Daily Archives: May 12, 2018

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

Election Recap: Ohio Primary


Rich Cordray (D)Democrat Rich Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine will face off for the Ohio Governor’s seat in November after both candidates clinched their party’s respective nomination Tuesday evening. The 2018 gubernatorial race is a rematch of the 2010 Ohio attorneys general race when DeWine edged Cordray by a 1-point margin. In the Republican primary, DeWine [...]

Election Recap: Ohio Primary2018-05-12T12:08:27-04:00

Iowa Lawmakers Pass $2.2 Billion Tax Cut


Governor Reynolds (R- IA)In an effort to jump-start the state’s economy, Iowa lawmakers recently approved a historic tax cut that slashes revenue by more than $2 billion over the next six years. The Republican-dominated legislature pushed the bill through on May 5, which awaits the signature of Governor Kim Reynolds. “Republicans led on tax reform in [...]

Iowa Lawmakers Pass $2.2 Billion Tax Cut2018-05-12T12:06:29-04:00
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