Posts tagged: California

Apr 10 2013

California Bill Advances, Would Outlaw Paying Registration Drive Workers on Basis of How Many Registrations Obtained in any Particular Party

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 9, the California Assembly Elections Committee passed AB 1038 on a vote of 5-2. It makes it illegal to pay registration drive workers on the basis of how many registration cards they submit listing any particular party. This would injure the ability of new parties to get on the ballot, or old parties to remain on the ballot. Parties cannot be qualified in California unless they have approximately 110,000 Read more »

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Apr 09 2013

Joe Mathews Skewers John Wildemuth on California’s Top-Two Primary System

Source: Ballot Access News

Joe Mathews has this opinion piece in Fox & Hounds, commenting on John Wildemuth’s earlier piece about why top-two systems are desirable. Both Mathews and Wildemuth are California journalists and writers. Thanks to Rob Richie for the link.

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Apr 08 2013

California Ballot Access Bill Introduced

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 1, the California Assembly Elections Committee introduced AB 1419, which improves the deadline for a newly-qualifying party to qualify. Current law says a newly-qualifying party must finish the work of getting on the ballot by the first week in January of an election year. The bill would set forth a procedure by which a newly-qualifying party that only wanted to participate in the presidential election could Read more »

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Apr 07 2013

California Libertarian Convention Day 2

Source: Independent Political Report

59 delegates convened for the officer elections this morning. On the last day of his term as Northern Vice Chair before devoting himself to his new job as LPWA executive director, C. Michael Pickens nominated Janine Kloss for Chair. He praised her for the work she put into strategy and marketing documents for the LPWA. Kloss told the delegates: “I’m not coming with a plan, but a question: what can the Executive Read more »

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Apr 06 2013

Constitution Party National Chairman Confirms: Don Grundmann is No Longer Chairman of California CP

Source: Independent Political Report

Frank Fluckiger is the National Chairman of the Constitution Party – KL.

From: Frank Fluckiger
Sent: Saturday, April 06, 2013 7:23 AM
To: Janine and others
Subject: RE: Don Grundmann is causing serious problems for our party Read more »

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Apr 06 2013

California Libertarian Convention Day 1

Source: Independent Political Report

Libertarian Party of California delegates began their convention in Sacramento this morning with a keynote speech by Steven Greenhut, a Libertarian journalist well-known for exposing abuses of government power in California. Greenhut described the rent-seeking practiced by the two incumbent parties, and said that the LPCA “can be one important vehicle for saving the state” if it unites around libertarian common ground. Read more »

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Apr 02 2013

Peace & Freedom Party Member Enters California Special State Senate Election in Bakersfield

Source: Ballot Access News

California holds a special election on May 21 to fill the vacant State Senate seat, 16th district, in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Five candidates will appear on the ballot: three Democrats, one Republican, and one member of the Peace & Freedom Party. The PFP candidate is Mohammad Arif. He is the first person, other than registered Democrats or Republicans, to appear on the ballot for any California special partisan Read more »

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Apr 02 2013

California Independent Voters Network Carries Article on Difference Between Open Primaries and Top-two Primaries

Source: Ballot Access News

The California Independent Voters Network has this article by Edward Bonnette, explaining the difference between open primaries and top-two primaries. CAIVN carries articles of varying viewpoints, but for the most part it is a site run by supporters of top-two primaries. This article is very useful because in the past, many advocates of top-two systems have insisted on referring to top-two systems as “open primaries”. Read more »

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Mar 30 2013

Opening Brief Filed in California Case Over Whether Plaintiffs Who Challenged Two Details of Proposition 14 Should Pay Attorneys Fees to Prop. 14 Supporters

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 29, this brief was filed in the California Court of Appeals, in Field v Bowen. At this point, the only issue remaining in this case is whether the individuals who sued to overturn two undemocratic aspects of California’s top-two law should be required to pay $243,279 in attorneys fees to the Proposition 14 supporters who intervened in the lawsuit. The linked brief is the opening brief, so it was filed Read more »

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Mar 30 2013

Ninth Circuit Will Consider Peace & Freedom Party Case over Presidential Primary Ballot Access

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 27, the Ninth Circuit determined that the lawsuit Peace & Freedom Party v Bowen is not a case that can be mediated. Therefore, the case will be heard by a panel of judges in the future. The case was filed on April 3, 2012, when the California Secretary of State refused to print all four of the party’s presidential primary candidates on the party’s own presidential primary ballot. Specifically, she Read more »

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