The Corner

25-Term Dem Congressman Conyers Doesn’t Qualify for Ballot

A Wayne County clerk has concluded that Representative John Conyers (D., Mich.), who has served since 1965, did not submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the Democratic primary in August. After several assessments, it was determined that Conyers submitted  only 592 valid signatures out of the required 1,000 to qualify.

Conyers’s campaign is expected to submit legal challenges, or potentially launch a write-in campaign.

Under state laws, individuals collecting signatures must be registered Michigan voters. After a challenge by Conyers’s primary opponent, Reverend Horace Sheffield, officials found that at least two petition circulators for Conyers were not registered, making the signatures they submitted invalid.

“It is a very unfortunate circumstance that an issue with a circulator of a petition would disqualify the signature of a valid registered voter,” county clerk Cathy Garrett told Detroit News, but said she she is “bound by the current laws and statutes of the State of Michigan.”

Conyers’s campaign can appeal to Michigan’s secretary of state, as well as sue in county or federal court. Additionally, his campaign manager said the congressman may mount a write-in campaign ahead of the primary.

Conyers is currently the second-longest serving congressman, and would become the longest-serving next session if reelected following the retirement of fellow Michigan congressman John Dingell.

Most Popular


Angela Rye Knows You’re Racist

The political philosopher Michael Oakeshott said that the “rationalist” is hopelessly lost in ideology, captivated by the world of self-contained coherence he has woven from strands of human experience. He concocts a narrative about narratives, a story about stories, and adheres to the “large outline which ... Read More

What the Viral Border-Patrol Video Leaves Out

In an attempt to justify Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s absurd comparison of American detention facilities to Holocaust-era concentration camps, many figures within the media have shared a viral video clip of a legal hearing in which a Department of Justice attorney debates a panel of judges as to what constitutes ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Pro-Abortion Nonsense from John Irving

The novelist has put up a lot of easy targets in his New York Times op-ed. I am going to take aim at six of his points, starting with his strongest one. First: Irving asserts that abortion was legal in our country from Puritan times until the 1840s, at least before “quickening.” That’s an overstatement. ... Read More
Film & TV

Murder Mystery: An Old Comedy Genre Gets Polished Up

I  like Adam Sandler, and yet you may share the sense of trepidation I get when I see that another of his movies is out. He made some very funny manboy comedies (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy) followed by some not-so-funny manboy comedies, and when he went dark, in Reign over Me and Funny People, ... Read More