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Willow Run Tea Party Caucus rejected at clarity hearing, on recall petition for state Sen. Rebekah Warren

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 Rebekah Warren (D) website
Washtenaw County Elections
Commission clarity hearing
 rejected petition language on a effort
to recall state Sen. Rebakah Warren. 
A recall clarity language hearing for state Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) was stalled on July 18th when a majority vote of the Washtenaw County Election Commission rejected petition language.

In a 2-1 vote, the commission deciding the language was unclear. The lone affirming vote was from Washtenaw County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum (D), with rejection votes casted on behalf of County Treasurer Catherine McClary (D) and Judge Donald Shelton (D).

Ypsilanti Township resident and member the self-named “Willow Run Tea Party Caucus” Steven Wallis filed the recall language earlier this month. In the petition, Wallis cited that Sen. Warren's vote against the repeal of the "job-killing Michigan Business Tax" as his reason for wanting to recall the state Senator Warren.

Michigan's Recall Procedures allows Wallis 10 days to appeal the County Election Commission’s determination to the Washtenaw County Circuit Court. After that, another clarity hearing could be held within 10 to 20 days. 

Petition language approval a initial step in a recall process. If approved, Wallis and/or members of the “Willow Run Tea Party Caucus” would have 90 days collect about 25,000 signatures from register voters in Washtenaw County. 

Warren won her first term in the Michigan 18th senatorial district, in November 2010, with an over 60% majority margin.

In a statement issued on Tuesday following the decision, Senator Warren cited that she understands Wallis' concerns but, believes there were more responsible ways of reforming Michigan’s tax structure then on the backs of the states’ working class and Senior citizens.
“The truth is the legislation in question did not eliminate the Michigan Business Tax, but rather shifted a tremendous tax burden onto Michigan’s working families and seniors, gutting the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit, eliminating critical tax incentives for our homeless shelters and food banks, and implementing a three-tiered pension tax that many retirees are struggling to adjust to," Warren said. 
"Quite simply, this vote balanced the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens in order to fund a $2 billion tax break for businesses."
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