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Conyers files federal lawsuit to get back on the ballot

by: Eric B.

Fri May 16, 2014 at 09:30:00 AM EDT

He had a choice to either fade away or to fight it out. He's chosen to fight it out.

U.S. Rep. John Conyers is waging a legal war in federal court over his right to run in the primary, challenging the constitutionality of a state election law that is keeping his name off the ballot.

The law that’s got Conyers riled up is a statute that says if you want to gather signatures on a petition to get a candidate on a ballot, you must be registered to vote. Three Conyers supporters filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court Monday, arguing that law is unconstitutional because it violates their political speech and political association rights.

What are the odds he wins?

Eric B. :: Conyers files federal lawsuit to get back on the ballot
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I'd say the odds are good
In fact, I'll wish Conyers the catchphrase from "The Hunger Games"--Congressman, may the odds ever be in your favor.

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I think the better question is whether this trial will be completed before the primary. There has to be a certain end date that must be met in order to put his name on the actual ballots. I'm not sure when that is, I would imagine its shortly after the independent candidate deadline which I believe is early July.

Could be wrong about the date though.  

Sooner than that, probably
Absentee ballots go out six weeks before the primary - i.e. late June.

Now on Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott: Cotter vs. Jesus and Reagan

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He's going to have to dual-track this
Rep. Conyers should pursue the case in federal court, but he also needs to ramp up a write-in campaign -- Pronto!! -- to defeat Horace Sheffield in the Primary.

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison

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The courts watch the deadlines.
I'm pretty confident the federal courts will give us a final answer by the necessary date, which I would judge to be about June 10.

I'm particularly confident, because I don't think John Pirich will let things get screwed up.  He's going to cost John Conyers a lot of money, but he has a reputation for getting the job done.

Unlike the rest of the people Conyers has hired.

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