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  •  "Virginia's 2009 disaster" wasn't what you think (0+ / 0-)

    It was letting the Democratic Party start a three-way dogfight that ended with no winners and a weak, lackluster, incompetent candidate running a horribly bad campaign.

    We can't allow anything like that to happen this time. We can't afford it.

    If it's
    Not your body,
    Then it's
    Not your choice
    And it's
    None of your damn business!

    by TheOtherMaven on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 09:16:22 AM PST

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    •  Like I said denials are rampant. "Letting"? Bull! (0+ / 0-)

      Your lack of civics is showing. Just what higher being, what lofty authority "lets" or "prohibits" candidates in a party primary. Maybe you don't know, many don't, that the party committees are absolutely required to be neutral in primaries. Many Obama supporters, new to politics, got all hot and bothered he wasn't being "supported" by county and state party committees. That is left purely to those brave enough to toss their names in the ring and the voters—and in Virginia's open primary without party registration that can be anybody.

      So, pray tell me what august authority should have told any one of those three not to run, usurped the authority of the voter and "selected" a candidate? Like smoky back rooms do you?

      Politics can be, usually is, messy. It is a voter's civic duty to show up at the time and place to make it as clean as possible. Instead lots of people sulked at home.

      Enough with the excuses. Work to make sure there is turnout for what ever the primary electorate throws to our side to support. Else? Welcome Governor Cuccinelli, a man that thinks your body as pertains to anything sexual is most definitely his business.

      So you, I and everyone else needs to turn up even if the most uninspiring Democrat is selected by the primary electorate.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 04:52:10 PM PST

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    •  FYI see Virginia State Board of Elections on (0+ / 0-)

      Becoming a Candidate.

      You meet these basics:

          Be qualified to vote for and hold the office sought and

          Be a resident of the Commonwealth Of Virginia for one year immediately preceding the election.

      Fill out a bunch of forms and gather signatures. Declare your candidacy. File a primary fee:

      As the name suggests, this fee is required to be filed ONLY by primary election candidates. The amount required to be paid is 2% of the annual salary for the office sought in effect in the year in which the candidate files and as shown in the Appropriations Act adopted by the General Assembly.

      Governor $3,500.00 [2% of $175,000]
      Lieutenant Governor $ 726.42 [2% of $ 36,321]
      Attorney General $3,000.00 [2% of $150,000]

      And then the voters decide—if you are a Democrat.

      Now if you are a Republican, as Cuccinelli taught the presumptive candidate, you may be stuck in a convention or caucus system without a primary. That is the party that wants only the deep red loyalist to choose, an option for a party. That is how someone "Lets" or does not "Let" a primary fight start. It is the next best thing to a smoky back room!

      (Quite a few years ago the Fairfax County Republican Committee engaged in the caucus system and the proto TP faction hijacked the venue, moving it in secret so that just regular Republicans would get lost. Some found out and there was a bit of a circus and near scuffle as they tried to take part.)

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:26:04 PM PST

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