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Congressional Bill Advances, Would Eliminate Public Funding for President

Published on March 5, 2015,

On March 4, the House Administration Committee, in the U.S. House of Representatives, passed HR 412. The bill abolishes public funding for presidential candidates. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and is co-sponsored by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Virginia). Thanks to Rick Hasen for this news.

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California Special State Senate Election Has One Name on Ballot and Six Declared Write-in Candidates

Published on March 5, 2015,

California holds a special election to fill the vacant State Senate seat, 21st district, on March 17. Only one name is on the ballot, Sharon Runner, a Republican. However, six candidates have filed declarations of write-in candidacy. See this story. Three of the write-in candidates are Democrats, one is a Republican, and two are independents. California still has write-ins in primaries, but not in general elections, for state office and Congress.

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New Nevada Registration Tally

Published on March 4, 2015,

The Nevada Secretary of State has released the February 2015 registration tally. See it here. The percentages are now: Democratic 39.64%; Republican 34.46%; Independent American 4.71%; Libertarian .82%; independent and miscellaneous (including Green) 20.37%.

By comparison, in October 2014 the percentages were: Democratic 40.11%; Republican 34.96%; Independent American 4.71%; Libertarian .81%; Green .19%; independent and miscellaneous 19.21%. Thanks to Doug Goodman for the link.

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Washington State Senate Passes Bill for March Presidential Primary

Published on March 4, 2015,

On March 3, the Washington State Senate passed SB 5978, which provides for a presidential primary on the 2nd Tuesday of March. Current law provides for a presidential primary in May, but more times than not the state doesn’t actually hold a presidential primary, for budgetary reasons. Thanks to Jim Riley and Josh Putnam for this news.

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Four Parties Enter Candidates in Mississippi’s 2015 Statewide Races

Published on March 4, 2015,

Mississippi holds all its regularly-scheduled elections for state office in November of the odd year before presidential election years.
According to this story, the Reform Party and the Libertarian Party have a few candidates, along with many Democratic and Republican candidates, of course.

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Link to Interesting Montana Republican Party Brief in Case Over Open Primaries for Choosing Party Officers

Published on March 4, 2015,

Here is the Montana Republican Party’s brief in Ravalli County Republican Central Committee v McCulloch, now pending in the Ninth Circuit. The issue is whether the state can force the Republican Party to choose its precinct committee officers in a primary in which any voter may participate. The U.S. District Court had refused to enjoin the law, so the Republican Party is asking the Ninth Circuit for relief.

The state has been given permission to delay its response until April 29.