Montana Republicans Waive Trial in Open Primary Case

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.

April 2016 Ballot Access News Print Edition

Ballot Access News
April 1, 2016 – Volume 31, Number 11


This issue was printed on white paper.



Table of Contents

  1. GEORGIA PRESIDENTIAL PETITION STRUCK DOWN
  2. OKLAHOMA BALLOT ACCESS BILL ADVANCES
  3. ARIZONA TOP-TWO INITIATIVE ABANDONED
  4. UTAH STRAIGHT-TICKET DEVICE GONE
  5. U.S. SUPREME COURT WON’T DISTURB MONTANA OPEN PRIMARY
  6. BALLOT ACCESS CASES BEING EXPEDITED
  7. CONNECTICUT BALLOT ACCESS WIN
  8. FLORIDA SUPREME COURT SUPPORTS WRITE-IN CANDIDATES
  9. MORE LAWSUIT NEWS
  10. PETITIONING
  11. BALLOT ACCESS BILLS
  12. DECISIONS THAT STRUCK DOWN NUMBER OF SIGNATURES
  13. MICHAEL BLOOMBERG WON’T RUN FOR PRESIDENT
  14. JOHN KASICH PENNSYLVANIA PETITION
  15. LEGAL MARIJUANA NOW PARTY
  16. NO REPUBLICAN FILES FOR DELEGATE TO U.S. HOUSE FROM D.C.
  17. GREEN PARTY PRIMARIES
  18. LIBERTARIAN PARTY PRIMARIES
  19. CONSTITUTION PARTY PRIMARIES
  20. SUBSCRIBING TO BAN WITH PAYPAL

U.S. District Court Sets Hearing on Whether to Put Three Minor Parties on Pennsylvania Ballot

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.

California Republican Delegation to National Convention Must Stay in Hotel that is 58 Miles West of Cleveland

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.