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BREAKING: Rick Perry Files Lawsuit To Get On Virginia Primary Ballot
businessinsider.com ^ | 12/27/2011 | Zeke Miller

Posted on 12/27/2011 3:48:28 PM PST by TBBT

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has filed suit in federal court against the Virginia Republican Party and the Virginia Board of Elections in order to gain a spot on the Commonwealth's primary ballot. Perry was excluded after the party found he had not submitted enough valid signatures by the deadline last Thursday. His campaign submitted 6,000 of the required 10,000, according to the suit. The lawsuit alleges that Perry's 1st and 14th Amendment rights were violated by the requirement that those circulating the petitions also be eligible or registered voters of Virginia. Failure to get on the ballot is a major embarrassment for the struggling Perry campaign — but he is not alone. Another one-time GOP frontrunner, Newt Gingrich, also failed to qualify. "Gov. Perry greatly respects the citizens and history of the Commonwealth of Virginia and believes Virginia Republicans should have greater access to vote for one of the several candidates for President of the United States," Perry communications director Ray Sullivan said in a statement. "Virginia ballot access rules are among the most onerous and are particularly problematic in a multi-candidate election. We believe that the Virginia provisions unconstitutionally restrict the rights of candidates and voters by severely restricting access to the ballot, and we hope to have those provisions overturned or modified to provide greater ballot access to Virginia voters and the candidates seeking to earn their support."

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1 posted on 12/27/2011 3:48:34 PM PST by TBBT
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To: TBBT

You beat me to it! Just heard this on Fox news. GREAT NEWS!!


2 posted on 12/27/2011 3:53:48 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: TBBT; TitansAFC; shield

PING


3 posted on 12/27/2011 3:54:06 PM PST by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: TBBT

Art Laffer is apparentally endorsing Gingrich tomorrow per Fox News.


4 posted on 12/27/2011 3:56:42 PM PST by parksstp (Articulate Conservatives look for Converts. RINO's look for Democrat Heretics.)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Between Perry and Gingrich taking action...maybe they will be included on the polls. Wouldn’t that make Sabato, Rove and the Romney campaign madder than a bull grazing on astro turf


5 posted on 12/27/2011 3:56:49 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: katiedidit1

Yes. I get tired of Fox saying Newt is not organized and he and Perry should have been able to do this. This gets repeated every hour on the hour. Fox is turning into one big joke on its reporting about this. Ron Paul and Romney were grandfathered in from ‘08. Why do we know that and they don’t?


6 posted on 12/27/2011 4:00:34 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: TBBT
I'm curious as to whether 0bama’s minions will be speaking out about this while he is shooting the 19th hole in Hawaii.
7 posted on 12/27/2011 4:00:59 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: TBBT; Cincinatus' Wife; jonrick46; deepbluesea; TexMom7; potlatch; SunkenCiv; wolfcreek; ...
Perry Ping....

IF you'd rather NOT be pinged FReepmail me.

IF you'd like to be added FReepmail me. Thanks.

8 posted on 12/27/2011 4:01:01 PM PST by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: TBBT
Good for him, seems they changed the rules last month, to benefit Romney. Tired of an elite group manipulating elections.
9 posted on 12/27/2011 4:03:19 PM PST by opentalk
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To: TBBT

Congrats to Perry for standing up and fighting!


10 posted on 12/27/2011 4:04:08 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: shield

Just heard this on television. Go Rick!


11 posted on 12/27/2011 4:07:08 PM PST by McLynnan
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To: TBBT

GOOD!!! Stand and FIGHT! :)


12 posted on 12/27/2011 4:07:13 PM PST by NoPrisoners ("When in the course of human events...")
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To: TBBT
When a self-declared conservative starts filing lawsuits like a liberal because the rules "aren't fair" you can hear the Fat Lady clearing her voice in the distance.


13 posted on 12/27/2011 4:07:22 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

FOX has their own agenda this election. Have tuned it out.


14 posted on 12/27/2011 4:07:29 PM PST by opentalk
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To: parksstp
Art Laffer is apparentally endorsing Gingrich tomorrow per Fox News.

Anything that gives the media something to talk about that isn't detrimental helps...
15 posted on 12/27/2011 4:07:35 PM PST by TBBT
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To: TBBT
"Virginia ballot access rules are among the most onerous and are particularly problematic in a multi-candidate election."

