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First Republican Presidential Debate is Less than Four Months Away

The Republican National Committee has set strict rules for primary season presidential debates. Here is the schedule of officially-sanctioned debates. The first one is in Cleveland on August 15, less than four months away. It will be broadcast on Fox News.

The Republican Party will probably have a problem choosing which candidates are to be invited. This article shows that there are now 19 Republican candidates who have the political experience, and/or the support, to be considered “bona fide” candidates. Thanks to Thomas Jones for that link.

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Commission on Presidential Debates Will Set Up On-Line Process for Public Input

On April 1, the Commission on Presidential Debates said it will soon announce a transparent online process for receiving and reviewing submissions from any organization or individual who wishes to share their ideas about the debates, including the criteria used to determine who will be invited to debate. Thanks to Dave Gillespie for the link.

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Time Magazine Article on Women who ran for President in Past

Time magazine has this article about five women who ran for president in the past.

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Women’s Equality Party of New York State Still has no Party Officers and No Bylaws

It has been over five months since the November 2014 election, when the Women’s Equality Party became ballot-qualified by polling over 50,000 votes for Andrew Cuomo for Governor. According to this story, the party still has no officers and no bylaws.

The other party that became qualified in New York in November 2014, the Stop Common Core Party, now renamed the Reform Party, does have one officer now, but it also has no bylaws, according to the story.

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“Roseanne for President” Film to be Shown at Tribeca Film Festival

A documentary film about Roseanne Barr’s run for President in 2012, “Roseanne for President!” has been produced, and will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival. See this article.

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Whether to Hear Kansas-Arizona Voter Registration Case Likely Won’t be Made Until October 2015

As noted earlier, the Secretaries of State of Kansas and Arizona have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the 10th circuit, and to force the federal government to use a different type of federal voter registration form in those two states. The case is Kobach v U.S. Election Assistance Commission, 14-1164. The Election Assistance Commission response to the cert petition had been due on April 23, but the deadline has been extended to May 26. This virtually guarantees that the U.S. Supreme Court won’t decide whether to hear this case until the Court comes back from summer recess in October 2015.

Kansas and Arizona want the federal form used in their states to require applicants to attach proof of citizenship, instead of having the applicant sign under penalty of perjury that the applicant is a citizen.