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Monday, August 3, 2015

NY's Women’s Equality Party Interim Chair Issue

Former DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala can continue as interim chair of the state Women’s Equality Party (WEP) despite remaining an enrolled Democrat, but only until shortly after this year’s General Election.

Fiala, who was previously Broome County Executive, said she will formally announce her candidacy for state Senate. She’s running to replace Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous, R-Binghamton, who was forced from office when he was convicted of lying to the FBI.

Since early this month, she has served as the interim chair of the WEP, the statewide third party created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign last year. But Fiala is an enrolled Democrat and said in an interview that she intends to remain one as she makes her Senate run.

Under the Women’s Equality Party rules, Fiala can remain interim chair until shortly after this year’s election.

“Each Interim State Committee member shall be a registered voter residing within the State of New York and, to the extent that such member shall continue in office after the first Tuesday following the General Election held in calendar year 2015, the member shall be an enrolled member of the WEP,” the party’s rules states.

Fiala said she plans on remaining a Democrat.

Under state law, the special election for Libous’ Senate seat will be Nov. 3, unless Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes the unlikely step of calling one before then.

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How Big a Third-Party Threat Is Trump?

If Donald Trump loses the Republican Presidential nomination and runs as a third-party candidate, he definitely could put a crimp in GOP hopes to reclaim the White House.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 29% of Likely U.S. Voters say they are at least somewhat likely to vote for Trump if he is not chosen as the GOP nominee and runs as a third party candidate.

Worrisome for Republicans is the finding that over a third (36%) of Likely GOP Voters say they are likely to vote for Trump if he’s a third-party candidate, with 18% who are Very Likely to do so.

One-in-three (33%) voters who are not affiliated with either major party also are likely Trump voters, including 16% who say they are Very Likely to vote for him if he runs third-party.

Even 19% of Democrats describe themselves as likely Trump voters, although that includes just nine percent (9%) who say they are Very Likely to vote that way.

National Primary Survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters
Conducted July 28-29, 2015


1* Have you ever voted for an independent candidate not affiliated with either major party?

2* If Donald Trump is not chosen as the Republican presidential nominee and runs as a third party candidate, how likely are you to vote for him next year?

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence

CLICK HERE for Rasmussen Reports website and report detail results.

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7 Cases Referred by NY Elections Unit for Possible Prosecution

In more bad news for New York corrupt politicians, the new State Board of Elections Enforcement Unit has referred seven cases for potential criminal prosecution since its creation almost a year ago.

Some were referred to local district attorneys and others to the state attorney general’s office, said Board of Elections Chief Enforcement Officer Risa Sugarman.

Sugarman did not provide specifics on the cases, but described them as “serious.”

“We look at personal use (of campaign funds),” she said. “We take deep dives into the financial disclosure or the lack of financial disclosure and violations of election law.”

Sugarman indicated there are eight open cases her office is handling in which subpoenas have been issued.

All told, Sugarman said since last September she has asked the four-member Board of Elections for permission to issue subpoenas in 19 cases. Two were rejected and 17 went forward, with Sugarman forced to twice cast a tie-breaking vote.

Of the 17 subpoenas that were issued, seven involved the cases referred for prosecution and two were for probes that were closed without action, she said. That leaves 10 cases Sugarman's unit is still pursuing in which subpoenas were issued.

The enforcement unit, which began its work last September was created amid controversy as part of a 2014 ethics package approved by the Legislature only after Gov. Cuomo agreed to abruptly shut down his anti-corruption Moreland Commission that had been investigating state government corruption.

Sugarman has a staff of 10 that includes two investigators, three lawyers, and two auditors. She plans to add another auditor.

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Republican Presidential Candidate Files Complaint Over First GOP Debate

Former IRS Commissioner Mark Everson, a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, and listed on the GOP Straw Poll, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Monday alleging that he is being unfairly excluded from the first debate.

Everson is arguing that election law requires debate organizers to set "pre-established and objective standards" for inclusion, and that Fox News has not met that requirement for Thursday's debate in Cleveland.

