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  • Stroebel announces for Grothman's state Senate seat (WI)

    11/10/2014 1:27:51 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 11-10-14 | Jason Stein
    Madison — A conservative businessman who lost a GOP primary bid for Congress in July will run for the state Senate seat of the man who beat him. Duey Stroebel Jr., a real estate owner and state Assemblyman from Saukville, lent his campaign $792,000 but still came in third in the July Republican primary to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Petri. Stroebel finished behind state Sens. Glenn Grothman of Campellsport and Joe Leibham of Sheboygan. Grothman went on to win the general election race against Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris. Stroebel, who lives in Grothman's 20th Senate district, announced Monday...
  • Sandra Fluke seeks wider influence in California

    07/12/2014 9:59:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 12, 2014 12:01 PM EDT | Judy Lin
    The former Georgetown University law student who gained national attention for being denied a chance to testify in Congress for health plan contraception coverage—and then was subjected to degrading comments by radio host Rush Limbaugh—is hoping to make public policy of her own. Sandra Fluke is running as a first-time candidate for a seat in California’s state Senate to represent some of the most affluent communities of Los Angeles County, a district that stretches from the Hollywood Hills to the Palos Verdes peninsula. In a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1, Fluke is campaigning on an agenda that includes subsidized...
  • Illinois Senate Make Efforts for a Federal Constitution Convention

    04/11/2014 1:49:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    CBS St. Louis ^ | April 9, 2014 12:43 PM | Jim Anderson, Illinois Radio Network
    Some Illinois lawmakers are calling for a federal constitutional convention to amend the Constitution in order to allow laws that limit the influence of money in politics. “When the Supreme Court of the United States rules that money is a protected speech and that ordinary people cannot pass common-sense laws because they might dilute the influence of the super-rich, it’s time to change the game,” Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins of the 16th District says. …
  • Dismantling The Establishment: Why Scott Wagner’s Pennsylvania State Senate Victory Matters

    03/24/2014 8:03:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    personalliberty.com ^ | 3/24/14 | Sam Rolley
    Republican State Senatorial candidate Scott Wagner, running a write-in campaign, beat candidates backed by both the Democratic and the GOP establishments in a Pennsylvania special election last week. Wagner’s victory over the establishment standard-bearers for the State’s 28th Senate district represents the first time a write-in candidate has ever won a seat in the Pennsylvania Senate. Wagner, a businessman from York County, won an astonishing 48 percent of the vote with his write-in campaign. His GOP-endorsed opponent, State Representative Ron Miller, took 27 percent of the vote and Linda Small, the Democratic establishment pick, received 26 percent. Local news reports...
  • Scott Wagner the presumed winner in 28th Senate

    03/19/2014 1:27:51 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 43 replies
    yorkdispatch.com ^ | 3/19/2014 | Christina Kauffman
    In what appears to be an unexpected victory for a conservative businessman who had made s point of bucking his own party, Republican Scott Wagner is presumed to have won a write-in campaign to defeat party nominee Ron Miller for an open seat in the state Senate. The closely watched, hotly contested face-off ended in disappointment for the Republican mainstay and a first major victory for the tea party in York County. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, write-in votes totaled 10,595 or 47.7 percent, to Miller's 5,920 or 26.6 percent. Democrat Linda Small of New Freeedom...
  • Bill that would undo Common Core academic standards all but dead (WI)

    03/06/2014 5:07:54 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    A bill that would give the Legislature power to write and approve Wisconsin's academic standards is unlikely to pass in its current form, the leader of the state Senate said Thursday as hundreds of teachers, school administrators and business leaders -- including Madison superintendent Jennifer Cheatham -- converged on the Capitol to oppose it. And the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, which held a hearing on the measure, told The Associated Press that at least five Republican senators told him they opposed the measure that would likely lead to the undoing of the Common Core standards adopted in 2010....
  • Scott Walker tax cut plan passes Senate

