A Major Technicality For Michigan Democrats

The first thing that I want to make clear is that I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican.

The second thing that I want to make clear is that I’m not declaring myself for either party in this blog post.

Are we clear? Ok, here’s the scoop…

IF you live in Michigan and IF you plan to participate in the Michigan Democratic Primary on Tuesday, January 15th and IF your candidate has elected (ha!) to remove his/her name from the ballot because the Michigan Democratic Party had their heads up their asses when they moved the Primary date forward against party rules, read this:

The 12 December 2007 Voter Guide published by the Democratic Party states: “A vote for “uncommitted” is a vote to send delegates to the Democratic National Convention who are not committed or pledged to any candidate. Those delegates can vote for any candidate they choose at the Convention. Supporters of Joe Biden, John Edwards, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson are urged to vote “uncommitted” instead of writing in their candidates’ names because write-in votes for those candidates will not be counted.

I’m not a big fan of the Electoral College method in the first place, but this is just plain ridiculous! How many voters will cast ballots for those excused candidates on Tuesday? And of those, how many votes will do it correctly so that their vote “counts”? And finally, what control do those voters who vote “uncommitted” on Tuesday have over their electorate?

None. Zero. Zip. Zilch.

This goes beyond party lines. This is just plain bad policy all around, and I hope to see the idiots who thought up this scheme pay (politically) in the next election.

MORE INFO ON THE MICHIGAN PRIMARY VIA THE GREEN PAPERS

Solitude (365 Day Challenge – Day 3)

Solitude

Originally uploaded by Mac Girl

Day 3 of the 365 (+1) Day Challenge. This was taken on a dirt road in Barry County yesterday. I was out driving, enjoying the sun, oblivious to the fact that gas prices were going up 20¢ when I came across a road sign announcing a nature preserve at the next right turn.

I took it.

I’m so glad I did!

The Pierce Cedar Creek Biological Field Station is a beautiful facility. Not only do they have a number of nature trails to prowl, the building itself is a great place to hold a meeting or attend one of their classes and brunches. I’m not kidding. I immediately wished that I had a business meeting to book, just for an excuse to go back and lounge by the open fireplace!

Unfortunately I wasn’t dressed to hike in sub-freezing temps, not even in the sun. I could have easily rented a pair of snow shoes from them ($5 a day) and gotten lost in the Michigan outback with my camera. I’m definitely going back… and soon!*

Take an unexpected turn today. You’ll be glad you did.

(* The field station is open 9a-5p Monday through Friday and closed on most major holidays.)