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Wisconsin State Legislator Leaves Democratic Party, Says he is an Independent

Published on October 23, 2014,

Wisconsin state legislator Brett Hulsey, elected as a Democrat in 2010 and re-elected in 2012, is not running for re-election. He says he has left the Democratic Party and is now an independent. He had been elected from Dane County (the county that contains Madison).

He is running as a write-in candidate for Governor. See this story. Also, see this story. He feels that the Democratic nominee for Governor is not all that different from the state’s Republican governor, who is running for re-election.

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Sarah Palin Endorses Independent Candidate Bill Walker for Governor of Alaska

Published on October 23, 2014,

According to this story, Sarah Palin recently endorsed Bill Walker for Governor of Alaska. Walker is the independent candidate.

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California State Court Clarifies that Cumulative Voting is Permitted for California Cities

Published on October 23, 2014,

On October 21, a Superior Court in Los Angeles County confirmed that California cities may use cumulative voting for their own elections. Santa Clarita had already agreed to use cumulative voting, but it had asked for a court ruling explicitly saying that cities may choose cumulative voting. Cumulative voting, for elections in which there are several winners, permits voters to cast either one vote for several candidates (typically three), or to give two votes, or even three votes, to a single candidate. See this story.

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Burlington, Vermont Voters Will Vote on an Advisory Measure on Letting Resident Non-Citizens Vote in Local Elections

Published on October 23, 2014,

In its March 2015 municipal election, Burlington, Vermont voters will vote on an advisory measure on whether resident non-citizens should be allowed to vote in local and school elections. See this story. Even if the measure passes, policy will not change. To allow the idea would require changing the Vermont State Constitution. Thanks to Electionline for the link.

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New York Times Editorial Writer Explores Whether Polarization is Caused by Campaign Finance Laws that Hobble Parties

Published on October 23, 2014,

Thomas B. Edsall has this on-line New York Times column, exploring the political science research on the relationship between polarization, and strict campaign finance laws that hobble political parties. Thanks to the Center for Competitive Politics for the link.

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New York Times Describes Gubernatorial Debate of October 22

Published on October 23, 2014,

Here is the New York Times story about the New York gubernatorial debate of October 22, which included the nominees of the Democratic, Republican, Green, and Libertarian Parties