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This page keeps track of all the recent major happenings involving state executive officials, including resignations and appointments, policy news and election updates.

This page was last updated on 5:32, 4 March 2014 (CST)

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DateEvent
April 18Filing deadline for write-in candidates for primary in Colorado
April 22Filing deadline for political party candidates in Michigan
April 22Filing deadline for write-in candidates who seek to participate in the primary election in Idaho


2014 Election News


Arkansas filing deadline
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Little Rock, Arkansas: Seven state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Arkansas. At noon on March 3, the filing period for candidates came to a close, amid stormy conditions that caused the closure of many county clerk offices around the state.[1] The primary election will be held on May 20, 2014, with a primary runoff scheduled to take place, if needed, on June 10. Arkansas is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[2][3][4]

Two incumbents, Gov. Mike Beebe (D) and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D), are barred by term limits from running for re-election to their respective offices. Meanwhile, state law prevents current Treasurer appointee Charles Robinson (D), who replaced former-treasurer Martha Ann Shoffner (D) following arrest on political corruption charges last May, from seeking a full term in 2014.[5] The Lieutenant Governor's office is currently without an incumbent, since former officeholder Mark Darr (R) vacated the office this past January under threat of impeachment proceedings.[6] Although eligible for re-election, Arkansas Auditor Charlie Daniels (D) is retiring at the end of his current term.[7] This leaves only two Arkansas executive incumbents who are seeking re-election this electoral cycle: Secretary of State Mark Martin (R) and State Lands Commissioner John Thurston (R).[8]

Thirty candidates filed their petitions with the secretary of state before the March 3 deadline and will be competing in the 2014 preferential primary elections or November 4 general election.[9]

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Happenings


Gov. Beebe signs bill allowing him to leave Lt. Gov. seat vacant, save state money

The Arkansas Lieutenant Governor's office has been vacant since February 1, 2014, when former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's January 2014 resignation went into effect. Now, due to a new law passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Mike Beebe (D), the office will remain vacant until Darr's successor is elected and sworn in next January.[21]

At the time of Darr's departure, state law had required Beebe to call a special election to fill the vacancy within 150 days of the officeholder's departure. But the term-limited governor held off while the legislature determined the fate of an already pending bill which would allow the governor the option to leave the seat vacant if there are fewer than 11 months before the next regularly-scheduled election. "If they pass something like that, I can tell you right now I would not call a special election and would save the money," Beebe said in support of the proposal in late January. The bill passed easily in both chambers of the state legislature, and Beebe signed it into law on February 28, 2014.[22][21]

A Republican first elected in November 2010, Darr took office the following January for a four-year term expiring in January 2015. Darr did not complete his first term as lieutenant governor, having resigned January 10, 2014, in the aftermath of a settlement with the state ethics commission for misuse of campaign funds. The ethics violations elicited calls from Beebe and other prominent government officials for Darr to step down, in addition to impeachment threats from state legislators. In the end, Darr submitted his resignation "to the people of Arkansas, not an elected official."[23][24][6]

Appointments/Resignations


Lieutenant Governor's Office Vacant in Arkansas

Mark Darr leaves his post as Arkansas Lieutenant Governor

The office of Arkansas's Lieutenant Governor has been vacant since February 1, 2014, when former Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr's January 2014 resignation went into effect. A Republican first elected in November 2010, Darr took office the following January for a four-year term expiring in January 2015. Darr did not complete his first term as lieutenant governor, having resigned January 10, 2014, in the aftermath of a settlement with the state ethics commission for misuse of campaign funds. The ethics violations elicited calls from officials such as Gov. Mike Beebe for Darr to step down, as well as threats of impeachment proceedings. Darr submitted his resignation "to the people of Arkansas, not an elected official."[33][24][6]

State law requires Beebe to call a special election to fill the vacancy within 150 days of the officeholder's departure. Beebe is expected to hold off, however, until he can ascertain the fate of a current bill that would give the governor the option to leave the seat vacant if there are fewer than 11 months before the next regularly-scheduled election. "If they pass something like that, I can tell you right now I would not call a special election and would save the money," Beebe said in support of the proposal, which could be put to vote as early as this month.[34]

New Nebraska Commissioner of Education named

The Nebraska State Board of Education named Matthew Blomstedt to the office of Nebraska Commissioner of Education

On December 12, 2013, Matthew Blomstedt took office as the Nebraska Commissioner of Education. Blomstedt replaced the interim commissioner, Scott Swisher, who held the office since June, 2013. Blomstedt is the executive director of the Nebraska Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council. The council was created in 2007 to oversee Nebraska's 17 educational service units.[35]


Candidate changes

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