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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:28 pm 
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Report: Stephanie Miner to run for NY governor as an independent

After more than a year of speculation that she might seek higher office, former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner will run for New York governor as an independent, The New York Times reported Monday morning.

“I cannot be a silent witness to what I think is a corrupt political culture that is hurting real people every day,” Miner told the Times in an interview announcing her run.

http://13wham.com/news/election/report- ... ndependent


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:08 pm 
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3 Issues to Watch in DC’s Council Chair Race

In an election year where Mayor Muriel Bowser faces no significant opposition, one of the most important votes in the District’s primary Tuesday could be for its second highest-ranking elected official—chair of the DC Council. Ed Lazere, a longtime fixture in DC’s progressive community who’s served as director of the left-leaning DC Fiscal Policy Institute, is facing off against the Democratic incumbent Phil Mendelson, who’s been on council since 1998 and its chairman since 2012.

While Mendelson enjoys broad support, including from members of most labor groups, Lazere’s campaign has hit a nerve with residents worried about DC’s rapid pace of development, growing income inequality, and ailing public school system.

https://www.washingtonian.com/2018/06/1 ... mendelson/


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:13 pm 
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New Gravis Poll: Andrew Gillum Leads

Gravis Marketing has released its fourth tracking poll of the key battleground state of Florida. This likely voter poll has margin of error of 2.8% (Democratic primary subsample has a margin of error of 4.5% and the Republican primary subsample has a margin of error of 4.2%). The poll was conducted from May 31stthrough June 15th through interactive voice responses and an online panel of cell phone users.

Voters have solidified opinions of President Trump since the previous Gravis Marketing poll in March. Trump’s favorable numbers improved from 41%-48% to 48%-52%. Approval numbers for Trump are a similar 49%-50%. Voters are split over the performance of their other elected officials. Governor Rick Scott is slightly below water at 48%-50% while Rubio is farther in the red at 39%-56%. Voters are mixed on incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson at 47%-44%.

http://orlando-politics.com/2018/06/19/ ... lum-leads/


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:22 pm 
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Polls, even elections may not matter anymore.

Too bad some folks did NOT realize this in 2016 and stop whining about Hillary.

But Putin has his foot in the door, might be too late.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:33 pm 
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Governing 2018 State Elections Forecast

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:49 pm 
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2018 DC Primary Results

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:48 pm 
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Rick Scott is wealthiest governor in Florida history. In July, he must reveal details.

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The most vivid snapshot yet of what has made Rick Scott the wealthiest governor in Florida history will be released next month when he must reveal to voters what makes up his net worth.


Required as part of Scott’s U.S. Senate candidacy, the much-anticipated disclosure has some environmental groups and Democrats ready to raise questions about whether Scott’s personal holdings in the energy industry have helped steer Florida’s policy on climate change.

http://www.bradenton.com/news/politics- ... 21569.html


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:50 pm 
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Broward sues to remove amendment from November ballot that would overrule local voters

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Two Florida counties are asking a court to throw an amendment off the November ballot that asks voters around the state to overrule decisions made by their local voters on which of their officials should be elected.

In separate lawsuits filed this month in Leon County Circuit Court, Broward and Volusia counties are asking the court to invalidate Amendment 10, the proposal placed on the November ballot by the Republican-controlled Constitution Revision Commission. The two counties argue that the proposal unconstitutionally misleads voters because it fails to explain that if approved, voters in Broward and Volusia counties would be stripped of their right to govern themselves.

http://www.bradenton.com/news/politics- ... 84494.html


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:57 pm 
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Janet Mills wins Democratic nomination in Maine governor’s race

After a week of anticipation, Democrats finally learn who won the party's nomination to run for governor following the nation's first statewide election using ranked-choice voting.

AUGUSTA —Attorney General Janet Mills won the Democratic nomination for governor on Wednesday following the nation’s first use of ranked-choice voting to decide a statewide election.

After days of scanning, downloading and certifying ballots, the Secretary of State’s Office ran all of the results from last Tuesday’s election through the ranked-choice voting tabulation software. The unofficial result: Mills won the seven-person primary with 54 percent of the vote.

https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/06/20 ... -at-6-p-m/


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:36 am 
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After Long Fight, Anti-Gerrymandering Initiative Gets On Ballot In Michigan

After a months-long fight, an anti-gerrymandering initiative has officially been approved for the November ballot.

The Michigan Board of Canvassers voted 3-0 Wednesday to approve the proposal by Voters Not Politicians, a citizens group. The effort grew out of a Facebook post by local activist Katie Fahey, who urged voters frustrated by sweeping Republican victories in the 2016 election to come together to “take on gerrymandering.” The all-volunteer ballot initiative ended up securing over 425,000 signatures in 110 days.

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/voters ... gan-ballot


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:38 am 
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Convicted Republican businessman's company targets Democrats

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio company whose Republican owner spent more than a year in prison following a campaign finance probe has organized employees and suppliers in a retaliatory effort to bring down two prominent Democrats, The Associated Press has learned.

An explosive memo posted online lays out The Justice Association LLC's strategy for an investigation, lawsuit and ad campaign targeting U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and former U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach, the Democratic nominee for attorney general. It calls them "chief culprits" in a vast effort by Democrats to unjustly prosecute Republican-owned companies under former President Barack Obama.

https://www.chron.com/news/crime/articl ... 009162.php


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Supreme Court rules on voting attire ahead of next week's primary

SYRACUSE, NY — With the Onondaga County Democratic primary just days away, voters are considering which candidate will best represent the district, but whoever they choose, they cannot show it when they cast their ballot.

