John Conyers

John Conyers Back on Ballot

By on 5.23.14 | 6:36PM

As I predicted recently, a judge has ordered that Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) name be placed on the primary ballot despite Conyers' not having turned in enough signatures to make the ballot. The reason was that a few of the signature collectors were not properly registered as voters while they were collecting the signatures, a requirement which the judge has ruled unconstitutional -- following a similar ruling in an Ohio case six years ago.

So Conyers will run again, win again, and now be the longest-serving current member of the House of Representatives. It's time for him to go, but I think the judge was right on the legal issue.

John Conyers (D-MI) Fails to Make Primary Ballot

By on 5.13.14 | 6:59PM

Rep. John Conyers, the second longest-serving current member of the House of Representatives, may be joining the ranks of Michigan House members who are leaving Congress after this session.

Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett confirmed what had been a simmering rumor for several days: Coners did not submit enough valid signatures to qualify to be on the ballot.

I'll turn 49 this year. Conyers first took office during the year I was born and would be seeking his 26th term. The only current member of the House who has served for longer than Conyers is John Dingell, also a Democrat from Michigan, who earlier this year announced he would not seek re-election.

The signature validity rests on a technical issue of whether three signature gatherers were properly registered to vote at the time that they were collecting signatures.

Special Report

The Powers That Be

By 6.30.09

Is ACORN squelching critical voices -- even that of House Judiciary chairman John Conyers?