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Vermont Tries a Different Tack in Challenging New Hampshire's First in the Nation Status
With legislation to move the Vermont presidential primary up to coincide with the New Hampshire primary  stuck in neutral, a couple of Democratic legislators in the Green Mountain state are taking an alternate approach. Last week, Rep. David Deen (D-136th, ...
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Arkansas Senate Passes Bill to Create Separate March Presidential Primary
The Associated Press reported earlier in the week that the Arkansas State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee rejected a bill to position the presidential primary in the Natural state on the proposed SEC primary date. Now, as FHQ has detailed, there...
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Amended Oklahoma Presidential Primary Bill Stymied in Committee
The Oklahoma state House Committee on Elections and Ethics convened on Wednesday, March 25 to  consider several state Senate-passed bills. Among them was SB 233 , the legislation proposing the Oklahoma presidential preference primary be shifted back three w...
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Amended Kansas Senate Bill Would Now Eliminate Presidential Primary Altogether
Last week both efforts to cancel at least the 2016 presidential primary in Kansas pushed forward. However, a divergence between the two chambers' respective bills emerged in the process. The House version was amended in committee to not just eliminate the 2...
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Utah Democrats Appear Headed for March 22 Caucuses in 2016 ...and online voting?
With a presidential primary option now off the table in Utah in 2016, Democrats are eyeing March 22 as the date of their precinct caucuses according to the executive director of the Utah Democratic Party. State party delegate selection plans are not due to ...
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On 'Has the Republican Presidential Nominating System Changed Since 2008?'
Seth Masket , I thought, had an entirely reasonable reaction to Jim Rutenberg's New York Times Magazine piece on Ben Carson . In a nutshell, Rutenberg argued that the emergence of the Tea Party in combination with the rise of social media, Citizen United's ...
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Another "January" Presidential Primary Bill Out of Nevada
Early last week in the Nevada state Assembly, the Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections heard testimony on legislation to create a presidential primary in the Silver state and schedule it in January. Part of what came out of that hearing was tha...
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Michigan Democrats Opt In to March 8 Presidential Primary
The Michigan Democratic Party on Thursday, March 26 released for public comment a draft version of the party's 2016 delegate selection plan . Here's the press release from state party chairman, Lon Johnson : RE: Michigan Democratic Party Makes 2016 Delegate...
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Kansas Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Repealing Presidential Primary
The Kansas state Senate unanimously passed SB 239 on Wednesday, March 25. By a vote of 39-0 the members of the Senate opted to repeal the presidential primary law in lieu of canceling the election for the sixth consecutive cycle in the Sunflower state. The ...
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Nevada Won't Have a January Presidential Primary in 2016
However, AB 302 will live on in a different form. The Nevada Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections convened on Tuesday, March 24 to conduct a hearing a handful of bills. Among them was AB 302, the legislation introduced by Assembly Spea...
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Presidential Primary Bill Gets the Thumbs Up in Idaho Committee
The Senate-passed bill to reestablish a presidential primary in Idaho and schedule it as a stand-alone election in March was favorably reported out of committee on the House side on the morning or Tuesday, March 24. The Idaho state House State Affairs Commi...
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Bush Involved in Recent Florida Presidential Primary Legislation?
This is interesting. From Lee Fang at The Intercept: State Representative Matt Gaetz wrote to Bush on January 2nd that he is “concerned that Florida’s current primary date will lead to proportional allocation of delegates” and that a “winner take all” syste...
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