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Ohio Sets New Maps and March Primary Date

The Ohio legislature passed H.B. 369 on December 14, 2011, by a referendum-proof margin, eliminating concerns that Ohio would hold a split primary in 2012. The bill will be effective immediately after being signed by Governor Kasich. The bill includes a congressional map slightly revised from the one proposed earlier in the fall by House Republicans. H.B. 369 also establishes a single March 6, 2012, primary and sets a December 30, 2011, filing deadline for candidates for President and Vice President, candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, and national convention delegates. The bill voids any filing for one of these positions filed before the bill’s effective date; a candidate whose earlier petition is voided must re-file. State and local candidates and ballot issues are not affected by the bill; the filing deadline for state and local candidates (which has already passed) remains December 7, 2011. H.B. 369 also creates an eight-person Redistricting Reform Task Force, with membership to be divided equally between the two major parties. The Task Force will issue a report with recommendations for reforming the redistricting process by June 30, 2012.


Edward B. Foley

Of Bouncing Balls and a Big Blue Shift

Edward B. Foley

It is a fortuitous coincidence that the University of Virginia’s Journal of Law & Politics has just published a piece of mine that shows the relevance of the current vote-counting process in Virginia’s Attorney General election to what might happen if the 2016 presidential election turns on a similar vote-counting process in Virginia. 

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Daniel P. Tokaji

Ohio treasurer receives OK to host town halls

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article from the Associated Press about an attorney general opinion that allows the Ohio treasurer to conduct telephone town halls using public money. The opinion will likely have broad ramifications for the upcoming elections, Tokaji said.

“As a practical matter, while that legal advice is certainly right, very serious concerns can arise about whether these are really intended to inform Ohio constituents about the operations of his office or if they’re campaign events,” he said.

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Tokaji and Strause release The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections

Dan Tokaji and Renata Strause will release their report on independent spending, entitled The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections on Wednesday, June 18.  The report includes interviews with former Members of Congress, such as Senators George Allen, Kent Conrad, and Ben Nelson, and Representatives Mark Critz, Tim Holden, Steve LaTourette, and Joe Walsh, as well as recent congressional candidates, campaign staff, political operatives, legislative staff, and representatives of outside groups. See here for details.

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