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Great NEWS!  Ron Paul is the top position on the Virginia ballot (although at this moment only Mitt Romney is below Paul on the ballot) and this is a good sign.

During a brief meeting at the state Capitol, the board also held a drawing that determined Texas Rep. Ron Paul will appear first on the ballot for the primary, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the only other candidate who qualified for the ballot.

There is a concern about the so-called loyalty oath but it is just an intention to support the winner no matter who it is.

In related news, former Virginia Democratic party chair Paul Goldman and former state GOP chair Patrick McSweeney have agreed that there should be remedial legislation to have more candidates on this 2012 ballot:

This afternoon, Paul Goldman, former chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, and Pat McSweeney, a former chairman of the state Republican Party, held a news conference at the state Capitol. They urged legislators to pass emergency legislation establishing a standard — through polling data, for instance — that would get additional Republican candidates on the ballot March 6.

There also has been a suit filed by Perry’s campaign to challenge his exclusion from the ballot.  (Thanks to Digital Journal for the complaint!) The major plank in this law suit between “The Honorable Rick Perry” and the state board of elections is that the requirement for a registered VA voter, but the legal complaint did include a clause that alleges that the 10,000 signature (with 400 from each congressional district) requirement violates the First and Fourteenth Amendment freedoms of speech and association.  I would hope that Attorney General Cuccinelli would concede that it is unconstitutional as applied to this election and allow others to be on the ballot.  The law itself can be argued in the future.


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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