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  1. Do you like the idea of everyone being able to know which party you vote for in a presidential primary? That’s the way Minnesota law reads now. And yes, that’s new. And no, not everyone likes the idea. “We’ve never had party registration in this state, and this looks like a back-door system of party registration,” Secretary of State Steve Simon said Wednesday as he amped up his push to change the state law. As part of that effort, Simon, Minnesota’s top election official, is pitching the idea of conducting the 2020 presidential primary almost entirely by mail. That would also be new. This type of election stuff can get surprisingly confusing. Here’s what it’s all about. ONLY ‘PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY’ We’re only talking about the primary for the president of the United States here — not the August primary elections for state and congressional offices, nor the November general elections. The presidential primary will take place in February of presidential years. It’s different from the other elections in that it only guides Minnesota delegates in how to vote at national party conventions, where delegates actually determine which presidential candidates will appear on the ballot. It’s new for Minnesota, and starting in 2020, it would replace those quirky caucuses that Minnesota has had for decades where folks file into school classrooms or other spaces and raise hands, scribble on scraps of paper and argue. In recent presidential years, there’s been blowback about the caucus system, largely because it forces people to give up several hours on a specific weekday evening in the winter. 2016 LAW MAKES IT PUBLIC In 2016, the Republican-controlled House, Democratic-controlled Senate, and Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, approved a new plan to ditch the caucuses and go with the more-familiar primary: Local governments open up polling places and voters vote. Like regular elections. However, because presidential primaries aren’t like regular elections, leaders of both the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and Republican Party of Minnesota pushed for the following sentence to be included in what became Minnesota’s Presidential Primary Law: “The list must include the party choice of any voter who voted in the most recent presidential nomination primary.” That “list” is the list of what becomes public information. And that would be the only instance of any Minnesotan’s party voting affiliation becoming public by law. Name, year of birth, address and some other info has always been public in all forms of voting. But, unlike some states, Minnesota doesn’t disclose — or even know — which candidates or parties a voter favors. (You have to pick a party in the August primaries, but both parties’ candidates are contained on the same ballot, so which party you choose remains as secret as which candidates you choose.) True, showing up at a party caucus is a public act, and parties require caucus-goers to sign in. But caucuses are entirely run by the parties; the new presidential primary is run by government and paid for by taxpayers. The notion raised privacy concerns, but both DFL Chairman Ken Martin and then-GOP Chairman Keith Downey said that without making each person’s party preference known, national parties wouldn’t recognize the primary. So it became law. Some objected to it in court, as well as another portion that requires voters to take the following oath in order to get a ballot: “I am in general agreement with the principles of the party for whose candidate I intend to vote, and I understand that my choice of a party’s ballot will be public information.” In August, an administrative law judge declared the law sound. SIMON: KEEP IT PRIVATE — AND VOTE BY MAIL? Simon, a Democrat who was re-elected to secretary of state in November, said he thinks the public requirement should simply be deleted, and he’s shopping the idea around with lawmakers. It’s unclear how much traction he has. He said several influential lawmakers he’s spoken to have been noncommittal, and Gov.-elect Tim Walz hasn’t weighed in. The Pioneer Press requested Walz’s thoughts Wednesday afternoon but hadn’t received any by deadline. Simon is also shopping around the idea of conducting the entire presidential primary by mail. No polling places. Just get a ballot of all the parties’ candidates and decide in the privacy of your own home which party you’ll vote for. Return the ballot either by mail or possibly drop it off at local election offices, he said. It would save taxpayers money and insulate local and county governments from having to navigate the logistics of a third full-on election every four years. Simon said the mail-in idea, which has been undertaken by a number of western states, was brought to him by those local governments. PARTIES WANT YOUR PREFERENCE But even if a vote-by-mail system is adopted and if the public disclosure of which party you picked doesn’t become public, the major political parties still want to know. “We would oppose any change where the parties don’t get the information,” the DFL’s Martin said Wednesday. “We need that information to comply with national party rules and to help party-building activities.” Kevin Poindexter, executive director of the state Republican Party, agreed. He said his party doesn’t just want to know which voters pulled Republican ballots, but also who voted Democratic — and who voted for Minnesota’s two new major parties: the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party and the Legal Marijuana Now Party. “We think the public has a right to know as well,” Poindexter said. “More transparency is a good thing. But at the end of the day, we need to meet our party requirements, and we want to make sure the entire data set is being shared with all major parties.” Martin noted that in many states, voters need to formally register a party affiliation to receive primary ballots. In some states, that locks you in to which ballot you’ll receive the next primary you vote in unless you unregister yourself. None of that would happen under Minnesota law. Voters could vote in a Democratic presidential primary one year and the Republican one four years later. Of course, each time, they’d have to sign that oath of “general agreement with the principles of the party.” https://www.twincities.com/2018/12/12/your-party-preference-in-mn-presidential-primary-will-be-public-should-we-change-that/
  2. fortyofforty

