As FHQ mentioned previously, the first option -- the path of least resistance -- seemed the most likely choice. Yet, the IPR article casts some doubt on that -- or just flubs the story altogether. The premise of the story at the outset is that Republican leaders in the Republican-controlled Michigan Senate support a February 28 primary date. Again, that demonstrates that path of least resistance even though it would potentially mean sanctions from the national party.
- Do nothing and keep the presidential primary on February 28 where current state law schedules the primary.
- Move the primary somewhere in the range cited above.
- Ignore the party's request and move the primary into a position -- regardless of the national party penalties -- that would maximize Wolverine state Republicans' influence.
Fair enough. Further down in the article, though, Weber then writes/quotes:
"I think there's going to be a real relevance - Michigan is going to be really relevant in the decision making process because of this date," says Republican state Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, who plans to sponsor legislation that would allow the state to hold the Republican primary earlier than most states.Michigan Senate leaders, then, support the status quo option, yet their leader is set to sponsor legislation to move it. That apparent contradiction can mean three things:
- The article is wrong regarding either the legislation or state Senate Republicans' support of the February 28 primary date. Keeping the primary on that date requires no additional legislation.
- The legislation cited proposes moving the primary to a non-Tuesday primary date within the state party-designated February 28-March 6 window; a date "earlier than most states," but not on February 28. Thus a change in the law becomes necessary. Given that there are other elections on the same date in Michigan, this option would seem highly unlikely.
- The legislation cited proposes moving the primary to a date earlier than the the party-designated window; something similar to the legislation that was introduced in the state House back in April (January 31 primary date).