October 31, 2012 •
Yard signs and electioneering to be permitted on election day
A federal court’s preliminary injunction has found the state’s 100-year ban on election-day campaigning to be an unreasonable restraint on free speech. The lawsuit was filed by the Center for Competitive Politics, a pro-free speech group. The Center represents Gary Emineth, who wishes to post yard signs on his property, distribute fliers, and discuss the upcoming election with his neighbors.
The North Dakota statute bans any person, on election day, from trying to induce or persuade others to support or oppose any candidate or ballot measure.
The court’s ruling also orders state officials to refrain from prosecuting any person for a violation of N.D.C.C. §16.1-10-06 for the pendency of the case.
October 31, 2012 •
Here is our government relations news roundup for today:
“K Street Lobbyists Ready for Post-Sandy Disaster Aid Requests” by Kate Ackley and Janie Lorber in Roll Call.
“The Hill’s 2012 Top Lobbyists” in The Hill.
“5 Wisconsin lawmakers settle suit with groups seeking ALEC emails” by Jason Stein in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“Outside cash trumps candidates’ in half a dozen tight races” by Kevin Bogardus and Megan R. Wilson in The Hill.
California: “Judge backs Jerry Brown, FPPC on Arizona campaign donations” by Kevin Yamamura in the Sacramento Bee.
Oklahoma: “Oklahoma candidates accept corporate contributions, afoul of state law” by Megan Rolland in The Oklahoman.
Oklahoma: “Chickasaw Nation leads state superPAC donors” by Randy Kehbiel in the Tulsa World.
Campaigns and Elections
“Where’s Your Polling Location? On IOS 6, There’s Now An App To Help You Find Out” by Sarah Lai Stirland in TechPresident.
October 24, 2012 •
Don’t miss the articles you need to keep up with the latest news about lobbying, campaign finance, and elections:
“K Street flags shortcomings of lobbying law” by Dave Levinthal in Politico.
“Lobbying spending goes up even with Congress away” by Dave Levinthal in Politico.
“K Street prepares for sequestration battle” by Kevin Bogardus in The Hill.
“Facebook continues record lobbying spending” by Jennifer Martinez in The Hill.
“Lobbying Groups Object to Proposed NY Ethics Regulations” by Chris Vest in Associations Now.
“Romney and the lobbysists” by Heath Brown in The Hill.
“Citizens United: What Obama, Romney would do about campaign finance reform” by Justin Elliott in the Alaska Dispatch.
“Mauled by Ads, Incumbents Look to Declaw Outside Groups” by Jennifer Steinhauer in The New York Times.
Campaigns and Elections
“Why Are Elections On Tuesdays?” by Selena Simmons-Duffin on NPR.
“Why Campaigns Are Happy Your Vote Isn’t as Private as Many Think It Is” by Nick Judd in TechPresident.
Tech and Social Media
“Federal website satisfaction dips slightly” by Joseph Marks in Nextgov.
October 19, 2012 •
This week’s Highlighted Site of the Week consists of two sites that talk about apps for keeping track of this year’s political campaigns on your mobile device.
Mashable has a list of six apps, but I am featuring the three most interesting. One of them is NBC Politics, which is an app for the iPad and iPhone. It provides up-to-date NBC election coverage and allows users to predict which candidate will win in each of the states.
Talking Points Memo’s PollTracker is an app for the iPhone. This app gives you the latest news on where the polls stand in both the congressional and presidential elections.
Washington Post Politics is an iPad-only app. It has a map, which is different from the one on NBC Politics. Washington Post Politics shows the polling data of each state and the campaign ads running in the swing states.
The second site I am covering is Venture Beat and I’ll highlight two of the apps they list. Ad Hawk is an app for Android and iOS. It can listen to any political ad and give you the information behind the ads sponsors. It’s pretty much Shazam for campaign ads.
YouTube Election Hub is not a mobile app but is a channel on YouTube that features content from the conventions, the debates, and election news. It also gets its information from ABC News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and more.
Check out these sites for more political apps.
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next time.
October 9, 2012 •
Keep up with the latest government relations news with these articles:
“Members’ PACs Test Unregulated Spending” by Eliza Newlin Carney in Roll Call.
“Harvard Law professor talks campaign finance corruption” by Ben Atlas in the Michigan Daily.
South Carolina: “Groups calling for probe into Harrell spending” by Meg Kinnard (Associated Press) in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.
“Texas Ethics Commission fines Texas Rep. Allen Fletcher” by Caleb Harris in the Tomball Magnolia Tribune.
“Edward Wasserman: TV ‘watchdogs’ quiet as political ad cash rolls in” by Edward Wasserman in the Bellingham Herald.
South Carolina: “This year’s ‘hot’ SC campaign issue? Ethics” by Adam Beam in The State.
