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Both Houses of the Nevada Legislature Have Bills for a January Presidential Primary

Currently, Nevada has no presidential primaries, and Democratic and Republican national party rules give Nevada the privilege of holding caucuses earlier than any other caucus state except Iowa. The 2016 Nevada caucuses are expected to be held on February 20. Notwithstanding Nevada’s special privilege for its caucuses, there are bills in both houses to scrap

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Nevada Bill for a “Modified Blanket Primary”

The Nevada Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections will hear SB 499 on April 1 at 3:30 p.m. The bill title says it sets up a “modified blanket primary.” It would provide that for all partisan office except President, all candidates would run in the primary. Only the top two could run in the

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Filing Closes for Special U.S. House Race in Mississippi; All 13 Candidates are Republicans

On March 27, filing closed for candidates in the May 12 special election to fill the vacant U.S. House seat in Mississippi’s First district. The district includes the northeast corner of the state. No party labels are on the ballot in Mississippi special elections. Here is the Secretary of State’s candidate list, which does not

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Montana Senate Committee Hears Bill to Eliminate Elections for Party Office on Wednesday, April 8

The Montana Senate State Administration Committee will hear HB 454 on Wednesday, April 8. This bill would permit parties to stop holding public elections for party committeemember. Instead the bill would let parties choose these officers in caucuses, or any other method provided by party rules. The bill has already passed the House by a

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March 2015 Ballot Access News Print Edition

Ballot Access News March 1, 2015 – Volume 30, Number 10 This issue was printed on cream paper. Table of Contents CALIFORNIA COURT OF APPEALS UPHOLDS TOP-TWO IN A DEEPLY FLAWED DECISION TURNOUT CHANGE OKLAHOMA BALLOT ACCESS BILL PASSES COMMITTEE SOUTH DAKOTA SENATE OK’s BILL TO MAKE ACCESS HARDER BILLS TO EASE BALLOT ACCESS INTRODUCED

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New York Times Publishes Analysis of Whether Divisive Presidential Primaries Injure Presidential Nominees

The New York Times has published Professor Brendan Nyhan’s analysis of whether divisive presidential primary contests injure the eventual presidential nominee who survives the process.  Nyhan finds that a competitive presidential primary campaign does not injure that party or its nominee.  Read it here.  Nyhan also rebuts the idea that contested primaries force Republican nominees

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