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Portland’s Daily Newspaper Carries Op-Ed in Opposition to Top-Two Initiative

The Oregonian has this op-ed, advocating that Oregon voters not vote for Measure 90 in November 2014. That is the initiative for a top-two election system. The op-ed is by Blair Bobier.

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Iowa Poll for Governor and U.S. Senator

On August 26, Public Policy Polling released an Iowa poll. For Governor, the results are: Republican incumbent Terry Branstad 48%; Democrat Jack Hatch 35%; Libertarian Lee Deakins Hieb 2%; New Independent Party Jim Hennager 2%; Iowa Party Jonathan Narcisse 1%; undecided 12%. For U.S. Senate, for the seat of retiring Tom Harkin: Democrat Bruce Braley

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Only Minor Party Candidate for Congress in Massachusetts Rejected for Using Wrong Petition Forms

No minor party candidates filed to run for either branch of Congress in Massachusetts this year, except for the Green Party’s nominee in the 7th U.S. House district, Jason P. Lowenthal. However, even though he submitted 3,000 signatures to meet a requirement of 2,000 valid signatures, he has been told his petition is invalid. The

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Challenge Filed in New York for the “Rent is 2 Damn High” Petition for Governor

According to this story, a challenge has been filed to the New York gubernatorial petition of the “Rent is 2 Damn High” Party.

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Georgia Libertarian Legislative Candidate Loses Ballot Access Lawsuit on a Procedural Technicality

On August 25, Jeff Amason, the only minor party legislative candidate in Georgia who petitioned this year, lost his ballot access case because he sued the wrong defendant. See this story.

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California Senate Passes Bill, Easing Definition of “Political Party”

On August 25, the California Senate passed AB 2351 unanimously. This is the bill that eases the definition of “political party”. Now it goes back to the Assembly for concurrence in a minor amendment. Thanks to C. T. Weber for this news.