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Effort to Recall Troy Mayor Moves Forward; Group Plans to Start Collecting Signatures

The Oakland County Election Commission unanimously approves the language in one of two recall petitions Thursday afternoon, allowing the effort to recall the controversial mayor to proceed.

, a political action committee comprised of "concerned citizens" leading the effort to recall Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, will soon begin collecting signatures after one of its petitions was approved Thursday afternoon.

Daniels first came under fire in December for her  and has remained the center of controversy after  (a  was later approved), telling the  Gay-Straight Alliance  and writing a lengthy position paper .

The Oakland County Election Commission – Oakland County Clerk Bill Bullard, Oakland Probate Judge Linda Hallmark and Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner – voted unanimously to approve the language of the group's first  petition during a in Pontiac. 

In the approved petition, the group lists "voting to reject a $8,485,212 Federal investment grant to the City of Troy on December 19, 2011" as the sole reason for recalling the mayor.

During Thursday's meeting, Daniels spoke publicly against the language of the first petition and argued that it does not accurately reflect .

"The resolution that’s cited didn’t address the … grant, it addressed the architectural contract," she said.

Daniels also replied to the recall effort in a written statement, which reads in part:

"The majority of these accusations are refutable conclusions drawn by the complainant. They are not facts. ... If this honorable board would watch the Troy City Council meetings I believe that they would agree that as a newly elected government official I am making a valiant effort to Chair these meetings with dignity and respect to all persons who come before the board, with an honest effort to follow protocol and with an expressed love for our City and our citizens."

Troy resident and petition sponsor Matt Binkowski said he is glad one of the resolutions was approved and plans to continue the recall effort.

"We're pleased we can move forward," he said. "We have plans to begin collecting signatures mid-month."

Binkowski said Recall Janice Daniels has a core group of "about a dozen" individuals, though "hundreds" have written or called to voice their support and volunteer to collect signatures, of which 7,985 valid signatures are required to put the issue to voters.

"We do have a plan in place" for collecting signatures, Binkowski said. "It's going to be a lot of leg work."

A second petition, which cited four reasons for recalling Daniels, including the mayor's , was rejected by Bullard and Hallmark.

"I have concerns about … whether the oath of office was prior to the time that the mayor was actually sworn in for her office," Hallmark said during the hearing, which drew a crowd of more than 30 people to the Pontiac courtroom. According to state law, each reason for the recall must be based upon the mayor’s conduct during her current term in office.

Binkowski said he submitted two petitions in case one was denied. If both petitions had been approved, only the first recall petition to be submitted with the required number of signatures would have been accepted.

Daniels now has 10 days to appeal the committee's decision.

