Matthew Gehring, Author at State and Federal Communications

Alaska State Capitol Buildling - Jay Galvin

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down three provisions of Alaska’s campaign finance law. In Thompson Vs. Hebdon the plaintiffs challenged four of the state’s finance contribution restrictions. After being remanded back to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals […]

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July 23, 2021  •  

State Rep Gary Leif Passes Away

Oregon State Capitol Building

Oregon State Rep. Gary Leif passed away this Thursday, having served as the representative of House District 2 since 2018. Before being appointed, he was elected as the Douglas County commissioner in 2016. Commissioners from Douglas, Jackson, and Josephine counties […]

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Sacramento, CA Skyline - Basil D Soufi

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) met on July 15 to discuss new regulations concerning behested payments. A campaign finance watchdog report noted in a report there has be a substantial rise in donations to charities that have a […]

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Idaho Capitol Building - JSquish

Idaho is slated to start its redistricting process this September. Based on the most recent Census, Idaho gained an additional congressional district, bringing their total up to two. Legislators will be tasked with dividing the state into two congressional districts […]

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Montana Capitol Building - gillfoto

Montana Gov. Gianforte signed a bill raising contribution limits to state candidates. Senate Bill 224 raises the limit to $1,000 for candidates filed jointly for the office of governor and lieutenant governor; $700 for a candidate to be elected for […]

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Alaska State Capitol Buildling - Jay Galvin

The Alaska Legislature adjourned a second special session June 28. Legislators came to an agreement changing the effective date of the state budget, allowing Alaska to avoid a government shutdown. A third special session will take place some time in […]

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Montana Capitol Building - gillfoto

Montana District Court Judge Michael Menahan said he will temporarily block the implementation of two sections of Senate Bill 319. The bill was amended late, with the amendment adding the two sections in question. One amendment revised how political committees […]

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom

California Secretary of State Shirley Weber announced the recall campaign against Gov. Gavin Newsom had enough signatures to move forward. The recall effort was able to collect 1,719,900 signatures for the election. The election will most likely take place in […]

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Boise, Idaho - by Jyoni Shuler, CC

The Boise City Council will vote on the creation of geographic districts for the November 2021 City Council elections. In 2020, Idaho lawmakers passed a bill requiring all cities with a population of more than 100,000 to create legislative districts […]

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Oregon State Capitol Building

The Oregon Legislature adjourned sine die June 26 after passing a flurry of bills in the twilight hours of the 2021 legislative session. The Democratic-led Legislature passed sweeping police reform, a state budget focused on economic recovery, and bills focusing […]

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California State Capitol Building - Jeff Turner

California Secretary of State Shirley Weber announced that the Cal-Access Replacement System, scheduled to roll out June 30, will be postponed. The replacement system seeks to update the current paper driven system to an electronic system.

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Alaska State Capitol Buildling - Jay Galvin

On June 18, the Alaska Legislature adjourned a special session after failing to alter the effective date of the state budget. Under the Alaska constitution, bills take effect 90 days after enactment unless two-thirds of the House and two-thirds of […]

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Montana Capitol Building - gillfoto

Montana’s Supreme Court has held Senate Bill 140 is constitutional. SB 140 allows the governor to appoint judges directly, abolishing the judicial nomination commission.

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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak

Nevada Gov. Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 126, which changed Nevada’s presidential caucus system to a government-run primary election. The bill requires to the presidential primary to be held on the first Tuesday in February in a presidential election year.

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