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  •  MI House Speaker & GOP rep "conspired... (17+ / 0-)

    in a plan for Rep. Roy Schmidt (R-Grand Rapids) switch parties and run as a Republican, while at the same time setting up a "patsy" Democrat to run against the 76th District race in May...

    ...According to the report, Schmidt originally filed as a Democrat but changed his affiliation within minutes of the filing deadline on May 15. Schmidt and Bolger also worked to recruit 22-year-old, part-time college student Matthew Mojak to run as a Democrat in his place...

    In August, Republican Kent county Prosecutor, Bill Forsyth halted the investigation into the scheme (claiming that there was nothing illegal) because, he said, he wanted the information to become public before the election...  

    The latest report, Sept. 13: GOP Speaker Jase Bolger and Mr. Schmidt admitted they plotted to conduct a phony election in Schmidt’s district...  

    ...but both have denied any criminal wrong doing.

    A one-woman grand jury will try to determine if that is true...


    MDP Files Complaint Against Speaker Bolger, Rep. Schmidt, and Bolger COS Miller Allen for Violating State Law..

    ...Complaint Alleges State Employees Engaged in Illegal Election Activity and Used State Resources for Election Work...

    And these are the guys that claim to be so "concerned" about "voter 'fraud'"?  

    •  Michigan supposedly has a long history of (2+ / 0-)
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      politicalceci, kurious

      "ringer" candidates. They're designed to lose so someone else wins. It's consistent with the conservative MO of triangulation, ulterior motives and once-removed objectives -- indirection, deception and secrecy are their "tools" of choice. They excell at what we call underhanded behavior and dealing under the table.
      Which tells you, by the way, that "all options are on the table" means people are dealing honestly. Of course, when you're dealing with people who specialize in threats, it means something else. Conservatives specialize in threats because they have nothing anyone wants.

      We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 12:37:29 AM PDT

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      •  Evidence (1+ / 0-)
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        We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 01:35:16 AM PDT

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        •  Careful with The Dome (1+ / 0-)
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          Some of their stable of columnists are as corrupt as the people they purport to cover ... one guy on their payroll is also secreyly on the payroll of the state's largest health insurer. A former editor of theirs was a reporter on the take when I worked with the guy.

          At the same time, that columnist did a decent job with Bolger-Schmidt in your linked piece ... kind of hard to spin that one any other way than correct.

      •  Long tradition??? (2+ / 0-)
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        Since when? I live in Michigan, and I've never heard of such a thing before this. And, while it is not specifically unlawful under election laws to do what these guys tried to do, it is likely that they are guilty of conspiracy to commit perjury. That investigation is ongoing. Note too that Schmidt was an incumbent Democrat whose district was made more Republican by redistricting, which was the inspiration for the subterfuge. Since the wave election in 2010, Republicans have controlled every part of the state government, and they've been running roughshod over everyone who doesn't agree with their far-right agenda.

        This incident to high heaven, but the linked article presents no evidence that this is a common practice in Michigan.

        "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

        by happy camper on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:37:27 AM PDT

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