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article imageCongressmen who voted for NDAA detention face voters on Aug. 5th

By Ralph Lopez     Jul 8, 2014 in World
A round of primary elections is scheduled to take place on August 5th in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, and Washington.
The elections pit challengers against many incumbents who voted for the controversial National Defense Authorization Act's (NDAA) standing provisions for the indefinite detention of US citizens, without charge or trial, when deemed by the government to be associated with terrorism.
The ACLU has been working for the repeal of the law, which it considers unconstitutional. Former presidential candidate Ron Paul, who introduced legislation to repeal the law while he was a congressman, called the law "tyranny."
In 2012 Obama said in an interview that he signed the bill despite being opposed to it, because it was part of a larger spending process he considered important.
In Virginia last month a political newcomer, Dave Brat, upended the political world when he beat a powerful, established incumbent who outspent him by over 40 to 1. Brat trounced Eric Cantor on a platform of "Free Markets, Constitution, Liberty" and "No more Crony Capitalism.”
Virginia citizens were the first in the nation to pass legislation at the state house level which authorizes local and state law enforcement to refuse to cooperate with federal authorities acting under the NDAA law.
The incumbents in the following contested primary elections voted 'yes' on the latest version of the NDAA, which preserves the section in previous versions which grants what critics say are unconstitutional powers to the president. The contested primaries on August 5th are:
Kansas:
- Tim Huelskamp, incumbent, 1st Congressional District, facing Alan LaPolice in the Republican primary
- Lynn Jenkins, Incumbent, 2nd Congressional District, facing Joshua Tucker in the Republican primary
- Mike Pompeo, Incumbent, 4th Congressional District, facing Todd Tiahrt in the Republican primary
Michigan
- Dan Benishek, Incumbent, 1st Congressional District, facing Alan Arcand in the Republican primary
- Fred Upton, Incumbent, 6th Congressional District, facing Jim Bussler in the Republican primary
- Tim Walberg, Incumbent, 7th Congressional District, facing Douglas Radcliffe North in the Republican primary
- Candice Miller, Incumbent, 10th Congressional District, facing Don Volaric in the Republican primary
- Kerry Bentivolio, Incumbent, 11th Congressional District, facing David Trott in the Republican primary
Missouri
- Blaine Luetkemeyer, Incumbent, 3rd Congressional District, facing Leonard Steinman and John Morris
- Vicky Hartzler, Incumbent, 4th Congressional District, facing John Webb in the Republican primary
- Emanuel Cleaver, Incumbent, 5th Congressional District, facing Mark Memoly, Bob Gough, Eric Holmes, and Charles Lindsey in the Democratic primary
- Sam Graves, Incumbent, 6th Congressional District, facing Kyle Reid, Christopher Ryan, and Brian Tharp in Republican primary
- Billy Long, Incumbent, 7th Congressional District, facing Marshall Works in the Republican primary.
Washington
- Jaime Herrera Beutler, Incumbent, 3rd Congressional District, facing Michael Delavar in Republican primary
- Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Incumbent, 5th Congressional District, facing Tom Horne in the Republican primary
- Adam Smith, Incumbent, 9th Congressional District, facing Don Rivers in the Democratic primary
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