On February 10, the Arizona House passed HB 2567, which eliminates the presidential primary for years after 2016. The vote was 37-22. Here is the summary of what the bill does. It also requires the national chairperson of each qualified party to inform the Secretary of State by September 1 of the identity of that party’s presidential and vice-presidential nominees. Not every qualified party that nominates presidential candidates actually has a national chairman; there are many one-state political parties in the United States that participate in the presidential election in a single state.
The Green Party of England & Wales has chosen Larry Sanders to be its shadow Minister of Health, which means that he is the party’s spokesperson for health, and that if the Green Party were in power, he would be the Health Minister. Larry Sanders is the older brother of Bernie Sanders.
See this story.
The Maine Secretary of State will file a response in U.S. District Court by February 17, in Libertarian Party of Maine v Dunlap, 2:16cv-2. The Libertarian Party is challenging the decision by the Maine Secretary of State that the party is not ballot-qualified. The lawsuit also challenges the December 1 deadline for groups to qualify as parties. The party is seeking injunctive relief, so the case will move fast.
On February 10, the party’s request to file a brief in excess of the page limit was granted.
Jim Webb today said he won’t run for president as an independent. See this updated story from the Dallas Morning News. This makes it very likely that Michael Bloomberg will run as an independent.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer has this article about two “dirty tricks” that have gained recent attention in election law and procedure. Scroll down to the second instance, which is about the 2014 incident when Ohio Governor John Kasich and his campaign maneuvered to keep the Libertarian Party off the ballot for Governor, and thereby kept it from keeping its party status for 2016.
Jim Webb is speaking in Dallas on February 11, and he is will say something about the 2016 presidential race. See this story.