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Thread: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    I understand that, and believe me, I'm not particularly married to this issue.

    Court decisions have been largely split on the issue. The SCOTUS in 1999 ruled in favor of the California Democratic Party (which sued to have a referendum that approved open primaries to be overturned) on the basis of free association. But, there have been other rulings in favor of open primaries.



    IMHO, that would exacerbate some of our problems without other laws put into place. As it stands now, a party candidate can receive funding from a larger umbrella organization. If it were every man for himself, the rich guy could simply outspend the poor guy into oblivion.

    Why shouldn't likeminded people be allowed to pool resources to elect a candidate they feel represents their values? That's basically what a political party is.

    And yes, I feel corporations and unions should be allowed to do that as well. Disclosure, however, is necessary. Before I vote for a candidate, I want to know who owns him or her.
    i feel like our country has been fractured by partisan idiots. the rest of the fracturing has been accomplished via gerrymandering. at the very least, i'd support drawing districts using only nonpartisan census data.

    our two party duopoly is not working. i'm sick of it.

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    I'm sure you're right and there are no long time Democrat senators and term limit laws specifically exempt Republicans.
    I didn't notice that I said there are no longtime Democratic Senators--that's because I didn't.
    And term limit laws specifically exempting Republicans--didn't say that either.

    I will add that term limits were a big plank of Gringrich's contract on America in 1994.
    And term limits were once again a BFD with the GOP in 2010, since the TEA have no agenda but blowing up DC, rhetorically mind you .
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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    i feel like our country has been fractured by partisan idiots.
    Could not agree more.

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    the rest of the fracturing has been accomplished via gerrymandering. at the very least, i'd support drawing districts using only nonpartisan census data.
    DEFINITELY could not agree more. The players are gaming the refs, and it's totally dicked everything up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    our two party duopoly is not working. i'm sick of it.
    I agree, but at this point I don't see a better option. The UK, for example, has several viable parties who have to hammer out coalitions to get anything done.
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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    *chuckle*

    I was wondering if anyone would choose that option.
    My county is anticipated to become 100% represented by Republicans after this election is over in November. We had a very hot Sheriff's race in the Republican Primary. There was quite a few voters pissed off people at the polls during the primary race because they were "being denied their constitutional right to vote" as it was described by one angry registered Libertarian. North Carolina is a state that doesn't allow open primaries. "I guess I'll just switch to Repubilcan" said another angry registered Democrat. Our local party is jumping on this opportunity to recruit a bunch of Republicans. For the first time in over a century, North Carolina has a republican governor, republican house and a republican senate. I think if they make a law allowing open primaries, it would be detrimental to their own party. I keep going back and forth on this. I can see the positives and the negatives. I'll have to stand behind my choice to recognize the white crayon as having a neutral effect on the quality of a picture.

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    I support open primaries completely because I think there are a lot of people out there, registered to a party and not, who want more moderate candidates. There are a lot more people who do not agree fully with any party's platform completely than there are that agree with a party's platform fully. And candidates need to be able to represent all people, not just those that agree with a specific party's platform more than the majority of people.
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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    good idea. i don't want to sign up for either team, but i want to vote in the primaries. my state forces me to sign up for a ****ing team to do that.
    Then I recommend that you remain unaffiliated.

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buck Ewer View Post
    Ask Eric Cantor tonite, what he thinks of open primaries.
    Does anyone really think that all of Brat's votes were from republicons?
    Is he from Virginia? I think somebody posted a link earlier that lists the states with open primaries. Virginia does have open primaries. Eric Cantor is probably in opposition to open primaries.
    Last edited by vasuderatorrent; 06-11-14 at 07:36 AM.

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    I believe that the party candidate should be picked by those in the party. I do think that if the state is administering the elections, that they can set the rules. I'm generally in favor of California's top 2 in the primary go on to the general election regardless of party. I'm not sure if they are still allowed to have write-in's in the General.

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    Then I recommend that you remain unaffiliated.
    doing so would prevent me from voting in the primaries. that's the way it's set up here in my state.

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    Re: Open Primaries Good or Bad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    doing so would prevent me from voting in the primaries.
    That is correct. I don't want you voting in the Republican Primary.

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