Group doesn’t want childless taxpayers voting on polling places in schools

By   /  August 19, 2014  /  Elections, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments


By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
GREENDALE, Wis. — A group pushing for polling places to be taken out of schools in Greendale doesn’t want the issue going to a referendum in November over fears it may not pass.
Some parents and educators who spoke at a Greendale Village Board of Trustees meeting earlier this month indicated the [...]

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MN candidate with big pockets takes another big loss

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Elections, Minnesota, News, Politics & Elections, State Politics  /  No Comments

MN's $6 MILLION MAN: Matt Entenza has failed to win 20 percent of the vote despite pouring millions of his own money into primary campaigns for statewide office in the last two election cycles. Photo:  Entenza for Auditor.

Matt Entenza got smoked again in a third quest for statewide office, even with all the zeroes on his personal contribution checks.

Yet if antipathy could be monetized, the former Minnesota House minority leader got more than his money’s worth in challenging incumbent Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto, a fellow member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party.

“This really felt like an ambush, like a drive-by political assassination that he tried to pull off that backfired big time,” said Larry Jacobs, a University of Minnesota political science professor. “I frankly didn’t hear of any real support for him.”

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Hickenlooper’s veto may benefit unexpected fundraisers

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Colorado, Elections, Legislature  /  No Comments


By Jackie Moreau |
Colorado’s most recent legislative session was one of “unexpectations.”
Gov. Hickenlooper unexpectedly vetoed a finance-reform bill that kept unexpected fundraisers satisfied, Watchdog Wire’s  Joshua Sharf reports.
House Bill14-1375, which passed with bipartisan support, targeted Tax Increment Financing and developers who have been able to subvert costs of development projects from its revenue. TIF [...]

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AG undercuts Virginia voter ID law

By   /  August 7, 2014  /  Elections, News, Virginia, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

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Arguing that it’s impossible for election officials to validate every form of identification, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring moved to gut the state’s voter ID law Tuesday.

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Kansas primary reflects growing anti-incumbency sentiment

By   /  August 7, 2014  /  Elections, Kansas, News  /  No Comments


Just call Tuesdays’ primary election the revolution that wasn’t.

“It was an almost revolution,” said Chapman Rackaway, political science professor at Fort Hays State University. “We had a threat of an earthquake, even if the ground didn’t quite shake.”

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They bought what?! Top 5 ridiculous Kansas campaign cash purchases

By   /  August 5, 2014  /  Elections, Ethics, Kansas, News  /  No Comments

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When it comes to wielding the power of campaign contributions, state law gives Kansas political candidates a fair amount of wiggle room.

Statute permits those vying for public office to use political funds for any “legitimate” campaign purpose or expense associated with holding their elected position. As you can imagine, that leaves a gray area about a mile wide.

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