October 3, 2016 •
Here is what has happened so far…And what will happen. The states in these United States held primaries and caucuses. We had months and months of elections around the country. And, we had a lot of debates…Maybe more than we […]
Here is what has happened so far…And what will happen.
- The states in these United States held primaries and caucuses. We had months and months of elections around the country. And, we had a lot of debates…Maybe more than we needed. In the end we also had a lot of candidates “suspend” their respective campaigns.
- Both the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Conventions were held and we have two candidates running on these platforms. There are others who will be on the ballot, but of other parties.
- We had one debate already…WOWOWOWOW!!! I happened to be there…but I was sitting on my hands because it was 63 degrees in the room.
- Plan on watching the Vice Presidential Debate on October 4, the second Presidential Debate on October 9, and the final Presidential Debate on October 19.
- Check out the ballot for your county. Trust me, there is more on the ballot than our Presidential candidates…These folks also need your vote.
- Early voting is very helpful for people who want to avoid the lines on Election Day, which is November 8. Do it and proudly wear your I VOTED sticker.
- November 8…Stock up on your snacks and beverages and make sure your gadgets are charged. You can follow me on Twitter @elizabethbartz and @stateandfederal to see what is going on with the candidates and ballot issues.
- One other thing to do on November 8, take a break every hour to tune into the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks game.
- Go to work the next day prepared to share with your organization how your contributions and candidates fared the night before.
- Plan to attend State and Federal Inauguration activities in 2017. We will keep you up-to-date on how you can participate…And, as it relates to the President’s Inauguration Day…It is Friday, January 20, 2017, at noon. Again, snacks and beverages should be ready and gadgets charged. There will be a lot to watch.
In the meantime, think about how lovely November and December will be with only holiday movies to watch…And 2017/2018 elections to ponder.
President and CEO
June 7, 2016 •
Lobbying Florida: “Bryant Miller Olive Appeals $50 Fine – and Loses” by Jim Rosica for Florida Politics Campaign Finance “Study: Ordinary people struggle to use many state campaign finance websites” by Alex Koma for StateScoop Missouri: “Four Years Later, an […]
Florida: “Bryant Miller Olive Appeals $50 Fine – and Loses” by Jim Rosica for Florida Politics
“Study: Ordinary people struggle to use many state campaign finance websites” by Alex Koma for StateScoop
Missouri: “Four Years Later, an Ex-Politician Is Still Benefiting from His Campaign Fund” by Kevin McDermott for St. Louis Post-Dispatch
North Dakota: “Feds Dismiss Foreign Campaign Contribution Allegations against ND Politicians” by John Hageman for Grand Forks Herald
California: “Former CalPERS Chief Sentenced to Prison in Bribery Scandal” by Dale Kasler for Sacramento Bee
Florida: “Hialeah Restaurant Owner Tried to Bribe Commissioner, State Says” by David Ovalle for Miami Herald
South Carolina: “SC Ethics Reforms Stalled after 4 Years of Debate” by Jamie Self for The State
“The Seven Broken Guardrails of Democracy” by David Frum for The Atlantic
Virginia: “Virginia at Center of Racially Charged Fight Over the Right of Felons to Vote” by Sheryl Gay Stolberg for New York Times
April 16, 2015 •
The General Assembly reconvened Wednesday to review several proposed legislative amendments offered by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, including changes to the ethics reform bill. The bill, as sent to the governor, changes the lobbyist gift limit from $250 per year from […]
The General Assembly reconvened Wednesday to review several proposed legislative amendments offered by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, including changes to the ethics reform bill. The bill, as sent to the governor, changes the lobbyist gift limit from $250 per year from any one source to $100 per gift.
The governor, fearing this would allow legislators to accept an unlimited number of gifts as long as they were less than $100 each, suggested a $100 per year limit from any one source. Lawmakers voiced their own concerns with the amendment, stating its wording could be construed to create a $100 lifetime limit.
Much to the dismay of some members, the General Assembly will meet again on Friday, April 17 to clarify the issue and hold a vote.
Photo of the Virginia State Capitol by Anderskev on Wikimedia Commons.
October 3, 2012 •
Our campaign to encourage voting in 2012!
I first voted in the 1976 Presidential Election—Jimmy Carter vs. Gerald Ford—and have voted in every Presidential election since. In fact, I only missed voting in one election in 1979 when I was in college and did not mail my absentee ballot.
I have not questioned whether I should vote…I just always made sure I did and I made sure I understood the issues and candidates.
So, what am I getting to this month? I want you to vote. Maybe I did not say it correctly. I WANT YOU TO VOTE.
I am not going to go Howard Beale (Movie: Network, 1976). But, I do want you—this country needs you—to study the issues and candidates in your states and cities and review the candidates running for U.S. President between now and November 5th. Get a good night’s sleep and then wake up on November 6th and VOTE, as if your life depended on it.
If you have questions about who is running in the states, check out the State Elections Guide on our website, www.stateandfed.com. We partnered with Stateside Associates to prepare a state-by-state guide on candidates, polling, and contribution guidelines.
Until next month, study the issues. Study the candidates. Study…and be ready to VOTE.
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