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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 07:36 PM

California's Trump tax return law raises fears of Republican lockout




For Republicans who already face a steep climb to blunt Democratic dominance here, the possibility of Trump’s absence from 2020 primary ballots threatens to suppress turnout at a time when they need every vote they can get. That risk conjures another scenario that’s keeping conservative strategists up at night: Republicans getting locked out of general election races thanks to California’s primary system, which allows the top two vote-getters to advance to the general election regardless of party and regularly produces Democrat-vs.-Democrat contests.

“We all know that the top of the ticket generally dictates the turnout,” California Republican Party Chair Jessica Patterson told POLITICO. “If the Democrats have a huge intensity — which they likely will, because our primary is so early — and Republicans don’t have their likely nominee to turn out to vote for, this could really affect our legislative and congressional races, where two Democrats could end up in the general.”

The newly signed law compels gubernatorial and presidential candidates to disclose financial information if they want to appear on primary ballots. It drew nearly immediate legal challenges from Trump and Republican groups, including the California state party, who decry the law as an unconstitutional exercise in partisan politics.

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Gothmog Aug 14 OP
Eliot Rosewater Aug 14 #1
keithbvadu2 Aug 14 #2
oswaldactedalone Aug 14 #3
NBachers Aug 14 #4
Recursion Aug 14 #5
roamer65 Aug 14 #6
Maru Kitteh Aug 15 #7

Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 07:46 PM

1. Need all the help we can get, we are fighting the KGB, GOP and a large group

that wont vote at all unless it is one certain person.

Uphill battle.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 09:43 PM

2. Trump is not locked out. He can run as a write-in candidate.

Trump is not locked out. He can run as a write-in candidate.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 10:18 PM

3. Problem there is that most Trump supporters

are too low IQ to spell Trump, even if you spot them the first four letters.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 10:22 PM

4. Let's all run in circles with our hands up in the air screaming "STATE'S RIGHTS! STATE'S RIGHTS!"

Isn't the Republican Party the Party of "STATE'S RIGHTS??!1?"

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 10:29 PM

5. Good

If they can gerrymander 51% of the vote into 85% of the seats in Wisconsin, we can do this.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 10:57 PM

6. California Republic.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 01:26 AM

7. This is beautiful news.

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