Last week the FOX News scrapped the 1% requirement for the early event, with Executive Vice President for News, Michael Clemente, saying it will instead include "all declared candidates whose names are consistently being offered to respondents in major national polls, as recognized by Fox News."

Everson wrote to Fox on Thursday arguing that "By discarding the 1% threshold for participation in the Fox debate you have recognized that polls are not reliable indicators of future electoral success at this early stage of the Republican race. It is inconsistent and arbitrary to then insist that to be included a candidate must be 'consistently being offered to respondents in major national polls, as recognized by Fox News.' I urge you to reconsider this standard."

Everson notes that he is included in an online straw poll that the Republican National Committee has on its website.

CLICK HERE to read the 7 page (PDF) formal complaint to the Federal Election Commission.

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Green Party Will Hold Presidential Convention in Houston

The Green Party voted on August 2 over the location of its 2016 presidential convention.

Houston was chosen.

The party has never before had a presidential convention in the South.

The dates will be August 4-7, currently the latest presidential convention of any party in 2016.

Currently there are five active candidates seeking the Green Party Presidential Nomination for 2016: Darryl Cherney, Jill Stein, Kent Mesplay, Bill Kreml, and Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry.

The party's co-chairs were elected by delegates from state Green Parties and Green caucuses at the party's 2015 Annual National Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. The meeting took place at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The Green Party's Steering Committee is comprised of seven co-chairs, one secretary, and one treasurer. The committee is elected to staggered two-year terms by means of Instant Runoff Voting.

Jan Martell (North Carolina) was elected national secretary of the Green Party.

The newly elected co-chairs are Sanda Everett (California) and Bahram Zandi (Maryland).

Andrea Mérida (Colorado) and Tamar Yager (Virginia) were reelected, Ms. Mérida after serving a partial term.

Audrey Clement (Virginia), Charles Ostdiek (Nebraska), and Karen Young (New York) continue to serve as co-chairs after their election in 2014.

CLICK HERE to view the Green Party's website.

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Does Your State Count in the 2016 Presidential Race?

From an article by Frank Bruni in the July 25, 2015 The New York Times Op-Ed.

The electoral college system has some pluses and some minuses, but one thing it seems to do is focus a candidate's attention during the Presidential General Election.

In 2012, only 5 states: Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, and North Carolina, were decided by less than 5% of the vote.

These states have just 17 percent of the population, but accounted for almost three-quarters of the $896 million of television advertising for the Obama-Romney race.

Most small states, and many large states, see no visits from the candidates, because they are not seen as competitive.

Is this what the Founding Fathers intended?

CLICK HERE to read Frank Bruni's article.

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Oklahoma Agrees to Bring NVRA Violations into Compliance with the Law

Voting rights advocates and Oklahoma officials announced that a settlement has been reached to provide more effective voter registration opportunities to citizens throughout the state.

Under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), state agencies that provide public assistance must ask clients whether they want to register to vote, offer them voter registration materials, and help them complete registration forms.

The settlement agreement is between the community groups and the State of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Election Board, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, and the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority.

It includes a robust plan for ensuring public assistance applicants receive voter registration services throughout Oklahoma in compliance with the NVRA.

Some highlights of the agreement include:

● Each public assistance agency will ask all public assistance clients whether they want to register to vote, provide voter registration forms, offer clients assistance in completing forms, and transmit completed voter registration applications to elections officials. These services will be offered regardless of how the client interacts with the agency – whether in person, online, through self-service portals, or over the phone.

● Each public assistance agency will assign a staff member responsibility for coordinating and implementing voter registration services, and all staff who engage clients during public assistance transactions will be trained on how they must provide voter registration services.

● The Oklahoma State Election Board will oversee public assistance agencies to ensure voter registration services are provided. This oversight will include regularly reviewing public assistance agency compliance, publicly reporting its findings, and intervening when it appears a particular office or agency is failing to provide required registration services.

“This agreement is a win-win for Oklahoma voters, the State of Oklahoma and American democracy,” said Ezra Rosenberg, Lawyers’ Committee Voting Rights Project Co-Director. “To achieve this result without the need to resort to litigation is a testament both to the legitimacy of the issues that have been resolved and the responsiveness of state officials after the problem was brought to their attention.“

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