May 6, 2015
If protecting all of us against what is happening at the legislature were not so critically important, I would apologize for this unending series of messages. As it is, though, you and the MVA simply must not let up in demonstrating to every Republican legislator that they are being observed and will be held accountable. You are doing a terrific job at that and the reports we have received indicate you are being heard!
Here is the latest attempt to hornswoggle conservative legislators into enacting the election law agenda of Governor Mark Dayton and Secretary of State Steve Simon.
Tonight some time after 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2015, the Judiciary reconciliation committee will meet and produce a compromise between the Senate Judiciary bill and the House version.
Here is a side-by-side listing of the House and Senate versions:
If you notice, the House version (on the left) is BLANK, as it should be and should remain.
That is our message to the Republican members of the reconciliation committee: the conference report must not include any of the destructive Senate election provisions, including those allowing felons to vote before completing their sentences.
After all, the House has followed normal order in completely rejecting the Senate plan to game the election system by defying the Minnesota Constitution to create a new class of Democrat voters.
Working hand in glove with Dayton and Simon, the conference committe is now aiming at inserting historic election law change (felon voting) into a Judiciary bill where it doesn't belong, at the last minute, where it cannot be studied or amended by legislators with input from the public.
There are critical Republican members of the conference committee who need to be reminded that felon voting is non-negotiable. Please let these Republicans know that if felon voting is enacted through the Judiciary bill, they will be held accountable:
A conference committee is meant for resolving small differences between House and Senate versions aimed at the same goal and should NEVER produce a bill with provisions that have already been rejected by the full Republican House.
Andrew E. Cilek
Minnesota Voters Alliance
P.O. Box 4602
St. Paul MN 55104
Minnesota felons should finish full sentences before being allowed to vote
There is a good reason liberal lawmakers and governors across the country are eager to pass laws allowing felons to vote. A recent study conducted by the Academy of Political and Social Sciences indicates that seven out of 10 convicts register as Democrats.The DFL-controlled Senate in Minnesota is leading the way with its recent passage of a bill allowing felons to vote while still on parole or probation.
Proponents of changing the law are focused almost entirely on what they view as good for the felon rather than being concerned with the rights of law-abiding citizens. Proponents claim that allowing newly released criminals to vote would keep them on the straight and narrow. If voting is such a strong motivator for felons, then the current system that rewards them after they have shown the ability to abide by the law is the proper policy. Felons are proud of having earned back their right to vote.
Proponents are trying to sell this idea to the citizens of Minnesota under the guise of being simply a “second chance” for felons. But felons already get a second chance in Minnesota when their right to vote is restored after they complete their sentences — unlike in Florida, Iowa, Kentucky and Virginia, where they are prohibited from voting for life.
|At noon TODAY, the ACLU, SEIU, and just about every other well-funded national liberal group will be swarming the Minnesota Capitol to convince Republicans in the Minnesota House to help undermine the integrity of our elections and gain permanent electoral advantages for Democrats.
If the message of these radicals is not opposed, the House Republican leadership may bring an elections bill to the floor of the House.
If leadership does bring an elections bill, Democrats will propose unconstitutional and destructive changes to our election system. And those changes will be enacted with votes from a minority of House Republicans.
Republican House leadership must be told to not empower Democrats.
To stop this peril, contact House Republican leadership and demand that they do NOT bring an elections bill to the floor of the Minnesota House:
Programming Note: Andy will appear on KNIS Radio AM 1450, St. Cloud on Tuesday, April 28th at 4:10 PM
Dear GOP Legislators:
The Minnesota Voters Alliance (MVA) would like to thank the large majority of Republican legislators who are opposed to the massive revisions of law proposed in the Senate election omnibus bill SF455. Our special thanks to those House members who took the time to look into the bill and subsequently withdrew their support.
Conservatives across the state are just now learning about the harmful parts of SF455. Many of our members have sent us expressions of concern and anger. They are feeling betrayed and are calling into question whether Republicans are on their side, or against them.
A recent Pioneer Press editorial ("Hear the case for letting parolees and those on probation vote," March 25) sketched out the arguments for supporting legislation in the Minnesota legislature calling for restoring the right to vote to every felon, automatically upon release from prison.
There is an urgency to the debate called for in the editorial because proponents of the proposal are maneuvering at the Legislature to force this bad idea on the public during the next few weeks.
Please read our OpEd in today’s Pioneer Press:
This is a critical moment at the Minnesota House of Representatives.
There is a high probability that the legislature will pass a number of harmful changes to our election laws, including:
Unless conservatives in the Minnesota House realize how negative these proposals are, many will cooperate with liberals who have buried these changes to the law in “omnibus” bills where there are no direct, separate votes on the specific issues.
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