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Pennsylvania Minor Parties Notify U.S. District Court that HB 342, the New Ballot Access Bill, is Flawed
(from: Ballot Access News @ June 24, 2016, 06:03 PM)

On June 24, the three Pennsylvania parties who are suing over Pennsylvania ballot access sent this letter to the judge, pointing out constitutional problems with the new ballot access bill that passed the Senate on Friday, June 24. The letter has already been seen by attorneys for the state, and probably the bill will be amended in a favorable manner.


Republican Rules Committee Members Now Identified by CNN
(from: Ballot Access News @ June 24, 2016, 05:18 PM)

CNN has learned the names of the members of the national Republican Rules Committee for the upcoming convention. CNN reports that these members are overwhelmingly not people who want to change the rules to make it more difficult for Donald Trump to become the party’s presidential nominee.


Chair of Canada?s Study Commission on Alternative Voting Systems Seems Favorable to Proportional Representation
(from: Ballot Access News @ June 24, 2016, 05:06 PM)

Francis Scarpaleggia is head of the Canadian government’s national commission to study alternative voting systems. He is also chair of the national Liberal Party caucus. According to his web page, he seems favorable to proportional representation. He writes that the goal of the commission is to create a system “so that the distribution of seats in the House of Commons better reflects each party’s share of the popular vote.”


Challenger releases a poll showing notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio trailing in bid for re-election
(from: Swing State Project @ June 24, 2016, 03:57 PM)

Former Phoenix police Sgt. Paul Penzone is waging a rematch against notorious Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio after losing by a surprisingly close 51-45 margin four years ago, by far the worst showing of Arpaio's decades-long career. Now Penzone has released an internal poll from Strategies 360 that has the challenger leading the incumbent by a 48-44 spread, which KPNX's Brahm Resnick says "might be the first time any candidate has topped Arpaio in a public opinion survey in recent memory."

Penzone's poll also asked about Arizona's presidential and Senate races within the confines of Maricopa, the state's largest county and home of almost 60 percent of its population. Maricopa tends to vote similarly to the state as a whole, so Donald Trump's 44-39 lead on Hillary Clinton and GOP Sen. John McCain's 50-35 advantage on Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick suggest that this poll is by no means too favorable too Democrats. If anything, the opposite is true, as the Huffington Post Pollster average has Clinton ahead 42-40 statewide.

Arpaio's response is also telling. His campaign manager declared that Penzone's poll was "completely fabricated" and "phony," claiming that Arpaio "ha[s] internals that tell a much, much different story." But you know what we're going to tell you next: At no point did this staffer actually provide any details on those supposed internal polls. If you're going to question someone's numbers, you have to provide contradictory data of your own. Otherwise, you're the one who winds up looking like the phony.


Capital Journal Friday PM: Top Stories of the Week, More
(from: Washington Wire @ June 24, 2016, 03:55 PM)

The biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation and defense.


Democrats hit Rob Portman over his support for privatizing Social Security
(from: Swing State Project @ June 24, 2016, 03:28 PM)

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The Democratic Senate Majority PAC has a new ad out reminding voters of GOP Sen. Rob Portman's past support for privatizing Social Security, reports Caitlin MacNeal:

The ad titled "Cicadas" from the Democratic group notes that Portman once supported privatizing Social Security. The ad's narrator says that as cicadas return to Ohio every 17 years, the senator periodically ?returns to Ohio and tries to rewrite his record in Washington.?

"Take Social Security: Portman supported privatizing Social Security, opening it up to Wall Street. Wall Street would get hundreds of billions in fees, even if the stock market crashes," the ad's narrator says, labeling Portman "a real pest for Ohio seniors."

Portman has tried to wriggle out of his history on Social Security. The race between him and former Gov. Ted Strickland is currently deadlocked.

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Libertarian National Committee & Kentucky Libertarian Party Submit Amicus in Ohio Ballot Access Case
(from: Ballot Access News @ June 24, 2016, 03:15 PM)

On June 24, the Libertarian National Committee and the Kentucky Libertarian Party filed this amicus brief, in the pending Sixth Circuit Ohio Libertarian ballot access case. The amicus devotes the first section to clearly explaining that officials of Ohio state government actively and closely coordinated with the Republican Party of Ohio and the John Kasich re-election campaign, to keep the Ohio Libertarian candidate for Governor off the primary ballot. The next section focuses on a constitutional infirmity of the 2013 ballot access law. It requires new parties to meet the vote test at the first opportunity. But old parties have two elections to meet the vote test. The Sixth Circuit already ruled that is unconstitutional, in the Tennessee Green Party case.


The Supreme Court's immigration deadlock heads straight to the campaign trail
(from: Swing State Project @ June 24, 2016, 03:05 PM)

Just a little over an hour after news broke Thursday that the Supreme Court had deadlocked over President Obama?s immigration actions, he told reporters in the White House briefing room that voters face a "very real choice" about what kind of country we'd like to be. That choice translated almost instantly on to the campaign trail, reports David Nakamura. Choice No. 1:

In a statement, issued in both English and Spanish, [Hillary] Clinton referred to Trump?s characterization last year of Mexican immigrants as ?rapists? and ?murderers,? and she pledged to introduce a comprehensive immigration reform bill within her first 100 days in office.

?I believe we are stronger together. When we embrace immigrants, not denigrate them. When we build bridges, not walls,? Clinton said.

Choice No. 2:

The courts have halted ?one of the most unconstitutional actions ever undertaken by a President,? Trump said in a statement. ?The executive amnesty from President Obama wiped away the immigration rules written by Congress, giving work permits and entitlement benefits to people illegally in the country.?

Remember, the polling outfit Latino Decisions is estimating that Trump needs to win at least 42 percent of Latino voters and maybe as many as 47 percent to get elected. That's gonna be tough when the latest Washington Post poll shows Trump with an 87 percent unfavorable rating among Latino voters.


Bipartisan Group in House Proposes ?No Fly, No Buy? Legislation
(from: Washington Wire @ June 24, 2016, 03:03 PM)

One day after House Democrats ended a sit-in of the chamber?s floor to demand votes on new gun curbs, a bipartisan group of lawmakers including four Republicans on Friday introduced a measure aimed at preventing some suspected terrorists from being able to buy guns.


Brexit Vote Implications: What the Outcome Means for the U.K., Europe and the U.S.
(from: Washington Wire @ June 24, 2016, 02:47 PM)

Michael Singh: As policy makers across the globe assess Brexit's implications for their economic relations with the U.K. and Europe, the outcome contributes to a sense that the international order is unraveling.


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