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Saturday, December 18, 2010
"A Gastonia man who voted in the Nov. 2 general election faces criminal action for allegedly doing so against the law.
A Gaston County grand jury returned a true bill of indictment this week against Jerry Lee June Jr., 28, of 4461 Lamar Ave., for felony voter fraud."
Posted by Audrey Perry Martin at 4:35 PM
Election Law Center:
"The recent Senate Omnibus Spending Bill pulled last night by Harry Reid intended to permanently dissolve the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and terminate all Requirements payments to States. This move reflects the growing disenchantment of the agency in the Congress and with the National Association of Secretaries of States (NASS). In July of 2010, NASS, the organization of chief election officials across the country, openly encouraged the Congress not to give the EAC rule-making authority and lobbied not to reauthorize or fund the EAC. While this defunding and termination of the EAC was found in the latest Senate Omnibus Spending Bill, the U.S. House of Representatives is also considering ending, at a minimum, their requirements payments authority. In the past number of years, the Committee on House Administration has also had a multitude of oversight issues with the dysfunctional federal agency and may quickly join the chorus of critics to defund the agency. "
Posted by Audrey Perry Martin at 4:32 PM
The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
"Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said he's likely to pursue reelection as an Independent, if he decides to run again at all.
Lieberman, who was reelected in 2006 as an Independent after having lost his state's Democratic primary, said he hadn't made any decisions about whether to run again, or whether he'd run as a candidate in either party.
'I'd say right now if I run again, it's more likely I'll run as an Independent,' Lieberman said Friday on MSNBC.
The Connecticut senator has caucused with Democrats since beating challengers from both parties in the 2006 general election, though he angered many Democrats by campaigning for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008's presidential election."
Posted by Audrey Perry Martin at 4:31 PM
Capital New York:
"It isn't like this everywhere. In other Western democracies, actual third parties have thrived for generations. Even those that have never broken through to challenge for the political leadership of their nations have often punched above their weight. Yet this pattern seems as foreign to U.S. culture as the metric system.
Why do third parties—and nonpartisan movements of the kind No Labels aspires to be—fail so miserably to gain traction here?
The clichés of the No Labels declaration—to say nothing of the outsized level of excitement surrounding a perfectly nice, if vague, speech by Mayor Bloomberg at the Brooklyn Navy Yards last week—provide a clue.
In the U.S., it often seems as if the appetite for an extra-partisan movement is rooted in a nebulous discontent with the existing options rather than any enthusiasm for a cogent and rigorous ideological alternative."
Posted by Audrey Perry Martin at 4:30 PM
Ballot Access News:
"The bill will also make it possible for voters to register as members of unqualified parties, and election administrators would recognize those registrations and keep a tally. Currently, the New Hampshire voter registration form has a blank line in the question about political party choice. But even though any voter can write in the name of an unqualified party, elections officials treat such voters as independents.
New Hampshire is the only New England state in which only the Democratic and Republican Parties are ballot-qualified. "
Minnesota Public Radio:
"The Iowa Republican Party announced today that they will hold two debates for the 2012 GOP candidates. The first debate will be held on August 11, 2011. It's scheduled two days before the Iowa Republican Straw Poll. The second debate will be held before the Iowa Caucuses which are scheduled to be held on February 6th 2012. Fox News and the Iowa GOP will co-sponsor the debate.
The announcement comes one day after a presidential debate was announced in New Hampshire. The state that holds the first presidential primary. WMUR-TV, the New Hampshire Union Leader and CNN are co-sponsoring a debate on June 7th in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Fox News and the South Carolina GOP also announced two presidential debates. The first debate will be held on May 5th in Greenville, South Carolina. The second debate will be scheduled closer to the South Carolina primary.
There is one other debate that's been announced but not yet scheduled. Politico and NBC are co-sponsoring a Spring debate at the Reagan Presidential Library. The Library will also host another debate on the eve of the Super Tuesday elections.
All of the presidential debates prompt one major question: When will the candidates actually declare their intentions? No one has formally announced their intentions yet."