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Virginia Legislator Resigns from Legislature, but Will Run in the Special Election to Regain his old Seat

Virginia will hold a special election soon to fill a vacancy in the House of Delegates. The vacancy was caused when Delegate Joseph D. Morrissey, a Democrat, resigned. He resigned because he plea-bargained to a misdemeanor; this article explains more about that. He recently announced that he will run in the special election to return

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Matt Funiciello Set a New Record for Green Candidates for U.S. House, in Races with Both Major Parties

On November 4, 2014, Green Party nominee Matt Funiciello polled 11.02% for U.S. House, New York district 21. The race had a close contest between a Democrat and a Republican. This is the highest percentage of the vote any Green Party nominee for U.S. House has ever received, in a race with both a Republican

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Level the Playing Field, the Organization that is Working for Better Presidential Debates, is the Successor of Americans Elect

As already noted, Level the Playing Field is the organization that has asked the Federal Election Commission to revise its rules for presidential general election debates. According to the law firm that is representing Level the Playing Field, LPF “is the successor to Americans Elect.” Also see here. The law firm, Shapiro, Arato and Isserles,

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FEC Web Page Will Show Comments Relating to Presidential Debate Rulemaking Petition Next Week

The Federal Election Commission web page is expected to show all comments about the Presidential Debates rulemaking petition by December 27. Comments closed on December 15. The rulemaking petition asks the FEC to alter its rules on general election presidential debates. It will be interesting to see the comments of the Commission on Presidential Debates,

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Lawsuit Filed Against At-Large School Board Elections in Ferguson, Missouri

On December 18, the ACLU filed a lawsuit under Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act, against the School District in Ferguson, Missouri, to end at-large elections. The School Board has seven members elected at-large. Currently, only one of them is African-American, even though almost half the voters in the district are African-American. The

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Texas Bill to Require Minor Party Candidates Nominated in Convention to Pay Filing Fees

On December 8, Texas Representative Drew Springer (R-Muenster) introduced HB 464, which would require candidates nominated by minor party convention to pay the same filing fees that major party candidates must pay to get on a primary ballot. Traditionally, major political parties in Texas paid for their own primaries, and were only able to afford

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