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Louisiana State Court Removes Two Congressional Candidates for Unpaid Fines

On September 2, a lower state court in New Orleans removed two Democrats from the November 2014 ballot for U.S. House, 2nd district. See this story. They were removed because they owe unpaid fines from the past to a state campaign finance agency.

The removal of these candidates clearly violates the U.S. Constitution. For almost one hundred years, courts have been telling states they cannot remove candidates for federal office from the ballot for qualifications that are not mentioned in Article One. The U.S. Supreme Court 1995 decision U.S. Term Limits v Thornton establishes that the long line of similar precedents from state courts and lower federal courts have always been correct. It is not known if either candidate will file a federal lawsuit to get back on the ballot. Thanks to Randall Hayes for the link.

3 Responses

  1. Alabama Independent

    While I believe that fines are correct when a law has been violated, it is ironic how that even major party politicians will turn on one another just to keep power. 1 Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is the root of all evil…”

  2. Demo Rep

    For the EVIL gerrymander robot party hack MONSTERS from Hell it is the POWER over the money —
    which LOOTER gangs get the LOOT (aka taxes from the NET Tax Slaves).
    —-
    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V.

  3. Jim Riley

    This article is about a challenge to the Libertarian candidate in the district, based on his supposed non-residence in the district. The challenge was dismissed on grounds the challenger were not residents of the district.

    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/09/samuel_davenport_survives_cand.html#incart_related_stories

    But the article notes that Louisiana may not add qualification to federal office, and that may be of interest to Landrieu.

    Gary Landrieu is the cousin of Sen. Mary Landrieu, and NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu (there is definitely a resemblance between Gary and Mitch).

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