Category: State

  • Rancher gives $100,000 to support state legislative recall in Colorado

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    Weld County rancher Steve Wells has donated $100,000 through his company to the effort to recall Colorado state Rep. Rochelle Galindo (D). Prior to Wells’ donation, the recall committee had raised $2,542. The recall effort was approved for circulation on April 4 and the petition was submitted by Mary Achziger and Karen Kornins. Recall supporters…

  • Special elections on Tuesday for South Carolina and Tennessee state legislatures

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    Two state legislative special elections are being held on April 23 in Tennessee State Senate District 22 and South Carolina House of Representatives District 14. Republican legislators previously held both seats. The results of both elections will not change partisan control of either chamber, which both feature Republican supermajorities.   The Tennessee special election was…

  • North Carolina governor taps two for state court of appeals

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    North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) appointed Reuben Young and Christopher Brook to fill two vacancies on the 15-member state Court of Appeals. Young and Brook are both registered with the Democratic Party.   The North Carolina Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court in North Carolina. The court has 15 judges who hear…

  • Connecticut holds sixth state legislative special election in 2019

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    On Tuesday, Tammy Exum (D) defeated Robert Margolis (R) to win the vacant District 19 seat in the Connecticut House of Representatives. She won with 64.6% of the vote, according to the unofficial election night tally. No primary was held in the race – both Exum and Margolis were both nominated by their respective political…

  • Maine special election filing deadline coming on April 18

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    Political parties in Maine have until April 18, 2019, to submit candidate nominations to the secretary of state for the special election in District 45 of the state House of Representatives. The special election will be held on June 11.   The special election became necessary after Dale Denno (D) resigned his seat on March…

  • Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) will have the chance to fill two state supreme court seats

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    Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) will have the chance to appoint two new justices to the nine-member state supreme court. Justice Patrick Wyrick vacated his seat on April 10, 2019, when he was nominated to serve on the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Justice John Reif announced in March that…

  • April 16 special election to fill Connecticut House seat

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    A special election for the District 19 seat of the Connecticut House of Representatives is being held April 16. Candidates running for special elections in Connecticut are nominated through party conventions. The March 8 Republican nominating convention chose Robert Margolis as the party’s candidate, and the March 9 Democratic nominating convention chose Tammy Exum.  …

  • Second electoral do-over for Georgia House seat results in conclusive victor

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    In Georgia and Florida, state legislative special elections were held on Tuesday.   A special election was held for District 28 in the Georgia House of Representatives. This was the third election for the seat in the past year. The regularly scheduled primary on May 22, 2018, and a new primary on December 4, 2018,…

  • Arkansas governor appoints judge to state Court of Appeals

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    Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) appointed Meredith Blaise Switzer as the District 4, Position 2, judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Switzer succeeds Judge David “Mac” Glover, who died on March 23, 2019. Switzer will serve until December 31, 2020.   A new judge will be elected to the position in 2020. Under Arkansas law,…

  • 94 state legislative seats have flipped in special elections since 2010

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    Ninety-four state legislative seats have changed partisan control, or flipped, in special elections since 2010. Democrats have won 51 of these special elections, Republicans have won 37, and independent and third-party candidates have won six.   So far, six partisan flips have occurred in 2019—four Republican wins, one Democratic win, and one independent win.  …