May 22, 2015
Can We Agree? No March Primary!
It’s not often (at alL!) that we can say we are in complete agreement with Progressive Democrats on just about any issue. That’s why we should show you this. Michael Cook (former head of Arkansas Democrat party and pundit for Talk Business Arkansas), says this about why the Legislature should not move our May primary...
Michael Cook (former head of Arkansas Democrat party and pundit for Talk Business Arkansas), says this about why the Legislature should not move our May primary up to March:
…moving up the primary for all candidates, which harms everyone: Republicans and Democrats, challengers and incumbents.
Consider how the moving the primary date will effect campaigns. For example, when running for the State Legislature candidates typically start knocking on doors and intensively campaigning roughly 4-5 months before the election.
If the primary is moved to early March it means candidates, and their volunteers, must begin campaigning smack in the middle of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Talk about a “War on Christmas”.
No matter the candidate, it’s always tough to recruit volunteers to knock on doors. Now imagine a candidate getting volunteers to do it when it’s 30 degrees outside, or during Christmastime. Good luck with that.
Now, it’s true that Cook sees the entire idea of moving the primary as a GOP scheme to “help Mike Huckabee’s Presidential prospects even though history proves it won’t help him one bit.”
But we completely agree Cook about the huge step backward this change in our election process means for Arkansas taxpaying voters.
Can we agree? It’s just a bad idea for Republicans and Democrats, challengers and incumbents.