Your Vote Won't Count
This nations lack of free and open elections is particularly appalling, given our pretense of being the greatest democracy ever. My belief is challenged by those ignorant of the electoral process.
Here is an example of the self-serving restrictions imposed on candidates for public office. It is Californias Assembly Bill 372 [TEXT in PDF], authored by Frank Bigelow, which recently passed the Elections Committee 4-2, and heads to the full body for a vote.
It requires write-in candidates for congress or partisan state office who place first or second in the primary to pay a filing fee to appear on the November ballot. With the top-two primary recently adopted in the state, the primary qualifies candidates to appear on the ballot. Having qualified, it is absurd requiring them to pay, after having met the standard.
According to Ballot Access News (BAN), the bill appears to violate the California Constitution, which states the top two vote-getters will compete in the ensuing general election. Learning of this, Bigelow amended the bill to allow indigent candidates to opt out of paying. He plans to amend it again to require a petition in lieu of filing fee, although that still appears to be unconstitutional.
Why is Assman Bigelow so insistent on this restriction? It may have something to do with his being the only legislator opposed by a Libertarian in the November 2014 election, the rest effectively shut out by the Top-Two system. Patrick Hogan ran as a write-in candidate for the primary, and placed second because Bigelow had no Republican (or Democratic) opponent. Without Hogan, Bigelow would have been unopposed. In the November election, Hogan garnered 26% of the vote, the incumbent 74%, which most would view as a comfortable margin received by a candidate with fascist tendencies.
BAN notes that California has not charged a filing fee for write-in candidates before an election because of a State Supreme Court ruling [Steiner v Mihaly, 1972] of unconstitutionality because fees are justified to keep ballots from being too crowded, which does not involve write-ins, since they are not on the ballot.
This is no isolated instance of laws attempting to restrict access, in every state. Subscribe to BAN to see how incumbents try to protect their jobs, at the expense of democratic elections. The top-two gimmick was sold by one legislaturor as a way of allowing more diversity in elections. So far, its result has been the opposite, chasing independent candidates off the ballot and, apparently, reducing voter turnout in the formerly Golden State.Posted 6 May 2015
You saw it first here, unless you saw it somewhere else already. The Greg Gutfeld Show makes its debut on Sunday, the last day of May, 7:00 PM (10:00 Eastern). Joanne Nosuchinsky will be there. The show will cover cooking, music and travel, with Greg singing a capella versions of Kansas songs, the musical group, not the state. After extensive focusing, the shows name edged out such contenders as Everybody Loves Greg and Huckabee!
Went to the hardware store down the hill to redeem my birthday discount. Would you believe they sell lady bugs? They had a sign advertising them, so they must. I always thought insects were free, like rainwater and rainbows.
Bought a squeegee to replace the one I lost. It had a Prop 65 warning sticker which stated, among other things, Wash hands after handling. Reminded me of a woman I dated in the 1980s, although she would have come under a different Proposition. Seems as if you would necessarily wash your hands after your windows. Speaking of which…
Assembled a toy for my pussycat. It came with a warning:
Theyre taking my MONEY
Reeling from the distressing cancelation of Forever, I wasn't expecting devastating news about television news, but a shakeout at Fox Business Network (FBN) has resulted in the loss of one of my favourites, Money with Melissa Francis. It has its own DVR directory because I record it religiously. This is the worst Fox Business development since Cheryl Casone left Cashin In or Judge Napolitano's show was canceled. Not to mention The Independents.
Writer-commentator Melissa is not going away. She will be co-hosting a show with David Asman at 1:00 PM (4:00 Eastern), but it won't be Money which, I believe, will be two years old on Friday. I'll miss the great theme song, the spinning question mark, the format and her astonishment at things Gaspo blurted out. No more Money? Next they'll be canceling David Letterman.
Counting down to the final show, I thought I was watching a new installment on artificial Memorial Day (i.e., not the thirtieth), which turned out to be from last Thursday. Seems I partied so much on my birthday, I returned home too incapacitated to watch the telly. Not a bad trade-off, I suppose.
The rationale for changing the schedule is the departure of Donnie Imus, who will no longer be televising his radio programme, prompting me to wonder if some of his crew will be leaving FBN as well. I sure hope that delightful Dagen McDowell isnt going anywhere, unless shes coming to dinner with me. Dagen is one of the best Red Eye guests, always delightful. Say, maybe Melissa will be the new Red Eye host. I could live with that.
Otherwise roll me over and call me Ham Burger!Posted 26 May 2015
On the positive side, Neil Cavuto will expand into two hours on FBN (his show, not his girth), in addition to Your World on Fox News and his great weekend show that highlights the biz block. Also, Sandra Smith, Lauren Simonetti and Nicole Petallides will have a new show, FBN·AM, which seems to begin right after the now-shorter Red Eye on Fox News. Sadly, The Willis Report is history, or should that be herstory? I hope not.
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