“Across the electoral map, a mixed picture for candidates down the ballot” by Karen Tumulty in the Washington Post.
October 1, 2012 •
Live coverage, commentary, and analysis
YouTube is making it very easy for anyone to follow the presidential debates in the coming weeks. For the first time, YouTube will offer the streaming video on their Elections Hub. Their blog lists other YouTube channels where viewers can find commentary and analysis. Here is the news release from the Official YouTube Blog post “The 2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates, live on YouTube” by Olivia Ma.
For more news coverage, be sure to read:
“YouTube to live stream Presidential debates for the first time this month” in The Next Web.
“YouTube to livestream United States presidential, vice-presidential debates (Video)” by Andrew Moran in the Examiner.
September 26, 2012 •
Don’t miss the articles you need to keep up with the latest news about lobbying, campaign finance, and ethics:
“K Street Follows Lawmakers Outside the Beltway” by Kate Ackley and Janie Lorber in Roll Call.
“Super PACs get new use — as lobbying arms on Hill” by Dave Levinthal in Politico.
“Report: D.C. lobbyist on ‘The Bachelor’” by Patrick Gavin in Politico.
“Federal court tosses out lawsuit challenging Obama’s lobbyist ban” by Kevin Bogardus in The Hill.
“Judge sentences gambling lobbyist Jennifer Pouncy to 3 years probation” by Sebastian Kitchen in the Montgomery Advertiser.
“Report ranks corporate political openness” by Dave Levinthal in Politico.
“N.J. Democrats ask ethics commission to look into Christie’s use of GOP video at town hall” by Jenna Portnoy in the Star-Ledger.
Elections and Political Campaigns
“Secretaries of State Still Juggling Politics, Elections” by Louis Jacobson in Governing.
“New voter laws could delay outcome of close elections as states scrutinize provisional ballots” by The Associated Press in the Washington Post.
“U.S. Supreme Court Lets West Virginia Voting Maps Stand” in Governing.
“Cities and Counties Try Facebook for Government” by Hilton Collins in Government Technology.
September 19, 2012 •
Don’t miss these important Lobbying, campaign finance, and election news articles:
“Street Talk: From K Street to School Corridors” by Kate Ackley in Roll Call.
“K Street abuzz over who will get the $1.8 million Roundtable job” by Kevin Bogardus in The Hill.
“Report: gambling interests spend heavy in Albany” by The Associated Press in the Wall Street Journal.
“Facebook, Google, Amazon join forces in D.C. lobby” by Cecilia Kang in the Washington Post.
“Twitter hires GOP congressional staffer” by Brendan Sasso in The Hill.
“Romney campaign took out $20-million loan, still owes $11 million” by Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times.
“FPPC Delays Vote on Paid Political Blogger Regulations” by Ben Adler in Capital Public Radio.
“2012 Swing States Map” in Politico 2012 Live.
“The Electoral Map: Building a Path to Victory” in the New York Times.
“Too Much Information: Enemy # 1 for New Member Orientation” by Bruce Feustel in NCSL’s The Thicket.
“Gov Website Evolution: Changes in 2013” by Sarah Rich Government Technology.
“The time of the ‘social media’ candidate is nigh” by Jen Doll on TechPresident.
May 17, 2012 •
GOP nominee soon to be official; April fundraising reports due this week.
As the national party conventions draw nearer, the race to obtain a majority of the 2286 delegates available to secure the GOP nomination appears to be well within the grasp of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Following Tuesday’s primary wins in Nebraska and Oregon, the Associated Press and NBC News project Gov. Romney now has 989 of the 1144 delegates needed to become the Republican nominee for President. While most of Gov. Romney’s competitors have suspended their campaigns, (Congressman Ron Paul remains in the race) the governor must still obtain the necessary delegates in order to be officially nominated at the GOP convention in Tampa Bay, Florida, August 27-30.
Romney can potentially pick up 81 proportionally allocated delegates in the next two primaries in Arkansas and Kentucky on May 22. If he then wins the “winner-take-all” Texas primary, and its 155 delegates, on May 29, Romney will assuredly lock up the nomination heading into the summer. The Washington Post has an excellent, interactive delegate tracker and primer to help make sense of the GOP primary process.
As the Republican nominee, donors are certain to coalesce around Romney which he will need in order to mount a formidable campaign. April fundraising reports are due to the Federal Election Commission on May 20th.
President Obama’s campaign has already begun to leak numbers announcing that it raised $43.6 million total in April for the campaign, the Democratic National Committee and other committees such as Organizing for America, a project of the DNC founded in January 2009. While the President’s numbers are lower than the $45 million raised in February and $53 million in March, President Obama still maintains a large overall fundraising advantage over Gov. Romney.
