Monthly Archives: May 2018

Ohio House Leadership in Turmoil Following FBI Raid


Fmr Speaker Rosenberger (R-OH)FBI agents raided the home of former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosneberger (R) last week as part of an investigation into his relationships with payday lenders and private donors. The raid came after Rosenberger abruptly resigned from his speakership role in late April and hired a lawyer to handle an FBI inquiry [...]

Ohio House Leadership in Turmoil Following FBI Raid2018-05-30T11:49:00-04:00

Gubernatorial Primary Recap: Arkansas, Georgia, Texas


Georgia State Rep. Stacy Abrams Democrat Stacey Abrams clinched her party’s nomination for the Georgia gubernatorial seat Tuesday night, making her the first African-American woman to win a major party nomination for governor. Abrams defeated fellow state legislator Stacey Evans by more than 50 points. Although Abrams and Evans shared nearly identical policies, the former Georgia House Minority Leader [...]

Gubernatorial Primary Recap: Arkansas, Georgia, Texas2018-05-23T11:36:15-04:00

Colorado State Legislature Approves and Rejects Virtual Currency Legislation


As the federal government debates the regulatory framework for blockchain technology and other cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, the Colorado state legislature recently debated two pieces of legislation that would make the Rocky Mountain State a leader in both. On May 9, the Colorado State legislature passed Senate Bill 86, which directs the Colorado Department of [...]

Colorado State Legislature Approves and Rejects Virtual Currency Legislation2018-05-16T11:42:24-04:00

Election Recap: Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Oregon, and Idaho Primaries


Pennsylvania Republican State Senator Scott Wagner will face Governor Tom Wolfin the 2018 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election after clinching the GOP nomination Tuesday night. Wagner took more than 44 percent of the state’s GOP vote, while Paul Mango had 37 percent and Laura Ellsworth had 19 percent. Wagner, a successful waste management entrepreneur from York County, spent more than [...]

Election Recap: Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Oregon, and Idaho Primaries2018-05-16T11:38:42-04:00

Election Preview: Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Primary


Primary Election: May 15th, 2018 General Election: November 6th, 2018 Governor Tom Wolf (D)Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D), a former York County business executive, will seek a second term during the 2018 gubernatorial election. Wolf defeated Republican Governor Tom Corbett by nearly 10 points in 2014, becoming the first incumbent governor denied a second term after the state constitution [...]

Election Preview: Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Primary2018-05-12T15:47:51-04:00

Ranked-Choice Voting in Maine


In November 2016, Maine voters approved an initiative to reshape the balloting process in the Pine Tree State. With a 52-47 vote, Mainers moved from a plurality voting system, to a ranked-choice system—also known as instant run-off voting—for all statewide offices, including Governor, Congress and the U.S. Senate. However, in early 2017, the Maine State [...]

Ranked-Choice Voting in Maine2018-05-12T15:45:18-04:00

Election Preview: Massachusetts Gubernatorial Primary


Primary Election: September 4, 2018 General Election: November 6, 2018 Governor Charlie Baker (R – MA) While Massachusetts remains a liberal-leaning state, Republican Charlie Baker has the highest favorability ratings among any governor in the United States. Baker is now running for re-election after he won in 2014 when he turned a traditional blue state red for [...]

Election Preview: Massachusetts Gubernatorial Primary2018-05-12T15:39:53-04:00

Legislative Update: Arizona


#RedforEd movement prompts Teacher strike Similar to other national teacher walkouts, Arizona teachers in an initiative called #RedforEd held a 6-day strike that had many schools closed, and thousands marching on the state capitol.  The teacher demand is for an increase in teacher salaries, more education funding, and increased wages for support staff such as [...]

Legislative Update: Arizona2018-05-12T12:15:51-04:00

Legislative Update: Colorado


Compromise Senate deal on CO Civil Rights Commission faces House Democratic objections A bipartisan compromise bill approved by the Senate shifts some panel appointment power from the Governor to the legislature is facing objections from House Democrat leadership.  The Senate bill ensures a mix of Republican, Democrat and Independent voters on the Commission.  The bill [...]

Legislative Update: Colorado2018-05-12T12:13:25-04:00

Legislative Update: New Mexico


Governor’s Vetoes Ruled Invalid by NM Supreme Court Governor Susana Martinez (R-NM)The New Mexico Supreme Court upheld a judge’s ruling that vetoes issued by Governor Martinez in 2017 were invalid, and ordered the laws to go into effect. The bills in question were mostly noncontroversial including authorization for research of industrial hemp production and the [...]

Legislative Update: New Mexico2018-05-12T12:11:26-04:00
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