R.I.P. Bill Cooper. And thank you!


From: Don Evanson

Minnesota City 


As former chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota, Bill Cooper initiated the United States Supreme Court case Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, a very important First Amendment case that determined that the standards of the Minnesota Judiciary that prohibited judicial candidates from espousing their views on political issues because it was unconstitutional. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_of_Minnesota_v._White.)

Following the successes of the case at the Supreme Court, the Minnesota Judiciary and the Minnesota State Bar Association have been promoting the so-called Quie Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution, that would disenfranchise the voters of their Constitutional right to elect judges, providing for only appointments of judges.

We need to be ever vigilant of these attempts to disenfranchise the voters, and work to sustain our right to elect our judges, even though that is to the dismay of the Minnesota Judiciary and State Bar Association.

(See http://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/08/bill-cooper-ex-mn-gop-tcf-bank-leader-dies.)


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