Total Nonsense !!!
Unless O'Bama abdicates, there is no real Democratic Presidential Primary. Why would the Democrats vote against this. Why do the Repulicans insist on calling it a "closed" primary ?
Senator Bieda’s statement, in which Senators Whitmer, Anderson, Hood, Gregory and Hunter concurred, is as follows:
Colleagues, you know, voting is one of the most important tasks and responsibilities of the citizens in this state. I don’t take that responsibility lightly in this body, and I don’t take that responsibility lightly as a citizen when I go to the voting booth. Neither should any of us, and I know we don’t.
The bill before us today raises some real important questions. How do you justify a $10 million expenditure to hold a single-party closed primary election at the very same time that we are making devastating cuts to education, to public safety, and a host of other vital state programs by claiming that we can no longer afford them? You are telling Michigan’s parents that a single-political-party closed election is more important than providing bus service to their children to take their children safely to school. You are telling Michigan’s public safety officers that a single-party closed primary is more important than their ability to do their job and keep their community safe. You are telling Michigan’s middle-class families that the tax increases on pensions that went through earlier this year didn’t go for the betterment of the state, but it went to fund the single, closed primary election.
I am the first one to say that I think voting is one of the most important tasks that we can do. I proposed an amendment to make it easier for people to vote by no-excuse absentee voting, and it’s an open and clean government type of reform, but there are alternatives to this expensive primary. The presidential primaries in the past have been held in caucus systems where the political parties paid for it themselves. I think under these stressful economic times that this is a bad move on the part of this Legislature. We have better places that these scarce dollars can be directed to.
I would urge my colleagues to think of Michigan taxpayers, and vote “no” on this bill.