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Congressman, That Light Bulb Will Cost $39
(from: Washington Wire @ June 14, 2012, 01:21 PM)

How much does it cost for a member of Congress to change a light bulb? Apparently, it costs $39.


Democrats Denounce Contempt Move Aimed at Holder
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ June 14, 2012, 01:15 PM)

Congressional Democrats denounced a threat by Republicans to find the Attorney General in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over documents to an oversight committee.


New Romney Ad Mirrors 2008 Obama Spot
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ June 14, 2012, 01:04 PM)

Mitt Romney steals a trick from an unlikely source for his latest campaign ad, but in this case, imitation is more mockery than the sincerest form of flattery.


Walker Says Romney Needs ?Vision?
(from: Washington Wire @ June 14, 2012, 12:55 PM)

Mitt Romney won?t win over Wisconsin voters simply by having an ?R? next to his name, the state?s governor, Scott Walker, said Thursday.


Campaigns Await Health Care Decision
(from: Political Wire @ June 14, 2012, 12:00 PM)

Mark Halperin notes that both presidential campaigns "are girding for a message war following the Supreme Court's imminent decision on the President's health care law."

"If the law is struck down, Democrats plan to attack the Justices who vote in the majority, while Republicans will tell voters that a Romney Administration and a Republican Congress can best replace the unpopular, unconstitutional act... If the law is upheld, Romney will argue that only his election will halt the law's implementation, while the White House will seize a fresh opportunity to regain the political momentum (and sell the plan's more popular provisions)."

Meanwhile, ABC News has a handy flowchart showing the many ways in which the Supreme Court could rule.

The Week has four takeaways from "the ObamaCare poll the White House hates."


Alaska Redistricting Lawsuit Set for Hearing; Plaintiffs Want Relief Before This Year?s Primary
(from: Ballot Access News @ June 14, 2012, 11:58 AM)

On June 14, a federal court will hold a hearing in the lawsuit filed recently to overturn Alaska’s legislative redistricting plan. See this story. The plaintiffs hope for relief in time to change the plan this year. The primary will be August 28.


Unused Campaign Funds Spent in Unusual Ways
(from: Washington Wire @ June 14, 2012, 11:58 AM)

How do departing members of Congress spend their leftover campaign cash? Mostly, on operating expenses, political donations and charity. But sometimes the funds are spent in unexpected ways, a new report finds.


Nevada Constitution Party Wins a Non-Partisan Election
(from: Ballot Access News @ June 14, 2012, 11:55 AM)

On June 12, a registered member of the Constitution Party was elected to a local non-partisan office in Baker, Nevada. He is Terrance Stedman, elected to the Baker General Improvement Board. In Nevada, the Constitution Party’s name is the Independent American Party. Baker is in eastern Nevada, and has the headquarters of Nevada’s only National Park, the Great Basin Park. Thanks to Cody Quirk for this news.


San Francisco City Committee to Hear Proposal to Eliminate Instant Runoff Voting for Citywide Offices
(from: Ballot Access News @ June 14, 2012, 11:48 AM)

On June 14, at noon, the Rules Committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will hear a proposal to eliminate Instant Runoff Voting for the city’s executive position elections. The hearing is in Room 250 in City Hall.

The proposal provides that for Mayor, Public Defender, District Attorney, Sheriff, City Attorney, Assessor-Recorder, and Treasurer, Instant Runoff Voting would no longer be used. Instead, the election for those offices would be in September. If no one gets 65% for one of those offices, there would be a run-off in November.

The proposal does not change the existing system for Instant Runoff Voting for Supervisors. Nor does it change the existing pattern of which years these elections are held. Currently, as well as under the proposal, elections for Mayor, District Attorney, and Sheriff are held in the odd years before a presidential election. Public Defender and Assessor-Recorder are elected in the even years in which gubernatorial elections are held. City Attorney and Treasurer are held in the odd years following a presidential election year.

The proposal to eliminate IRV for the citywide offices is almost ludicrously impractical, as applied to elections for Public Defender and Assessor-Recorder. If the proposal passes, San Francisco voters in gubernatorial election years would be going to the polls in June for the partisan offices, in September for Public Defender and Assessor-Recorder, and in November for the partisan elections and for run-offs for those two city offices. Voters would be voting three times in a span of five months.


Obama Still Way Ahead in New Jersey
(from: Political Wire @ June 14, 2012, 11:38 AM)

A new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll in New Jersey finds President Obama crushing Mitt Romney by 23 points, 56% to 33%.


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