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Open primaries and democracy

I was stopped by my favorite petition guy outside courthouse. Over the years, I have signed many petitions that have become Florida law. One of the few benefits to living in the Sunshine state. This is direct democracy in action.

So I readily signed the petition for raising minimum wage ... too slow of a process but calls for COL increases once implemented.

I did not sign the one for open primaries. I lived in Georgia as a child and I remember the rat-fíg by Republicans that got us Lester Maddox as governor. The petition guy said it would be like the California system ... 2 candidates with most votes would square off.

I am interested in opinions here. Seems it would
1.allow independents to vote in primaries, thus increasing democratic participation
2.allow for party mischief as in voting for the worst candidate in the opposite party.

Please let me know what you think, especially those familiar with the California system.
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Tue Apr 30, 2019, 10:34 AM (6 replies)

The most disappointing thing in Mueller report so far?

Absolutely no delving into whether Russian hacking affected the vote. The report brushed aside the question of whether the Florida county that was infiltrated actually suffered real tampering of the votes. The matter is supposed to be under FBI investigation, which means we will never know. To me itís criminal not to know, more than 2 years later.

Other disappointments ... Alfa bank connection, inability of the feds to read much of the Manafort communications because of encryption. I truly thought mueller knew all. So far, Iíve learned as much of more from News sources.

Pretty disappointed with first 100 pages.

While Iíve consoled myself with the ongoing SDNY investigations, itís likely the SDNY will not indict Trump because of the same justice department policy of not indicting a sitting president.

The obstruction parts will probably be meatier. I think trump couldnít get all the people who werenít with him before he was president to lie for him.
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Sun Apr 21, 2019, 05:30 PM (1 replies)

Iran Contra and Watergate hearings - Correct me if I'm wrong

Didnít these hearings start as just hearings?
Why canít we hold hearings and see where everything leads? If they lead to impeachment so be it.

Need to line up the witnesses stat and fill the summer with testimony
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Sat Apr 20, 2019, 01:38 PM (8 replies)

How do I change from Undecided to Inslee?

Posted by MaryMagdaline | Sun Apr 14, 2019, 11:46 AM (14 replies)


Posted by MaryMagdaline | Wed Mar 13, 2019, 02:48 PM (0 replies)

"Otherwise blameless life"

Propping up dictators, fomenting revolution, laundering money, tax evasion, spousal abuse (forced participation in group sex), coaching adult children to assist in laundering money ... have I missed something?

Ellis is worse than Manafort. Even the RWers on the jury knew they had to convict.
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Fri Mar 8, 2019, 09:15 AM (0 replies)

In line at Broward County Courthouse

Elderly white lady with deep Southern accent bashing Trump and government shutdown. (We had slow lines at metal detectors, nothing to do with federal shutdown) but I wasnít going to miss an occasion to chime in against trump. She mentioned trump wants to be like a Russian dictator and I said I donít think Russians are stupid enough to shoot themselves in the foot and that we might have zero growth this quarter because of the shutdown.

I live in a 70% Democratic county, but it encouraged me to see a woman older than I am who was not a Fox News aficionado/a. Hoping that any Republicans within earshot know that we will blame them for the slow down of economy since money (theirs) is all they care about.
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Thu Jan 24, 2019, 12:05 PM (4 replies)

Speaker Pelosi is fighting for the Constitution

Donít let anyone frame this to be about ďmannersĒ and ďcivility.Ē The executive cannot be allowed to shut down the peopleís government on a whim. The executive cannot invite himself to speak in the peopleís house without the consent of the Speaker of the House. The executive cannot be allowed to stop lawful investigations of the executive and of his (our) employees.
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Wed Jan 23, 2019, 05:19 PM (7 replies)

Anyone on DU who was not taught to step aside for older person?

Give up their chair, give them their place at the head of the table?

You would think that right wingers would be all about the respect for their elders.
Posted by MaryMagdaline | Mon Jan 21, 2019, 07:31 PM (54 replies)

When punk-ass kids were dancing in the streets

Posted by MaryMagdaline | Sun Jan 20, 2019, 03:39 PM (5 replies)
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