I missed this one. Why? Well, we have a Democrat governor, a Democrat legislature, and a largely Democrat news media. So, who has time to keep up with all their evil doings? Me? No.
What did I miss? LIS > Bill Tracking > HB2020 > 2021 session (virginia.gov). What does LIS > Bill Tracking > HB2020 > 2021 session (virginia.gov) do?
SUMMARY AS PASSED: (all summaries)
Nomination of candidates for elected offices; restrictions on nomination method selected by political party. Provides that a method of nomination for elected office may not be selected if such method will have the practical effect of excluding participation in the nominating process by qualified voters who are otherwise eligible to participate in the process under the party’s rules but are unable to attend meetings because they are (i) a member of a uniformed service on active duty, (ii) temporarily residing outside of the United States, (iii) a student attending a school or institution of higher education, (iv) a person with a disability, or (v) a person who has a communicable disease of public health threat or who may have come in contact with a person with such disease. However, such restriction does not apply when selecting a candidate for a special election or nominating a candidate, or in the event that no candidate files the required paperwork by the prescribed deadline. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2024.LIS > Bill Tracking > HB2020 > 2021 session (virginia.gov)
What is the practical effect of LIS > Bill Tracking > HB2020 > 2021 session (virginia.gov) ?
The Republican Party of Virginia’s attempts to plan a party-run, statewide nominating contest during a global pandemic have been so choppy it’s still unclear if the May 8 drive-up convention at Liberty University will happen as planned.
And it might only get more complicated from here.
Legislation passed by the General Assembly this year will require political parties that choose to forgo state-run primaries to make arrangements for absentee voting starting in 2024, a rule some lawmakers believe will make conventions so difficult they’ll cease to exist.The Va. GOP’s 2021 convention is a mess. A new law might make them even harder in the future. (nbc12.com)
How did I find out about this? I read this.
One Last Word on Conventions (from Youngkin Set To Lead Virginia Republicans Against Democrats In November – The Republican Standard (substack.com))
Virginia will no longer be able to vote via convention by 2024 thanks to an act of the Virginia General Assembly. Critics have been all over the method, but let’s review:
Oliver North won a convention.
Bob McDonnell won in a convention.
Bill Bolling won in a convention.
Ken Cuccinelli won in a convention.
Ed Gillespie won in a convention.
Glenn Youngkin won in a convention.
Not to mention that the US Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were both produced in convention.
Tell me again why conventions do not produce excellent leaders?
What is truly wrong with LIS > Bill Tracking > HB2020 > 2021 session (virginia.gov)? Check out two amendments to the Constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.The Bill of Rights: A Transcription | National Archives (Amendment I)
Political parties are private entities. Because of the Amendment I, the Constitution prohibits Congress from interfering with the right of the people to organize and nominate candidates for public office.
AMENDMENT XIV, Section 1.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.The Constitution: Amendments 11-27 | National Archives (AMENDMENT XIV, Section 1.)
Because of Amendment 14, Section 1, courts tend to object when state legislatures abridge the rights of their citizens, especially those specified in the Bill of Rights (The Bill of Rights: A Transcription | National Archives). Therefore, when Virginia Democrats interfere with the ability of political parties, especially Republicans) to nominate their candidates, Virginia Republicans need to take them to court.
Chairman Richard L. “Rich” Anderson (MEET OUR LEADERSHIP – Republican Party of Virginia) claims he was pleased with the way this latest convention worked. If that is the case, then he should be enthusiastic about defending the right of Republican Party of Virginia – RPV to hold conventions without the interference of incumbent politicians. Now that the convention is done, Anderson needs to defend the results by taking Democrats to court.
Think about why the framers of the Constitution included “or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” in Amendment I. When incumbent politicians can tell us how to select our candidates, they can control who we select to run against them. That can make it very difficult to get rid of an incumbent politician.
Check out RESPONDING TO A QUESTION | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org). That post goes into this issue in a bit more detail.