Thursday, January 26, 2023

Michigan Senate Passes February Presidential Primary Bill

After being introduced two weeks ago, SB 13 -- the legislation to shift the Michigan presidential primary to the fourth Tuesday in February -- sat awaiting placement on the Michigan state Senate calendar for consideration on the floor by the full body.

Thursday was that day. 

This bill is a vehicle for a change in the scheduling of the presidential primary in the Great Lakes state that aligns it with the newly adopted 2024 calendar proposal by national Democrats. The new Democratic majority in the Michigan Senate supported the measure. 

Republicans in the chamber did not. 

Senator Jim Rundestad (R-23rd), the lone dissenting vote from similar (Republican-sponsored) legislation in December, urged senators again to vote no. "Colleagues, join me in voting no on this big Gretch 2024 bill," he said, referring to the possibility of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2024. Senator Edward McBroom (R-38th) was equally blunt: "When is the last time Michigan picked a winner in the primary? We pick losers. Been doing it for a while."

However, considering a version of this bill was passed by the Republican-controlled state Senate at the conclusion of the 2021-22 session, there were a number of members who voted for the February primary move before they voted against it. All 18 Republicans stood against SB 13.

All 20 Democrats, however, moved the legislation forward, pushing it into the state House where the lower chamber is already consider its version of the (exact same) legislation.

The vote today along with the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee noting in its meeting last night that Michigan had "completed their waiver requirements to our (DNCRBC) satisfaction," should quiet for now some of the local Michigan stories about the state potentially not meeting the February 1 DNC deadline.


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