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Issue Analysiscalvinleman12/13 07:15reply
At http://fp1.centurytel.net/democracy/ we analyze issues that affect Legislative District 35: Butte, Jefferson, Clark, Lemhi, Custer, Fremont Counties. Analysis includes finding if Representatives and Senators in the Idaho Legislature vote the way their constituents want them to vote (http://fp1.centurytel.net/democracy/Vote_2006_2007.htm). Current analyis is concerned wih the Senate State Affairs Committee, where the Fair Elections Act was held in committee, last February 2 (http://fp1.centurytel.net/democracy/issue_fair_elections_fails.htm). Democracy works best when everybody participates.
Democracy: Action or Reactioncalvinleman12/16 10:57reply
The Idaho Fair Elections Act, on February 2, 2007, in the Senate State Affairs Committee failed. The seven Republicans voted NO and the two Democrats voted YES. I was reacting on that day, by testifying for Fair Elections to the Committee. Senator Bart Davis criticised the Whereas part of the bill, where the bill said legislators must spend time raising money. Senator Davis said he does not, much like an attorney, who tries to discredit a witness. Senator Stegner said the bill violates the one man one vote idea. That idea, which is from women's suffrage, where it was one person, one vote, also is immaterial, because it has nothing to do with the Fair Elections Act, because a candidate need not participate in Fair Elections and is free to run for election as he has been doing. Senators Jorgenson, Little, Darrington, Geddes, McKenzie voted No but said nothing at the hearing. Fair Elections is not a partisan issue in either Maine or Arizona, who have Fair Elections. Why it was in this committee is a question for the seven Republicans who voted No.




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