Political Science Blog "Mischiefs of Faction" Discusses Open Primaries

“Mischiefs of Faction” is a blog about politics and political scientist, run by four political scientists. Here is a blog post about open primaries written by Seth Masket.

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  1. POLITICAL MISCHIEF IN VERMONT !!!
    STATE OF VERMONT GETS IN THE WAY OF
    CANDIDATE, Ms. Cris Ericson, WHO WOULD LIKE TO BE
    PROMOTED BY SUPER PACs!

    JUNE 22, 2012 COMPLAINT TO THE F.B.I.
    BY CRIS ERICSON, political candidate in Vermont running against
    incumbent Bernie Sander for United States Senator
    and also running against incumbent Peter Shumlin for Governor of VT.

    To: jim.condos@sec.state.vt.us [jim.condos@sec.state.vt.us];
    kscheele@sec.state.vt.us [kscheele@sec.state.vt.us]; will.senning@sec.state.vt.us
    [will.senning@sec.state.vt.us]

    Cc: ny1@ic.fbi.gov [ny1@ic.fbi.gov]; washington.field@ic.fbi.gov
    [washington.field@ic.fbi.gov]; GovernorVT@state.vt.us [GovernorVT@state.vt.us]

    Subject: is any “public record” also a state record? 18 USC section 2075

    To: F.B.I., Jim Condos,Kathy Scheele, Will Senning, Governor Peter Shumlin:

    Question of whether federal law applies to state records?

    HOW CAN THE U.S. MARIJUANA PARTY
    CANDIDATE, Cris Ericson,
    PROVE that she has a legal
    right to ask for and accept out-of-state campaign
    donations, or to be promoted by SuperPACs,
    while the Elections Division is still refusing
    to list the independent and minor party
    candidates?

    Isn’t this fraudulent concealment,
    compounded day after day,
    of material facts, affecting the potential interstate
    “commerce” of campaign fundraising which
    can create seasonal employment
    and an influx of advertising dollars
    in Vermont?

    Is “any public record” also a state record,
    under 18 USC Section 101 Records & Reports;
    18 USC Section 1701 Concealment;
    18 USC 2075 Officers failing to make reports –
    considering that
    Cris Ericson is a candidate for Governor and
    for United States Senator?

    The Vermont Statutes Online
    Title 1: General Provisions
    Chapter 5: COMMON LAW; GENERAL RIGHTS
    1 V.S.A. ยง 315. Statement of policy
    … free and open examination of records
    consistent with Chapter I, Article 6
    of the Vermont Constitution.

    Is VT Secretary of State,
    Jim Condos, violating the Spirit of the Law,
    because Cris Ericson filed her candidate petitions
    May 29, 2012 and received a telephone call from
    the Elections Division July 1 stating her petitions
    were verified, (but no letter in the mail)
    but his office is threatening
    to withhold this information until the “week of
    July 1” which could actually be over 30 days,
    and inconsistent with “open records”?

    Cris Ericson campaign: http://usmjp.com

    VERMONT SECRETARY OF STATE – Jim Condos – Democrat

    Elections Division
    Vermont Secretary of State
    128 State Street
    Montpelier, VT 05633-1101
    In-State: (800) 439-8683
    Outside VT: (802) 828-2464
    FAX: 802-828-5171
    HOURS: 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    http://www.sec.state.vt.us
    Welcome to the Secretary of State’s Elections and Campaign Finance
    Division web pages. Please see our disclaimer below.

    DRAFT CANDIDATE LIST for August 28 Primary

    DRAFT CANDIDATE LIST for August 28 Primary PDF

    Parties, Candidates, and interested citizens: Please Review the Candidate
    List above and email the Elections Division if you find any errors or
    omissions.

    The printing deadline is Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.

    Independent and Minor Party Candidate List for the November 6 General
    Election will be posted on or before the week of July 1.

    Contact Kathy Scheele
    (formerly DeWolfe),
    Director of Elections and Campaign Finance
    at kscheele@sec.state.vt.us
    or (802) 828-2304

    Contact Will at will.senning@sec.state.vt.us or (802) 828-0175 for
    Municipal Elections, Lobbyist, Campaign Finance and Candidate/Parties
    questions.

    Contact Lori at lori.bjornlund@sec.state.vt.us or (802) 828-2464 for
    Candidates/Parties, Voter Registration, Justice of the Peace questions and
    for copies of Publications.

    Contact Elizabeth at liz.harrington@sec.state.vt.us or (802) 828-0771 for
    Lobbyist and Campaign Finance questions.

    Contact Lelonie at lelonie.adams@sec.state.vt.us or (802) 828-1931 for
    Statewide Checklist, Motor Voter Information, Military/Overseas and Voter
    Registration questions.

  2. Demo Rep · · Reply

    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V.

    NO moron primaries are needed or wanted — except by plurality Donkey/Elephant extremists in safe seat ANTI-Democracy gerrymander districts.

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