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The Ritchie ratchet

Featured image I’ve written here and here about the proposed amendments to the Minnesota Constitution that are to appear on the ballot in November. Proposed by the (Republican) legislature, (Democratic) Secretary of State Mark Ritchie — the man from SOROS — has given new titles to the amendments through which he seeks to undermine their adoption by the voters. One of the two proposed amendments would enshrine the definition of marriage as »

The Ritchie ratchet, part 4

Featured image Thanks to the Minnesota Supreme Court, Minnesota voters will be allowed to vote on two proposed Minnesota constitutional amendments when they go to the polls in November. Despite the best efforts of the League of Women Voters and Democratic officials, proposed amendments protecting traditional marriage and requiring photo identification for voting will be on the ballot as the Legislature directed. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie — forgive me for »

The Ritchie ratchet, part 3

Featured image Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie — the Man from SOROS — has done himself and his office no honor with his high-handed attempt to undermine the proposed Minnesota constitutional amendments protecting traditional marriage and requiring photo identification for voting. Ritchie sought to undermine the proposed amendments’ chances of passage by toying with the ballot titles prescribed by the legislature. Today the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that, in doing so, »

The Ritchie ratchet, part 2

Featured image Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie — the Man from SOROS — opposes the proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment that would require photo identification for voting. Ritchie gave a stemwinder of a speech (“in his personal capacity,” of course) opposing the amendment at the state Democratic convention this summer. I posted the video in “The Ritchie ratchet.” I think the amendment is a great idea, as do most Minnesotans. The opportunities »

Live from Minneapolis with John Fund

Featured image After his lunch appearance that John Hinderaker writes about in the adjacent post, National Review columnist John Fund debated Hennenpin County Attorney Mike Freeman on the subject of voter fraud and the proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment that I have been writing about in the “Ritchie ratchet” series of posts. When I caught up with him a few minutes before the event got started, John Fund graciously asked me: “Aren’t you »

Ritchie rich

Featured image I’m not rethinking gay marriage, and I intend to vote “yes” on the proposed constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot in Minnesota this November (along with the proposed voter id. law that I wrote about here). The amendment would define marriage in the Minnesota Constitution as between one man and one woman. According to Ballotpedia, the amendment is intended to protect marriage from “rethinking” by the judiciary. Readers »

Obama’s Ratchet and the Fiscal Cliff

Featured image If you follow the news you’ve no doubt heard of the Higgs boson (named for physicist Peter Higgs), the mysterious subatomic particle that helps explain the Big Bang and the “standard model” of the universe.  But there is another important Higgs hypothesis that you should know about—named for economist and historian Robert Higgs—that explains the big bang of endless expansion of modern government.  In his pathbreaking 1988 book Crisis and »

Mark Ritchie strikes again

Featured image Two constitutional amendments are set to be on the ballot in Minnesota this November. One is to recognize marriage as the union of a man and woman. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie — the man from SOROS — has rewritten the title of that amendment to mitigate its appeal, as I noted here. It is now to carry the title imposed by Ritchie: “Limiting the status of marriage to »

Secretary Ritchie responds

In “Minnesota’s recount goes south,” I inferred on the basis of circumstantial evidence that Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie had held private conversations with the Franken campaign during the recount. We have submitted a freedom-of-information request to the Secretary of State’s office regarding communications with the Franken campaign, asked Secretary Ritchie for an interview on the subject and submitted written questions to him via spokesman John Aiken. The office »

Did Ritchie meet with the Franken campaign?

