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MI Governor Whitmer Flew To Delaware To Meet With Joe Biden

Gretchen Whitmer

Gretchen Esther Whitmer is an American politician serving as the 49th Governor of Michigan since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, she served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2001 to 2006 and in the Michigan Senate from 2006 to 2015. Whitmer was born and raised in Michigan.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer met last Sunday evening in Delaware with Joe Biden about possibly serving as his running mate, the first known face-to-face meeting of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee in recent weeks with a woman vetted by his team to serve as his vice president, a person familiar with the meeting told CBS News. 

The governor traveled round trip from Michigan to Delaware on Sunday evening on a private plane, said the person familiar, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. A second person familiar with the governor’s travels confirmed to CBS News that she traveled to Delaware last Sunday, but did not know the purpose of the visit.

Whitmer, She won her 2018 race by pledging to “Fix the Damn Roads,” but she has struggled to enact her agenda amid strong opposition from Republicans, who have especially sparred with her in recent months over emergency powers to address the coronavirus pandemic.

GOP legislature sues Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer over state of emergency extension

Republican legislative leaders in Michigan are suing the state’s Democratic governor over her extension of Michigan’s state of emergency during the coronavirus pandemic.

They announced their lawsuit challenging Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers after she extended the state of emergency through May 28 last week.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the Michigan Court of Claims, argues that she violated the separation of powers in her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Republican-controlled legislature passed a resolution last week authorizing leaders to challenge Whitmer’s actions in court.

“She has chosen to regulate every aspect of nearly 10 million lives with no consent or input from the people’s representatives, whose assistance the Governor publicly disdains,” the court filing says.

Whitmer cited two emergency powers laws, one from 1945 and another from 1976, that she said grant her the legal authority to declare a state of emergency and issue executive orders related to COVID-19.

Republicans are challenging Whitmer’s executive authority under an emergency powers law from 1945 and the Emergency Management Act of 1976.

The 1945 law does not say that a governor needs legislative approval to issue “reasonable orders,” but Republicans are arguing that the law is not meant to address statewide pandemics. They maintain instead that the law “applies only to geographically limited, civil disturbance-like emergencies.”

The Emergency Management Act of 1976 does note an extension to a state of emergency requires legislative approval. Because the legislature did not extend the state of emergency at the end of April, Republican legislators argue that Whitmer does not have emergency powers under the 1976 law.

Whitmer cited two emergency powers laws, one from 1945 and another from 1976, that she said grant her the legal authority to declare a state of emergency and issue executive orders related to COVID-19.

Republicans are challenging Whitmer’s executive authority under an emergency powers law from 1945 and the Emergency Management Act of 1976. The 1945 law does not say that a governor needs legislative approval to issue “reasonable orders,” but Republicans are arguing that the law is not meant to address statewide pandemics. They maintain instead that the law “applies only to geographically limited, civil disturbance-like emergencies.”

The Emergency Management Act of 1976 does note an extension to a state of emergency requires legislative approval. Because the legislature did not extend the state of emergency at the end of April, Republican legislators argue that Whitmer does not have emergency powers under the 1976 law.

Support to Biden

Whitmer was a supporter of Biden’s presidential bid, returning a favor for the former Vice President, who campaigned and helped raise money for her 2018 gubernatorial bid.

A Biden campaign spokesman declined to comment. A Whitmer spokesperson said her office doesn’t comment on the governor’s personal schedule. 

The Associated Press first reported the news of Whitmer’s travels to Delaware.

News of the meeting with Whitmer came as Biden arrived Friday night at his vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where he has spent some weekends in recent weeks ahead of a busier late August and anticipated fall campaign schedule. Secret Service vehicles and the family dog were spotted outside the dark blue home late Friday.

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