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Hutchinson's Signature Moves 2016 Arkansas Presidential Primary to March
Quickly on the heels of the Arkansas state legislature wrapping up the business of its special session on Thursday, Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) signed SB 8 into law on Friday, May 29. The newly changed statute would shift the consolidated May Arkansas prima...
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Arkansas House Sends SEC Primary Bill Off to Governor Hutchinson
The Arkansas House on Thursday, May 28 passed SB 8 by a vote of 67-22 . The amended version of the bill would shift the primaries for a number of offices -- including the presidential primary -- from the mid-May to the first Tuesday in March during the 2016...
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Nevada Assembly Committee Rejects Senate-Passed Presidential Primary Bill
Supporters on the Nevada Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections could not muster enough votes to recommend SB 421 for passage on the floor of the full Assembly. The Senate-passed legislation would have created a separate presidential pri...
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Ohio Presidential Primary Bill Advances from Senate Committee
FHQ was waiting on the Ohio legislature to update HB 153  online to reflect the state Senate State and Local Government Committee passage yesterday, but waiting on those vote totals may put off posting this update until after the full Ohio Senate takes up t...
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Identical SEC Primary Bills Introduced With Mixed Reviews in Arkansas
Given the small window in which the Arkansas legislature has to act during the special session this week, things are likely to move at an expedited pace. While one anti-SEC primary bill was the first introduced on the session's first day a day ago, it was n...
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First Presidential Primary Bill of Arkansas Special Session Does Not Call for SEC Primary Date
In a sign of what may yet come in the short special session this week in Arkansas, the opening salvo in the effort to join the SEC primary on March 1 does not actually call for moving the presidential primary in the Natural state to March. Instead, Represen...
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Upon Further Review: Nevada Assembly Committee Passes Presidential Primary Bill
A day after rejecting the measure to create a presidential primary in Nevada, the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee passed an amended SB 421 on a party line, 6-4 vote. Unlike Wednesday's less cohesive committee vote, majority Republica...
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Arkansas Senate Passes Compromise SEC Primary Bill
Arkansas legislators worked into the evening on day two of the current special session yesterday. After failing to gather enough votes to suspend the rules and consider SB 8 on the floor of the state Senate 1 , senators in support of the move to join the SE...
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Ohio Senate Passes March 15 Presidential Primary Bill
The Ohio state Senate on Wednesday, May 27 passed HB 153 by a vote 23-10 along party lines. The bill would push back the date of the presidential primary in the Buckeye state by one week from March 8 to March 15. By moving back one week on the 2016 presiden...
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Arkansas House Passes SEC Primary Bill
The Arkansas state House on Wednesday, May 27 passed HB 1006 . By a vote of 56-32, the House passed the bill that would shift all primary elections in the Natural state up to the first Tuesday in March from May. Though the legislation faced resistance befor...
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Request Denied, Minnesota Republicans Will Bind Delegates Based on Precinct Caucuses
The Republican National Committee has rejected the latest Minnesota Republican Party request for a waiver from the new delegate binding rules for 2016. Since mid-February, around the time when Republicans in the Land of 10,000 Lakes agreed with state Democr...
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Pennsylvania Parties Not That Open to Presidential Primary Change
The proposed shift of the Pennsylvania presidential primary from April to March raised eyebrows in both major parties in the Keystone state. The resistance has less to do with the presidential primary than it does with moving the all of the primaries -- pre...
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I am a visiting assistant professor of political science at Davidson College specializing in campaigns and elections.