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Eighth Circuit Reinstates Minnesota Lawsuit against Law Criminalizing False Statements in Ballot Question Campaigns

Published on April 30, 2011, by in General.

On April 28, the 8th circuit issued this 22-page opinion in 281 Care Committee v Arneson, 10-1558. In 2007, some groups opposed to certain local ballot measures to increase funding for public schools had sued in federal court, to overturn a Minnesota law that makes it a crime to knowingly or with reckless disregard for

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Nevada to Hold Special U.S. House Election on September 13

Published on April 29, 2011, by in General.

Because Dean Heller, the Congressmember from Nevada’s 2nd district, has been appointed to the U.S. Senate, his seat is now vacant and a special election will be held to replace him on September 13. But Nevada’s law on special U.S. House elections is so poorly written, no one knows if parties nominate candidates, or if

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California Governor Now Favors Putting Initiative on Ballot

Published on April 29, 2011, by in General.

On April 28, California Governor Jerry Brown spoke in Los Angeles and said he now favors putting an initiative on the ballot to ask voters if they wish to make certain tax changes. See this story. It will be interesting to see if the Democrats in the legislature, who are backing three separate bills to

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Political Science Professor Doubts California's "Top-Two" System Will Produce More Moderate Politicians

Published on April 29, 2011, by in General.

The April 28 Los Angeles Times carries this letter from UCLA Political Scientist Thomas Schwartz, about California’s new “top-two” election system. Schwartz is a specialist in social choice theory and mathematical political science. He is the author of “The Logic of Collective Choice” and “The Art of Logical Reasoning.” The link goes to all the

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U.S. District Court in New Jersey Won't Enjoin 4-Year Residency Requirement to Run for State Senate

Published on April 28, 2011, by in General.

On April 28, U.S. District Court Judge Noel Hillman, a Bush Jr. appointee, refused to grant injunctive relief to a candidate for New Jersey State Senate, Carl Lewis. The New Jersey Constitution sets a 4-year residency requirement in the state, in order to run for State Senate. Candidate Carl Lewis, who is famous for his

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Minnesota Committee Passes National Popular Vote Plan Bill

Published on April 28, 2011, by in General.

On April 28, the Minnesota House Government Operations & Elections Committee passed HF 495, the bill for the National Popular Vote Plan. The committee has a Republican majority, but only one legislator voted against the bill.