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Lachelle Wolfe
So proud to be a Democrat!
09:43 AM on 03/27/2013
"reducing extremist candidates and easing the need to raise funds."

It's more like, the extremists want to get rid of competition in a cheaper way.
09:40 AM on 03/27/2013
It appears to me that this is addressed to the Republican Party problem of Akin, Mordock (?), Angle, and O'Donell. Some times only the most extreme people in the Republican Party seem to be the ones who vote in their primary election. Then that extreme candidate gets beaten, or not in the case of Rand Paul.
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09:36 AM on 03/27/2013
WE passed a Constitutional amendment . It will be challenged by a third party. This is the GOP way to limit the Tea Party candidates -Many who agree with the GOP's position to end direct elections.
09:39 AM on 03/27/2013
It sounds like the parties candidates will still be elected by the voters. Just the selection of the candidates will change. I'm not sure if the constitution says anything about how parties choose candidates.
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10:49 PM on 03/27/2013
IT says nothing about political parties. The original Constitution did not let poor whites let alone women vote and slaves were property .

The 17th Amendment calls for the direct election of Senators. Any process that infringes on that right can be struck down.
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CraigVale
09:35 AM on 03/27/2013
It seems to eliminate third party runs of any sort and the electorate is left to choose the lesser of two evils. They call that " Democracy " ? I suspect the whole deal is to protect the entrenched politicians from ever facing competition and ensure a nearly lifelong seat in the legislature. It seems the Republicans are going backwards and I wonder how soon it will be before only White male landowners and millionaires have the right to vote. Jim is Crowing !
petecomas
Pro-gun is not pro-life.
09:29 AM on 03/27/2013
Let's go one step further and abolish the Senate entirely. It's one of the most anti-Democratic "democratic" institutions in the Western world.
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mcvet
History will educate you on the future
09:25 AM on 03/27/2013
LOL The Republican's in the South continue to search for a way... ANY way to keep power.. to continue the rediculous policies and prevent the people from rejecting their support for the Rich and Corporations. Why not just accept the reality that your policies have been a complete and absolute FAILURE??
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Chris Carpenter
09:23 AM on 03/27/2013
It would also make sure that anyone running for state office either be a Democrat or a Republican. Wow, what a "democracy" we live in.
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2bad
I'll be takin these Huggies and any cash ya got.
09:22 AM on 03/27/2013
Awwww, righties! They wrap themselves in the flag, wave the bible and claim to be morally superior, and then once in office they start chipping away at democratic principles in an attempt to steal what the voters have taken away from them.

"When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."~ Sinclair Lewis
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NCScientist
There is no such thing as a moderate Republican
09:21 AM on 03/27/2013
The mask falls further...
09:20 AM on 03/27/2013
Yeah, after they gerrymander a permanent republican majority in their state. This would be the beginning of the end of democracy in America. Nice knowin' ya.
09:16 AM on 03/27/2013
But what happens if a 3rd party wants to submit a candidate?
Bellla
Trans & Proud
09:26 AM on 03/27/2013
That is what they fear most!
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09:37 AM on 03/27/2013
That is why it will not pass the Constitutional test.
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tedwriter
09:13 AM on 03/27/2013
The headline is vastly misleading. It would not change direct election, only the nomination process.

What is to prevent either party from using its state legislators to nominate the party candidate? Nothing, actually, except the existing party rules.
09:22 AM on 03/27/2013
I think you read it wrong. It would end the people's voting for senator. The state legislature would choose. That's the way it was in the 19th century. But that was before they invented gerrymandering.
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09:29 AM on 03/27/2013
Actually gerrymandering was "invented" in the very early part of the 19th century (1812 I believe).
09:32 AM on 03/27/2013
According to the article, the change would only apply to the selection of the nominees of each party. Then you would have a general election by the public based on the nominees (picked by the party legislators.) I don't know whether that is good or bad, but that's the proposed change.
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forestlady
09:09 AM on 03/27/2013
I live in TN. Citizens have no mechanism through which they can propose any legislation, now they want to take away direct representatation. Obviously, our lawmakers know better than the citizens how to choose lawmakers. (sarcasm). I'm sick of this, TN needs to get its act together and make politics more representative.
09:23 AM on 03/27/2013
You probably need to move. Tennessee isn't changing their ways anytime soon.
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digginya
09:27 AM on 03/27/2013
What you are saying is scary....it's "Treason" and this fits into the Government doing
that split into 10 parts for the USA & having 10 presidentially picked Governors of
these areas....if this happens in your state, it explains why Dept of Homeland Security
is buying all that Military Equipment and a lot of other weird stuff going on in America
today....I'll be watching this so keep us ALL posted..this is Important. America is about to go down a hard road if it doesn't explode first.....?
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pjkool
09:08 AM on 03/27/2013
State legislature or Reichstag?
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kathy smelser
09:08 AM on 03/27/2013
1) how does this act help the people of the state ? .....2) how many well paying jobs does this act create ? i think this has more to do with protecting politicians who do nothing , and taking it out of the voters hands
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OncologyRN
The right pair of shoes can change your life.
09:58 AM on 03/27/2013
1) It doesn't. 2) None As far as your statement goes: You are absolutely 100% correct.
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kathy smelser
11:21 AM on 03/27/2013
thank you