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Auge March 02, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Nich, you really mean Slater, McGinnis and Campbell They are three pees in a pod, Wade is a fence rider so he will swing which way he thinks is the best for him. He's an okay guy.
Vicki Morton March 02, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Yes, I do ask because I voted, my husband voted, my adult children voted, etc. I agree that the turnout was pathetic, but even so, those people that did go to the polls made poor choices.
Auge March 02, 2012 at 10:14 PM
sounds like you work for the city. have fun collecting the names for the petition.
Auge March 02, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Vicki, how many meetings have you attended?? I remember the high schools having a certain amount of kids come to the meeting, did you come with your kid and watch how they act?? I did and I would be ashamed if my kid ever acted that way when they were in school. Most of us that go to the meetings, go because we want to know and see what is happening and I saw the kids not pay attention, talk while the meeting was going on and sooner or later the Mayor would say we will take a break so the kids can get their papers signed to prove they showed up. If I were their teacher I would have given each of them a report to write about the whole meeting then they would have learned something.
Auge March 02, 2012 at 10:31 PM
VoR, If you don't live here than your mouth should be closed and pay attention to the place you live, I for one live here and really don't care what you have to say. Start arguing with people where you live instead.
Auge March 02, 2012 at 10:38 PM
DC, why should she be recalled when she campaigned against the Transit, when that was the main reason I voted for her. That doesn't bring a recall to her. Get your facts right. As for saying the word, the very next day in a store a lady said the same word (asking a clerk if something looked queer). Maybe we lived in a better world that that meant odd, different. and not what you think it means. and gay meant happy. Too bad you don't use your head and think like we did.
Auge March 02, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Shut it down and shut down the voting and maybe this would be a better paper.
Abbey March 02, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Interesting how now that Daniels's national supporters have been told to come vote 'no' the poll numbers tilted. Problem is that it only matters what Troy voters think.
cookiepro2 March 02, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Yes, thanks, fedupusa, for completely torpoedoing any accuracy as far as local views, that this poll could have hoped to aspire too.
Dyna Chrome March 02, 2012 at 11:48 PM
@cookiepro2 and others. how do you know that doofuses from DU or the KOS kiddies weren't told to vote "yes" in this poll?
Vicki Morton March 02, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Auge, I'm not sure what your comment has to do with the behavior of the Council and Mayor. We're discussing how adult, elected officials should conduct themselves and no matter how well or poorly students attending the meetings behave, the rules don't change for the adults. As for attending meetings, I have attended several, and I witnessed the same childish behavior my daughter saw the night she attended
cookiepro2 March 03, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Could be; Show me the links. Here's the link saying to vote no: http://www.fedupusa.org/ Sinking low to show a picture of Janice Daniels with her Marine son (kudos to that) but not the issue at hand.
Dyna Chrome March 03, 2012 at 12:19 AM
@cookiepro2 I was just pointing out that with a public poll, there is no way to tell who is knocking on it. Market-ticker.org was pointed out up thread as one, and Denninger is right. Another site voting in the poll is http://www.freerepublic.com the biggest and best conservative forum on the web!
cookiepro2 March 03, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Ok, that's three websites encouraging to vote "NO". You are right there is no credibility to this poll.
Sharon March 03, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Here's what has always happened with Janice Daniels and her completely discredited group Troy Citizens United. They cheat. We uncover it and then WE are called out for being so cruel to uncover things. They're cheating on this poll, they cheated on the library proposals, someone above says the old administration was corrupt. Nonsense. There is a big difference between not liking someone's politics and rightfully seeing that this woman is going to damage our city and wanting her out soon. L. Brooks Patterson knows she's a kook. So does Charlie Langton. This isn't middle school soccer, folks. The stakes are real and Janice Daniels is incompetent. Recall her!
Marianne Weiss March 03, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Since the mayor’s post on Facebook was posted long before she took office and has absolutely NOTHING to do with her residing over the city of Troy – it is ridiculous for the media or anyone else to focus only on this. There is another topic that would be a much better focus for people to know. Mayor Daniel’s son is a U.S. Marine who is serving right now in Afghanistan. My respect goes out to all Military Moms. Please show some balance in your coverage and follow this story instead, otherwise Patch.com will be viewed as unbalanced. Every FREE American citizen should be thanking and honoring the military and their families!
chris March 03, 2012 at 02:03 AM
I agree. I read several different Patch from different cities and I find the Troy Patch to be extremely biased and for whatever reason if you post something that is not in agreement with others you are verbally attacked or bullied until you finally leave. I don't know how to explain the difference but the Troy version is simply not nice.
Everdeen March 03, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I'm so glad that the gays are leading the way! Someday we will be free to marry whomever we want. As many people as we want. Any gender, any race, any species, any age. Go, my friends! Marriage freedom for all!