    03/04/2014 3:29:20 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 3-4-14 | Jason Stein
    Madison — Senate Republicans Tuesday narrowly passed Gov. Scott Walker's $541 million tax cut proposal in a vote that guaranteed the cuts will become law. The tax decreases — the third round of cuts by Republicans in less than a year — passed 17-15 with GOP Sen. Dale Schultz of Richland Center joining all Democrats in voting against the proposal. The proposal now goes to the Assembly, which passed a different version of the tax cuts last month with two Democrats joining all Republicans in supporting it. With growing tax collections now expected to give the state a $1 billion...
  • Sandra Fluke Aborts Congressional Bid

    02/05/2014 8:02:52 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2/5/2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    Sandra Fluke, the controversial birth control advocate who became an icon of women's rights during the 2012 presidential election, has pulled out of the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman in California's 33rd congressional district. The Los Angeles Times reports that Fluke will be running for the state Senate instead, adopting the district being vacated by Democrat Ted Lieu, who joins others in the race for the 33rd district.
  • Sandra Fluke forgoes congressional bid to run for state Senate

    02/05/2014 7:21:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 50 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 5,2014 | Seema Mehta
    Democratic attorney and activist Sandra Fluke has decided against running for retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman’s congressional seat, instead planning a bid for the state Senate. “I am extremely moved by the outpouring of local and national support I have received since I announced that I was considering running for office. My entire career has been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking or advocating for working families,” Fluke said late Tuesday night. “I am committed to continuing that fight in Sacramento, working to protect our environment, ensure our access to health care, and create the...
  • Republican wins Central Valley state Senate race (California - GOP pickup)

    05/23/2013 5:23:49 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 19 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 5/22/13 | DON THOMPSON
    <p>SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A Republican has won a hotly contested state Senate contest in the southern San Joaquin Valley, with his top Democratic rival conceding Wednesday that the race will not go to a runoff.</p> <p>The special election victory by Hanford cherry farmer Andy Vidak will have no practical effect on the state Senate, where Democrats retain a supermajority, but serves as a psychological boost for the party after massive GOP losses in recent election cycles.</p>
  • State Senate District 33 in Minnesota - A Clear Choice

    07/21/2012 11:13:19 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 1 replies
    http://www.davidosmek.com ^ | 7/21/12 | MplsSteve
    This thread is directed primarily at Minnesota Freepers - but obviously your support (at any level) is encouraged. This is a GOP primary taking place in state Senate District 33 in Minnesota. Geographically, it includes a number of the western and northwestern suburbs of Minneapolis. This is a good GOP district. The incumbent state senator is retiring. David Osmek, a member of the Mound City Council won the GOP endorsement with 81% of the vote - but he's being challenged by state rep Connie Doepke. As I'll point out to you, Doepke's record is decidedly a un-conservative one. Click on...
  • Wisconsin GOP lawmaker asks for recount in recall race

    06/15/2012 10:09:40 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 15, 2012 | unattributed
    Wisconsin state GOP. Sen. Van Wanggaard asked elections officials Friday for a recount in his recall race, the outcome of which will decide the majority party in the state Senate. An official canvass this week showed the Racine Republican trailing his Democratic challenger by 834 votes, or 1.2 percent. Democrats had called on Wanggaard to concede, saying a recount would only delay their inevitable and waste taxpayer money. But Wanggaard's campaign said it was concerned about possible reports of voting irregularities, and said it wanted to ensure the outcome was accurate. Given how many votes were cast in the election...
  • Money dump: WI’s Senate District 23 very much in play

    05/27/2012 10:39:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-25-12 | Kirsten Adshead & M. D. Kittle
    MADISON — Someone, it appears, thinks Terry Moulton might lose, or at least is willing to commit $227,000 toward making that happen. The buzz for a while has been that Democrats’ best chance of winning one of the four Senate seats up for recall on June 5 is in Senate District 21, where Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, is trying to fend off a challenge from his Democratic predecessor, John Lehman. But spending this month — from liberals and conservatives alike — indicates they aren’t quite certain that Moulton, facing former Democratic Rep. Kristen Dexter, can hold onto the District 23...
  • Democrats' uphill struggle in state Senate recalls (WI)

