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Kasich Weighs Odds, Money in Possible Presidential Run
(from: Washington Wire @ April 26, 2015, 04:34 PM)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich elaborated on his possible presidential run Sunday, saying that he'll decide based on his fundraising outlook and odds of success.

Jeb Bush Says Spending $1 Billion on a Campaign Is Unnecessary
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ April 26, 2015, 03:40 PM)

Both Mitt Romney and President Obama reached the $1 billion mark in 2012, but Mr. Bush on Sunday said a smart team could run a leaner operation.

Abe Faces Pressure to Address Wartime Past
(from: Washington Wire @ April 26, 2015, 01:33 PM)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will speak to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. Some hope Mr. Abe will acknowledge Japan?s World War II record.

Frank Fahrenkopf, Co-Chair of Commission on Presidential Debates, Says Commission is Thinking Whether to Scrap the 15% Rule
(from: Ballot Access News @ April 26, 2015, 12:52 PM)

This op-ed by Michael Smerconish in the Philadelphia Inquirer is partly an opinion piece, but it is also a news story. The bottom half of the column quotes Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr., co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, as saying the CPD is studying whether to eliminate the rule that says no one outside the two major parties may participate unless he or she is at 15% in the polls in early September.

Alabama Ballot Access Bill Set for a Senate Vote, Week of April 27-May 1
(from: Independent Political Report @ April 26, 2015, 12:49 PM)

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Alabama SB 221 is likely to receive a vote on the Senate floor during the week of April 27-May 1. Bills that have passed committee and are awaiting a Senate vote ?stand in line?, and SB 221 is now number nine in the list.… Read more ...

Baltimore Green Party Urges Continued Protest and Electoral Strategy in Response to Police Violence
(from: Independent Political Report @ April 26, 2015, 12:29 PM)

From the Green Party website:

The Baltimore Green Party stands in solidarity with those protesting the police killing of Freddie Gray. The party hopes that protests will remain peaceful and achieve their goal of shining a national spotlight on the need for police conduct reforms and justice for the family of Mr.… Read more ...

Socialist Party Activist Elected to Milwaukee School Board
(from: Independent Political Report @ April 26, 2015, 12:19 PM)

Wendell J. Harris

Wendell J. Harris

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On April 7, Milwaukee held non-partisan elections for School Board and other office. Wendell J. Harris, an activist in the Socialist Party for many years, was elected to the Board, defeating an incumbent. Harris was also the Socialist Party candidate for Mayor of Milwaukee in 2000.… Read more ...

1.5 million black men are 'missing' from local communities, many because of prison
(from: Swing State Project @ April 26, 2015, 11:59 AM)

Chart of Population 18 Years and Older in Selected Group Quarters and Households by Race: 2009?2011
(click to enlarge)

The New York Times's Upshot released a fascinating piece of data journalism this week, which you may have already seen: the case of the "1.5 million missing black men." They aren't actually "missing," to the extent that we know where they are?most are either dead due to disproportionate mortality rates, or incarcerated due to disproportionate rates of imprisoned African Americans. This is especially startling when you look at the ratio of black women to black men age 25-54 who aren't in prison: it's 100 to 83.

While the Times article doesn't delve into political implications, they aren't difficult to figure out: a sizable piece of the Democratic Party's most reliable population segment (the Democratic vote share among African Americans often exceeds 90 percent) is left unable to vote. And since many of them are in states that disenfranchise felons, they're still unable to vote even when they're no longer "missing" and return to public life. Felon disenfranchisement often gets overlooked amidst the focus on voter ID requirements and registration list purges, but in terms of raw numbers of people affected, ending felon disenfranchisement would likely make the single biggest difference in easing the suppression of potential Democratic voters.

There's more over the fold.

May Day Money Bomb for Louisiana State Rep Candidate Jay Price
(from: Independent Political Report @ April 26, 2015, 11:49 AM)


Email blast from the Committee to Elect Jay Price:

Hello, my name is Jay Price. I’m running as the Libertarian candidate for Louisiana State House District 70. Over the course of my life, I’ve watched politicians from the two major political parties work together to advance the goals of a very small group of their special interests.… Read more ...

For Jeb Bush Donors, Yoga Mats and Tesla Brochures
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ April 26, 2015, 06:40 AM)

Donors to Jeb Bush's campaign are staying at a gay-friendly hotel where they will get yoga mats and brochures encouraging them to use Tesla electric cars.

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