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Tie broken: Incumbent wins special election after tie vote
FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) - An incumbent county commissioner in eastern Missouri is apparently staying in office after a special election necessitated by a tie vote. The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri (http://bit.ly/2czu1SM ) reports that incumbent St. Francois County District 1 Commissioner Gary Wilkinson defeated challenger Linda Black ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | General election Elections Election Voting Primary election Voting system By-election Missouri
New poll: Colorado voters favor minimum wage hike and presidential primary
Colorado voters support increasing the minimum wage to $12 an hour and recreating a presidential election primary, according to a new public opinion poll, but appear skeptical of a state-run universal health care system and an effort to make it harder to amend the constitution.
443 points by The Denver Post | United States presidential primary United States Voting system Primary election Opinion poll Election Minimum wage Voting
An outsize persona drives Hof on campaign trail
Dennis Hof insists he’s the Donald Trump of Nevada.
3 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Nevada Democratic Party Nye County Nevada Donald Trump Prostitution in Nevada Party leaders of the United States Senate Republican Party Primary election
Ballot ruling to come Friday in Arizona's 5th District race
PHOENIX (AP) - A judge will decide Friday whether to allow hundreds of contested ballots to count in the hotly contested Republican primary in a Phoenix-area congressional district. Unofficial results from the Aug. 30 primary for the 5th Congressional District had state Senate President Andy Biggs leading former internet executive ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Elections Voting system Voting United States Primary election Alaska Election Voter turnout
Gary Johnson is blowing his big chance. Here are 4 libertarians who would do better.
Johnson was a bad candidate before Thursday's "What is Aleppo?" flub. These guys would be better.
-1 points by The Washington Post | Ron Paul Mike Huckabee Libertarianism John McCain Mitt Romney Republican Party Primary election Paul Cellucci
Kraft ends run for Baltimore Circuit judge
Outgoing City Councilman James B. Kraft announced Tuesday withdrew as a candidate for Baltimore Circuit Court judge.He was facing a slate of sitting judges — Shannon E. Avery, Audrey J.S. Carrion, Michael A. DiPietro, Karen Chaya Friedman, Wanda Keyes Heard and Cynthia H. Jones — for one of six...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Voting system Judge Primary election Elections Democratic Party Election General election Democracy
With attorney general drama over, campaign to replace Kathleen Kane moves forward
Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's conviction clears the way for voters to focus on the two men seeking to replace her as the state's top prosecutor.
18 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | United States Senate Primary election President of the United States United States Elections Alaska Election Democracy
The results on voter ID laws are in - and it's bad news for ethnic and racial minorities
The North Carolina voter identification law was blocked last week when the U.S. Supreme Court denied an emergency appeal to reinstate it before the 2016 elections. That’s good news for minorities in the Tar Heel State because we now know that such laws significantly suppress their votes. Unfortunately,...
730 points by Los Angeles Times | United States Election Voter turnout Voting Minority group President of the United States Primary election Race
After failed 2014 state Senate bid and criminal charges dropped, Howard Pearl seeks House seat
Loudon farmer and town official Howard Pearl is on the ballot again in 2016, this time as a New Hampshire state representative candidate. Pearl, a Republican, ran for state Senate in 2014, though he abruptly dropped out of the race in August of that year due to an “unforeseen personal issue.” He was...
6 points by Concord Monitor | New Hampshire Merrimack County New Hampshire Primary election Belknap County New Hampshire Loudon New Hampshire Boscawen New Hampshire United States Senate Concord New Hampshire
Kamala Harris still favored by wide margin in U.S. Senate race, according to new poll
Essential Politics: California's top congressional races to watch, lawmakers back recall of judge in Stanford assault case Sept. 7, 2016, 1:18 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. This year's legislative session is over after a very busy...
