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Commission on Presidential Debates? Web Page No Longer Lists Corporate Sponsors (October 22, 2017, 12:08 PM)

According to this article written by Our American Initiative, and published on Jack News, the web page of the Commission on Presidential Debates no longer lists the sponsors of the debates. That is, the web page doesn’t list any corporations that contributed the money for the 2016 general election debates, even though that same web page had done so in past presidential election years.

Probably the corporations that sponsor the Commission are now aware that the Commission is not very popular, and the corporate sponsors don’t want the public to know of their sponsorship.

Another California Republican Legislator May Run for Governor in 2018 (October 21, 2017, 02:05 PM)

According to this story, California Republican Assemblymember Chad Mayes is considering running for Governor in 2018. If he did, he would be one of three high-profile Republican candidates for Governor. As the story says, having three leading Republicans in the race would make it extremely likely that the November 2018 ballot would only list two Democrats.

New Mexico Politics Blog Carries Op-Ed Asking for Better Ballot Access (October 21, 2017, 01:13 PM)

New Mexico Politics blog has this op-ed by Rick Lass, advocating fairer ballot access laws for minor parties and independent candidates in New Mexico.

Greg Gerritt?s History of the Green Party 2002-2004 is Now Available (October 21, 2017, 10:57 AM)

Greg Gerritt, a leader of the New England Green Party, wrote a history of the Green Party for the years 2002-2004, called Green Party Tempest: Weathering the Storm of 2004. It is 70 pages and can now be read electronically at this link. Thanks to Jackie Deveneau for the link.

Socialist Party Convention is Underway in New York City (October 21, 2017, 10:51 AM)

The Socialist Party is having a national convention in New York city, October 20-22. Here is the web page for the convention, which includes a twitter feed.

Ninth Circuit Will Hear California Case on Ballot Labels in February 2018 (October 20, 2017, 12:27 PM)

The Ninth Circuit expects to hear Soltysik v Padilla, 16-55758, in February 2018. This is the case on whether California is violating the First Amendment and/or the Fourteenth Amendment by letting some candidates have their party membership listed on ballots (for Congress and partisan state office), but not letting certain other candidates have their party membership listed. The plaintiff, Emidio Soltysik, is a registered Socialist, but because the Socialist Party is not a qualified party, Soltysik can only have the ballot label “Party preference: none”.

Alabama Libertarian Party Runs a Write-in Candidate for U.S. Senate Special Election (October 19, 2017, 09:05 PM)

Alabama holds a special election for U.S. Senate on December 12, 2017. Because the Alabama ballot access laws are so severe, only the Republican and Democratic nominees will be on the ballot. However, the Libertarian Party has nominated a write-in candidate, Ron Bishop, and his candidacy has been mentioned already in the Birmingham and Anniston daily newspapers. See this story, for example.

Alabama permits write-in votes, but won’t tally them.

New Zealand 2017 Election (October 19, 2017, 08:52 PM)

New Zealand uses proportional representation. It held a parliamentary election on September 23, 2017. The results: National 56 seats, Labour 46, New Zealand First 9, Green 8, ACT 1. No party received a majority of the seats. On October 19, after intense negotiations, it was announced that the Labour Party would receive the support of the New Zealand First and Green Parties, to create a majority.

The ACT Party name means “Association of Consumers and Taxpayers” and is considered to be a free-market party.

Here is the wikipedia page about the election.

Two Useful Publications for 2016 Election Returns Expected in November 2017 (October 19, 2017, 01:06 PM)

Two reference publications that have official election returns for the 2016 elections are expected from the printer in November 2017. The Federal Election Commission always publishes a book of election returns, for federal office, after each congressional election. The next version will be called Federal Elections 2016 and the FEC expects to have it ready next month. The book is free and includes primaries as well as the general election.

Congressional Quarterly expects to publish America Votes 32, also in November. Each volume of America Votes has the general election vote for gubernatorial, presidential, and U.S. Senate races, by county, at least for the major parties. Other parts of the book include the total vote for all candidates who were on the ballot, along with declared write-in candidates if the state tallied them. The book includes primaries as well. This series of books, published every two years, has been appearing ever since 1956. Many public libraries carry them as reference books.

Utah Poll for Special U.S. House Election (October 19, 2017, 11:50 AM)

Utah holds a special U.S. House election for the Third District on November 7, 2017. The Tribune-Hinckley Institute Poll released October 18 shows these results: Republican 46%; Democratic 19%; United Utah 9%; Libertarian 3%; Independent American 2%; other and undecided 20%.

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