"Campaigning is over. So, when I go in on Tuesday, I will not be wearing any buttons," Denise Androvette said.

http://cnycentral.com/news/local/suprem ... ks-primary


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:59 pm 
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In Final Tally, Rouda Wins

With his opponent continuing to pick up votes as a final tally of outstanding primary ballots wrapped up, Democratic candidate Hans Keirstead conceded to Harley Rouda in his bid to unseat Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in November.

In the final tally completed more than two weeks after the June 5 primary, Rouda led Keirstead by 126 votes of 173,817 cast, 17.3 percent to 17.2 percent, respectively. The incumbent, a Republican from Costa Mesa represents District 48, a region between Seal Beach and Laguna Niguel. He was the top vote getter with 30.3 percent in the primary contest.

https://www.lagunabeachindy.com/final-tally-rouda-wina/


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:15 pm 
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Michigan Officials Approve Gerrymandering Reform Measure For 2018 Ballot

Michigan voters will have a chance to determine in November whether to create an independent commission to handle legislative redistricting, after the Board of State Canvassers certified a ballot measure Wednesday.

The measure’s effects would be significant in Michigan, where one analysis found the state’s congressional map to be one of the most severely gerrymandered in the country. Since 2012, Republicans have consistently won nine of the state’s 14 congressional seats, even though Barack Obama carried the state that year and Donald Trump carried it in 2016 by just 0.4 percent. The certification came days after the U.S. Supreme Court passed on an opportunity to set limits on partisan gerrymandering.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mi ... 95f158dc99


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:27 pm 
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Shaquille O’Neal makes endorsement in Florida governor’s race

Shaquille O’Neal, the former Miami Heat and Orlando Magic center who pitches an array of commercial products, is endorsing a candidate in the race for Florida governor.

His pick, announced Tuesday, is Democrat Philip Levine, the former mayor of Miami Beach.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politi ... story.html


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:19 pm 
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Live results in New York, Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma, Maryland primary elections

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:58 am 
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Crowley, who many people were considering for a Democratic leadership post, was defeated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in their NY-14 primary. The news nets already called it last night.

Who, as Gizmodo noted, didn't even have a Wikipedia page until Monday! :D
https://gizmodo.com/democratic-candidat ... 1827164042

Just because I still have some nausea toward Susan Sarandon hanging around her didn't mean I didn't like some of the points she was making.

BTW, I know this will shock people who think I am part of some evil corporate establishment :D ...

... but congratulations, Ms. O-C, and good luck in the general. (Honestly, given your district, should be more of a cakewalk. So ... see you in Congress.)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:20 am 
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Ben Jealous has won the Maryland Democratic gubernatorial primary.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryla ... story.html

If he defeats his Republican opponent, incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan, in the fall, Jealous would be Maryland's first A-A governor.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:27 am 
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Mitt Romney won the GOP primary for the Senate race in Utah.
https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/20 ... akes-huge/

When Romney was a #nevertrumper, I might have actually been mildly happy about this.

At this point, my only reaction is: meh.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:37 pm 
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In Oklahoma, Republicans Paid For Voting Down Teacher Raises

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Voters have rejected several Oklahoma Republican lawmakers who voted against tax hikes to fund teacher pay raises, either ousting them from office or forcing a runoff against a fellow GOP opponent.

The filing period for Oklahoma’s election coincided with a two-week, teacher walkout in which thousands of frustrated educators and their supporters thronged the Capitol demanding more funding for public schools. That resulted in dozens of teachers, administrators and school supporters running for office in a primary Tuesday

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:11 pm 
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Cooper Says GOP Should Slow Down On Controversial Constitutional Amendments

Voters in North Carolina this fall will decide plenty of high stakes elections for local, state, and federal offices. But that might only be the half of it – as several proposed amendments to the state constitution may also come before voters.

As the General Assembly wraps up its work for the year, several proposed amendments are before lawmakers. Democratic governor Roy Cooper wishes the General Assembly would slow down with some of the more controversial amendments that put he and Republican legislative leaders at odds. Speaking in Asheville Tuesday afternoon, the governor said too little time for analysis is being left for amendments that would mandate photo ID to vote, capping the state income tax rate, and changing appointment powers to the board that oversees elections in North Carolina. “The language (of these amendments) is confusing," Cooper said after speaking to the Western Regional Service Alliance's Summer Leadership Conference. "And there needs to be more time spent on these kinds of constitutional amendments, which are always serious.”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants Ayanna Pressley To Be The Next Triumphant Underdog

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old Democratic socialist who unexpectedly toppled Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) in Tuesday’s primary race, is rooting for another political underdog to win big ― this time in Massachusetts.

“Vote her in next, Massachusetts,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Wednesday about Ayanna Pressley, the first black woman to serve on the Boston City Council now running to unseat Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) in the House.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/alexandria-o ... 05047.html


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Hopefully she wont endorse people who cant beat whoever the R is in the race in any race she endorses.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:02 am 
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Voter ID requirement to go on North Carolina ballots in November

RALEIGH, N.C. — Voters will be asked this fall if a photo identification requirement for in-person voting should be enshrined in the state constitution.

The state Senate gave final approval Friday to putting the question to voters.

https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/na ... 5d1a2.html


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‘The Blue Wave Came’: G.O.P. Reels as Little Havana Picks a Non-Hispanic Democrat

MIAMI — Little Havana awoke recently to an unexpected new reality: The iconic neighborhood, the traditional heart of South Florida’s proud Cuban exile community, would no longer be represented on the county commission by a Cuban-American Republican.

Instead, voters elected a Democrat so clearly not Hispanic that the candidate herself playfully embraced the nickname of “La Gringa.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics ... ar-AAzo9vO


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