The Coleman-Franken Senate recount proceeded under the auspices of the State Canvassing Board constituted under Minnesota law. By virtue of holding the office of Minnesota Secretaty of State, Mark Ritchie served as one of five members on the State Canvassing Board. Indeed, he served as its chairman. While Secretary of State Ritchie displayed no visible partisanship in his capacity as chairman of the State Canvassing Board, his work as Secretary »

Ratcheting up the liberalism

Tuesday is election day in Virginia. The Democratic candidate, Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine, seems to have the edge over Republican Jerry Kilgore and, although the election is considered too close to call, I think Kaine probably will win. He has several substantial advantages. The biggest is the popularity of moderate Democratic governor Mark Warner whose approval is something like 70 percent. Another is the candidacy of a break-away Republican who »

Fast talk in the Hot Box

Featured image We last checked into the Valley News Live/KVLY/KXJB/Fargp/Grand Forks Hot Box with Chris Berg to watch Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie defend his opposition to Minnesota’s proposed constitutional amendment requiring photo identification for voting. Ritchie had to do some fast taking to escape only slightly scathed. I posted the video and wrote about Ritchie’s appearance here. Berg subjected Ritchie to a more rigorous interview by far than he has »

There has been speculation that

There has been speculation that if Jim Talent unseats Senator Carnahan in Missouri, as is now expected, he will be seated immediately, the Republicans will regain immediate control of the Senate, and President Bush’s judicial nominees all will promptly be confirmed. Under the law, Talent should, indeed, be seated immediately because Carnahan was appointed, not elected, to the Senate. However, this story in the Kansas City Star suggests that the »

The “Fifth Pile”: What’s It All About?

Readers who have followed our many posts on the Minnesota Senate recount, including Scott’s just a little while ago, may recall that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie asked all of Minnesota’s 80-plus counties to sort their rejected absentee ballots–those that were disqualified on November 4 and therefore not counted–into five piles. The first four piles were to correspond with the four statutory grounds on which, under Minnesota law, absentee ballots »

Live from Minneapolis with Mary Kiffmeyer

Featured image I caught up with former Minnesota Secretary of State and current state Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer before the Federalist Society debate featuring National Review columnist John Fund and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. I mentioned Rep. Kiffmeyer yesterday in “Photo ID: Women, minorities hardest hit.” She was the sole voice of reason quoted in Jim Ragsdale’s pathetic Sunday Star Tribune story on the proposed Minnesota photo identification constitutional amendment. Rep. Kiffmeyer »

Al Franken’s premature electionation

Last month Al Franken filed a petition in the Minnesota Supreme Court seeking an order for the issuance of a certificate of election. Franken argued that Minnesota law requires, and that federal law also preempts state law and requires, issuance of the certificate to him. With the election certificate, Franken sought to be “provisisonally seated” in the Senate Franken accordingly asked the Court to order Governor Pawlenty and Secretary of »

Why not him (right now)?

Al Franken has filed a petition in the Minnesota Supreme Court seeking an order for the issuance of a certificate of election. Franken argues that Minnesota law requires, and that federal law also preempts state law and requires, issuance of the certificate to him. With the election certificate, Franken seeks to be “provisisonally seated” in the Senate Franken accordingly asks the Court to order Governor Pawlenty and Secretary of State »

What’s Happening In Minnesota? part 7

In this morning’s Minneapolis Star Tribune, columnist Kathy Kersten writes about Minnesota’s liberal activist Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie: The referee in Minnesota’s hotly contested Senate race must act in a nonpartisan fashion, yet Ritchie came to office through a nationwide partisan strategy. He was elected in 2006 as part of a national campaign to ensure that Democrats could wield influence in precisely the sort of hair’s breadth race we »

Josh Marshall’s bad news for Franken…

which is posted here, represents a pure case of liberal projection. Marshall deems Governor Tim Pawlenty’s decision not to seek a third term (announced yesterday) bad news for Franken. Why? As long as he was going to run for governor and had to face Minnesota voters again, there was good reason for him not to completely stick his finger in the eye of the election process. But now that’s not »

Democrat Desperation

Featured image Every day, it seems, there are signs of the Democrats’ increasing desperation. They obviously don’t like what they see in the polls and are worried about November. But what to do about it? It would be hard to ratchet up their customary hysteria much higher, so they are reaching deeper into their bag of tricks. One of which–everything old is new again!–is demagoguing Social Security. It is a tried and »