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summerschild

(725 posts)
Sat Mar 30, 2013, 09:11 PM Mar 2013

TN State Legislators propose US Senate Primaries to be conducted by State Legislature, not voters

NASHVILLE — "During the last eight U.S. Senate primaries in Tennessee, an average of about 686,000 people have voted in each contest. Under a Republican proposal advancing in the state Legislature, the number picking nominees would drop to 132.

The bill, set for a state Senate vote on Monday, would shift that nominating power from primary voters to state lawmakers of either party.

“This is a way we can actually choose the candidate and make them more responsible,” said Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, who supports the plan. “The federal government is completely broken, and there’s got to be something to get their attention. And this could be it.”

Ramsey said the bill’s prospects for passage are about 50-50.

Republican state Sen. Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains, the measure’s main sponsor, says it is aimed at returning Tennessee closer to the system used before 1913, when state lawmakers directly appointed U.S. senators. That corruption-marred system was replaced with direct election by the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Niceley’s bill, which would only apply to primaries and not to general elections, would go into effect after next year’s election, meaning it wouldn’t affect Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s efforts to be re-nominated for another term." http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2013/mar/29/tenn-legislators-may-get-to-make-senate-choices/#comments


Republicans are by far the majority in both houses (R 70, D28, I1/R26, D7) and we have a Republican governor, so this crap really could pass. This is the same bunch of yahoos who made national news last week when they freaked out over a new Muslim footwashing vessel they discovered in a newly renovated Capitol bathroom. It turned out it was a mop sink. It was so good Colbert reported on it and then MSNBC repeated it from Colbert.
A little local disdain here: http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/letter-from-the-editor/Content?oid=3375095


Every time I think they can't get stupider, they get stupider.

I think we should be prepared to see all sorts of squirrely stuff coming from the Republican state houses across the country as they gloat over their newfound power. Tennessee is sure ready for the competition - stupid on steroids here!

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TN State Legislators propose US Senate Primaries to be conducted by State Legislature, not voters (Original Post) summerschild Mar 2013 OP
I blame Ralph Nader and his bullsheet lie that both parties are the same.He is the enabler of this. graham4anything Mar 2013 #1
Ralph Nader: Moses2SandyKoufax Mar 2013 #4
Lol magellan Mar 2013 #9
This message was self-deleted by its author magellan Mar 2013 #10
The GOP knows they will not remain in power when dumb voters realize what has Thinkingabout Mar 2013 #2
+1, n/t RKP5637 Mar 2013 #7
How does this work? House of Roberts Mar 2013 #3
I looked it up, but I'm not sure what it means. summerschild Mar 2013 #11
Statewide Democrats win...it is gerrymandering that even puts them in the house.. angstlessk Mar 2013 #5
this state has gone to hell. house, senate, governor....thugathon spanone Mar 2013 #6
Voters Would Only Get to Choose Between the Top Two Rapeuglicans AndyTiedye Mar 2013 #8
 

graham4anything

(11,464 posts)
1. I blame Ralph Nader and his bullsheet lie that both parties are the same.He is the enabler of this.
Sat Mar 30, 2013, 09:16 PM
Mar 2013

Ralph smiled all the way to the $$$bank$$$

Follow the money trail.

Response to Moses2SandyKoufax (Reply #4)

Thinkingabout

(30,058 posts)
2. The GOP knows they will not remain in power when dumb voters realize what has
Sat Mar 30, 2013, 09:23 PM
Mar 2013

Happened so they are in process of setting up a dictatorship and never having a democracy in the US. It will be raping and forced births. Wake up America before we will not be able to get rid of this crazy party.

House of Roberts

(5,035 posts)
3. How does this work?
Sat Mar 30, 2013, 09:23 PM
Mar 2013

Do the Republican State Senators only get to pick the Republican nominee, or do they have a say in who the Democrats nominate also?
By the time the electorate gets to vote the result is already rigged. If you can't gerrymander the state lines, I guess this is the next best thing.

summerschild

(725 posts)
11. I looked it up, but I'm not sure what it means.
Sat Mar 30, 2013, 11:22 PM
Mar 2013
http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/sponsorlist/default.aspx?id=S080&ga=108

Election Laws - As introduced, revises the manner in which the names of candidates for the United States Senate are placed on the ballot for the November general election; requires the persons to be nominated in an open meeting as a candidate for the majority party by legislative members of the majority party and as a candidate for the minority party by legislative members of the minority party.

It's clear that each party nominates their own candidate(s) but not clear if they vote only on their party's candidate.

Looking at the list of bills sponsored this year by this yokel (Niceley), I see he's also working diligently on a lot of other important stuff: denying UN officials any sort of official status while in the State of Tennessee; prohibit funding of any Federal or local enforcement of any restriction on firearms after January 1, 2013; declares that citizens of Tennessee are free to exercise the right to bear arms and any executive order seeking to restrict that right will not be recognized or enforced.

Lord, I'm sick of Republicans!

angstlessk

(11,862 posts)
5. Statewide Democrats win...it is gerrymandering that even puts them in the house..
Sat Mar 30, 2013, 09:35 PM
Mar 2013

so now that they have created a safe place for republicans..they want to control the voters of the entire state..

AndyTiedye

(23,500 posts)
8. Voters Would Only Get to Choose Between the Top Two Rapeuglicans
Sat Mar 30, 2013, 10:50 PM
Mar 2013

The Democratic party would be completely neutered in any state that adopts this. Game over.
Expect to see similar bills in other teabagger states soon, they move fast when they make their move.

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