Ed Lambert March 03, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Sean, homosexuality is unnatural in one sense: the primary purpose of sex is the reproduction of the species, which cannot take place in a same sex situation at any time. However, I think it unfair to take "unnatural" in this sense and make it the primary judgment about homosexuals themselves, given that we still know very little about the mind's, the environment's, and genetics' possible role in assigning sexual orientation. I doubt anyone ever makes a conscious, deliberative, willful determination about this. Environmental pressures (a prison, for example) might reinforce or change a basic orientation. And then there's the phenomena of asexuality and bisexuality. Better that we keep "unnatural" out of the discussion. That bigotry and bullying should be rooted out is not even open to discussion as far as I am concerned. That people should be allowed the quiet enjoyment of their lives, also, is without question. Marriage has always been considered by all societies, as far as I know, as a union of a man and woman primarily to protect the family unit as an essential to the maintenance of those same societies. That concept must be preserved. We all have some limitations that prohibit our being a part of some "group." We must accept that regardless of our personal desires.
Ed Lambert March 03, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Sean, the 2nd paragrah of my response to you was typed as a conclusion, and I cannot explain its present position.
Ed Lambert March 03, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Sad, there may be cheating regarding the poll. What else is new about virtually every poll ever taken? However, you'll have to prove your point that there was "cheating" regarding the library issue. Independent auditors at a pre-election meeting at the Community Center demonstrated otherwise. Also, in case you have forgotten or never learned of it at all, the City Council somehow "found" additional funds in the budget after the millage increase had been approved. This hardly proves your assertion. Daniels "is going to damage our city"? It seems to me, then, that you must wait for evidence to prove your point. The recall points only to her vote regarding blocking the transit center--which was at the heart of the campaign itself and which the majority of voters expected her to do. This is what you will have to confront in the very language of the recall petition. Will you face the fact that the voters got what they voted for the first time 'round? It doesn't seem that you accept that. We know this isn't middle school soccer. What is difficult for liberals to accept is the fact that conservatives have finally learned how to play ball by the liberals' own rules. The liberals are not amused.
Ed Lambert March 03, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Chris, I think the evidence proves the contrary to your assertion. I do find that when one posts logical counterpoints to the viewpoints of people of some persuasion, those same people do not continue the discussion--barring one exception here. Please, do not confuse the presentation of a forceful counterpoint with "attacks" or "bullying." That is an excuse only for a person not up to the discussion. Keep in mind, too, that Troy is now a city with a strong representation among its residents of two very different viewpoints of the nature of government itself. That is also true of the country at large. What you are now seeing is that "one side" is no longer accepting the position always offered by "the other side" that its views are not legitimate. The status quo has been upended, at least for now, and some folks just can't handle it. They certainly don't seem to be arguing it in these quarters. Come on in and join the fray! We must remain civil, though.
chris March 03, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Ed, I am not afraid of discussion and discussion is healthy as long as it is civil and it is that civility that seems to vanish when certain people get on here. I think we should be able to agree to disagree but I should not have to subject myself to verbal abuse from someone who does not agree with me. That's where I was going.
FedUpUSA March 03, 2012 at 05:53 AM
FedUpUSA.org is based in TROY, MI. http://www.fedupusa.org/about-us/ Nice try at coming up with excuses as to why your poll didn't turn out the way you expected.
Thomas Pain March 03, 2012 at 06:08 AM
Up until the mid 70's homosexualality was a proven mental illness. This is true. Let's just keep the bible out and do the numbers if men & woman continue to keep this up our population will drop in the years to come. "there lifestyle" is sick and SHOULD be against the law.
Thomas Pain March 03, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Sean, I agree 100% an individual with that kind of mental illness should be in a hospital not on the streets.
Thomas Pain March 03, 2012 at 06:36 AM
So Anton you support the below facts.. Those who have kept track of homosexuality’s status in American society know that homosexuality was taken out of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM list of mental disorders back in 1973. This laconic defense ignores problems with the decision. Even sympathizers with the APA’s decision admit that politics, rather than science, was the chief reason for removal. Gay gene proponent Simon LeVay concedes, “Gay activism was clearly the force that propelled the APA to declassify homosexuality.” Also, the final tally was not impressive. The vote was 5,584 to 3,810 out of about 30,000 APA members, meaning that only about 37 percent of the APA took part in the decision. In total, only approximately 20 percent of the organization actually said yes to removal, meaning that as much as 80 percent of the APA in 1973 might have opposed removal. Furthermore, the decision did not fully eradicate psychology’s condemnation of this now acceptable act, as “ego-dystonic homosexuality” remained on the books until the 1980s. Yet, as Dr. David S. Holmes noted, “because of changes in social norms and strong political pressures … homosexuality was not listed as a disorder.” In other words, not science, but politics, was the chief factor. .
Eric March 03, 2012 at 07:18 AM
Dont worry everyone. The gays will not reproduce and will soon be extinct. Nature wins every time. Think of the poor father whose only son is gay. The bloodline is cut. Yeah so they adopt some kid without the family nose whose probably a kid some insane person couldn't handle. Sweet
Eric March 03, 2012 at 07:19 AM
Every time a state approves gay marriage, a severe storm hits our earth
Jen Anesi (Editor) March 03, 2012 at 07:26 AM
We are shutting down comments on this story, as the discussion has taken a very negative turn. Thank you to those who participated.

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