Gov. Romney’s campaign also leaked fundraising numbers today ahead of Friday’s deadline (campaigns are required to submit reports prior to the deadline if the due date falls on a weekend or holiday). The Romney campaign, along with the Republican National Committee and other committees, raised $40.1 million in April, just $3.5 million behind the President’s campaign.
If these fundraising numbers are any indication, we’ve only just begun.
May 16, 2012 •
and other election law and redistricting news
NCSL is now offering a searchable database of election reform legislation from the states in one convenient location on their website: “Election Reform Legislation Online on NCSL Website”
“Brewer signs elections bill, vetoes 6 bills” by Mary JO Pitzl in the Tucson Citizen.
Alabama: “Alabama Legislature holding final day of session” by The Associated Press in the News Courier. According to the article, “Legislative leaders have asked the governor to call a special session starting Thursday to draw new legislative districts.”
Alaska: “Redistricting board unveils changes made in Southeast” by Becky Bohrer in the Anchorage Daily News.
Kansas: “Republicans at war with each other over redistricting” by Scott Rothschild in the Lawrence Journal World.
Minnesota: “$628K sought for redistricting costs in Minn.” by Martiga Lohn (Associated Press) in the Crookston Times.
May 10, 2012 •
President Obama Comes Out in Support of Same-Sex Marriage
During an interview aired last night with ABC News Robin Roberts President Barack Obama expressed his personal support for same-sex marriage. The news broke when ABC news leaked portions of the interview yesterday afternoon.
“At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.” Obama told Roberts in the interview.
The admission comes after Vice President Joe Biden set off a media firestorm with comments he made during an interview with David Gregory on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday. Additionally, on Tuesday, North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union between a man and a woman.
While the President has personally come out in support of same-sex marriage, he told Roberts that he still believes the issue should be decided by the states and not at the federal level. Sources told the Associated Press the President was under increasing pressure from supporters and donors who threatened to withhold funds from the pro-Obama Super PAC, Priorities USA, without clarification from the President of his positions on same-sex marriage.
Following the announcement, Republican Party Presidential candidate Mitt Romney stated to KOCO in Oklahoma City “I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman.”
While the issue will likely not be heavily debated in the coming months of the general election, the announcement is historic as it is the first time a sitting president or presidential nominee from either major political party has come out in support of same-sex marriage.
May 9, 2012 •
Runoff scheduled for July
North Carolina citizens voted in the 2012 primary last night, but some races did not yield a true winner. According to state law, if no candidate receives 40% of the vote in a primary, a second primary (or runoff) election is needed.
Over 10 races, including republican races for Lieutenant Governor and three U.S. House seats, will be headed to a runoff election.
Thanks to a new law passed by the North Carolina General Assembly last year, the primary will be held 10 weeks following the first primary, rather than the usual seven weeks. The new law took effect, because at least one of the races headed to a runoff was a U.S. Congress seat.
The runoff election will take place on July 17, 2012.
March 2, 2012 •
Runoff Election Date Also Rescheduled
A federal court has pushed back Texas’s primary date from April 3 to May 29.
Additionally, the Texas general primary runoff election has also changed to July 31 from June 5.
A three judge panel from the US District Court for the Western District of Texas San Antonio Division, having entered redistricting plans for the 2012 elections for the US House of Representatives, the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas State Senate, found it necessary to make certain adjustments to the election schedule. The court’s order, issued March 1, stipulates various other changes of filing dates and deadlines for candidates and for voting activities concerning elections of federal, state, county, and local offices held in the state.
The court order also mandates that for the 2012 elections to the Texas House and Senate, a person must be a continuous resident of the district the person seeks to represent from April 9, 2012 until the date of the General Election.
The court’s order can be found, via the website Texas Redistricting.
February 13, 2012 •
Here is a selection of redistricting news items from around the nation.
Arizona: “Arizona submits congressional map to US for review” by The Associated Press in the Arizona Capitol Times.
Colorado: “Political insiders in Colorado organized nonprofits to fund redistricting efforts” by Lois Beckett in the Denver Post.
Florida: “Redistricting maps will spur big changes in Central Florida” by Aaron Deslatte in The Orlando Sentinel.
Missouri: “Missouri Supreme Court to consider redistricting fight” by The Associated Press in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
New York: “Campaigns on hold awaiting remap” by Bob McCarthy in the Buffalo News.
Pennsylvania: “With Pa. redistricting plans up in the air, candidates use 2001 maps” by Jennifer Fitch in the The Herald-Mail.
Texas: “In Fight Over Redistricting Maps, Sometimes It’s Where They Play the Game” by Ross Ramsey in The New York Times.
Wyoming: “Wyoming redistricting expected to be contentious” by Joan Barron in the Casper Star-Tribune.
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