Democrats filed federal lawsuits in Arizona, Georgia and Texas last week challenging the process of determining the order that candidate names appear on election ballots. In 11 of 15 counties across Arizona, including Maricopa, the state’s largest county, the order that candidate names appear on a ballot for partisan elections is decided by which party wins the gubernatorial race.

So, for 80 percent of the voters in this state, the placement order of candidate names puts Republicans ahead of every other party candidate. That’s because state law mandates that placement of candidate names is based on the party of the candidate who won the governor’s office — in this case Republican Doug Ducey.

Social science, Democrats say, has proven that candidates at the top of a ballot fare better than those on the bottom. The “primacy effect” according to those supporting the lawsuit, proves that humans remember the first piece of information they encounter better than information presented after that.

It’s also unconstitutional, according to the lawsuit, violating the Equal Amendment Clause of the 14th Amendment by treating “ … similarly-situated major party candidates differently.”

As with many assumptions often made by Democrats, this lawsuit puts the intelligence of voters in question and ignores selective facts.

In this case, accusing Republicans of putting an “invisible thumb” on the process of determining the order of candidate placement appears to ignore the reality that in all three states where federal lawsuits were filed, the GOP has a significant voter registration majority. More people didn’t vote for Republicans because they were on the top of the ballot — they voted for GOP candidates because more were Republican.

— Sierra Vista Herald

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HwyRovr

VA172 Nov 11, 2019 3:04pm – “I do believe you said you wrote fiction, right.” – “?” –

Just for laughs, why don’t we be accurate - You made the statement regarding me as follows, “…made his living writing fiction novels.” To correct your ignorance I proffer the following - After leaving high school I joined the military looking for a career; nearly ten years, later while in combat, that dream was dashed (yes Sillyhat I am "bragging"). Returning to The World I went to work for one of the largest telecoms in the nation where, over the years, I moved up the ladder and thanks to the American taxpayer was able to obtain two degrees – the second being an EE. I became a telecommunications engineer specializing in digital carrier and fiber optic transmission systems. I finished my telecom career in the training group where I taught technicians emerging optical transmission principles and systems.

After leaving that career I produced the first international publication devoted to The Mother Road and over the years saw the publication of numerous books about Route 66. I have written five novels – all doing quite well BTW – along with seven non-fiction titles and over one hundred non-fiction articles. Parallel with writing I became a talk show host working live in various states and having two programs syndicated across the nation and ended that career here in the Tri-State where I retired from broadcasting. I continue to write articles, mostly of a nostalgia type, and have my third crime novel in the works.

So much for your latest attack. Now tell us all about you? Oh, wait I forgot, you’re afraid of anyone actually knowing who you are. Sad little coward.

deaton

In the spirit of the day, hope you had a Great Veterans Day, thank you for your service! [thumbup][beam] Deaton

HwyRovr

I had a wonderful day. The parade was great, had lunch at Black Bear and picked up the check for three different tables - two with veterans and one active duty family. Hope you had an equally good day.

VA172

My apology Rovr. I stated once before what I did. Answer me, have you ever written fiction? So you have had a successful career, but does that give you the right to call everyone names and degrade people because they happen to disagree with you. Let this be the end of this.

HwyRovr

"HwyRovr" - Still having problems reading I see, my quote, "I have written five novels," says it all. My personal career successes have nothing whatsoever to do with my calling out people for being idiots, morons and just plain stupid, and that does not mean "everyone." I take my lead from your hero, the lying draft-dodging, racist, coward, low-life, scum whom you support as he insults people on a daily basis. With that I will call a truce until I am once again insulted.

VA172

Or until you insult someone.

simon1dog

With it being Sunday, perhaps it's a good day to stop the rhetoric between both political factions (Democrats & Republicans). Of course Independents don't count. A truce of sorts if we may call it that. A friend of mine told me a joke that I believe to be non-partisan. What better way to ease differences of opinion than with humor. Rather than ramble on and on here's Leroy's joke: "How can you tell when a Democrat isn't lying? Answer: When their lips aren't moving." Hopefully you chuckled outloud like I did. Happy Sunday everyone :-)

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simon1dog

Happy Sunday Howdy!

HwyRovr

simon1dog Oct 28, 2019 5:52am - “Simon Onedog has left the building!” Liar.

HwyRovr

"Cut & Paste" alert. "Cut & Paste" alert.

simon1dog Oct 28, 2019 5:52am - “Simon Onedog has left the building!” Liar.

HwyRovr

One more time - "Cut & Paste" alert. "Cut & Paste" alert.

simon1dog Oct 28, 2019 5:52am - “Simon Onedog has left the building!” Liar.

HwyRovr

Ahh, look at that - "Cut & Paste" alert. "Cut & Paste" alert.

simon1dog Oct 28, 2019 5:52am - “Simon Onedog has left the building!” Liar.

VA172

Rovr get deleted again?

HwyRovr

Yep, at the request of the moderator I have been asked to stop picking on Simple. Does not change the facts, however. Now as to your lying about me.....

VA172

I do believe you said you wrote fiction, right.

tomgarven

Veterans Day would be a good day to call a truce. There are so many important topics we need to be talking about as a community to be wasting our time talking about which political party is going to win in 2020. Washington has almost nothing to do with how we live in Havasu. They don't control what time we get up or go to sleep. They don't tell us which businesses we can start or which one's should be closed. They don't directly run our schools but rather just make financial contributions to it. They don't teach in our classrooms in K-12 or tell our ASU students which subjects they can or can not study. The government for the most part has very little control over our lives and we are left to our own demise when it comes to the success or failure of our city.

And of course it is an excellent day to say thank you to all of our Veterans. God bless you all and come home soon. Tom G.

HwyRovr

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] Well said, Tom.

deaton

Speaking for one veteran, me, your welcome! I was and am proud to have served my Country and worn her uniform! An unbelievable statistic is only 7% of all my fellow citizens in this Great Nation can say the same. [thumbup][beam] Deaton

simon1dog

"no Democrat is worthy to be POTUS..." I took the following 'portion of a message' out of context. Some Dem's might be upset at me doing so, but that's what they do all the time. Out of context is a Democrat concept.

HwyRovr

Once again, "Cut & Paste" alert. "Cut & Paste" alert.

simon1dog Oct 28, 2019 5:52am - “Simon Onedog has left the building!” Liar.

simon1dog

So typical of Dems. The word we're looking for here is "petty".

HwyRovr

simon1dog Oct 28, 2019 5:52am - “Simon Onedog has left the building!” Liar.

HwyRovr

Basically it is just another way Republicans cheat - their specialty. All names on a ballot should be listed alphabetically - period.

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