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 theres got to be something to get their attention. And this could be it.
Ramsey said the bills prospects for passage are about 50-50.
Republican state Sen. Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains, the measures 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.
Niceleys bill, which would only apply to primaries and not to general elections, would go into effect after next years election, meaning it wouldnt affect Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexanders 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!
Ralph smiled all the way to the $$$bank$$$
Follow the money trail.
Living rent free in the heads of Democratic party loyalists and hacks since November 2000!
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.
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.
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!
so now that they have created a safe place for republicans..they want to control the voters of the entire state..
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.