    04/22/2012 2:42:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-18-12 | Craig Gilbert
    New polls showing Republicans with healthy leads in three of the four state Senate recall fights are sobering for Democrats for a few reasons. One, they're a reminder that these races are being fought on Republican-leaning turf, as were last year’s Senate recalls. Two, the Democratic pollster who did the surveys argues that a small portion of voters unhappy with GOP Gov. Scott Walker don’t approve of the recalls, creating an extra hurdle for Democrats to overcome in flipping these Senate seats. Three, Walker leads in his own recall fight in these particular districts, according to the polls. Here’s a...
  • CALIFORNIA: Democrats set to boost state Senate clout

    02/21/2012 8:06:53 AM PST · by SmithL · 42 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/21/12 | Dan Walters
    When Republican Assemblyman Cameron Smyth decided to leave the Legislature rather than run for the state Senate this year, it virtually guaranteed that Democrats will achieve a two-thirds supermajority in the Senate, changing the Capitol's political dynamics. Having already won – via a 2010 ballot measure – the right to pass budgets by simple majority votes, Democrats would gain more power in the Senate over other issues, such as taxes. That would, in turn, isolate Republicans in the Assembly, who are likely to retain more than a third of the lower house's 80 seats this year, and could even gain...
  • Watch Wisconsin: Recall Day [Michelle Malkin]

    08/09/2011 11:36:28 AM PDT · by topher · 36 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | August 9, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    Watch Wisconsin: Recall Day By Michelle Malkin • August 9, 2011 11:23 AM Just a reminder: Today’s the day the big-spending public employee unions hope to oust 6 GOP Wisconsin state senators — not for any corruption, malfeasance, or criminal actions, but for making the tough decisions and supporting the fiscally responsible measures spearheaded by GOP Gov. Scott Walker. Tea Party activists across the country stood with Walker. Don’t forget to stand with the legislators who stood with Walker and stood against Big Labor. Much more than state GOP control of the legislature is at stake. It’s a critical chance...
  • Wis. judge to hear more arguments on recall drives

    07/08/2011 6:25:13 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Madison-- A Wisconsin judge is set to hear more arguments on whether signatures on recall petitions against nine state senators were gathered improperly. Six Republican senators and three Democratic senators face recalls over their positions on Gov. Scott Walker's contentious collective bargaining law. But both sides argue the recall petitions against them are invalid. The Republicans maintain signature gatherers didn't properly submit their initial paperwork. The Democrats contend there was widespread fraud in signature collection against them. The first round of primaries for the Republicans' challengers is set for Tuesday. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess is set to hear...
  • Wisconsin limits collective bargaining rights for gov workers

    03/10/2011 3:04:55 AM PST · by Scanian · 5 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | March 09, 2011 | Thomas Lifson
    The Wisconsin state senate has passed legislation limiting collective bargaining for state employees. This was accomplished via legislation that did not involve fiscal matters, thus lowering the threshold for a quorum. The remainder of the current dispute, involving wages and benefits, have already been agreed to by the unions, who can be expected to withdraw the offer. There is talk of a recall campaign to punish Republican legislators, and unions have access to millions of dollars and large numbers of people. But the facts on the ground have changed in Wisconsin tonight, as the GOP in effect called the Democrats'...
  • Two Solutions to the Wisconsin Stalemate

    02/28/2011 3:38:27 AM PST · by Scanian · 15 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 28, 2011 | Cliff Thier
    The Republican majority of the Wisconsin State Senate has at hand the tools to end its stalemate now. The Wisconsin Constitution requires that to vote on a law dealing with taxing or spending or borrowing, a "quorum" is needed, and the minimum number to constitute a "quorum" is sixty percent of the elected members of the legislature: ARTICLE VIII FINANCE Vote on fiscal bills; quorum. SECTION 8. On the passage in either house of the legislature of any law which imposes, continues or renews a tax, or creates a debt or charge, or makes, continues or renews an appropriation of...
  • Ted Gaines wins Senate race (California Conservative Victory!)

