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Open Democracy Carries Story on Working Families Party
(from: Ballot Access News @ November 27, 2015, 08:37 PM)

Open Democracy, a worldwide on-line news source based in Great Britain, has this story about the Working Families Party of the U.S.

Republican Party of Louisiana Wins a Procedural Victory in Campaign Finance Case
(from: Ballot Access News @ November 27, 2015, 06:25 PM)

On November 25, U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper, an Obama appointee, ruled that the Louisiana Republican Party’s challenge to part of the McCain-Feingold law is entitled to be heard by a 3-judge court. Here is the 19-page opinion in Republican Party of Louisiana v Federal Election Commission.

Very few constitutional lawsuits are entitled to be heard by a three-judge U.S. District Court. In election law, the only types of case entitled to a 3-judge U.S. District Court are redistricting constitutional cases, and challenges to the McCain-Feingold law of 2002. The reason 3-judge cases are so powerful for plaintiffs is that after the 3-judge court makes its ruling, then the losing side is guaranteed the ability to receive U.S. Supreme Court review. The U.S. Supreme Court must either summarily affirm the lower court ruling, or give the case a full hearing and a full opinion.

The Louisiana Republican Party is trying to strike down the part of the McCain-Feingold law that won’t let state and local parties engage in any type of federal campaign activity, except through segregated federal accounts. State and local parties have severe restrictions on raising money for their federal campaign accounts, due to federal law. If parties could spend money on federal campaign activity out of their ordinary bank accounts, they would be much freer. The Louisiana Republican Party only wants to make independent expenditures in federal campaigns, not direct contributions to federal candidates. Thanks to Rick Hasen for this news. A win by the Louisiana Republican Party would be a very meaningful victory for all state and local political parties, including minor parties.

Donald Trump to Get Endorsements From African-American Pastors
(from: Washington Wire @ November 27, 2015, 05:45 PM)

Scores of African-American pastors are expected to endorse Donald Trump for president in New York City Monday, as the Republican candidate looks to show he can draw support from a broad base of support despite a campaign that has often had harsh words for certain groups and rivals.

National Popular Vote Movement Sends Activist to Missouri
(from: Ballot Access News @ November 27, 2015, 05:11 PM)

The National Popular Vote movement, to reform U.S. presidential elections, has sent an organizer to Missouri. Missouri has not yet passed the National Popular Vote bill. See this story in The Missourian, daily newspaper of Washington, Missouri, near St. Louis.

How Jim Gilmore is Using his Free 12 Minutes on NBC-TV
(from: Ballot Access News @ November 27, 2015, 04:00 PM)

This article describes how Republican presidential candidate Jim Gilmore is using the free time that NBC gave him. Gilmore received free time due to the Donald Trump appearance on Saturday Night Live, and the Equal Time rule.

Pro-Rubio Super PAC Rolls Out First Big Ad Campaign
(from: Washington Wire @ November 27, 2015, 03:48 PM)

The super PAC backing Republican Marco Rubio is launching a $2.5 million ad campaign in three early states, its first major ad buy to date, set to air ahead of the nation?s first nominating contests in February.

Virgil Goode, 2012 Constitution Party Presidential Nominee, Joins Donald Trump Campaign
(from: Independent Political Report @ November 27, 2015, 03:42 PM)

Ballot Access News reports:

Former Congressman Virgil Goode, who was the Constitution Party?s presidential nominee in 2012, has become a campaign official in Donald Trump?s campaign in Virginia. See this story.

Goode is still presently a member of the Constitution Party National Committee as well.

Trump is currently the candidate leading in the polls for the Republican nomination for President, but continues to float the possibility that he may switch to run as an independent for the same office if he concludes that Republican Party leaders don’t treat his campaign fairly.… Read more ...

News Article Appears to Contradict Trump?s Claim About Reporter
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ November 27, 2015, 03:11 PM)

The New York Daily News on Friday released an archived news article that seemed to contradict a claim by Donald J. Trump that he knew nothing about a reporter whose disability Mr. Trump appeared to mock at a rally earlier this week.

Jeff Wood: Get Angry with Me
(from: Independent Political Report @ November 27, 2015, 02:54 PM)

fbz_bc058ee43db147e360e23cb92075e261Original article can be found here. Jeff Wood is a Libertarian Candidate for US Congress in Michigan’s 8th District, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Livingston County, and Vice-Chair of the Libertarian Party of Michigan.

In 1931, in downtown Lansing, Earl Little died in a mysterious incident which was officially ruled a ?streetcar accident.? His wife, Louise, was denied a life insurance claim because the company alleged he had ?committed suicide.? They couldn?t prove it, but the Little family knew the truth.… Read more ...

Ben Carson Heads to Jordan to Tour Refugee Camp
(from: Washington Wire @ November 27, 2015, 01:16 PM)

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is travelling to Jordan to tour a Syrian refugee camp Friday, a surprise visit to the troubled region at a time when the retired neurosurgeon?s foreign policy credentials have been questioned.

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