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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill extending automatic voting by mail and three bills increasing election transparency and integrity. The marquee bill signed Monday, Assembly Bill 31, requires county elections officials to mail a ballot to every active registered […]

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Sacramento, CA Skyline - Basil D Soufi

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has announced that on October 21 the Commission will consider proposed regulations concerning behested payment reporting. The regulation seeks to shed light on a growing problem occurring in California elections, large donations being made […]

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September 15, 2021  •  

Newsom Survives Recall

California State Capitol Building - Jeff Turner

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has defeated the recall effort utilizing a campaign focused on his pandemic efforts and threats of “Trumpism.” Newsom had a large lead entering the final day of voting due to the enormous turnout of mail-in voters […]

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September 15, 2021  •  

Alaska Legislature Adjourns

Alaska State Capitol Buildling - Jay Galvin

The Alaska Legislature adjourned the third special session on September 14 after passing House Bill 3003. The bill allocates $1,100 to each eligible Alaskan from the Permanent Fund Dividend. While the third session did resolve one problem, there are other […]

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September 14, 2021  •  

California Legislature Adjourns

California State Capitol Building - Jeff Turner

The California Legislature adjourned late last week, just in time for today’s recall election of Gov. Newsom. The trifecta government passed close to 900 bills this year as Democratic lawmakers utilized a budget surplus to enact many progressive policies such […]

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September 13, 2021  •  

Wyoming Running Closer to Runoff Elections

Wyoming Capitol - By Bradlyons - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Wyoming lawmakers have advanced a proposal to switch the state’s elections to a runoff system, after rejecting a similar proposal three months ago. Runoff election systems are favored in states in which a political party holds a strong majority. Wyoming, […]

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September 13, 2021  •  

Gov. Brown to call Special Session

Oregon State Capitol Building

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced she is calling a special legislative session to adopt the new congressional and legislative district maps. The session will commence September 20, leaving the Legislature seven days to finalize the maps before the September 27 […]

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September 8, 2021  •  

Wyoming Supreme Court Justice to Retire

Wyoming Capitol - By Bradlyons - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Justice Michael K. Davis of the Wyoming Supreme Court announced his plans to retire in January. The retirement gives Republican Gov. Mark Gordon his first Supreme Court appointment. Currently, all five sitting justices were appointed by former Gov. Matt Mead, […]

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August 30, 2021  •  

Contribution Limits Upheld

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Judge Bloch of Multnomah, Oregon County Circuit Court ruled contribution limits do not violate free speech and are constitutional. The ruling allows for a $500 limit on individual campaign donations. This limit was put into place by voters in 2016, […]

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August 17, 2021  •  

Alaska Begins Third Special Session

Governor Mike Dunleavy - by The Alaska Landmine

The Alaska Legislature convened for their third special session of this year Monday, August 16. Gov. Dunleavy has tasked lawmakers to consider amendments to the Alaskan Constitution relating to the Constitutional Budget Reserve fund and the Alaska Permanent Fund. The […]

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August 10, 2021  •  

Justice Lynn Nakamoto to Retire

Oregon Supreme Court - by Cacophony

Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday she is accepting applications to fill a seat on the Oregon Supreme Court. Justice Lynn Nakamoto is set to retire December 31 and the new appointee will fill the vacancy on January 1, 2022.

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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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