    01/05/2011 9:12:32 AM PST · by The Citizen Soldier · 18 replies
    Roseville Press Tribune ^ | Jan 5, 2011 | Bridget Jones
    Assemblyman Ted Gaines won the Senate District 1 special election race with 63.2 percent of the vote as reported by the California Secretary of State’s office at 11 p.m. Tuesday. The Associated Press called the race for Gaines, R-Roseville, as he led over Mayor Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova. The pair emerged as the top vote-getters in their parties after the special primary Nov. 2. Cooley had 36.8 percent of the vote as of 11 p.m. The seat was formerly held by Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, who died last summer.
  • Republican Wave Expected in Statehouses

    10/26/2010 10:33:36 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 11 replies
    governing.com ^ | October 19, 2010 | Pamela M. Prah
    The last time Republicans controlled a statehouse chamber in Alabama, Ulysses S. Grant was president and Thomas Edison still hadn’t perfected electric lighting.But if the GOP’s gains are as big as many predict this election, Alabama could be one of many states that will see one or both statehouse chambers go from Democratic blue to Republican red. Democrats currently enjoy a 5-seat advantage in the Alabama Senate and a 15-seat advantage in the Alabama House. However, Tim Storey, an elections expert at the National Conference of State Legislatures, says that hold may not last. “If Alabama were to move to...
  • Changing the Rules in Michigan

    10/18/2010 5:34:58 AM PDT · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 1 replies
    In the Lansing area, the 23rd district state senate seat, Michigan Democrats have been in control for so long, that a sacrificial lamb is usually placed on the ballot by the GOP, in the hopes of achieving at most, a strong showing against whatever Liberal is chosen to sit in the Senate; 37% support for a Republican is considered pretty darn good. 2010 is a very different year, apparently with different rules, and Republican Kyle Haubrich is ready to play.
  • Jackie Mason Endorsement of Rabbi Shifren

    10/14/2010 7:18:23 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 8 replies
    PopModal--The Conservative Alternative to YouTube ^ | 10/14/'10 | Zionist Conspirator
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  • Why won’t Democrats identify themselves?

    09/18/2010 8:29:04 AM PDT · by shoff · 18 replies
    Self written | 09/18.2010 | Steven Hoffman
    I received a call on Wednesday night for a candidate for New York State senate called Mike Kaplowitz. I politely listened to the man tell me that Mike was a fiscal conservative. I had not heard of the guy before this so I let the caller continue. He invited me to a rally for him just down the block. He then asked me what I thought of Mike. I told him I had not formed an opinion but I am still on the phone so it means something. He thanked me and said a lot of people just screamed at...
  • Norann Dillon’s State Senate Campaign Kicks Off

    05/17/2010 4:25:42 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 107+ views
    Fightin Words ^ | May 17, 2010 | Walter Scott Hudson
    KTLK's Sue Jeffers emceed a campaign kick-off event in Plymouth for Norann Dillon on Saturday. Dillon is the Republican endorsed candidate for state senate in SD43. A group of enthusiastic supporters applauded remarks from Congressman Erik Paulsen, Hennepin County Commissioner and recent Minnesota GOP convention co-chair Jeff Johnson, and local small business owner and Tea Party activist Toni Backdahl.Common among remarks was genuine respect for and familiarity with Dillon, who has made a name for herself within the party as an independent open-minded advocate of liberty. Jeff Johnson observed, just when he thinks he has Dillon "boxed in" to a...
  • The Buzz: Senate seat moves to suit stage

