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Filing to Run for Chicago Office Closes Monday, November 24
Chicago holds an election for city office, including the three citywide offices, in February 2015. The petition filing deadline is Monday, November 24. Citywide candidates need 12,500 valid signatures. See this story, which explains the difficulty of obtaining these signatures for candidates who are not backed by the Democratic Party organization. The elections are non-partisan(More)?
President Barack Obama hit the links on Saturday with former New York Yankee All-Star Derek Jeter. Mr. Obama, a White Sox Fan, joined Mr. Jeter at the Shadow Creek club in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The golf course is considered one of the most exclusive in the world.
President Barack Obama will appear on ABC's "This Week" to discuss his executive action on immigration, which is expected to be a topic on all the Sunday news shows. Plus, the latest on Ferguson, Mo., which awaits a grand jury's decision whether to indict the police officer involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Here are the guest lineups, as compiled by the Associated Press:
United States Election Project Revises 2014 Turnout Data
The United States Election Project, which studies turnout, has revised its figures for the November 2014 election. See here. The Project still estimates that 36.2% of the voters who could have participated did so. The link has figures for each of the 50 states, unlike the original data that omitted Indiana, Missouri, Utah, and Washington.
Kelly Gneiting: The Kingdom of God is Not a 501(c)3 Organization
From the Independent American Party website:
As in all election seasons, this past election created quite a stir among passionate Americans, determined to see progress. Among the many political subjects which seem to become the topic of conversation, inevitably the ?separation between church and state? dilemma arises. On one occasion that took place about a week before the November 6th, 2012 election, a co-worker summed up her opinion to me by saying, ??one thing?s for sure, you should never discuss religion in political gatherings, neither politics in religious gatherings.?
This interpretation of a letter from Thomas Jefferson to a friend seems to be the opinion of the majority of unstudied (to the Founding era) Americans.… Read more ...
Constitution Party Wins 1 Partisan Office in Louisiana, a Second Goes to December 6 Run-Off
From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:
On November 4, Constitution Party member Ronnie Broughton was re-elected to the Webster Parish, Louisiana School Board, in a partisan election. Because he was unopposed, that office in his district was omitted from the ballot.
Also on November 4, Constitution Party member Randy Fontenot placed first in a partisan election for Police Chief of Eunice, Louisiana.… Read more ...
Seattle Times: Activists in Alternative Parties Discuss Cooperating in State
Excerpt from this Seattle Times article, written by Joseph O’Sullivan:
It sounds like the start of a joke: A libertarian, a socialist, an anarchist and a Green Party member walk into a room.
But at the Traditions Cafe on Sunday night, representatives of the four disparate political movements took seats on a low riser in front of a crowd of about 40.… Read more ...
U.S. Supreme Court Sets Oral Argument Date for Case Involving Outdoor Signs
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Reed v Town of Gilbert on January 12, 2015. This is the case challenging restrictions on outdoor signs. Although it is not an election law case, all First Amendment cases inevitably affect election law. The Ninth Circuit had upheld the town’s restrictions on signs, both as to size, and(More)?
Stephen Sestanovich: A lesson from the Vladivostok agreement in the 1970s: If the Obama administration is going to defend a nuclear deal with Iran, it needs far more than a strong technical case.
Michael Steele, Former Republican National Chairman, Seems to Favor National Popular Vote
Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee Chair, seems inclined to support the National Popular Vote Plan for presidential elections. See this story.
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