Billionaire Tom Golisano said on January 31 that he will not run for Governor of New York this year. He had been the Independence Party’s candidate in 1994, 1998 and 2002. He had changed his registration to “Republican” and most observers felt he would be a candidate this year for the Republican nomination.
The California Secretary of State, Bruce McPherson, seems to be on the verge of reversing 75 years of precedent, and ruling that a party that first qualified in a presidential election year cannot be on the following gubernatorial election ballot two years later, unless it has registration equal to 1% of the last gubernatorial vote.
Congressman David Obey’s public funding bill for congressional candidates will be introduced on February 1. The bill will be roughly similar to Connecticut’s new public funding bill for state office. If the candidate is the nominee of a party that had averaged 25% of the vote in the last two elections for that particular office,
House Bill 453 has been introduced in the New Mexico legislature. Among other things, it moves the petition deadline for minor party nominee-petitions from mid-July to early June. New Mexico legislators seem blissfully oblivous to the need to abolish nominee-petitions. New Mexico is the only state in the nation which requires one petition to qualify
On January 27, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that minor technical problems with petitions should not keep candidates off the ballot. The Court ordered two candidates for Judge of the Criminal Appeals court onto the Republican primary ballot. In re Holcomb, 06-40, and In re Francis, 06-42. One candidate was 5 signatures short (he needed
On January 27 (Friday), late in the day, U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson declared unconstitutional the ballot access requirements for candidates seeking a place on major party primaries, for the office of Delegate to Judicial Nominating Conventions. The law required 500 signatures in each Assembly District. New York has 12 districts for electing State