19 points by Los Angeles Times | United States Voting system California Elections Voting Primary election Government Alaska
Letter: The reach of AFP
The reach of AFPA March 6 New York Times article described the “impatience” of the billionaire Koch brothers for repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Americans for Prosperity will coordinate forceful lobbying efforts. AFP president Tim Phillips is quoted saying, “We’ve been patient this year, but it...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | New Hampshire Koch Industries United States Primary election Lobbying United States Constitution Massachusetts New Hampshire primary
Letter: Truth matters
Truth mattersFaith in fair and open elections is critical to democracy. In the Granite State, voters take elections seriously, very seriously. New Hampshire has held onto its first-in-the-nation primary precisely because we have voters who are known to be well informed, highly engaged in the politic...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | New Hampshire New England Primary election Elections Vermont Manchester New Hampshire Granite American Revolution
Protester urges Tom Perez to back Democratic primary challengers
The restive energy on the Democratic Party's left breaks through at the Women's National Democratic Club forum with candidates for Democratic National Committee chair.
92 points by The Washington Post | Democratic Party Democratic National Committee Left-wing politics Keith Ellison Primary election United States Jim D. Hansen Rock the Vote
Dems for DA: A crowded field swings toward chaotic

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Judge Primary election Elections General election Democratic Party Lawyer Election Republican Party
Rosie O’Donnell really pictures herself as Steve Bannon
It really is uncanny.
1728 points by New York Post | White House Press Secretary President of the United States Saturday Night Live Rosie O'Donnell American films 2000s American television series Primary election Megyn Kelly
Nevada Senator James Settlemeyer introduces bill to open primaries
State Sen. James Settelmeyer introduced a bill Tuesday seeking to open Nevada primaries to all candidates and voters, not just those registered as Republican or Democrat.
31 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Elections Voting system Primary election Election Veto United States Senate Voting Bill
My Turn: The LLC loophole debate in context
“Corporations are people, my friend.”– Mitt RomneyState Sen. Dan Feltes, a Concord Democrat, seeks to close the “LLC Loophole” – the currently lawful practice where individuals who own multiple limited liability companies can give the maximum contribution of $7,000 a piece many times over – to the...
97 points by Concord Monitor | Law New Hampshire Limited liability company U.S. state Primary election Carol Shea-Porter Portsmouth New Hampshire United States Constitution
Philly Clout: Kenney expenses Hooters trip in Miami

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | The Philadelphia Inquirer Primary election Eagles Hooters Candidate Philadelphia
What's next for Assemblywoman Patty Lopez? Maybe a run for L.A. school board
Essential Politics: Democrats boast they've picked up another seat in Legislature, statewide uncounted ballots dips below 3.5 million Nov. 18, 2016, 12:19 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:Less than...
3 points by Los Angeles Times | General election Activism Politics United States Primary election Los Angeles Election City
Gallup: Paul Ryan's favorability rating hits all-time high at 48 percent
Amy R. ConnollyWASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Nearly half of all Americans have a favorable view of House Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest ratings for the Wisconsin Republican to date, a Gallup poll found.
210 points by UPI | United States President of the United States Washington D.C. United Press International Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Mitt Romney Primary election Donald Trump
Political Memo: Donald Trump Stands by Chris Christie Despite Revelations in Bridge Closing Trial
In a typical election, having prosecutors declare that a top adviser to a candidate was aware of a plot like the 2013 George Washington Bridge closing would have enormous ramifications.
1 points by The New York Times | Republican Party George W. Bush President of the United States Haley Barbour Primary election Donald Trump Democratic Party Barack Obama
My Turn: Let’s talk about the state’s children
Granite Staters can agree that our future depends on whether all children in New Hampshire have equal opportunity for healthy development. How best to support young children and families was the topic of a recent forum hosted by Spark NH, the governor-appointed early childhood advisory council. The...
