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Judge Allows US Rep. Conyers to Be on Ballot
ABC News ^ | May 23, 2014 | By ED WHITE and JEFF KAROUB, AP

Posted on 05/23/2014 3:38:58 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

A judge on Friday ordered U.S. Rep. John Conyers' name placed on the August primary ballot, trumping Michigan election officials who said the Democrat was ineligible because of nominating petition problems.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman capped a turbulent day of law and politics and appeared to diminish the possibility that Conyers — No. 2 in seniority in the House — might have to mount a write-in campaign to keep his 50-year congressional career alive.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: 2ndthread; election2014
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Appointed by: Barack Hussein Milhouse Obama
1 posted on 05/23/2014 3:38:58 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

You knew that was coming.


2 posted on 05/23/2014 3:40:34 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

You know a Republican would have been kept off the ballot in the same situation.


3 posted on 05/23/2014 3:41:05 PM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; All
Political Payback, for sure.


4 posted on 05/23/2014 3:41:29 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Wow. Why even have the election? Throw out all the laws.


5 posted on 05/23/2014 3:41:59 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: hoosierham

In that district is there even a need for a Republican to be on the ballot?


6 posted on 05/23/2014 3:42:46 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This lawless action needs to be appealed immediately.


7 posted on 05/23/2014 3:42:52 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Democrats run crooked elections, enabled by their pimps in the judiciary.


8 posted on 05/23/2014 3:42:52 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Wow! We really are a banana republic!


9 posted on 05/23/2014 3:45:30 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Not to doubt his lawlessness, but has anyone read the opinion yet?


10 posted on 05/23/2014 3:45:33 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

So any rules in any state as to qualifying for a place on the ballot are likely impairing a persons ‘right’ to be on the ballot? The only rule left then is that there are no rules? He couldn’t get 1000 good signatures. Feels like a pretty low threshold.


11 posted on 05/23/2014 3:46:40 PM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Impeach the judge.


12 posted on 05/23/2014 3:48:19 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius (www.wilsonharpbooks.com - Eclipse, the sequel to Bright Horizons is out! Get it now!)
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To: fwdude

The gist of it:

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But Leitman said the signatures from at least two ciruclators who were found to have not registered properly to vote, a requirement under state law, should be reinstated, giving Conyers enough valid signatures to be on the ballot.

“There is evidence that their failure to comply with the Registration Statute was the result of good faith mistakes and that they believed they were in compliance with the statute,” Leitman said in his ruling.


“They meant well!”


13 posted on 05/23/2014 3:49:14 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: vbmoneyspender

Laws? We don’t need no stinkin’ laws.


14 posted on 05/23/2014 3:51:25 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is the greatest damage to our country by Obassturd and his minions. The rule of law has no meaning.


15 posted on 05/23/2014 3:51:35 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Why have elections anymore ? They’re just a waste of time and money.


16 posted on 05/23/2014 3:52:51 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..)d)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Wow. An ABC News site and the comments are excoriating this decision.


17 posted on 05/23/2014 3:54:17 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: hoosierham

Thad McCotter.

The same secretary of state, Ruth Johnson (a good one) applied the law equally. McCotter stepped down with honor, Conyers got himself a judge to overrule longstanding Michigan law.


18 posted on 05/23/2014 3:55:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Michael.SF.

In 2012 the GOP candidate got a little under 40,000 votes out of some 280,000+ cast.
Long way to go to even be competitive.


19 posted on 05/23/2014 3:56:27 PM PDT by deport
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To: Rastus

Ignorance of the law is excused. Conyers would have won easily in a write in and the
law could have been followed. JMO.


20 posted on 05/23/2014 3:58:43 PM PDT by deport
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To: vbmoneyspender
Yes. Done deal.
21 posted on 05/23/2014 4:01:02 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Of course!


22 posted on 05/23/2014 4:01:42 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Rastus

Expand this ruling to having NO ONE collecting signatures as being validly registered, and you discover the rank lawlessness of this “judge.”


23 posted on 05/23/2014 4:01:49 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

I don’t see a single favorable comment after that article.


24 posted on 05/23/2014 4:03:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

what’s a few little legalities anyways...


25 posted on 05/23/2014 4:06:03 PM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: Rastus

Oh I see ... so any time you break the law now ytou can say you were acting in “good faith”


26 posted on 05/23/2014 4:07:36 PM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Who is really surprised by this? I’m not.


27 posted on 05/23/2014 4:08:57 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: rlmorel
This is the greatest damage to our country by Obassturd and his minions. The rule of law has no meaning.

The greatest damage is that no one in place to STOP them, STOPS them! That would be "our side", in most cases.

28 posted on 05/23/2014 4:11:36 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: cripplecreek
McCotter stepped down with honor, Conyers got shopped himself a judge to overrule longstanding Michigan law.