The reality of having so many candidates vying for signatures was overlooked when they set the rules. Little did they know that they would disenfranchise voters when the primary vote came up. For instance, what if Governor Perry were the top candidate come March 6th, on Virginia's primary date? Virginia would not be able to vote for the top candidate on the national ticket. And, delegates to the Republican National Convention will be based upon the winner of the March 6th Primary.

16 posted on 12/27/2011 4:08:16 PM PST by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Fox News has gone off the rails in fear of Newt. Krauthammer has been nothing short of shameful in his very personal attacks against Newt. Kraut obviously does not like the notion that conservatives will find someone else more intelligent than he inside the beltway. He is just about totally dead to me now after years of respecting him.

IT is awful. I predict they will not have the normal election year ratings bump.


17 posted on 12/27/2011 4:08:48 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: TBBT

He would do much better to try to knock Romney off the ballot by challenging his signatures. Then Ron Paul would win, but since he would get many delegates in any other state, it would not cause any harm.


18 posted on 12/27/2011 4:10:02 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: TBBT

I say GREAT. I don’t blame him at all.
Courts are meant to arbitrate disputes that cannot be resolved - and to uphold rights when they are violated.


19 posted on 12/27/2011 4:13:06 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (You know, 99.99999965% of the lawyers give all of them a bad name)
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To: TBBT
This sounds great until next election when there's 5000 candidates on the ballot. And Ron Paul is in a three way heat with Myth Romney and Chuckles the Clown and no legitamate candidate can make any headway.

So, Perry's rights were violated because he couldn't find people that were qualified and registered to vote in Virginia......so he intended to use minors, felons, illegals, and bussed in community organizers?

So, in a state of approximately 5 million registered voters he couldn't get 10,000 signatures or... 0.2% of the registered vote.

20 posted on 12/27/2011 4:13:09 PM PST by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: shield

Good news


21 posted on 12/27/2011 4:17:44 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: Repeat Offender

The only purpose served by the RPV ballot access rules is to be a barrier to emergent campaigns. It sounds like you are all for establishment/incumbent protection...


22 posted on 12/27/2011 4:17:54 PM PST by TBBT
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To: TBBT

If Perry and Newt don’t mind playing as dirty as the Dims and Romney (but I repeat myself), they could publicly urge their voters in VA to vote for Paul.


23 posted on 12/27/2011 4:19:42 PM PST by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Repeat Offender
.......................so he intended to use minors, felons, illegals, and bussed in community organizers?..............

Where in the heck do you get your ideas?

24 posted on 12/27/2011 4:19:51 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: shield; TBBT
Court filing-PDF document
25 posted on 12/27/2011 4:20:01 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: TBBT

Kudos to Gov. Perry for doing this.

If nothing else, we will have “discovery,” which is not going to look good for Team Romney.


26 posted on 12/27/2011 4:20:38 PM PST by TitansAFC (Mitt Romney gets less bang for the buck than John-Freaking-Huntsman.)
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To: TBBT

Good news, a Perry win in court is a win for Newt as well, although I was hoping that Newt would enjoin Perry in a court fight.


27 posted on 12/27/2011 4:22:16 PM PST by annieokie
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To: TBBT
The only purpose served by the RPV ballot access rules is to be a barrier to emergent campaigns. It sounds like you are all for establishment/incumbent protection...

No, I am actually against the establishment/incumbent protection. What I am for, is selecting viable candidates that put forth the effort to get out and campaign and gather signatures. What I am for is candidates that can recognize this is how WE in this state wish to be represented; not to go crying to courts because things didn't go your way. Because if you can't get it from the representatives the people elected, we'll just go to the black robed masters.........Al Gore Perry.

28 posted on 12/27/2011 4:24:46 PM PST by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: opentalk

An analysis being proved correct day after day. At least they aren’t pimpin nobama...... yet.


29 posted on 12/27/2011 4:25:04 PM PST by X-spurt
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To: TBBT

Good


30 posted on 12/27/2011 4:25:56 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: shield

Hope it works. Virginia has just proven itself to be irrelevant by their actions. With only 2 viable candidates on the
ballot, it doesn’t give a real picture of the wishes of the
electorate.


31 posted on 12/27/2011 4:28:26 PM PST by LUV W (This tagline reserved for a hero.......)
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To: Irish Eyes

He heard it on the Mitt-vine.


32 posted on 12/27/2011 4:29:31 PM PST by X-spurt
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This is one of those threads where the Romney trolls just can’t help but identify themselves.


33 posted on 12/27/2011 4:32:32 PM PST by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: Irish Eyes
.......................so he intended to use minors, felons, illegals, and bussed in community organizers?.............. --Where in the heck do you get your ideas?--

From the article......

were violated by the requirement that those circulating the petitions also be eligible or registered voters of Virginia.

