The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate refused Tuesday to take up a bill passed Monday by the Democratic-led House that would have forced four Democratic candidates onto the ballot for the state's calendar-violating Jan. 15 primary.
Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, told the Detroit Free Press he was not inclined to spend more time on the primary legislation because "Democrats can't seem to decide what they want to do."
Joe Biden, John Edwards, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson had taken their names off the ballot because of Michigan's violation of Democratic National Committee rules in scheduling the primary. Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd and Mike Gravel left their names on the ballot, and Dennis Kucinich attempted to withdraw but filed improper paperwork.
Biden, Clinton, Dodd, Edwards, Obama and Richardson also signed a pledge not to campaign in Michigan or other calendar-violating states.