More to the point.

29 posted on 05/23/2014 4:12:57 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Corrupt piece of sh*t!


30 posted on 05/23/2014 4:14:39 PM PDT by ReaganÜberAlles (Remember, you can't spell "progressive" without "SS".)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The state AG should tell this Feral Judge to pound sand. He has NO jurisdiction in a state election!


31 posted on 05/23/2014 4:16:34 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: wiggen

I guess as long as you make a “good faith effort” to comply you’re ok now. Or maybe just having a “good faith thought” will do.

“Judge, I meant like all hell to get those signatures and follow the rules and all but you know how life is judge...sh*t happens right?”


32 posted on 05/23/2014 4:17:05 PM PDT by ReaganÜberAlles (Remember, you can't spell "progressive" without "SS".)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Ping


33 posted on 05/23/2014 4:17:21 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Appointed by: Barack Hussein Milhouse Obama

Of course.

34 posted on 05/23/2014 4:19:55 PM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: workerbee

Not “my side”. And while I know what you mean and understand it, I am not accepting responsibility for their lawlessness.

But I agree there is some culpability.


35 posted on 05/23/2014 4:20:50 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Rastus
"“They meant well!”"

The low IQ stupid working for the low IQ stupid....any 'requirement' is a test and must be racist. No need to follow racist laws.

36 posted on 05/23/2014 4:21:11 PM PDT by blam
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

Honestly i don’t see how any state can have qualifications. Outside of perhaps residency what won’t be over turned?


37 posted on 05/23/2014 4:28:39 PM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Some pigs are more equal than others. The rule of law is dead.


38 posted on 05/23/2014 4:35:00 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: TigersEye

Oh come on. Conyers been in the party since Khrushchev. You knew he wouldn’t be disqualified for any reason.


39 posted on 05/23/2014 5:04:52 PM PDT by nicepaco
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

A commie looking out for another commie. This “judge” needs to be in jail. “Hey Johnny! I got your back!” Throw them both in jail, the corrupt bastards.


40 posted on 05/23/2014 5:09:07 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

1. guess if they’d rule this way for a republican.

2. why didn’t conyers ever bitch about this law the other 24 times he’s ran for office?’ didn’t seem too hard to meet the requirements the last 48 years.


41 posted on 05/23/2014 5:09:54 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I hope this illegal decision will be appealed. I wonder how much it takes to buy off a judge.


42 posted on 05/23/2014 5:10:32 PM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: deport

yup, no kidding he’d have won as a write-in. democrat voters couldn’t have voted straight ticket and that woulda cost him. but he still could have won w/out a pussy judge’s ruling.


43 posted on 05/23/2014 5:12:29 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Jane Austen

Apparently yes it will. Wonder how long that will take and if he can be removed after the primary or even fall election ?


44 posted on 05/23/2014 5:19:26 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I suppose that the same judge will also rule that it’s not necessary for anyone to vote for him to win either. Why let little things like law get in the way?


45 posted on 05/23/2014 5:46:56 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: hoosierham
You know a Republican would have been kept off the ballot in the same situation.

Reportedly, Leitman based his decision on Bogaert v. Land. Rose Bogaert had been circulating a petition for a recall election against Democrat Andy Dillon, the Speaker of the Michigan House. Secretary of State Land had disqualified signatures because they were not gathered by residents of Dillon's district.

The Michigan law was found unconstitutional by US District Judge Robert Holmes Bell, a Reagan appointee, and subsequently by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth District.

Bogaert is known for supporting a smaller government. She has said, “The state needs to have its wings clipped. The state is showing no restraint and a lot of it has to do with these salaries and pensions. While people in public sector jobs are gaining, those losing jobs are in the private sector and they're the ones expected to pick up the bill.”

46 posted on 05/23/2014 6:12:07 PM PDT by cynwoody
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I’m beginning to f***ing hate federal judges.

“Your Honor, you are a scumbag and a black-robed piece of crap!”


47 posted on 05/23/2014 6:13:45 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Of COURSE bacon is good for you!!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Because the law is for white people.


48 posted on 05/23/2014 6:17:06 PM PDT by Williams
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To: fortheDeclaration

Pretty much.


49 posted on 05/23/2014 6:19:53 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

LOL that’s about it.

I see the liberal defense of this behavior is being developed. They’re claiming that the law requiring that legal registered voters collecting signatures was struck down as unconstitutional. I’ve asked for info on case files and date but so far they don’t seem able to provide it.

Besides, you can’t tell me that a fugitive collecting signatures is legal. Back in 08 we had a parole absconder in the county jail after he was arrested working for ACORN registering fake voters.


50 posted on 05/23/2014 6:26:17 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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