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Michigan: 6th Circuit refuses stay on anti-affirmative action initiative

AP reports: A federal appeals court declined Monday to block an anti-affirmative action proposal from appearing on the Michigan ballot, saying the plaintiffs failed to show they are likely to win their case against the measure's backers.

Opponents of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative had asked the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for an injunction to keep the measure off the Nov. 7 ballot while it appeals a decision by U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow, who dismissed their claims under the Voting Rights Act and ruled that the proposal could go forward. ...

By Any Means Necessary, a pro-affirmative action group, appealed Tarnow's ruling to the Ohio-based 6th Circuit and asked for an injunction.

In Monday's order from the 6th Circuit, judges Alan E. Norris, R. Guy Cole Jr. and Deborah L. Cook said the plaintiffs "failed to demonstrate sufficient likelihood of success on the merits of their claims" for an injunction to be granted. -- South Bend Tribune

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