    05/07/2010 8:14:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 521+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/7/10 | Dan Smith & Torey Van Oot
    How bad do the Democrats want to win the Senate seat vacated by newly crowned Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado?First they strung out Republican Maldo's confirmation in the Assembly to force – they thought – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to make the special election for the Senate seat the same day as the general election in November. That, the Dems figured, would let them take advantage of the largest possible voter turnout and give them the best chance to capture the Central Coast Senate seat.But the Republican governor is still a Republican, and he called for a special election in the dead...
  • Sen. Steve Murphy won't seek re-election (Minnesota Democrat)

    01/22/2010 3:36:41 PM PST · by mdittmar · 20 replies · 945+ views
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | January 22, 2010 | Elizabeth Dunbar
    St. Paul, Minn. — State Sen. Steve Murphy, a Red Wing Democrat first elected in 1992, announced Friday he won't seek re-election in 2010. Murphy said he never viewed public service as a career, and he said he's looking forward to spending more time with his family, including his wife, children and grandson. "Serving as a state lawmaker is a full-time commitment and my family has stood by my side while I've devoted countless hours to my role as senator," Murphy said in a written statement. "I owe them deeply for their patience and support." In a lengthy statement, Murphy...
  • Monserrate's girlfriend: He didn't mean to slash my face

    09/30/2009 8:44:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies · 2,902+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/28/09 | William J. Gorta
    The woman at the center of State Sen. Hiram Monserrate’s assault trial took the stand today -- making it clear that despite testifying for the prosecution, she claimed her injuries were "an accident." Karla Giraldo, 30, conceeded in Queens Supreme Court that "may have gotten a little bit jealous” when he opened her purse and found a PBA card with another man’s name on it. She said she grew "angry" when the 42-year-old Democratic lawmaker tossed the plastic card down a trash chute in his Jackson Heights, Queens, building. The DA claims the PBA card ignited a heated argument that...
  • Republicans Seize Control of State Senate (New York)

    06/08/2009 4:14:38 PM PDT · by Syncro · 39 replies · 1,477+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 8, 2009, 3:50 pm | Jeremy W. Peters AND Danny Hakim
    <p>Rob Bennett for The New York Times; Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times Two state senators — Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx and Hiram Monserrate of Queens — moved to defect to the Republican side, which would end Democratic control of the chamber.</p>
  • Hannah-Beth Jackson Concedes to Tony Strickland

    11/27/2008 11:17:12 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 51 replies · 2,006+ views
    Late last night, Hannah-Beth Jackson conceded to Tony Strickland in the hotly contested race for California’s 19th State Senate District. That ends more than three weeks of waiting for the remaining votes to roll in. Some are still to be counted, but Strickland leads by about 900 votes, and Jackson is conceding a victory is now mathematically impossible. This marks the conclusion of the state’s most expensive legislative race in history — costing more than $10 million — and also one of the closest ever. In the November 26 email to the media and her supporters, Jackson’s campaign team explained,...
  • Editorial: State GOP takes the helm

    11/07/2008 9:52:41 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies · 710+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 11/7/8 | Editor
    Governing style TBA: Whether its power is lasting or only temporary will depend on how ably and responsibly Republicans wield it. Republicans lost the White House Tuesday, but the Tennessee GOP captured majorities in both houses of the General Assembly. So now is the time to start ramming through legislation favored by party leaders that has been stalled for so many years in Democrat-controlled committees and subcommittees, right? Actually, the GOP's margin is slim -- a 19-14 advantage in the Senate and a 50-49 edge in the House. Members of the party would probably do themselves and the state a...
  • The REAL Obama - Ron Kessler