My response was tongue in cheek as none of the people I listed are elegible or registered voters of Virginia.

Me personally, I wish Newt and Perry WERE on the ballot, but they didn't meet the requirement.

34 posted on 12/27/2011 4:32:32 PM PST by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: shield

Great news, and I hope they do get on the ballot.


35 posted on 12/27/2011 4:32:40 PM PST by thecodont
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To: TBBT

I am torn. I am glad Gov. Perry stood up against this nonsense, but it makes the ‘pubbies look even more hapless.


36 posted on 12/27/2011 4:32:49 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: TBBT

I don’t like him, mistrust him in large part, but DARNED he has every right to submit his platform to the people to decide. What a RIGGED SYSTEM. Hope he and others bring it crashing down.


37 posted on 12/27/2011 4:37:53 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Many attempts were made over the years to kill Kim Jong il. This one may finally have succeeded.)
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To: dynachrome

This primary cycle has become a Keystone Kops movie.


38 posted on 12/27/2011 4:38:45 PM PST by LUV W (This tagline reserved for a hero.......)
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To: Repeat Offender

“So, Perry’s rights were violated because he couldn’t find people that were qualified and registered to vote in Virginia.”

No, after hearing what happened; it appears the party changed the rules that everyone were going by and planned for, in mid stream. That is always wrong.


39 posted on 12/27/2011 4:41:51 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: shield

YAY! Changing the rules in the middle of the game to favor one candidate over another just sucks beyond belief.


40 posted on 12/27/2011 4:45:07 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
Fox News is worse than CNN and equal to MSNBC. What a bunch of frauds. They need to hear loud and clear their biased coverage is gonna kill the ratings. Scumbags!
41 posted on 12/27/2011 4:46:29 PM PST by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: TBBT
I'm planning to go to a Perry appearance in the morning. Will listen and see if he has any update on this.
42 posted on 12/27/2011 4:46:49 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: LUV W

Agreed, this whole election cycle borders on insanity. I’m glad Perry stepped up. From what I’m seeing on Fox...they’re behind Mittens now...so I’m losing all respect for those jokers at this point. Perry is my first choice, his gaff’s are far less an issue for me than Nut bag Ron Paul, Rino Romney and shady Newt.


43 posted on 12/27/2011 4:48:00 PM PST by nagdt ("None of my EX's live in Texas")
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To: proxy_user

Screw that. Get Rick And Newt back on the ballot and have a fair fight!


44 posted on 12/27/2011 4:48:53 PM PST by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: EGPWS
I'm curious as to whether 0bama’s minions will be speaking out about this while he is shooting the 19th hole in Hawaii.

Nah, he's content letting Romney do all the dirty work right now.

45 posted on 12/27/2011 4:49:44 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Virginia GOP: Romney's favorite butt boys)
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To: TBBT

Perry has some lawyer supporters I know. He is in VERY VERY good hands.


46 posted on 12/27/2011 4:51:14 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: TBBT

Lawsuits.....the last refuge of a loser.


47 posted on 12/27/2011 4:51:25 PM PST by Taking Congress back in 2010
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To: TBBT

Perry has some lawyer supporters I know. He is in VERY VERY good hands.


48 posted on 12/27/2011 4:51:25 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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Good for him! I hope between Perry, Newt and Cuccinelli the Virginia GOP, Romney and Rove get stiffed.


49 posted on 12/27/2011 4:52:07 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Virginia GOP: Romney's favorite butt boys)
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To: Iron Munro
It isn't that the rules aren't fair, it's that the rules are Willful, Arbitrary and Capricious. They have no relevance whatsoever to reality, and they are probably manifestly unconstitutional.

The trick here is that Bolling and his running dog lackeys have applied the rules with an exactitude that makes his boy Romney look like an election fraud specialist ~ kind of like Obama.

It would be best for the GOP to just back off and open up registration to all willing to pay the registration fee. After all, the taxpayers of the Commonwealth of Virginia (meaning me) are going to be paying for the primary ~ it's not the party's private money.

Since it's my money I'd like to see some of my favorite candidates on the list, not just a cranky old nutcase and a loser.

You do realize this offense against my rights deserves really serious punishment ~ now whether or not the courts will hand that out Bolling probably ought to flee to his friends in Chicago now. Maybe they can protect him.

50 posted on 12/27/2011 4:54:00 PM PST by muawiyah
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