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Pension Hotspots: Ventura County pension initiative ruled illegal

By Josh Altic

The Pension Hotspots Report is a monthly publication about local pensions and pension reform efforts.

A court ruling scraps the Ventura County pension reform initiative, with significant consequences for 19 other counties, and bankruptcy becomes a real possibility for Scranton, Pennsylvania. NYC, however, gets some good news about its pension system, while certain California cities are facing roadblocks in their attempts to escape from the CalPERS system.

As of August 29, 2014, nine pension related measures have been proposed. Three of these have been approved and one was defeated. Court decisions removed the initiatives in Pacific Grove, California, and Ventura County, California, from the ballot, leaving three measures scheduled for voter decisions.

Seven candidates tangle for three seats on Boise school board

By Abbey Smith

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Two incumbents will face a financial analyst, a political consultant and a former candidate for the Idaho House of Representatives in the Boise School District Board of Trustees election on September 2, 2014. Another seat, up for election to a two-year term, is guaranteed to bring fresh blood to the board as two newcomers run to fill a vacancy.

At-large incumbents Nancy Gregory and Doug Park face challengers John Hruby, Anthony Shallat and Grant Walden for two six-year terms on the board. First elected in 2002, Gregory has held a position on the board for over a decade, but Park is relatively new, having been appointed in 2013. Challenger Hruby is not unfamiliar to the election process. A former candidate for the District 18B seat in the Idaho House of Representatives, Hruby lost to Brad Bolicek in the Republican primary on May 15, 2012. Though challenger Shallat hasn't run for office before, he has worked under a number of political officials and has also served on the board of directors for the Idaho Civic Engagement Project.

It's a race between an executive director and a senior vice president to fill the board's vacant seat. Candidate Brian Cronin is a Harvard University graduate who has served in a number of different positions. Senior vice president for Strategies 360, he has also worked as a teacher, press secretary, communications specialist, magazine editor and writer. Competitor Travis Jones is an executive director for the Idaho Grain Producers Association.

The winners of the election will attend a new board member orientation meeting on September 3, 2014, and get sworn into office on September 8, 2014.[1]

Florida and Alabama elections lead to runoffs, school boards to welcome newcomers

By Abbey Smith and Lauren Dixon

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Out of 116 school board seats up for general election in Florida on August 26, 2014, 31 remain undecided and will advance to a runoff election on November 4, 2014. More than half of those seats will be won by newcomers, since only 12 incumbents are moving on to the runoff election. Thirteen other incumbents were unseated in the general election. With the 26 open seats added to those victories by challengers, 27 out of the 36 Florida school districts that held elections will be welcoming newcomers onto their school boards. Two school districts, Hernando County and Volusia County, will welcome three newcomers to their school boards as two incumbents were unseated and one seat was open in each district. In contrast, two other school districts, Bay and Nassau County, canceled their elections due to lack of opposition.

One Alabama school district, Huntsville City Schools, also held elections on August 26, 2014. No incumbents ran for the three seats up for election. Beth Wilder defeated Richard V. Buchanan for the District 2 seat, and Walker McGinis defeated Kimberly Battle for the District 4 seat. The District 3 seat will be determined in a runoff election on October 7, 2014, as neither candidate received 50 percent of the vote.[2]

State legislative competitiveness analysis following recent primaries and New York's completed candidate list

By Tyler King

With only five state primaries to go, the rate of incumbents winning against primary challengers remains steady at 86.4 percent. In the last two weeks, five states held legislative primaries. Additionally, data from New York's July 10, 2014, filing deadline has been added to our analysis.

About ten percent of seats up for election in New York are open, where there is no incumbent seeking re-election. Of the incumbents who are running, 15 percent will face a primary opponent. Additionally, 58 percent of districts will feature a general election between major party candidates. The statistics from New York can be compared to the overall data, below.

Thus far, 41 states have held primary elections. Of those states, 841 incumbents retired and another 113 were defeated in primaries.

Democratic Party 20 Democrats faced primary opposition in the second half of August. Two were defeated (10.0%).
Republican Party 64 Republicans faced a primary challenger, with nine (14.1%) failing to advance past the primary.

As the primaries continue Ballotpedia will continue to update the competitiveness analysis and incumbent turnover figures, giving you the play-by-play of this year's state legislative elections. Below we detail the exact events that occurred in the most recent primaries.

Scott and Crist to vie for vulnerable governor seat this fall: Florida state executive primary elections review


By Maresa Strano

August 26, 2014 Election Review

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida: On August 26, Florida voters faced three contested state executive primary fields and selected Democratic nominees for governor and attorney general as well as the Republican nominee for governor. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, the results show GOP incumbent Rick Scott and recently-converted Democrat Charlie Crist easily securing their respective parties' nominations for governor, while George Sheldon overcame one opponent in the Democratic attorney general primary for the chance to challenge incumbent Pam Bondi (R) in the general election.[3]

The five state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Florida in 2014 - governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, chief financial officer and agriculture and consumer services commissioner - are all held by Republicans, and each of the five incumbents are seeking re-election this cycle.

Below, Ballotpedia has put together a review of the August 26 primary elections in Florida, including the unofficial vote totals and a peek ahead at the upcoming general election lineups.

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