“Sanders surprises with controversial superdelegate strategy”

Steve Benen: Strictly speaking, Democratic primary and caucus voters are principally responsible for choosing their presidential nominee, but the power is not entirely in their hands. While those voters elect pledged delegates for the party’s national convention, the Democratic process … Continue reading

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Bauer on Countering Super PACs, My Critique, and Political Equality

Bob: At the same time, there is room for reform–some adjustment to the regulatory process–that would account for the Super PACs’ emergence and widening impact.  Transparency measures can clearly identify for the public those single-candidate Super PACs operating with the … Continue reading

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6th Circuit Rejects Challenge to Ohio Law Keeping Partisan Information of Judicial Candidates Off Ballot

Opinion: Ohio elects its state judges through a hybrid process. Judicial candidates are first selected through partisan primary elections. On the general-election ballot, however, their names show no partisan affiliation, even though judicial candidates may affiliate with political parties throughout … Continue reading

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“Stealth Partisan Spoilers: Evaluating the Logic Behind Partisan Disaffiliation Requirements for Independent and Third-Party Candidates”

Adam Chamberlain and Carl Klarner have posted this draft on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: In this article, we evaluate the rationale behind partisan disaffiliation laws, which prevent a candidate from running as an independent or from switching parties if … Continue reading

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“Fearing anger from Trump voters, Va. officials want to close schools for primary”

WaPo: Officials in Virginia’s largest jurisdiction want to close public schools during the Super Tuesday presidential primaries, saying they fear that supporters of Republican front-runner Donald Trump could cause mayhem at the polls. The concerns stem mainly from a state … Continue reading

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