    07/15/2008 8:17:30 PM PDT · by wingsof liberty · 43 replies · 238+ views
    Tuesday, July 15, 2008 8:56 AM By: Ronald Kessler A close look at Barack Obama's career reveals it has been even more mediocre than generally recognized. Before being elected to the Illinois state Senate, Obama worked as a community organizer and a lawyer in Chicago. In his memoir, Obama says being a community organizer taught him how to motivate the powerless and work the government to help them. His chief example is an effort to remove asbestos from Altgeld Gardens, an all-black public housing project on Chicago’s South Side. But those who were involved in the effort say Obama played...
  • Massachusetts 1913 marriage law

    07/14/2008 12:59:49 PM PDT · by beejaa · 23 replies · 90+ views
    email ^ | July 14, 2008 | MassResistance Update
    Mass. Legislature poised to export our "gay marriage" across the country by repealing "1913 Law". National gay groups pouring in money to lobby. Pressure needed NOW to stop Senate vote Tuesday - (see our new fax feature!) The national homosexual movement is funding a huge lobbying effort over the next few days to persuade the Massachusetts Legislature to repeal the "1913 Law" which would allow out-of-state "gay" couples to legally "marry" in Massachusetts -- and then cause havoc in their home states. Currently, out-of-state couples can not marry in Massachusetts if that marriage would be illegal in their home state....
  • NY Senate leader Joseph Bruno won't run again

    06/23/2008 5:09:42 PM PDT · by xcamel · 12 replies · 84+ views
    Newsday ^ | today | MICHAEL GORMLEY
    ALBANY, N.Y. _ Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, who has run the Republican chamber for more than a dozen years, confirmed Monday that he won't seek re-election in the fall.
  • CT Democrats lose Supermajority in State Senate with Russo win

    03/12/2008 8:28:18 AM PDT · by Koblenz · 36 replies · 887+ views
    Everyday Republican ^ | 3/11/08 | Everyday Republican
    Connecticut 22nd District State Senate Special Election Results Unofficial numbers: Russo (R) - 3639 Mulligan (D) - 2215
  • Thompson Announces Tennessee Leadership Team

    11/07/2007 8:23:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 426+ views
    Earned Media ^ | November 7, 2007 | Jeff Sadosky
    MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 7 /Standard Newswire/ -- Senator Fred Thompson announced his extensive Tennessee political leadership team today. Senator Howard Baker will serve as the honorary chairman of the Tennessee delegation, joined by 13 honorary co-chairs and 61 honorary state chairs, reflecting the depth of support for Senator Thompson in Tennessee. This leadership team includes two former United States Senate majority leaders, current and former members of Congress, former governors, and every Republican member of the Tennessee state legislature. "I am grateful for the wide support I'm receiving from my home state of Tennessee," said Senator Fred Thompson. "This group...
  • Senate lovefest

    04/09/2007 4:11:02 AM PDT · by deaconjim · 264+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 09, 2007 | Doug Gross
    ATLANTA - It was vintage politics - the leader of the Democrats in the Georgia Senate standing in front of the chamber blasting the Republicans who control it for "strong-arm" tactics to pass a bill he didn't like. But this speech, on the Legislature's busiest day this year, was different. Senate Democratic Leader Robert Brown apologized before he started it and complimented the Republican lieutenant governor on how well he'd been doing at helping lawmakers avoid such fights. At a statehouse where bitter political slugfests have been the norm over the past few years, both Democrats and Republicans say this...
  • Leno-Migden Battle Could Split Gays, Dems

    04/06/2007 11:32:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 646+ views
    CBS5 ^ | Apr 5, 2007 | Hank Plante
    An unprecedented political race in the Bay Area pits two prominent gay politicians -- also both Democrats -- against one another for the same state Senate seat in California. The election isn't until next year, but Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, will need all that time if he wants to become known in the state Senate district which is split evenly between San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma counties. But the real split is with his gay colleague, who he's trying to knock out of office: incumbent State Sen. Carole Migden. Leno will be termed-out in 2008, but Migden will not...
  • Dual Office Holding Ban Passes Assembly (NJ) With Debate

