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This is the Missoulian’s political blog, featuring posts from bloggers statewide about issues and political races of interest to all Montanans. We encourage you to challenge our bloggers with your responses and commentary. If you’d like to be one of our volunteer bloggers, contact Missoulian editor Sherry Devlin at sdevlin@missoulian.com.

 

2012 promises to be a lively election at all levels. Let’s keep the discussion here lively, but respectful. We’re all Montanans, feisty to the core but proud of our shared heritage and values. What better day to launch this blog than on the Fourth of July: Let the debate begin!

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  1. I stumbled across your website and after reading one blog I was convinced it was must be one of those left-wing socialist websites supported by over-zealous Democrats. After reading a few more comments I was even more convinced of its origins. To then discover this is the Missoulian’s political blog was absolutely incredible (and not in a good way). Have you read some of these bloggers comments? For the sake of those who stumble onto this website by happenstance as I did, beware, this blog is virtually devoid of any rational or intellectually based dialogue. I’m all for free speech, but please, have you read some of this drivel? If you are going to opine, by all means, go for it. Unfortunately, your arguments have no merit when they attack the individual, not the issue. I was appalled to read some of the personal assaults contained herein. Blogs, by their very nature, are “comments” or the “opinions” of the author. I would suggest we are all better served when our voice reflects the level of our intellect, honor, character, and integrity as opposed to one’s ignorance. Let everything you do accurately reflect who you are as a person; autograph your work with excellence. I’m just saying….

  2. Tea Party members are likely to succeed in their lawsuit to close Montana’s open primary. It is true that crossover voting is legal and it’s also true it can be politically effective. But they may not be aware that when it comes to crossing over Republican’s are pros.

    The practice of “Crossover Voting in Open Primary Elections” was perfected by the Republican Party between 1956 to 1964. (Normally, crossover voting occurs at about the rate of 1% to 5% and this level of back and forth rarely affects the outcome of an election.) But when the crossover vote goes over 20%, you can logically conclude that there is an organized effort to affect the outcome of the election.

    So why did the Republicans stop a practice that helped elect the Republican governors Hugo Aronson, Dan Nutter, and Tim Babcock. First, Democratic candidate for governor, Roland Renne, spoke out about the Republican practice. “We had some anxious moments Tuesday evening but I feel we came out okay in spite of the heavy Republican crossover.” June 4, 1964. Second, members of the media began investigating.

    When Gov. Babcock was asked to respond to the allegation, the newspapers reported: “Governor Tim Babcock, in analyzing Tuesday’s election returns, said obviously a sizeable number of Republicans cast ballots in the Democratic primary due to unusual interest in the contest for the gubernatorial nomination.”

    The crossover votes in the following primary elections, 1968 to 1972, returned to about 3%. Both parties selected their own candidates without any raiding going on. With fair elections, the Democrats controlled the governor’s office till 1989.

    Getting rid of the open primary is hardly a good answer. Researchers have demonstrated in primaries around the country that it is almost as easy to be a crossover voter in a closed primary. But, in addition, these raiders become members of a party they don’t support and they are darn hard to weed out. It’s like heart rot in a potato that looks sound.

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