Dec 08 2012

Could California and Washington Return to the Blanket Primary?

Source: Ballot Access News

Both California and Washington state are using the type of top-two system which gives voters only two choices in the election itself. Proponents of top-two primaries might be satisfied if California and Washington returned to using a blanket primary. California used a blanket primary in 1998 and 2000; Washington state used it 1934 through 2002. In a blanket primary, all candidates run on a single primary ballot and all voters use the same primary ballot. Then, the top vote-getter from the ranks of Read more »

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Dec 08 2012

Grant County, North Dakota, in 2012, Does Not Repeat its Aberrant Voting Behavior from 2008

Source: Ballot Access News

In November 2008, the official North Dakota election returns show that in one precinct in Grant County, North Dakota, Bob Barr (Libertarian presidential nominee) carried one of the four precincts, and placed second in the county to John McCain. See this story from four years ago for the details. Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party nominee in 2008, also did very well in that one precinct.

But in 2012, Grant County’s presidential vote was unexceptional. Gary Johnson polled 1.56% in the Read more »

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Dec 08 2012

Interview with Virgil Goode

Source: Independent Political Report

Virgil Goode, the 2012 Constitution Party presidential candidate, called me back the other day in response to my inquiry about the “fiscal cliff.”

Goode feels the fiscal cliff is not as bad as Obamacare, but will cause some problems, especially the increased taxes. But it is not as big of a problem as media is saying.

Goode says Obamacare a big problem for job creation. Small businesses do not want to hire because Read more »

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