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While Jill Stein is still working on getting Federal Matching funds, some media outlets put out some articles with information regarding the campaign, ballot access, her views and the Green New Deal.
Read More at Valley Advocate: Stein Leads for Green Nomination
The Federal Matching funds issue is becoming more important for her as the deadline draws near.
Read More at Uncovered Politics: Jill Stein Struggling to Beat the Clock for Matching Funds
OpEdNews did a profile on her and many of her views, including support for the Green New Deal, which the Green Party has been pushing for several years now.
Read More at OpEdNews: Jill Stein: (Presumptive) 2012 Green Party Presidential Nominee
Jill Stein is a physician and activist from Massachusetts. She ran for Governor twice, and is currently seeking the Green Party nomination for President.
President Obama and the White House "have put on brave faces," the New York Times reports, insisting that their health care law "and the mandate at its center will be upheld when the court rules this month. In private conversations, they predict that the bulk of the law will survive even if the mandate requiring Americans to buy health insurance does not."
"But even if the White House is a fortress of message discipline, it cannot disguise the potential heartbreak for Mr. Obama, who managed to achieve a decades-old Democratic dream despite long odds and at steep cost."
"In grappling with what the court may do, Mr. Obama and his advisers now appear to be far past the denial stage (when they dismissed constitutional challenges) but nowhere near acceptance (they still believe the law will be upheld.) Instead, they have quietly entered a surprising new state that might be called Learning to Live Without Universal Coverage."
For more on what the White House might do, see the latest on Wonk Wire.
Republican Lawmaker Accused of Campaign Violations
CNN has confirmed there are "no fewer than four congressional and federal investigations" into Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) "business practices, his campaign finances and his alleged attempt to try to stop a witness from talking."
"Now that witness is stepping forward in an exclusive interview with CNN. Buchanan's former business partner says the congressman schemed to launder money from his car dealerships into his campaign coffers, and then tried to get others to cover it up."
The Super PAC supporting President Obama's re-election has a devastating new ad attacking Mitt Romney over his record at Bain Capital.
The New York Times takes another deep look at Bain Capital.
"The private equity firm, co-founded and run by Mitt Romney, held a majority stake in more than 40 United States-based companies from its inception in 1984 to early 1999, when Mr. Romney left Bain to lead the Salt Lake City Olympics. Of those companies, at least seven eventually filed for bankruptcy while Bain remained involved, or shortly afterward, according to a review by The New York Times. In some instances, hundreds of employees lost their jobs. In most of those cases, however, records and interviews suggest that Bain and its executives still found a way to make money..."
"Bain structured deals so that it was difficult for the firm and its executives to ever really lose, even if practically everyone else involved with the company that Bain owned did, including its employees, creditors and even, at times, investors in Bain's funds."
On June 20, the New Hampshire Secretary of State, Bill Gardner, said that the only parties that will have their own party column on the November ballot this year are the Republican and Democratic Parties. He said all other candidates will be in the “Other” column. However, he is aware that the Libertarian Party is working hard on its petition to be a “political organization”, which requires 13,698 signatures by August 8. The party is mostly finished and expects its petition to succeed.
In 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, interpreted New Hampshire law to mean that a group that successfully petitions to be a “political organization” does then get a party column on the general election ballot. The decision in Libertarian Party of New Hampshire v Gardner, 638 F.3d 6, says, “There are two ways in which a column on the ballot may be obtained. Any party recognized under state law (that is, one that received at least 4% of the prior vote for the pertinent offices) is able to obtain a column and choose the candidates who appear in it; these candidates ‘shall be arranged upon the state general election ballot in successive party columns.’ Any political organization that is recognized under state law (that is, one that obtained nomination signatures equalling at least 3% of the total votes cast in the prior state general election) has the same entitlement to a column, according to the affidavit of the Deputy Secretary of State David M. Scanlan.”
I was able to reach David Scanlan by phone on June 22. He said was not aware of what the First Circuit had said in its opinion. It is possible the Secretary of State will reconsider his decision not to give the Libertarian Party its own party column. In New Hampshire, the State Supreme Court has already ruled in Akins v Secretary of State, 904 A.2d 702, that discriminatory ballot placement is unconstitutional. Depriving one of the three parties expected to be on the November ballot of its own party column, while giving such a column to the Democratic and Republican Parties, certainly violates the spirit of the Akins decision. Every other state that uses party columns, except New Jersey and Wisconsin, routinely gives all political parties their own party column, whether they meet the statutory defintion of “party” or not.
The Libertarian Party was forced to nominate all its candidates this year in June, under the terms of a new law that didn’t even exist until May 2012. By contrast, the two major parties don’t nominate their candidates until the September primary. The Libertarian Party nominated a presidential and vice-presidential candidate, a nominee for Governor, for U.S. House in both districts, for Executive Council in three districts, for State Senate in three districts, and has 22 nominees for State House. There is no U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire this year, and there are no other statewide offices. Despite this, Mr. Scanlan said on the phone that the Libertarian Party should not be given its own party column because it doesn’t have a “full slate” of candidates. If “full slate” means a party must have nominees for all the state offices, neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party will have a full slate of candidates either; neither major party in New Hampshire ever runs for all 400 of the State House seats.
Over Two-Thirds of Incumbent South Carolina Legislators Have No Major Party Opponent
According to this Associated Press story, there are 148 incumbents running for re-election to the South Carolina legislature, and 105 of them have no general election opponent from the opposing major party. However, no one knows yet how many independent candidates will qualify for state legislative races.
The story also says that approximately 50% of general election voters in South Carolina use the straight-ticket device, something that injures independent candidates. Independent candidates never benefit from a straight-ticket device. Also, in South Carolina, independent candidates cannot use the label “independent” on the ballot. Instead, the ballot gives them the label, “By Petition.”
Coming in a few days: Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day by Stephan Talty.
Arizona Republic Runs Op-Ed in Opposition to Top-Two Initiative
The June 23 Arizona Republic has this op-ed opposing the Arizona top-two open primary initiative. It is authored by Ed Phillips, who was a State Senator 1990-1994 but who is better known in Arizona as a television commentator. Here is more information about Phillips.
Idaho Republican Party Will Study Who Should be Allowed to Vote in its Primary
The Idaho Republican Party held a state convention June 21-23. It decided to study whether the issue of which voters should be allowed to vote in the Republican primary. The study will be done in 2013. See this story.
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