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Arizona Top-Two Initiative Ballot Language Released
Assuming the Arizona initiative for a top-two open primary has enough signatures, it will be on the November 2012 Arizona ballot this way: Proposition _ (the number has not yet been assigned). Proposed Amendment to the Constitution by the Initiative Relating to Direct Primary Election Law. Replaces the Current Party Primary Election with a “Top-Two” Primary Election in which All the Voters, Regardless of Party Affiliation, Vote in a Single, Combined Primary and the Top Two Vote-Getters for Each Seat Advance to the General Election.”
This description of the measure is fair to both the proponents and the opponents. It is far more fair than the California initiative wording, which was on the ballot as “Primaries. Increases Participation in Primary Elections.”
The Goldwater Institute recently declared that it opposes the Arizona initiative, joining the Arizona League of Women Voters as an opponent. Thanks to Warren Severin for the news about the ballot description.
A new Mason-Dixon poll in Missouri shows Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) trailing all of her potential GOP challengers.
John Brunner (R) tops McCaskill, 52% to 41%, Sarah Steelman (R) leads 49% to 41% and Todd Akin (R) is ahead 49% to 44%.
A new Magellan Strategies (R) poll in Ohio finds President Obama leading Mitt Romney by just two points in the key swing state, 45% to 43%.
On the eve of Mitt Romney's trip to Israel, a new Gallup poll finds 68% of Jewish Americans support President Obama for re-eelction, while 25% support Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney's missteps on his trip abroad "have drawn extensive mockery in Britain and public consternation from both Republicans and Democrats in the United States, and his campaign advisers were at a loss Friday to put a positive spin on the story -- other than to look ahead to the next two stops on his tour," the Washington Post reports.
"Romney arrived in London under a bright spotlight, as expected, but apparently without a strategy for conveying a message to voters back home -- such as reminding Americans of his widely lauded stewardship of the 2002 Winter Olympics or promoting his foreign-policy vision."
"As a result, there is now immense pressure on him to find better footing in Israel and Poland. Romney's advisers hope his events in Jerusalem on Sunday -- when he will lock arms with Israeli leaders -- could create a moment of strength that might redefine the candidate's intensely scrutinized audition as a statesman."
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) is at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota "for extensive inpatient evaluation for depression and gastrointestinal issues," the Chicago Tribune reports.
"Jackson's whereabouts have been a mystery since he went on medical leave June 10. The statement issued Friday said the congressman 'has arrived at Mayo Clinic,' but did not say where he came from."
Political news from today's Times, plus a look at the president's weekly address and the latest happenings in Washington.
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*This appears not to work anymore. Yes, I did tell Trent.
To start things off, as reported near the end of last month’s thread here, via my LNC Region Rep John Jay Myers on facebook ? a random car out and about on the road:
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Mayo Clinic Says Jesse Jackson Jr. Is There for Depression
The clinic said in a statement that Representative Jesse L. Jackson Jr., who has been absent since June, was being evaluated for depression and gastrointestinal issues.
Michigan Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Case Over Font Size of Print on Referendum Petitions
On July 25, the Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments in the case over whether a particular statewide referendum petition is valid. The state Canvassing Board had invalidated the petition on the grounds that the law requires 14 point type and the petition was printed in 12 point type. The State Court of Appeals had then reversed and had said the petition is valid. Here is an article about the State Supreme Court hearing.
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