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Nevada May Create a February Presidential Primary and Yet Retain June Primary for Other Office

According to this post at FrontloadingHQ, Nevada SB 421 may be amended to provide for a February primary for president and yet retain the June primary for all other office. Currently, Nevada doesn’t have a presidential primary, and its primary for all other office is in June.

The drawback for this idea is that it costs the government more money to hold both a February and a June primary.


Virginia Legislator, Elected to the House Earlier This Year as an Independent, Will Run for State Senate as an Independent

According to this story, Joseph D. Morrissey will be an independent candidate for Virginia State Senate this year. Virginia holds regular elections for the legislature in November of odd years. See the fourth paragraph.

Morrissey was elected to the House as an independent on January 13, 2015, in a special election. He defeated both his major party opponents, winning with a plurality of 42.3%.

He intended to run for State Senate this November as a Democrat, but even though he submitted three times as many signatures as were required to get on the Democratic primary ballot, he was told he didn’t have enough signatures. Even though he submitted affidavits from people who had signed his petition, but whose signature had been invalidated, he still wasn’t put on the primary ballot.


Pennsylvania Governor Nominates an Independent to be State Treasurer

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has nominated Timothy Reese to be the new state treasurer. Reese is a registered independent. Treasurer is an elected partisan office in Pennsylvania, and if Reese wishes to run for re-election, he will do so in 2016. See this story. Thanks to Michael for the link.


Greg Orman Article Describes how State and Federal Election Laws, and Debate Practices, Hurt Candidates who run Outside the Two Major Parties

Greg Orman, who ran a strong independent campaign for U.S. Senate from Kansas last year, has this comprehensive essay on how state ballot access laws, federal campaign finance laws, and the restrictive policy of the Commission on Presidential Debates, all handicap candidates for president and other important office if they choose to run outside the two major parties.


Full Page Ad in Wall Street Journal Advocates More Entry into General Election Presidential Debates

Change the Rule has put this full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal, advocating that the Commisison on Presidential Debates ease access to the general election presidential debates. Thanks to IndependentPoliticalReport for the link.


Briefing Schedule Set for Challenge to Alabama Legislative District Boundaries

A three-judge U.S. District Court in Alabama has set a deadline for briefs in the lawsuit challenging the boundaries of 28 State House districts and 8 State Senate districts. All the briefs are to be in by August 7, 2015. Then, the judges will decide whether further oral argument is needed. This is the case in which the U.S. Supreme Court decided earlier this year that Alabama’s legislative redistricting plan may violate the 14th amendment. The Supreme Court had sent the case back to the U.S. District Court. The plaintiffs, the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus and the Alabama Democratic Conference, argue that the redistricting plan diminishes African-American voting strength by packing too many African-American voters into a minority of districts, so that the number of districts influenced by such voters is too limited.

If the 3-judge district court strikes down the plan, there would likely be special legislative elections in 2016. Normally Alabama wouldn’t have any legislative elections in a presidential election year, because all seats have 4-year terms and are up in mid-term years.