11 points by Concord Monitor | New Hampshire Primary election Childhood Early childhood education Massachusetts Health Portsmouth New Hampshire Child
What would country's founders have thought of Donald Trump? Ronald Fraser (Opinion)
Guest columnist Ronald Fraser speculates on the how nation's founders would have reacted to Donald Trump. Ronald FraserRonald Fraser  Guest columnist Ronald Fraser, Ph.D., a writer in the Buffalo, New York area, is the author of a new book, "America, Democracy & YOU: Where have all the Citizens Gone?" He can be reached at [email protected] Let's count the ways in which the Republican Party's nominee for president, Donald Trump, runs afoul of the expectations of our 18th century Founders. Themselves aristocrats, the Constitution's architects structured America's new republican-style government to incorporate all parts of the society. A popularly elected president would replace the king, appointed, aristocratic members of the Senate, selected by state legislatures, would provide political stability and members of the House of Representatives, elected by mainly white, better-off male property owners, would reflect the interests of the disenfranchised, marginalized masses. To work well, the Founders believed this governing structure needed three ingredients: First, elected and appointed players must be drawn from the wise, upper class slice of the population and, until Andrew Jackson's election in 1828, aristocrats did run the country. Echoing the Founders, the New York Times recently reported that 50 former senior Republican officials signed a letter claiming Mr. Trump, if elected, "would be the most reckless president in American history;" that, "he is unable orunwilling to separate truth from falsehood," that he "lacks self-control and acts impetuously," and that he "cannot tolerate personal criticism." The second ingredient calls for elected and appointed players to possess a large dose of civic virtue-that is, self-restraint and the ability to place the public interest above selfish, personal interests. In Federalist Paper 55, published on February 15, 1788, James Madison wondered if the American people would, in fact, develop a sufficient level of civic virtue to make the new government work. He wrote: "Republican government presupposes the existence of these qualities in a higher degree than any other   form." But, he added, if there is not sufficient virtue among men for self government one might infer that nothing less than the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring one another. In the June issue of The Atlantic, the psychologist Dan McAdams in an article titled, "The Mind of Donald Trump," says Mr. Trump's lack of warmth, care for others and compassion is the "real wild card." We seldom hear reference to civic virtue these days, but I believe the Founders would readily agree that McAdams' assessment of Mr. Trump adds up to a shortage of civic virtue sufficient to render him unfit for the presidency. Third, since in the late 1780s the founders understood widespread participation in the political process to be a form of mob rule, they insisted that the common man must not be given an active part in the operation of the government. American-style republicanism feared that direct involvement of the people in the governing process would only lead to conflict and instability. Once those qualified to vote have cast their ballot for members of the House of Representatives, they were expected to head for the political sidelines until the next election. How did Mr. Trump gain the Republican Party's nomination for president? Was he the choice of the party's elite? Did he work his way up the party ladder? Did he gain valuable public experience through extensive prior government service? Not at all. He simply swept the established Republican primary process with his bombastic call to make America great again. And who fell under his spell? Grass roots registered Republican voters -- the very segment of society the Founders feared as fickle and prone to fall for the call of a despot. For the Founders, grass root party primaries to select a presidential candidate would have been a ridiculous, risky idea. They knew full well how poorly such a process might tum out and how a candidate like Donald Trump might co-opt the process. Readers are invited to submit Opinion page essays on topics of regional or general interest. Send your 500-word essay for consideration to Linda Kinsey at [email protected] Essays must also include a brief bio and headshot of the writer. Essays rebutting today's topics are also welcome.  Have something to say about this topic? Use the comments to share your thoughts, and stay informed when readers reply to your comments by using the Notification Settings (in blue) just below.
8 points by The Plain Dealer | President of the United States United States House of Representatives Republic Democratic Party Democracy Donald Trump Republican Party Primary election
N.Y. lawmaker shoots himself days before primary
A New York lawmaker killed himself Friday morning, just days before the Republican primary in his bid for re-election to the state Assembly.         
100 points by Arizona Republic | Rochester New York Monroe County New York New York Primary election Donald Trump Middle East Republican Party Democrat and Chronicle
N.Y. lawmaker fatally shoots himself days before primary
A New York lawmaker killed himself Friday morning, just days before the Republican primary in his bid for re-election to the state Assembly.       
100 points by USA Today | Rochester New York Monroe County New York New York Primary election Donald Trump Middle East Republican Party Democrat and Chronicle