    Politics Chuck and Nancy's new BFF

    As far as I'm concerned, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi own this. This is what happens when we don't control who enters our country. Catch and release, ban ICE, open borders... This is Chuck's fault. This is Nancy's fault. If the roles were reversed, the media would be asking Chuck and Nancy to account for episodes like this. But the media will remain silent. Undocumented immigrant sentenced to 50 years for molesting 6-year-old girl
  3. Can any of you imagine what Hillary Clinton would be going through if she had been held to the "Donald Trump standard" of criminal justice? Can anyone imagine how it would have transpired, if the Department of Justice had put the squeeze on Hillary's entourage instead of granting them immunity? What a shameful disparity. Justice is not blind. Justice threw away the scale and is trying to strangle a President.
  4. By demanding--DEMANDING--payoffs of $50,000 per migrant so that they go back home to Honduras, El Salvador, or other Central American hellhole, immigrant groups are admitting the migrants are there for financial reasons, not out of any fear of oppression. If it were so bad back home, they wouldn't go back under any conditions. It's a financial move, not out of fear. Will the media pick this angle up? No. Migrant group demand Trump either let them in or pay them each $50G to turn around: report
  5. fortyofforty

    Politics Extreme Late Term Abortion

    This happened in California. I don't understand why this woman is being charged. Abortion is allowed at any point in time, no matter how late. So what's a few more months? It's about choice, after all. (Seriously, what a shame. Those poor kids, suffering that evil in their final moments. Death penalty is appropriate for her.) California mom who allegedly drowned 10-month-old twins could face death penalty: report
  6. This is how they view the lovers of America. Do not forget.
  7. You can't make this up. Disturbing on many levels. No doubt the ACLU is preparing an enormous lawsuit over this. Oh, wait. No they're not. They have no problem with it. Harvard grad student told to move out after roommates find her legally owned firearms 'uncomfortable'
  8. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/01/world/trump-xi-g20-merkel.html He get the Chinese to the table but he can't close the deal. The Chinese are know to delay. They delayed until after the election to see how much Trump got beat. Now they are delaying until after the new congress is in.
  9. New Jersey has fixed all their potholes and have good air quality so they are going to help illegal invaders. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/nj-to-allocate-2-1m-in-aid-for-illegal-immigrants-facing-deportation-governor-says
  10. Apparently, racist hack Stacey Abrams refuses to concede, just stops efforts to overturn the will of the people. What a sore loser. Encouraged by Hilliary Clinton and Balack Obama, Abrams fights on, and smears the voters of Georgia. Stacey Abrams says she can’t defeat Brian Kemp in Georgia governor race; will sue over mismanagement of state's election
  11. I've seen a lot of video footage of the immigrant caravan, now camped in Tijuana. I don't see many strollers. I don't see many infants. I don't see many mothers with babes in their arms. I see a lot of young men, ready to cross the border, take jobs, and send money home. The media had better start finding strollers to show on the nightly news or I'm going to start believing they are lying to us.
  12. There is at least as much, if not a mountain more, evidence of fraud in federal and state elections by Brenda Snipes and her band of conspirators in Broward County, Florida, as there was for Russian collusion. Let's get the federal authorities involved in this case. As Democrats keep reminding us, if there is no evidence of wrongdoing, there is no reason for Snipes and her Fascist conspirators to be worried. No reason to fear a Special Counsel looking into this matter, right Democrats?
  13. Racism Won In Florida This Week DeSantis won by 75,000 votes by using racist phrases like "monkey this thing up", having the President praise his Harvard/Yale education (anyone else ever graduate from Harvard or Yale?), and associating Obama with Rev. Wright. This guy is just too much, but strangely, not even extreme in the land of looney-left columnists.
  14. Mob chants threats outside Tucker Carlson’s DC home
  15. fortyofforty

    Politics VOTE!!!!