    01/30/2007 6:03:37 AM PST · by Calpernia · 3 replies · 131+ views
    Millennium Radio New Jersey ^ | Tuesday, January 30, 2007 | Kevin McArdle
    A ban on dual office-holding for newly elected officials is part of a bill aimed at cracking down on abusive practices that undermine the financial integrity of the State's benefits system for public employees. It passed the General Assembly yesterday. Sponsor Nellie Pou says, "This only effects and takes affect immediately for anyone running for the very first time in an elective office." Anyone currently holding two public jobs will be able to keep those positions for as long as they want or they continue to be re-elected. Under the measure anyone holding a current office and seeking to run...
  • Hevesi's troubles deepen [NY state Comptroller, Rats'candidate]

    10/28/2006 1:49:23 AM PDT · by Alex1977 · 6 replies · 606+ views
    recordonline ^ | October 28, 2006 | By John Milgrim
    Pataki appoints special prosecutor Albany — Gov. George Pataki appointed a special prosecutor yesterday to kick off an extraordinary process that could lead to embattled state Comptroller Alan Hevesi being forced from office for using a state worker as his wife's private driver. Pataki asked David Kelley, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, to help him decide within a week whether to make the unprecedented request of the Republican-controlled state Senate to vote for Hevesi's removal. "It is an extraordinary act for officials to overturn an election of a statewide elected official after a vote by...
  • (Vanity) Interesting Political Situation

    10/21/2006 9:20:50 PM PDT · by TBP · 3 replies · 241+ views
    I have an intersting situation in my local State Senate race, adn I thought my fellow FReepers could be interested. We had a Democrat State Senator, but he was a fairly middle-of-the-road guy, certainly to the right of most Democrats, and he cooperates a lot of time with the Republican governor. (Our governor isn't as conservative as we'd like him to be by a good bit, but it's a blue state.) On September 12, there was a Democrat primary and our State Senator lost to the kind of Democrat who proclaims that he's "standing up for working families." (IOW, he's...
  • W. Va. Lawmaker Embarasssed by Photos

    10/04/2006 5:19:07 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 44 replies · 2,479+ views
    http://www.comcast.net ^ | 10 4 06 | LAWRENCE MESSINA
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A state senator said he is evaluating whether to continue his bid for a second term after a Charleston television station aired revealing pictures of him last week. "My family has urged me not to withdraw from the election and I will work with them to make a decision in the immediate future," State Sen. Randy White, a Webster County Democrat, said in a letter to newspapers in his district. An apologetic White also wrote that he was "shocked" and "horribly embarrassed" after WCHS-TV aired photos depicting him and at least two other men wearing only body...
  • Prose, Pearls, and Politics - a new conservative blog

    06/10/2006 7:23:24 AM PDT · by serendipity_kate · 7 replies · 583+ views
    PP&P ^ | 10 June 2006 | KatieFavazza
    I would just like to further introduce my blog to the scene. I welcome any advice or criticism, and thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I am a student at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. I am attracted to blogging about social conservative issues relating to DC and the Catholic Church, but I also write about St. Louis and Missouri politics when I'm feeling homesick--and anything else I think is worth my time and yours. Let me know what you think. Welcome to PP&P!
  • Fundraiser Solicitation (e-mail)

    02/23/2006 10:08:16 AM PST · by toddlintown · 10 replies · 331+ views
    Human Events Online | 2-23-06 | Nathan Tabor
    I got this as an e-mail today, even though I live in Illinois. Anybody know anything about this guy? Dear Friend, In the last national election, President George Bush beat his opponent in North Carolina by 13% points. And yet, the great state of North Carolina is still controlled by a liberal majority in the state legislature and the Governor’s mansion. I say the state of North Carolina and its people deserve better! My name is Nathan Tabor and I am running for the North Carolina State Senate from the 31st District. I am also the founder and CEO of...
  • Nominees For Special Election Get Ready For Short Race For 37th District [KY State Senate] Seat

