Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Justice Department: Open Primaries Are OK in Louisiana

Justice Department okays Louisiana open primaries.

BREAKING
  • Department of Justice gives approval to Louisiana's open primaries (By Bill Barrow, The Times-Picayune) The change ends the short-lived party primaries used in the 2008 and 2010 federal cycles. It also realigns the structure of federal House and Senate elections with state, parish and municipal races, which have continued under the open-primary system with no interruption. Presidential primaries will remain divided by party.
  • Feds OK open congressional primary (POSTED BY MARSHA SHULER | CAPITOL NEWS BUREAU, 2theadvocate) The U.S. Justice Department has approved Louisiana’s return to the open primary system for congressional elections, the state’s elections chief said Tuesday morning. The move will save more than $5 million in election expense and help reduce voter confusion, said Secretary of State Tom Schedler.
  • Federal officials approve Louisiana open primary (WWL AM FM New Orleans, Associated Press Reporting)  And in Shreveport Times
OPEN PRIMARIES
  • South Dakota Bill to Let Independent Voters Vote in Partisan Primaries (Ballot Access News) Five Republican state legislators in South Dakota have introduced SB 175, which requires political parties to permit independent voters to vote in their primaries. 
  • Debra Bowen a likely candidate for Congress (By Torey Van Oot, Sac Bee) A special election to fill Harman's seat would be conducted under the new primary system created under Proposition 14, meaning the two top two vote-getters in the primary advance to a runoff, regardless of their political affiliation. Because it is a special election, a candidate can win outright by taking more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary.
  • Winograd's party (Ben Smith, Politico) "We were informed by a colleague of Marcy's last evening that she intended to register as 'decline to state,'" said Los Angeles Democratic Party chairman Eric Bauman, referring to the state's registration for independent voters. 
REDISTRICTING
  • Redistricting done right (AS I SEE IT, By Kurt Hayes, Worcester News Telegram) Political data such as voter patterns and party registration should be prohibited from consideration as input for redistricting.
  • Fending off GOP criticism, redistricting chairman finds unlikely support (By Kyle Cheney, Statehouse News Service, Needham Wicked Local) Jones said he believed 10 to 12 public hearings would be sufficient for a rigorous process, and he noted that critics of any approved plan have legal avenues to protest the results.
  • Va. political districts set to be redrawn (BY JENNIE LYNN PRICE, Delmarva Now.com) In his address to the group, McDonnell said the commission is "bipartisan by definition." He stressed the importance of working across party lines.
OBAMA SPIN
  • Americans Think Obama Would Lose In 2012 (By Reid Wilson, National Journal/Hotline On Call) And more voters say, at the moment, they will vote against Obama. Fully 51 percent say they definitely or probably will not vote for Obama, while 47 percent say they're predisposed to vote for him. Independent voters would vote against Obama by a 44 percent to 53 percent margin, while he would win moderates by a much larger 55 percent to 45 percent margin.
  • Poll: Obama & Menendez numbers heading up (By: CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser)
NO LABELS
  • Political Groups Compete to Represent the Center (By MICHAEL D. SHEAR, NY Times/The Caucus) “No Labels reflects the changing times and the growth of the independents — a larger number than either of the two parties,” said Nancy Jacobson, one of the founders of the group. “No Labels has been formed to provide a home to citizens that believe its time for the voice of the majority to be heard in Washington. The truth is, a new coalition needs to be made and nurtured.”
LOCAL INDEPENDENT CAMPAIGNS
  • New mayoral candidate won’t accept contributions (WANE - Fort Wayne IN) “The citizens of Fort Wayne deserve an option of a candidate who is independent of either party. One that will, when elected, approach the city needs with bipartisanship and common sense,” said Ahrendt. 
NEW YORK
  • DA: NYC mayor testified in probe into politico (By JENNIFER PELTZ - Associated Press, Fresno Bee) Prosecutors say Haggerty got the Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent Bloomberg and his political advisers to give $1.1 million from the billionaire mayor's personal fortune to finance a state Independence Party ballot security effort in the fall of 2009.
  • Bloomberg Testified in Secret - Mayor Was Called Before Grand Jury in Case of Operative Charged With Theft (By MICHAEL HOWARD SAUL, Wall Street Journal) The mayor's testimony before the grand jury came as a surprise to the attorneys representing the operative, John Haggerty Jr., who worked as a volunteer on Mr. Bloomberg's 2009 re-election campaign and most recently on Carl Paladino's 2010 gubernatorial bid. Mr. Haggerty, 42 years old, has pleaded not guilty.
IT BEARS REPEATING
LAST WORD
  • Protesters Take New Ground in Cairo (By CHARLES LEVINSON And SAM DAGHER, Wall Street Journal) Demonstrators demanding the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak took over new ground, expanding their protests to the parliament building a few blocks from their encampment at Tahrir Square.

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