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Mark Ritchie is abusing his office [MN Secy. of State works against marriage, voter ID amendments]
Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 7/28/12 | Katherine Kersten

Posted on 07/31/2012 5:15:51 PM PDT by rhema

Minnesota's secretary of state is our state's chief elections official. His duty to impartially administer elections requires him -- more than any other constitutional officer --to remain above the fray of partisan politics.

Yet on the proposed voter ID amendment, which he opposes, Mark Ritchie has replaced the Legislature's straightforward title with a fog of bureaucratic gobbledygook. . . .

Ritchie pulled a similar stunt on the marriage amendment, substituting a title that polling shows will likely push the vote toward his favored result.

... Ritchie knows partisan politics is strictly off-limits in his job. He acknowledged this in a letter to Lorie Gildea, chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, which will hear a legal challenge to his actions next week.

As the State's Chief Election Official," Ritchie wrote, "I have the ministerial duty to ensure that the ballots are properly printed, not to take a side as to whether a ballot question proposed by the Legislature accurately or completely represents a Constitutional amendment under consideration."

Amen to that.

But Ritchie has chosen a different course.

In a hyperventilating, stem-winder speech about the amendment at the DFL state convention in June, he fumed that "it is an affront to us to put this in front of the public." He mocked its title "photo ID" as "ridiculous."

Ritchie went on to compare his opposition to voter ID to the Union Army's brave stand against the benighted Confederates at the Battle of Gettysburg. There, he said, Minnesota soldiers "saved" the Constitution and defended "liberty and justice for all." Now, he thundered, Minnesotans have a chance to do it again.

Got that, Minnesotans? The huge majority of you who support voter ID are like slave-holding Confederates who thirst to wipe out "liberty and justice" in our state.

Some impartial arbiter!

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: cultureofcorruption; dfl; gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; kenyanbornmuzzie; marriageamendment; minnesota; moralabsolutes; ritchie; swrdswllwngsdshw

1 posted on 07/31/2012 5:15:56 PM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema

Impeach the little Sorosite Stalinist.


2 posted on 07/31/2012 5:28:04 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: rhema

Another Soros-funded and sponsored democrat Sec of State?


3 posted on 07/31/2012 5:29:38 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: rhema

Impeach
Try
Convict
Execute


4 posted on 07/31/2012 5:46:55 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Another day. Another small provocation. Another step closer.)
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To: MplsSteve
Mr. Impartiality in action:

In a hyperventilating, stem-winder speech about the amendment at the DFL state convention in June, he fumed that "it is an affront to us to put this in front of the public." He mocked its title "photo ID" as "ridiculous."

Ritchie went on to compare his opposition to voter ID to the Union Army's brave stand against the benighted Confederates at the Battle of Gettysburg. There, he said, Minnesota soldiers "saved" the Constitution and defended "liberty and justice for all." Now, he thundered, Minnesotans have a chance to do it again.

Got that, Minnesotans? The huge majority of you who support voter ID are like slave-holding Confederates who thirst to wipe out "liberty and justice" in our state.

5 posted on 07/31/2012 7:20:48 PM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

For details on Richie’s ties to the Communist Party of Minneapolis, go to www.keywiki.org, and Search his name.

It’s all there.

A key red in a key governmental position. Part of the leftists “Secretary of State” elections plans, helped by George Soros and friends.


6 posted on 07/31/2012 11:06:26 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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7 posted on 08/01/2012 7:30:19 PM PDT by MplsSteve (General Mills is pro-gay marriage! Boycott their products!)
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