by Duluth News Tribune
September 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
A write-in candidate for the Minnesota House 7B race wants his name on the ballot after another write-in candidate had his name added by order of the state Supreme Court.
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First off, Fosle has not been endorsed by the Independent Party. Secondly, if he wanted his name on the ballot, he should have hired and attorney to petition the court (like Simonson) after he received the endorsement of the Independent Party.
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correction… “an attorney”
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You’re wrong. Doesn’t matter though. Everyone who knows Simonson knows he is a dirtball. Anyone who votes for him is nothing more than a liberal loon and a promoter of child abandonment. Fosle will get more votes off the ballot than Simonson will get on it. But Fosle is right – if they’re going to bend the rules for one guy, then they have a responsibility to even the playing field. That’s why you’re supposed to be fair and consistent. The court, led by Simonson’s carrot, created this mess.
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Simonson, (like it or not) will win. The DFL endorsement is huge in district 7B. Fosle would have a good chance if he was on the ballot as an endorsed Independent candidate. Fosle is doing good work on the council…let’s keep him there.
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Juan, you speak the truth. Even if a chimp received the DFL endorsement, he would stand a good chance of winning.
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Running as an “Independent” has nothing to do with the Independence Party. When we get to see the judge’s explanation I don’t think it will be based on party endorsement, too obvious for the court’s to show their liberal leanings. It will be based on the rights of the public to know who’s on the ballot because it disenfranchises the rights of the uniformed masses that have no business voting in the first place.
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Don, are you saying if 100 “qualified” independents wanted their names on the ballot they should be allowed to?
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Under the now old rules, Yes. Don’t get me wrong here, if 100 people just put down “Independent” as there political party on their candidate declaration form then they will all get tossed into a primary together. But, if they write down verbage that separates themselves from a general independent then they will make the final ballot without having to go to a primary. In MN you may have to file simple paper work first to make a new party.
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Don Raihala, the “all-knowing Don,” get a clue. You refer to the Minn. Supreme Court’s “liberal leanings,” yet 4 of the 7 justices are as conservative as they come. The court simply followed the law. Where are you getting your facts? Shouldn’t you be plotting your next attempt at some political office?
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To make a ballot republishing deadline the Supreme court had to make its decision quickly, so it did…the way it was being told to decide. Now the Supreme court has time to put together an explaination for what it did. If it knew so quickly what way to rule why couldn’t they tell us? It is clear that they are now conjuring up an excuse for the ruling they were told to make. It is called covering their arses.
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I realize the court hasn’t released their reasoning yet on their ruling, but since you seem to know they are following the law (and yet when I read the rules regarding this it seems they are not), please feel free to cite what rule of law you think they are using since many of us aren’t really sure.
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Deucebag, no need to insult, but I like it that I can get under people’s skin by not even trying. Who can really comment right now on the ruling by not having a look at it. And a 4-3 state conservative bench means nothing just like the federal 5-4 conservative court meant nothing on judging the health care law. And these are filing deadlines set by the MN secretary of state, not laws that the court apparently is having problems with its constitutionality. We do need deadlines, right? What’s more disturbing to me is the bypassing of the lower courts and somehow being able to be instantly heard by the upper courts.
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Doosh, in light of their Franken V Coleman ruling, you’d be hard pressed to support that statement. The court opening ignored well established law in their treatment of absentee ballots. The law says that the outer envelope of an absentee ballots be signed and dated by a witness who is registered to vote in the precinct where the absentee ballot was cast. In conservative districts, unsigned ballots were rejected, but in liberal districts, they were accepted. Thus, you have a double standard. But that doesn’t matter to the liberals because they lack standards.
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I would guess Mr Fosle didn’t feel the need to hire an attorney since he assumed the rules about adding names to a ballot after a certain date would apply to everyone, even god forbid…an endorsed DFL candidate.
Now that the rules have been overturned, or ruled invalid or whatever logic the court used, he just want’s to be treated like the endorsed DFL candidate….and well he should be.
Being endorsed by a political party shouldn’t give you special rights over and above the “rules” others seeking the same office thought they had to follow. I actually commend him for not thinking he’s a special case and that the rules didn’t apply to him when he first filed for the office.
Now that he’s seen the rules don’t apply to some, he just wants to be treated equally.
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As I posted on a different article. it should just be common sence that his name be added to the ballot since they already need to be reprinted. Will the courts use common sence???
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I have a feeling his name, whether printed or handwritten, will be on plenty of ballots when the election’s over.
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It would be cool to see a write-in candidate win for a change.
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If they change the rules for one, as it appears they have, I can’t see how it doesn’t seem to be picking favorites if they don’t change rules for all candidates in the same race.
I don’t think they should have changed the rules for anybody….but since they did, they need to grant this change to others in the same race. Why should “endorsed” candidates be more important or more legitimate than others who filed for the same office under the same/similar circumstances ???
I don’t live in this district…..but nothing ticks me off more that seemingly being steam rolled into doing what the powers that be aparantly want us to do…by making it easier to do one thing over another because some do and others don’t have to follow the same rules and some get special dispensation and others don’t.
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The courts didn’t change the rules, they just ruled that the rules are unenforcible. Now it’s up to the legislation to follow the courts lead and make new rules that it thinks the courts will find acceptible in the next go around. Balance of Power, my assss!
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Don….can you explain their logic on ruling that the rules were unenforceable ? Was it a constitutional issue or what ? I probably could/should have researched their ruling myself, but it might be good for someone to post the reasoning for their ruling for others who read these comments understand the logic the court used.
In any case, if the rules are unenforceable….than Jay Fosle should indeed have his name placed on the ballot just like Simonson.
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I don’t think an explanation was released yet, but I’m sure when it is, it will provide some titillating late night reading. Let’s just say Travis Silvers is being robbed of a golden opportunity, but then again is this whole Fosle thingy inadvertently helping him. Hmmmmm…
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really? unenforceable. That’s how it’s spelt?
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Councilor Fosle is entitled to have his name printed on the ballot, if Mr. Simonson’s name is going to appear on document. Or, neither should have their name on the ballot. Either way, Fosle and Simonson should be treated equally. Neither candidates were selected through the primary process–just because Mr. Simonson was “endorsed” by the local DFL Party is really irrelevant, since the “endorsement” declaration by any political party has no legal standing vis-a-vie the election laws of our state. Our election statutes seem crystal clear that a candidate selected in the primary process can only have their name removed from the ballot if the primary-selected candidate dies. Therefore, if the State Supreme Court were acting objectively, rather than in a partisan political manner, the Supreme’s should should have upheld our state’s election laws, which in this case appear to mandate that only Silver’s and Gauthier’s names would be on the ballot, since they were selected in the primary process, and neither has expired—other candidates, specifically Fosle and Simonson could, indeed, run for the 7B office, but as write-in candidates only. On the other hand, if the Supreme’s goal was to circumvent Mn election laws gor partisan reasons to favor a last minute, un-elected wannabe candidate who secured the “endorsement” of a local political party, then it would logically follow that the Supreme’s should show equal and fair treatment to an announced candidate (in fact, the first announced write-in candidate) who choose not to seek the “endorsement” of any political party.
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I meant to say that Johnbray was well spoken
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How come it is only an “Activist Court legislating from the bench” when they disagree with you?
Realistically this court is filled with moderate judges mostly appointed by moderate Republicans.
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If the DFL endorsed a box of rocks, the box of rocks would probably beat Travis Silvers.
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Councilor Fosle is a breath of fresh air….!! No party lines, no party money, no selling soul to devil..
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