Category: State

  • One-fourth of contested Kentucky state executive primaries since 2007 have been decided by less than 5 percent

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    Twenty-six percent of contested state executive primaries in the Commonwealth of Kentucky since 2007 have been decided by five percentage points or less, including four where the winner’s margin of victory was less than one percent of total votes cast.   All four of the races decided by less than one percent during this time…

  • Two Georgia Republicans competing in February 5 special runoff

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    On January 8, Jesse Vaughn (R) and Matt Barton (R) defeated four other candidates in a special general election for the District 5 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives. Vaughn and Barton advanced to a special runoff election scheduled for February 5.   The seat was previously held by John D. Meadows III (R),…

  • North Carolina gets new state board of elections with NC-09 investigation still pending

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    Gov. Roy Cooper (D) appointed three Democrats and two Republicans to the new North Carolina State Board of Elections: Stella Anderson (D), David Black (R), Jeff Carmon III (D), Bob Cordle (D), and Ken Raymond (R). Cordle was elected chairman of the board Thursday.   Reaching a conclusion in the 2018 election for North Carolina’s…

  • The 1981 Alaska House has parallels to current leadership deadlock

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    The Alaska House of Representatives has not yet formed a majority. Twenty-one members are needed to elect a permanent House speaker, and only 20 of the chamber’s 23 Republicans are in alliance.   The history of the House shows that narrow majorities formed after lengthy bargaining periods have failed before.   In 1981, the Alaska…

  • Minnesota State Senate District 11 special election on Tuesday

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    A special election in Minnesota State Senate District 11 will take place Tuesday. If state Rep. Jason Rarick (R) wins the special election, Republicans will gain a 3-seat majority in the chamber. If Stu Lourey (DFL) wins, Republicans will again hold a 1-seat majority.   Lourey, Rarick, and Legal Marijuana Now candidate John Birrenbach are…

  • Governor appoints Ives to fill New Mexico Court of Appeals vacancy

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    New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) appointed Zachary Ives to the New Mexico Court of Appeals on January 31. He was appointed to replace Justice Michael Vigil, who was elected to the New Mexico Supreme Court in 2018.   Ives earned his B.A. from Vassar College in 1995 and his J.D. from the University…

  • Kentucky filing deadline review

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    Kentucky’s statewide filing deadline passed on January 29, 2019. Seven state executive offices are up for general election on November 5: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, agriculture commissioner, auditor, and treasurer. Primary elections are scheduled for May 21.   Ballotpedia will also cover special judicial elections for a seat on the State…

  • Special election candidates set for Pennsylvania State Senate seat

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    Democratic and Republican committees have chosen candidates to run in the Pennsylvania State Senate District 37 special election. Pam Iovino (D) and D. Raja (R) are facing off in the general election on April 2. Candidates running for special elections in Pennsylvania are selected by their respective political parties rather than through primary elections.  …

  • New York Legislature approves extreme risk protection order bill

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    New York’s legislature sent a firearms regulation bill to Governor Cuomo earlier this week.   The New York State Legislature approved SB 2451 along party lines on January 29. According to the New York State Senate website, the bill “establishes extreme risk protection orders as a court-issued order of protection prohibiting a person from purchasing,…

  • Most popular governors of 2018 continue to top charts in fourth quarter

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    America’s three most popular governors throughout 2018 remained the most popular in the fourth quarter of the year, according to a poll of gubernatorial approval ratings conducted by Morning Consult. The quarterly poll measures approval ratings for all 50 state governors.   For the eighth consecutive quarter, Gov. Charlie Baker (R-Mass.) was the most popular…