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Another week, another Opinion For the People . . .

. . . and more “attachment” files I have to come here to post.

Here’s the Opinion itself (1-page PDF) . . . on the Secretary of State’s legal authority to have information she considers “necessary” posted at every precinct in Michigan on election day, and a few ways the authority could be used to make elections work For the People.

And here’s an e-mail to the Bureau of Elections today (2-page PDF), reminding them that they haven’t posted any information on nominees of alternative parties yet — and that “fairness and evenhandedness” are part of the Michigan Constitution’s charge to them to “preserve the purity of elections”.

If you want to see my old 2012 voter-capacity analysis work, or if you have a suggestion for the topic of a future Opinion, please let me know.


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Even somewhat-random acts of kindness can have unforeseen consequences. . . .

You may have heard the story of “Captain Pizza”, a Frontier Airlines pilot who found himself and his passengers unexpectedly grounded for an hour and a half in Wyoming and ordered in Domino’s pizza for everybody.  I heard it on All Things Considered yesterday.


Corporate detour, kind thoughts, cute tagline of a happy ending for (almost) everyone . . . great story, no?

Well, not quite as happy for anyone on the flight who was lactose- or gluten-intolerant, or had celiac disease.  Or vegans, for that matter.

And the ending might not have been nearly as happy if my sister had been on board that flight.

She is *severely* allergic to the sweeteners in some commercial pizza chains’ sauces. She’d have had to evacuate the plane as soon as the pizza came on board. Which is why, while I respect and appreciate Captain Brandner’s kind thoughts, I also have to wonder what arrangements he or Frontier would have made for her to get where she was going on another flight.

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Want to know *all* your choices for November before you vote strategically in August?

Well, then, this may be a better place to come than the Bureau of Elections Website.  As my campaign Facebook page mentions, the Bureau has a page for listing candidates who have already qualified for the general election — they’ve had it since late March, in fact.  But they haven’t used it, even though they’ve known about me and the other nominees coming out of the Green Party of Michigan’s June 7-8 state convention for a month now.  Heck, they’ve known about the Libertarian nominees for almost two months; their convention was May 17!  Even the US Taxpayers Party of Michigan has had its nomination paperwork in for a week and more since its June 28 convention.

Now, 46% of voters polled by Gallup last month identified themselves as neither Republicans nor Democrats.   (And the percentage has been going up over the past ten years; it could top 50% soon.)  For them (well, us) and for all the Democrats and Republicans who also want to consider voting strategically in the August 5 primaries — in short, For the People — I have created the chart posted here:

chart of alternative candidates for 2014 (latest)

(The chart is posted here because I can’t post it at Facebook; it’s a 6-page PDF document in landscape format.)

It’s based on party Websites, news reports, and the state’s campaign-finance database.  It even has my best guesses for which of the absolutely independent (NPA = “No Party Affiliation”) candidates with active campaign committees are actually running in 2014.  I’ve been in contact with the other alternative party on the Michigan ballot, the Natural Law Party, and hope to update the chart with their nominees if and when.  If anyone else has updated information, please contact me.  And that includes information that the Bureau has finally activated its own general-election candidates page here.

(Incidentally, the Secretary of State could have this information posted at the polls on primary election day — if she considers it “necessary”.  More on the provision of state law that makes this possible, and how else it could be used For the People, soon.)

In the meantime, here is a one-page PDF “Opinion For the People” document on this issue.