ICYMI: Top stories of the week

Each week, we bring you a collection of the most viewed stories from The Daily Brew, condensed. 

Here are the top stories from the week of February 5-February 9.

Just in time for Super Tuesday – announcing Ballotpedia’s new Sample Ballot Lookup Tool 

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10 Oregon state senators may not run for re-election, according to state supreme court

On Feb. 1, the Oregon Supreme Court upheld Measure 113 — a 2022 ballot initiative that makes legislators ineligible for re-election to a subsequent term if they accrue 10 or more unexcused absences. As a result, 10 senators, including nine Republicans and one independent, are ineligible to run for re-election in 2024 or 2026, depending on when they are next up for re-election.

The Senators participated in a 43 day walkout in 2023 that prevented the chamber from conducting official business. Oregon is one of four states requiring two-thirds of its members to be present to do so.

Minority Leader Tim Knopp (R) said his party walked out because Democrats broke chamber rules on the plain wording of bills. “When the majority of bill summaries written demand a post-graduate degree to understand what the bills do, we disenfranchise Oregonians across the state and violate the law in the process,” he said.

Majority Leader Kate Lieber (D) said Republicans walked out because of the content of the bills. “It is no coincidence that Republicans are employing these embarrassing antics as the Senate is about to vote on bills that protect reproductive health freedom and establish common sense gun safety laws,” she said.

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Candidate filing deadlines in four states this month

Four states have statewide filing deadlines in February: Indiana, Maryland, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. 

New Mexico’s filing deadline for candidates seeking pre-primary designation Feb. 6. Indiana and Maryland’s filing deadline for all statewide and congressional candidates is Feb. 9, while Pennsylvania’s is Feb. 13. 

Additionally, the deadline for incumbents running for re-election in Nebraska is Feb. 15. Non-incumbents must file by March 1st. 

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