Posts tagged: Connecticut

Nov 07 2013

Greens Win Partisan Elections in New London, Connecticut and Snoe Shoe, Pennsylvania

Source: Ballot Access News

On November 5, 2013, Mirna Lis Martinez, the Green Party nominee and a member of the Green Party, was elected to the New London, Connecticut, School Board. She was cross-endorsed by the Republican Party. See this story. The election was partisan.

On the same day, another Green nominee, Neil B. Haagen, was Read more »

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Apr 26 2013

Connecticut Bill to Ban Fusion Moves Ahead

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 5, the Connecticut Joint Government Administration and Election Committee passed SB 1146, the bill that makes it illegal for a party to nominate a non-member. However, the bill has not yet been voted on in either House. The intent of the bill is to ban fusion, but the bill goes beyond that.

The Joint Committee has three Senators and eleven House members. Two of the three Read more »

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Mar 28 2013

Connecticut Bill to Eliminate Fusion Appears Unlikely to Pass, so Legislative Democrats Instead Support Bill to Change Order of Parties on Ballot

Source: Ballot Access News

It appears that Connecticut SB 1146 will not advance further. That is the bill that would make it illegal for a party to nominate a non-member. The bill was opposed by dozens of witnesses at its hearing on March 25. It was intended to make it impossible for two parties to jointly nominate the same candidate, but, as written, has constitutional problems as well as political problems. Read more »

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Mar 26 2013

Connecticut Legislative Hearing Debates Whether to Ban Fusion

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 25, the Connecticut Joint Government Administration and Election Committee heard three hours of testimony on SB 1146. The intent of the bill is to outlaw the ability of two parties to jointly nominate the same candidate. See this story.

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Mar 19 2013

Connecticut Bill Would Make it Illegal for a Party to Nominate a Non-Member

Source: Ballot Access News

The Connecticut Joint Government Administration & Election Committee has introduced SB 1146, which says, “No candidate who is not enrolled as a member of a party may be endorsed by such party.” The bill’s intent is to abolish fusion, but it goes further, and says no one can be nominated by a party if he or she is not a member of that party.

The fact that the Committee itself has introduced this bill suggests that the Read more »

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Feb 23 2013

New Ballot Access Improvement Bills Expected Early Next Week

Source: Ballot Access News

A ballot access improvement bill is expected to be introduced in North Carolina on Monday, February 25. It will reduce the number of signatures for newly-qualifying parties and independent candidates.

In Alabama, State Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) e-mails that he has introduced a similar bill in his state, although it still isn’t on the state legislature’s web page. Read more »

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Feb 04 2013

Connecticut Ballot Access Bill Introduced

Source: Ballot Access News

Connecticut Representative Timothy Bowles (D-Preston) has introduced HB 6098, to lower the statewide minor party and independent candidate petition from 7,500 signatures to 5,000 signatures. The Green Party is responsible for the existence of this bill.

The Green Party tried and failed to get its presidential nominees on the Connecticut ballot in both 2008 and 2012; also the Libertarians failed to get on for President in 2008. Connecticut petitioning, like Read more »

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Jan 30 2013

Connecticut Ballot Access Bill

Source: Ballot Access News

Connecticut Representative Tim Bowles (D-Preston) has introduced a bill to lower the statewide independent candidate petition, and the statewide petition for newly-qualifying parties, from 7,500 signatures, to 5,000 signatures. The bill doesn’t have a bill number yet.

In 2012, the only statewide minor party or independent petitions that succeeded were the Libertarian Party’s petition for President and U.S. Senate, and the Independent Party’s U.S. Senate petition. Read more »

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Jan 13 2013

Colorado Libertarian Party Was Only Non-Major Party to Run Nominees for a Majority of Legislative Seats

Source: Ballot Access News

In the November 2012 election, the Colorado Libertarian Party was the only party, other than the Democratic and Republican Parties, to place its own member-nominees for the legislature on the ballot in a majority of contests. Colorado had twenty State Senate seats up and Libertarians were on the ballot in twelve of them. Colorado had all 65 State House seats up, and Libertarians were on the ballot in 39 of them. Read more »

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Jan 04 2013

Dr. Robert Fand, Founder of Connecticut Independent Party, Dies

Source: Ballot Access News

On January 1, 2013, Dr. Robert Fand died. See this obituary for him from the NewsTimes of Danbury, Connecticut. Dr. Fand was the founder of the Independent Party, and the obituary has some information about the party, although the information is incomplete and makes it sound as though the Independent Party was just a party that cross-endorsed lots of Republican nominees.

The Independent Party put Ralph Nader on the Connecticut ballot for President in 2008, and Rocky Read more »

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