Ever since 2014, some Montana Republican County Central Committees have been trying to win a federal lawsuit against the open primary as applied to the Republican Party. The case is Ravalli County Republican Central Committee v McCulloch, cv14-58. On May 2, the county parties filed paperwork with the U.S. District Court voluntarily dropping the case within the U.S. District Court. That means the trial, to present evidence on whether the open primary harms the party, will not be held.
However, the county Republican Parties are still pressing ahead with their appeal of an earlier decision by the U.S. District Court not to enjoin the 2016 open primary. That appeal will be argued in the Ninth Circuit on May 4, in Portland, Oregon.
The state Republican Party had joined this case after it had been filed, but recently dropped out of the case. The three judges who will be hearing the Ninth Circult appeal are Judges A. Wallace Tashima, Richard Tallman (both are Clinton appointees), and AndrewHurwitz (an Obama appointee). Thanks to Mike Fellows for this news.
On May 2, a Rasmussen Reports poll was released. It shows Donald Trump 41%, Hillary Clinton 39%, “someone else” 15%, undecided 5%. See here. Thanks to Douglas Joy for the link.
U.S. District Court Lawrence Stengel will hear Constitution Party of Pennsylvania v Aichele on Monday, May 16, at 9:30 am. The issue is whether the Constitution, Green, and Libertarian Parties should be put on the ballot with no more petitioning, given that the existing law has been held unconstitutional and the state legislature has not replaced the old law. The federal courthouse is at 601 Market Street, Philadelphia, courtroom 14B. The hearing is at 9:30 a.m.
The California delegation to the Republican national convention in Cleveland has been assigned to stay at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio. The resort is 58 miles west of the site of the convention, Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.
The party has contracted with a bus company to supply transportation for the delegates and alternates between the hotel and the convention. Every trip, for the entire group, costs $15,000.
The initiative to remove party labels from California ballots for Congress and partisan state office will not qualify for the ballot in 2016.