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The Michigan Republican Party is trying to decide: Caucus, Convention, or Closed Primary?
7/12/11 | jenk

Posted on 07/12/2011 8:52:32 AM PDT by jenk

There is discussion as to what Michigan should do:

1)Close the primary and there are numerous suggestions as to how to qualify voters. Registration as R's, allowing only R's to vote for the Republican Pres. nominee--down to calling our open primary a closed primary by simply asking to have either a Dem or R ballot (which is what we do now.)

2)Hold a convention

3)Caucus

The arguments against all are numerous.

The caucus argument seems to be losing steam because of the difficulty to organize it in very small and very big counties.

The convention argument is gaining steam, but personally, I think it is unfair, considering that if I come from a small county, but have a lot of Republicans who may be against the establishment, that they would not be able to vote, since we can only send 4 or 6 delegates to a convention, and a large county could vote with numerous delegates for the establishment.

I believe we should close the primary, so that only registered Republicans can vote for the Republican, and the grassroots works to register R's, making the arguments on the street level.

What say you?


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To: FrdmLvr; cripplecreek; jimfree; TomasUSMC; nascarnation; Two Kids' Dad; Lakeshark; grellis; ...
The policy committee voted for a closed primary, but with voters declaring R or D when they are at the polling place. Which is not a closed primary, but a semi-open primary.

Not a big surprise.

51 posted on 07/13/2011 12:31:38 PM PDT by jenk (The old Republican Party has no idea what is going on. No idea.)
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To: FrdmLvr; cripplecreek; jimfree; TomasUSMC; nascarnation; Two Kids' Dad; Lakeshark; grellis; ...

Thanks all for your input.


52 posted on 07/13/2011 12:32:59 PM PDT by jenk (The old Republican Party has no idea what is going on. No idea.)
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To: jenk

Considering the fact that you can only vote one way or the other on a ballot, it sounds like no change.


53 posted on 07/13/2011 12:34:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

yes, you are correct


54 posted on 07/13/2011 12:39:55 PM PDT by jenk (The old Republican Party has no idea what is going on. No idea.)
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To: jenk

Good luck!


55 posted on 07/13/2011 12:50:50 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: jenk
I'm hearing that state party supports a closed primary. My friend who is connected but supports a caucus said that he thinks the primary won't be as closed as it should be.

I don't know what I support except no democraps voting in my primary or caucus. That's how we got stuck with Snyder.

56 posted on 07/13/2011 12:53:37 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (I am not lead by any politician. I am my own leader.)
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To: cripplecreek

Romney won with about 39 or 40%. It wasn’t as high as expected.


57 posted on 07/13/2011 12:58:14 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (I am not lead by any politician. I am my own leader.)
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To: jenk
but with voters declaring R or D when they are at the polling place.

At the polling place? I don't like that a bit.

58 posted on 07/13/2011 1:00:49 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (I am not lead by any politician. I am my own leader.)
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To: jenk

It’s a big disappointment. With the Rats having no competition, they’ll be flocking in droves to make mischief.


59 posted on 07/13/2011 1:01:49 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Oh, well, any excuse to buy a new gun is good enough for me.)
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To: Darren McCarty

Zero difference as far as I can tell. After all, you can only vote one way on a ballot anyway.

All this does is gives them a list of people they can inundate with robocalls.


60 posted on 07/13/2011 1:17:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek
Call lists. That's the motivation right there. They can then sell that information to third parties for even more money.

Money talks at state party.

61 posted on 07/13/2011 1:23:15 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (I am not lead by any politician. I am my own leader.)
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To: Darren McCarty

I can accept being put on a call list if it means a closed primary that democrats can’t screw with but this is the call list with an open primary.


62 posted on 07/13/2011 1:25:12 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: jenk

Worthless, we’ll still have the Rats picking our nominee.


63 posted on 07/13/2011 3:18:26 PM PDT by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123 and Bahbah.)
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Closed primary.


64 posted on 07/13/2011 3:46:07 PM PDT by garyb
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To: cripplecreek

Seriously, please lay out your platform where Brooks Patterson has gone wrong.

This is shocking to me coming from you in the big picture.


65 posted on 07/13/2011 9:58:35 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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Brooks Patterson opposed allowing open carry by “gun zealots” at the beats and eats festival in Royal Oak last year.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2574096/posts


66 posted on 07/14/2011 4:36:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

Even if the RATS have a primary challenger, they have a convention before every primary election to choose their candidate that the party is backing. They have already picked their candidate before the open primary.

Then they vote for a RINO in our primary.

It is insane to have an open primary in Mi with that system in place.


67 posted on 07/14/2011 6:54:17 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U
That was only in reference to the races chosen at conventions if I remember right. Attorney General, Secretary of State, Supreme Court, university trustees.

The RINO threat in our primary however is real as can be. Rick Snyder. McCain 2000. Joe Schwarz 2004.

68 posted on 07/14/2011 5:34:09 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (I am not lead by any politician. I am my own leader.)
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To: jenk

CLOSE THE PRIMARY.


69 posted on 07/14/2011 8:31:26 PM PDT by Gosh I love this neighborhood
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To: Darren McCarty
Nope, they chose Bernero over Dillon at their convention before the primary for Governor. That way they were able to cross-over and vote for RINO Rick in the open primary.
70 posted on 07/15/2011 8:35:50 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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