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Dem-imposed coronavirus orders face lawsuits across the nation

Stay-at-home orders aimed at reducing the spread of coronavirus are now facing legal challenges from residents and state officials alike, alleging that some measures – mostly put in place by Democrats — go too far while the country gradually moves toward reopening.

California alone is facing at least a dozen lawsuits that include claims that the state has unjustly closed down gun shops and religious services, infringed on freedoms of speech and assembly by restricting protests, and one case where a resident alleges that being forced to remain at home constitutes forced detention without due process.

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“We’re being challenged,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “All across this country, every single day, governors are being challenged, local health officials are being challenged, and it’s a spirit of collaboration. Those that continue to pursue things that put people in harm’s risk, you have to have stepped up efforts and enforcement and sanctions.”

That reference to “collaboration” was with regard to Tesla founder Elon Musk, who reopened business in Alameda County, stating in advance on the Internet that he would be disobeying an order requiring him to remain closed. Newsom said that by the time the Tesla facility was open for business, it was with permission following negotiations with the county government.

“They came together and they were able to work out a framework of modifications to keep their workers safe,” Newsom said.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is up against a lawsuit from Republicans in her state’s House and Senate over her extension of an already-strict emergency order that has regulated residents’ movement and closed businesses. The GOP lawsuit claims that Whitmer overstepped her authority by extending her previous shutdown order, saying she needs the legislature’s approval to extend it beyond 28 days.

Whitmer responded by calling the lawsuit “a political bluff” and “power grab” by the Republican lawmakers.

In Wisconsin, the state Supreme Court struck down the state’s “safer at home” on Wednesday, saying the administration of Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, overstepped its authority when it extended the order through the end of May. The ruling said any future orders must be approved by the state’s legislature.

Kentucky protesters sued officials including Gov. Andy Beshear, also a Democrat, for allegedly violating the First Amendment by banning mass protests. In another lawsuit a federal judge temporarily blocked Beshear’s ban on in-person church services.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton warned that he could take action against the cities of Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas if they do not scale back orders that are more restrictive than state-issued measures. Gov. Greg Abbott is moving toward reopening the state and said that while businesses have the freedom to reopen or remain closed, local governments do not have the option to keep them closed, the Texas Tribune reported.

As Politico noted, while the lawsuits mostly have gone against Democrats, Republican Governors Larry Hogan of Maryland and Mike DeWine of Ohio have faced challenges, as well. Business and religious leaders were joined by state delegates in suing Hogan to block his order. A group of Ohio gyms sued DeWine over his reopening order excluding them from those businesses allowed to operate, but it was subsequently announced that they will be allowed to reopen after all.

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  • Carol
    19 May 2020 at 4:39 pm
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    It’s about time we stop this fear mongering and economy destroying crap and open our country back up. Europe is open and have had no resurgence of the virus. This is all a scam to keep our country closed until the November elections to defeat Trump and the GOP. It’s all lies. They lie about the severity of the virus, the numbers are inflated and the death tolls count ALL death tolls not just those related to COVID19. You could have been hit by a truck and they will count your death as COVID19 to inflate the numbers and to get extra money. Hospitals get $13,000 for each COVID19 death and an additional$37,000 if the patient was on a ventilator. Money talks, eh?

  • R. L. Cousins
    19 May 2020 at 4:48 pm
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    DemocRATS want to blame all on Trump. Make it as hard as possible.

  • Pat
    19 May 2020 at 5:09 pm
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    Who actually pays the money in lawsuits in politics? Taxpayers or the politician?

  • Gary
    19 May 2020 at 9:09 pm
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    Whitmer shutdown ORDER……. is a POWER GRAB……..Michigan needs to get back to work………. INCLUDING DETROIT…..!

  • JackPowersIII
    20 May 2020 at 4:04 pm
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    American Politicians are about to receive a rude awakening. AMERICAN CITIZENS are empowered by The Bill Of Rights. Our destiny beckons. WE RISE with the full power of The Second Amendment! Deep State Actors and Democrat criminals are all DOMESTIC ENEMIES. WE KILL DOMESTIC ENEMIES NOW AS OUR OATH PRESCRIBES!

    • Sandi
      21 May 2020 at 5:40 pm
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      Just read online Yahoo says Biden will win in a landslde. We need to stay focused and make sure Trump gets reelected.I think if they say it enough it will be true to Democrats.Trump 2020

  • Carol
    20 May 2020 at 4:10 pm
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    Democrats are deliberately using the COVID19 pandemic for political purposes. They are trying to scare the hell out of all of us to keep us locked down, destroy the economy and hopefully prevent Trump from getting reelected…. Now the numbers are going way down for the virus so they are switching gears and going after yet another, dishonest impeachment bid. Obviously, they have NOTHING to offer Americans but their hate for Trump. That’s not putting food on our tables or paying our bills. Countries in Europe are all opening up. They are not having problems. States in the US have opened up and have not had any resurgence of the virus. It’s all lies to keep us terrified. WE must stand up against the lying demoncrats before they destroy all of us.

  • Sandi
    21 May 2020 at 5:42 pm
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    Just read online Yahoo says Biden will win in a landslde. We need to stay focused and make sure Trump gets reelected.I think if they say it enough it will be true to Democrats.Trump 2020

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