That bad bill by Rep. Dan Greenberg
to make it more difficult for third-party candidates to qualify for the ballot passed the House today with 66 votes.
Sorry to see some generally decent legislators in the affirmative. A slight corrective to Rep. Ernest Brown's
assertion that the ACLU wouldn't "negotiate" on the bill. The ACLU wasn't presuming to negotiate. It merely informed sponsors that a federal judge had approved a ballot qualification process that gave third-party candidates five months to gather 10,000 signatures, not two months, with no post-filing grace period, as this bill does. Hard to figure why the judge would find this sharp, punitive depature better than the plan he developed. Stupid is as stupid does. And the legal fees mount.