    Get out and VOTE today!!! Bring family members with you, if they're of like mind. Bring neighbors. Offer to drive. Get out the vote. Democrats literally send buses into certain housing projects to drive scores of people to the polls. Let's compete with that! Get out! DO IT!!!
  16. This is interesting... "There’s a lot of discussion going on about the logistics of the migrant horde on its way up from Latin America. There are tons of unanswered questions about this group, and hopefully by the end of this series of articles I can at least begin to provide some answers. This is not intended as a be-all, end-all set of articles. This is intended as a good starting point. It is my fervent hope that this inspires continuing efforts by diligent journalists on the ground. There are several things that are worth discussing with this group. First, how are they traveling? Is it really all by foot? Second, what kind of logistical support do they have? How are they organized, and who by? Are they funded externally, and if so, by what organizations? Recall that feeding this many people is a non-trivial task. Third, how big is the group, and who is it composed of? We’re hearing a lot of competing stories on this subject. For the people purporting to know, one way or another, how do they know? What is their intent—are they trying to immigrate, are they refugees, or what? In this series of articles, I hope to examine all these questions." More at link-
  17. Please go vote today, but be careful. The polling places are kinda scary on election day!
  18. gwalchmai

    Politics irony

    I have to smile, YET I WILL DEFEND TO THE DEATH YOUR RIGHT TO SAY IT!!!
  19. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-31/what-if-maxine-waters-takes-the-gavel-and-wall-street-loves-it On Wednesday, signs began emerging that Wall Street might be warming up to Waters who, as the ranking member on the committee in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, is the likely committee chair if the Democrats take over the House in next week’s midterm elections. Fox Business Network’s Charles Gasparino sent out a soothing tweet: “People close to Waters say she will have a constructive relationship w banks.” There are rumors that if Democrats take back the House, then she will be the new Chair of the Finance Committee. The woman is an absolutely racist, traitorous, and anti-American idiot. Some of her best quotes: https://www.azquotes.com/author/21938-Maxine_Waters We really all wish she could have, believe me... Guess what this liberal would be all about? This liberal will be about socializing...uh, um...Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies. Maxine Waters If sequestration takes place, that's going to be a great setback. We don't need to be having something like sequestration that's going to cause these job losses - over 170 million jobs that could be lost. Maxine Waters Policy, for the most part, has been made by white people in America, not by people of color. And they have tended to take care of those things that they think are important. Whether it's their agricultural subsidies, or other kinds of expenditures that are certainly not expenditures for poor people or for people of color. And so we have to band together and keep fighting back. Maxine Waters I am not afraid of anybody. This is a tough game. You can't be intimidated. You can't be frightened. And as far as I'm concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell. Maxine Waters I don't see white police officers slamming the heads of little white boys into police cars. Maxine Waters I think that when you saw Donald Trump absolutely calling Hillary Clinton crooked, the "lock her up, lock her up," all of that was developed. I think that was developed strategically with people from the Kremlin, with Vladimir Putin. Maxine Waters If you call it a riot, it sounds like it was just a bunch of crazy people who went out and did bad things for no reason. I maintain it was somewhat understandable, if not acceptable. So I call it a rebellion. Maxine Waters
  20. Taipei Personality

    Politics Trump Helps Save Puppies

    https://www.weeklystandard.com/alyssa-hackbarth/trump-and-republicans-stop-cruel-animal-testing
  21. ATF Unhinged: Prosecutions Made Up Out of Whole Cloth – You Might Be Next… Since the Law Vegas shooting and what some contend has been a takeover by Department of Justice (which in some contexts appears to be accurate), ATF has begun internally reversing prior determinations and making up new interpretations of law, in the absence of informing the Firearms Industry or the public of these reversals and/or new interpretations. More disconcerting, this mentality has now seemingly infected certain U.S. Attorney Offices, which is alarming to say the least. https://blog.princelaw.com/2018/10/28/atf-unhinged-prosecutions-made-up-out-of-whole-cloth-you-might-be-next/
  22. The wife and I went to the court house first thing this morning to cast our votes. This year was a different experience for me. I had never cast a party line vote in any election but the **** show that was the Kavanaugh confirmation swayed me to vote differently this time around. I can no longer cast any vote that might dilute the vote for a candidate the could possibly defeat a candidate that is a member of a party so devoid of any ethics. I don't know if there are enough of us to make a real difference, but at least I can sleep tonight knowing that I did my part to send a Democrat or two packing! I will be glad when this midterm election is behind us. I really hope for a red wave, but regardless of how it ends up, I will be thrilled to know that I won't have to endure another butt head Beto add!
  23. Al Czervik

    Politics Citizen border intercept?

    Anyone else have acquaintances threatening to go play border patrol to intercept the invading horde? 🤠
  24. Most of the pictures of the infamous caravan heading into Mexico because they want to head into the United States I've seen show seas of young, able, working age men. These aren't people fleeing violence, they are seeking to come to the land of milk and honey. They love their country. They are proud of their country. Yet they want to come here, work illegally, and send money back to their families. It's happening all the time. Had enough yet?
  25. https://www.oann.com/democrat-new-jersey-senator-cory-booker-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-a-man/ News that you will not hear on MSNBC
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