workers. The ones that are still operating are letting their employees telecommute from home. Grocery stores have become thinly populated because shoppers are limiting their trips. Every store near me has erected spit barriers between cashiers and shoppers and some are disinfecting every single cart before use. The vast majority of shoppers wear masks (regardless of whether local laws mandate this or not), sanitize their hands a gazillion times before touching items, and refrain from unloading their carts when someone else is checking out. Drivers wipe down pumps and steering wheels. Park visitors maintain a scrupulous six-foot distance.
Whitmer's new executive order that not only extended the state's shelter-in-place mandate till the end of the month—something most everyone had expected and accepted—but added arguably the country's most draconian and nonsensical provisions.
She ordered big box stores to stop selling paint, carpets, and other home-improvement material not considered essential, though as Reason's Billy Binion reported, she does allow lottery ticket sales, probably because the proceeds go to the state's K-12 funds.
She shut down lawn-care services. Contender's Tree and Lawn Specialist Inc., a company that purchased hundreds of thousands of dollars of fertilizer and other supplies had to stop spraying its plants in the middle of spring season, risking its entire crop. (Michigan's gardening industry, with an estimated retail value of $580 million to $700 million and 9,000 employees, faces a complete loss this year if it isn't able to operate soon.)
In addition to large gatherings, she also barred families that don't share a home from getting together, preventing one man from seeing his girlfriend of 14 years because she doesn't live with him.
She forbade families from traveling to their vacation cottages in northern Michigan, a popular springtime activity in Michigan. She shut down golf courses and prohibited motorized boats, although non-motorized ones are allowed, for some reason.
What's more, Whitmer has decreed that violations will count as misdemeanors punishable by up to a $1,000 civil fine. Criminal penalties are also on the table, should prosecutors choose to pursue that. Meanwhile, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has gone full China and is encouraging employees to rat out their bosses and call the police if they try to open up shop in violation of the lockdown.
What's so outrageous about all this is that the new businesses and activities that Whitmer is targeting can all be safely conducted while adhering to strict social distancing rules. But Whitmer's theory apparently is that anything beyond absolutely essential conduct jeopardizes frontline workers. This is the precautionary principle on steroids. It considers even an infinitesimal increase in secondary risk as unacceptable, a mindset that could justify stopping virtually any activity anytime.
Post by EPIC Sir Tinley on May 8, 2020 7:36:44 GMT -8
University of Michigan law students devise legal challenge to governor’s stay-at-home order
They unearthed a state and federal ‘fundamental right to intrastate travel’
When Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a stay-at-home executive order for the state’s residents, Jacob Weaver “had to choose between celebrating Easter with my family and facing a misdemeanor,” he told The College Fix.
That’s because the University of Michigan law student doesn’t live with his family. And visiting that “second residence” meant breaking the Democrat’s order.
But Weaver had an idea for overcoming his predicament: suing Whitmer.
He and other UMich law students – not yet licensed attorneys – teamed up with civil litigation attorneys last month to challenge the governor in federal court, arguing that the COVID-19 travel ban “between residences” violates due process and equal protection clauses in both federal and state constitutions.
The legal team is representing Michigan resident and timeshare owner Lyn Allen of Wayne County, which has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state. Under the order, Allen was barred from traveling to her timeshare located in Glen Arbor some 200 miles away.
The order impedes on the “fundamental right to intrastate travel” and only targets Michigan residents, leaving out-of-state residents to visit their Michigan second residences.
Whitmer’s critics responded to her various orders related to the coronavirus pandemic by protesting around the Michigan state capitol. The governor told USA Today that that protest itself may lead her to extend the stay-at-home order because not everyone was wearing masks.
“If left unchecked, the governor could extend her authority indefinitely,” Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told Local 4 News. “Michigan citizens cannot wait that long for a path forward to regain their lives and their livelihoods.”
“The more we assessed the executive order, the more irrational it looked,” Weaver (left) told The Fix. The 6th Circuit “has recognized the fundamental right to intrastate travel for the purpose of access under the Fourteenth Amendment,” the suit argues, and Michigan courts have also “long recognized a “fundamental right” to intrastate travel.”