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Martin O?Malley?s Star-Spangled, Snafu-Speckled Debut
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ May 30, 2015, 04:30 PM)

The former governor and mayor had a gorgeous backdrop but a few snags at his presidential campaign announcement on Saturday.

Michigan Bill to Allow Names on 2015 Flint Ballots Moves Ahead
(from: Ballot Access News @ May 30, 2015, 03:11 PM)

As reported earlier, no candidates qualified to have their names on the Flint, Michigan ballot this year for Mayor and City Council. This is because the city clerk erroneously told candidates that the deadline was a week later than the actual deadline. The non-partisan primary is in August and the run-off is in November. No August primary would be held if no candidates qualified. Instead, the Mayor and City Councilmembers in the two districts that are up this year would be chosen by write-in votes in November.

However, bills to allow candidates to be on this year’s ballot are moving through the Michigan legislature. On May 27 the House Elections Committee passed HB 4589 and SB 329, identical bills which say late candidates can be on the ballot when the city misinformed candidates, but only for 2015 elections. The Senate had already passed SB 329. The House Committee amended the bill to specify extra training for city officials.

The state has told local officials not to print any ballots until June 5, to see if the bill passes.

Meet the Candidate: Martin O?Malley
(from: Washington Wire @ May 30, 2015, 11:13 AM)

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O?Malley launched an underdog presidential bid on Saturday. Here's a short primer on his backgrounds, positions and strategy.

Martin O?Malley Reached Out to Hillary Clinton Ahead of Campaign Announcement
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ May 30, 2015, 10:17 AM)

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley reached out to Hillary Rodham Clinton ahead of his campaign announcement.

How Supplying Sunni Tribes Could Backfire on the U.S.
(from: Washington Wire @ May 30, 2015, 07:03 AM)

Aaron David Miller: The bottom line is that the U.S. is stuck with bad options and constrained by the contradictions that define the region?s politics.

Arkansas Governor Signs Bill Moving Primary and Petition Deadlines
(from: Ballot Access News @ May 29, 2015, 10:01 PM)

On May 29, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed SB 8, the bill that moves the primary for all office in 2016 from late May to early March, and which moves the petition deadline for new parties to September 2015 and the non-presidential independent deadline to November 2015. The bill also forces new parties to have chosen all their 2016 nominees no later than November 2015. It is possible the Libertarian Party will sue over the deadline for it to have chosen all its nominees.

There has never before been any state that forced new parties to nominate all their nominees for a November even-numbered election an entire year before the election. New parties in Arkansas nominate by convention.

Washington Times Writes About LPEX, Which is Currently Going on in Las Vegas
(from: Independent Political Report @ May 29, 2015, 08:44 PM)

Jennifer Harper

Posted to the The Washington Times

?This is a coming out party?: Libertarians prepare for political war

By Jennifer Harper
May 28, 2015

Now underway at a splashy hotel in the glittering city of Las Vegas: The Libertarian Political Expo ? LPEX ? a fierce four-day event meant to ramp up the libertarian skill set in a complicated political marketplace.… Read more ...

Nevada Assembly Committee Passes Bill Converting Caucuses to Presidential Primaries
(from: Ballot Access News @ May 29, 2015, 08:42 PM)

On May 28, the Nevada Assembly Legislative Operations & Elections Committee passed SB 421. It had failed in that committee on May 27. It provides for a February 23, 2016 presidential primary, which would replace the Democratic and Republican caucuses. The primary for other office would continue to be in June. See this story.

Christie Defends Common Core Rollback; Says U.S. Dissatisfied With Current Administration
(from: Washington Wire @ May 29, 2015, 08:15 PM)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie defended his decision to roll back the Common Core education standards in New Jersey and said that the large number of Republicans running for president shows that the country is dissatisfied with the current administration.

Bernie Sanders Recants 1972 Article on Women?s Fantasies of Rape
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ May 29, 2015, 07:40 PM)

An article that Mr. Sanders wrote more than 40 years ago has resurfaced and he said it demonstrated how political campaigns can be like soap operas at times.

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