Thursday, June 12, 2008

TODAY'S NEWS HEADLINES for INDEPENDENT VOTERS

IDAHO INDEPENDENT INTERVENTION
  • Idaho independents to intervene in closed primary lawsuit (Fort Mill Times) Either way, American Independent Movement organizer Mitch Campbell said, all the talk about closed primaries has helped the state's independent voters coalesce.
  • Idaho Independents to intervene in closed primary lawsuit (Local News 8) and (Fox 12 News KTRV) The attorney, Harry Kresky, says closing the primary would effectively bar any Independent voters from participating in the primary process.
  • Beck withdraws from GOP chairman race, endorses Semanko over Sullivan (Idaho Statesman) Sullivan supports open primaries. But after the failure in the Legislature, he finally filed a lawsuit challenging the law, as directed by the Central Committee.

CONROY V. STATE COMMITTEE/MASTER V. POHANKA

CAMPAIGN
Poll Shows Obama Leading McCain in New York (City Room/New York Times) Most New York State Democrats in the new survey said that Mr. Obama should pick Mrs. Clinton as his running mate (53 percent to 35 percent), while Republican voters resoundingly opposed the idea (62 percent to 27 percent), as did most independent voters (53 percent to 41 percent).

REFORM
  • Politicians are picking voters, instead of the other way around (PennLive/The Patriot News) Redistricting
  • Politics with pancakes, the same day (Sioux City Journal/Politically Speaking) Same Day Voter Registration
  • Hometown Democracy Filing Federal Suit (WMBB TV Panama City FL) Supporters of the FHD Petition, including national ballot-access expert Gary Sinawski, are optimistic that the federal court will object to what the State and its allies in the development industry have been doing to the citizens' right to petition their government through the initiative process, and will redress the balance in favor of the citizens being able to access the ballot with FHD sooner rather than later.
  • Fla. planning amendment sponsors sue (Forbes)
  • Notice of Appeal Filed in North Carolina Ballot Access Case (Ballot Access News)
  • New York's campaign-finance system blasted (Ithaca Journal)

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