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West Virginia Secretary of State Puts Republican on Primary Ballot After he Threatened to Sue

Published on January 31, 2012, by in General.

The West Virginia Secretary of State has put Frank Deem on the Republican primary ballot, for State Senate, 3rd district, after first having told him he could not appear on that ballot. See this story, which was written before the Secretary of State put him on the ballot. The primary is May 8. West Virginia

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Virginia Hires an Outside Attorney to Fight the Attorney General in Redistricting Lawsuit

Published on January 31, 2012, by in General.

According to this story, the Virginia Attorney General has hired an outside attorney to defend a lower state court ruling that invalidated the legislature’s redistricting plan. The Virginia Attorney General has asked the Virginia Supreme Court to reverse the lower court. But because the Virginia Constitution requires the state to defend decisions of the state

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New York Times Story on Ballot Access for Presidential Candidates in France

Published on January 31, 2012, by in General.

The New York Times of January 31 has this story about the requirement that presidential candidates in France need 500 signatures of mayors or other local officials in order to get on the ballot. France has tens of thousands of places that have their own mayor. However, the requirement is proving difficult to meet ever

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Americans Elect Begins Holding Regional Meetings

Published on January 31, 2012, by in General.

Americans Elect has started holding regional meetings for people who have signed up to be leaders and activists in the organization. Here is an account of the Omaha meeting. Here is a link to a video of part of the San Ramon, California meeting.

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California Legislature Passes Bill Eliminating Write-in Space from General Election Ballot for Congress and Partisan State Office

Published on January 31, 2012, by in General.

On January 30, the California Assembly unanimously passed AB 1413, which eliminates write-in space on general election ballots for Congress and partisan state office. The bill is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. Assuming this bill is signed into law, California and Louisiana will be the only states that have ever had write-in space on

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Grist Interviews Rocky Anderson

Published on January 31, 2012, by in General.

Grist is a on-line magazine that has existed since 1999. It is headquartered in Seattle and has won many awards and plaudits. See here for more about the publication. Grist has this interview with former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, exploring why he founded the Justice Party and how he plans to campaign for

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