    01/08/2006 10:05:32 PM PST · by RonPaulLives · 15 replies · 730+ views
    WAVE 3 TV ^ | 01/08/06 | WAVE 3 TV
    Nominees For Special Election Get Ready For Short Race For 37th Seat (LOUISVILLE) -- The special election for the open 37th District seat now has its two candidates. On Sunday Republicans nominated former teacher Debbie Peden a day after Democrats nominated State Rep. Perry Clark. They replace Republican Dana-Seum Stephenson and Democrat Virginia Woodward who faced off in the last election. WAVE 3's Frances Kuo reports. Four Republican candidates had stepped up to the plate with three-minute pitches including Doug Hawkins, Betty Drexler, Debbie Peden, and Tommy Riddle. Forty ballots from the Republican party's executive committee revealed their choice: Debbie...
  • Stephenson resigns disputed seat in [State] Senate (Special election will fill seat in 37th)

    01/04/2006 9:07:15 AM PST · by RonPaulLives · 8 replies · 532+ views
    WHAS11.com ^ | 01/04/2006 | WHAS 11
    Stephenson resigns disputed seat in Senate Special election will fill seat in 37th FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Dana Seum Stephenson officially resigned her 37th District Senate seat Tuesday. The Republican cannot serve in the state Senate. The state Supreme Court ruled December 22 she did not meet residency requirements and was properly challenged before the November 2004 election. Her opponent, Democrat Virginia Woodward, also cannot serve because she did not receive the most votes.
  • Texas Libertarians author bill to ease ballot access petitioning law

    03/25/2005 5:16:26 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 5 replies · 515+ views
    www.lp.org ^ | 3 23 05
    Texas is the only state that prohibits voters who participate in a political party's primary election or a local party convention from signing ballot access petitions for political parties or independent candidates for office. Since 1972, the six other states that had a similar provision have dropped it. Now, the Libertarian Party of Texas is working with state legislators to get a bill passed to eliminate this facet of election law, which is called "primary screenout." On Feb. 28, State Representative Todd Baxter, a Republican, filed the bill (HB 1721) for consideration by the state House's Elections Committee after Libertarians...
  • Back to The Future; It’s 2003 All Over Again

    03/02/2005 7:35:28 PM PST · by Flora McDonald · 7 replies · 395+ views
    The Winchester Star ^ | 03/02-05 | Charlie Jackson
    While many area politicos had their eyes and ears pinned on Sen. H. Russell Potts Jr. Friday, two political hopefuls announced interest in seeking his 27th District Senate seat. Jill Holtzman Vogel of Warrenton and Phillip S. Griffin II of Winchester announced the creation of exploratory committees to examine a run for the state Senate seat that Potts would vacate if elected governor. Potts’s Senate term expires in 2007. But if the Virginia Republican Party has its way, a race to fill his seat could come much sooner. After Potts announced his run for governor as a “independent Republican,” Virginia...
  • Stephenson seated in Senate, Republican threatens resignation in protest

    01/07/2005 3:14:21 PM PST · by pikecountyrepublican · 3 replies · 1,348+ views
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Senate Republicans asserted their power in a disputed election Friday and seated Dana Seum Stephenson as a senator, acting quickly to swear her in and attach a large bronze nameplate to her desk.
  • CA: FBI searches home of state Senate leader's son (PeRataGate)

    12/15/2004 8:22:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 329+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/15/04 | Steve Lawrence - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Federal agents searched the home of state Senate leader Don Perata's son Wednesday as part of an investigation into whether the Oakland lawmaker was involved in influence peddling. A spokesman for the elder Perata, Jason Kinney, confirmed that agents searched the Oakland home of Nick Perata, a political consultant who has worked for his father. Don Perata's attorney, George O'Connell, issued a statement calling the search a "Ken Starr-like publicity stunt" and an example of a "Republican-appointed prosecutor abusing and misusing the legal system in order to inflict maximum partisan political damage." A spokesman for the U.S....