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Independent Voters Network Blog Carries Article Advocating Proportional Representation

James J. Ryan has this article, advocating proportional representation, at the Independent Voters Network blog. IVN was founded by proponents of the top-two idea, but it has been branching out this year and carrying articles about other election systems. Thanks to James Ogle for the link.

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SIx Congressional Candidates from 2014, All Under Age 30, Publish Op-Ed in USA Today Urging Young People to Run for Office

USA Today has this op-ed, authored by six 2014 congressional candidates, all of whom are ages 18-29. The op-ed points out that only 18% of that age group believe that electoral activism is worthwhile. The op-ed also points out that Congress has no members under age 30, and not very many under age 40. Among

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Many U.S. Left Groups and Individuals Sponsor May 2-3 Electoral Action Conference in Chicago

An Electoral Action Conference will be held in Chicago, May 2-3, 2015, for leftists who believe in electoral activity outside the major parties. See this story.

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Congressional Bill to End Public Funding for Presidential Campaigns

Congressman Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) has introduced HR 412. It abolishes public funding for presidential campaigns. So far it doesn’t have any co-sponsors. The public funding program has been in place starting in 1976. Minor party and independent presidential candidates who have received primary season matching funds and/or general election funding include John B. Anderson, Sonia

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Burlington, Vermont, Holds City Election

On March 3, Burlington, Vermont, held its election for city office. The Democratic nominee for Mayor was re-elected, defeating the Progressive Party nominee, the Libertarian nominee, and an independent candidate. The new city council has 4 Democrats, 4 Progressives, 3 independents, and one Republican. See this story.

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Montana House Passes Bill to Let Qualified Parties Dispense with Public Elections for Party Office

On February 26, the Montana House passed HB 454 by a vote of 53-46. Current law requires qualified parties to choose precinct committee members in a government-administered primary. The bill says parties may continue to do that, but they are also free to appoint such party officers per party rules. Or, they can elect them

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