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Ohio Libertarian Brief Reveals Corrupt Process in Removal of Candidates

Published on August 31, 2014,

On August 31, the Ohio Libertarian Party filed this brief in Libertarian Party of Ohio v Husted, southern district, 2:13cv-953. It summarizes the most significant findings from the party’s discovery conducted over the last month, discovery which reveals that the hearing officer who removed the party’s gubernatorial candidate from the party’s primary ballot had originally ruled in favor of keeping the candidate on the primary ballot.

The brief also shows that the hearing officer was simultaneously acting as an attorney for the Ohio Attorney General. It also reveals that the man who paid the attorney for the individual who challenged the party’s primary petition is a civil servant for the state. His annual salary is $70,000 and he has no other significant income. Yet, he paid over $100,000 to the attorneys for the challenger. Even if you don’t normally read legal briefs, consider reading this one; it is only 19 pages.

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Texas Secretary of State Posts November 2014 Candidate List

Published on August 31, 2014,

The Texas Secretary has this list of candidates for federal and state office for the November 2014 election. It includes declared write-in candidates. Thanks to Jim Riley for the link.

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Supporters of California’s Top-Two Election System Intervene in Court in Order to Fight Write-ins

Published on August 31, 2014,

On August 22, supporters of California’s top-two election system asked to file an amicus curiae brief in Milonopoulos v Bowen, central district, 2:14cv-5973. This is a lawsuit filed by a Los Angeles County voter, Theo Milonopoulos, who seeks to restore write-in space on the November ballot for Congress and partisan state office. The amicus will argue that no relief should be granted. The amicus is on behalf of “Californians to Defend the Open Primary.”

It is puzzling that the forces who put the top-two primary into effect in California are fighting an attempt to regain write-in space. Washington state, which also has a top-two system, allows write-ins in the general election. On August 27, Judge David O. Carter ruled that Californians to Defend the Open Primary may file their amicus curiae brief.

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Kentucky U.S. Senate Poll

Published on August 31, 2014,

On August 31, SurveyUSA released a U.S. Senate poll for Kentucky. The results: Mitch McConnell 46%; Alison Lundergan Grimes 42%; David Patterson 5%; undecided 8%. The poll breaks down respondents for each candidate by demographic and ideological categories. Thanks to PoliticalWire for the link.

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Illinois Attorney General’s Office Will Investigate Intimidation of Libertarian Petitioners and Petition Signers

Published on August 30, 2014,

According to this story, the Illinois Attorney General’s office will investigate reports of intimidation against Libertarian Party petitioners and people who signed the petition. Also see this Huffington Post story.

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Hawaii Governor Blames Primary Loss on Raiders Voting in Open Democratic Primary

Published on August 30, 2014,

According to this story, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie believes his recent loss in the Democratic primary is because voters who are not loyal to the Democratic Party chose to vote in the Democratic primary, and they voted against him. He thinks some voted against him, and for the winning Democrat, because the other Democrat will be easier to beat in the general election.

This is very ironic, because the Hawaii Democratic Party is in court, trying to establish a closed primary for itself, and Governor Abercrombie has spoken out against his own party’s lawsuit.