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Revision as of 11:22, 15 April 2014

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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 12:16, 15 April 2014 (CDT)

Mark your calendar
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


Oklahoma filing deadline
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Nine state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Oklahoma: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, state auditor and inspector and superintendent of public instruction, commissioner of insurance, commissioner of labor and one seat on the corporation commission

The primary election is scheduled for June 24, 2014. Oklahoma is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote, so an unaffiliated voter must be authorized by a party in order to vote in the primary.[1]

One incumbent, Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas, is running for Congress. The other eight incumbents are running for re-election. They are:

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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.[17]

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.[18][17]

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."[19][20][7]

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."[29][20][7]

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.[30]

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.[31]


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  27. 27.0 27.1 Politico, Bob McDonnell and wife indicted in gift scandal, January 21, 2014
  28. NBC Politics, Former Virginia governor, wife charged in gift scandal, January 21, 2014
  29. Arkansas Times, "Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign Feb. 1, cites politics, family," January 10, 2014
  30. The Miami Herald, "Ark. gov. backs bill keeping Darr office vacant," January 29, 2014
  31. Omaha, New Nebraska ed commissioner Matthew Blomstedt took less traditional path to job, December 13, 2013
  32. 32.0 32.1 The Miami-Herald, "Gov. Rick Scott announces Carlos Lopez-Cantera as new lt. governor," January 14, 2014
  33. 33.0 33.1 Bradenton Herald, "Gov. Rick Scott announces Carlos Lopez-Cantera as new lieutenant governor," January 14, 2014
  34. 34.0 34.1 ‘’Florida Supreme Court,’’ “Petition for Writ of Mandamus,” January 6, 2014
  35. 35.0 35.1 ‘’Reuters,’’ “Florida governor sued for not appointing new lieutenant governor,” January 6, 2013
  36. ‘’Ballot Access News,’’ “Florida Taxpayer Asks Florida Supreme Court to Order Governor to Appoint a Lieutenant Governor,” January 7, 2013
  37. Governing, "Florida Lt. Gov Resigns Amid Federal Probe," March 13, 2013
  38. The Tampa Bay Times, "Gov. Rick Scott shuts down lieutenant governor's office to save money," March 25, 2013