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Revision as of 17:23, 26 December 2013

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The Tuesday Count: Alaska initiatives moved from August to November ballot

Edited by Ryan Byrne

1 certification
79 measures for 2014



AK and HI ballots (News)
Marijuana (Quick hits)
GMOs (Spotlight)

Alaska 2014 ballot measures
According to Section 4 of Article XI of the Alaska Constitution, the lieutenant governor shall place citizen’s initiatives on the ballot for the first statewide election held more than one hundred twenty days after adjournment of the legislative session following the initiatives' filing.[1] Previously, Alaska's certified initiatives were to be voted upon on primary election day, August 19, 2014, but the Alaska Legislature failed to adjourn on Sunday, April 20 and continued to work into Monday, April 21. Thus, the legislature worked on the 120th day before August 19, which, as the constitution states, means that the initiatives cannot appear on the primary ballot.[2] Gail Fenumiai, the state's election director, said the three measures are now set for the general election ballot on November 4, 2014.[3] The moved initiatives are the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, which would legalize marijuana with restrictions, the Minimum Wage Increase Initiative, which would increase the state's hourly minimum wage to $9.75, and the Bristol Bay Mining Ban, which would require the proposed "large-scale metallic sulfide mining operation" near Bristol Bay to seek final legislative approval.

However, the one certified veto referendum, Ballot Measure 1, will stay on the primary election ballot. Governed by Section 5 of Article XI of the Alaska Constitution, veto referenda are filed within ninety days after adjournment of the legislative session at which the act under question was passed. Following, the lieutenant governor shall place them on the ballot for the first statewide election held more than one hundred eighty days after adjournment of that session. Since Ballot Measure 1 was filed following an act in 2013 and certified on September 3, 2013, the referendum was set to appear on the next statewide ballot following the one hundred eighty day requirement, namely, the August 19, 2014 primary ballot. Ballot Measure 1, also known as the Oil Tax Cuts Veto Referendum, would repeal Senate Bill 21, which grants tax breaks to oil companies.

According to the Washington Post and Anchorage Daily News, the ballot changes are likely to aid U.S. Senator Mark Begich (D) in his bid for reelection, as the three initiatives may increase voter turnout amongst demographics more inclined to vote Democratic.[2][3] Similarly, Florida's Democrats may be aided by the state's two initiatives, the Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative and the Water and Land Conservation Initiative.[4][5]

In other news from the non-contiguous United States, a third legislatively-referred constitutional amendment was approved for the November 4, 2014, ballot in Hawaii. The Bonds for Dam and Reservoir Assistance Amendment would authorize the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds and use the proceeds from such bonds to offer loans to assist dam and reservoir owners in improving their facilities. The measure was introduced into the Hawaii Legislature by State Senator Donna Mercado Kim as Senate Bill No. 2876 and was approved in both legislative chambers with no opposition.[6] However, a similar measure was on the ballot in 2012, but did not garner enough votes to become law. In Hawaii, a majority of the total votes cast in an election are required to approve a ballot measure, not just a majority of votes cast on the ballot question. Therefore, voters who do not vote on the ballot question are effectively voting “no.”

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State Legislative Tracker: New Hampshire attempts death penalty repeal

Edited by Joel Williams
This week’s tracker includes a look at New Hampshire's death penalty repeal bill.


Voters to decide GOP nominee in Florida special election

Florida

By Jennifer Springer

Fort Meyers, Florida: Tomorrow voters from Florida's 19th Congressional District will go to the polls to decide the Republican nominee in the special election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Rep. Trey Radel (R).[7][8][9] Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.[10]

Radel was arrested in the District of Columbia on October 29, 2013, for possession of cocaine.[11] On November 20, 2013, Radel announced that he would take a leave of absence in order to enter a substance abuse treatment facility in Florida.[12][13][14][15] On January 27, 2014, Radel announced his resignation from Congress.[16][17]

On the Republican ticket, former Honeywell and American Can Company executive Curt Clawson is running for the first time against state Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, former state Rep. and physician Paige Kreegel and businessman Michael Dreikorn.[18] Clawson has led in polls conducted in the district.

In just a few months of the campaign, Clawson spent $2.26 million, compared to a combined $1.1 million spent by Lizbeth Benacquisto, Paige Kreegel and Michael Dreikorn.[19][20]

The Values Are Vital PAC spent nearly $353,000 supporting Kreegel and on attack ads and mailings opposing Clawson and Benacquisto. The Liberty and Leadership Fund, which supports Benacquisto, spent $477,000 in the campaign, mostly on TV broadsides and mailers against Curt Clawson Clawson.[19]

National GOP leaders are split on the race. Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum, the Tea Party Express, and Rand Paul have all endorsed Clawson, while former Govs. Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin have endorsed Benacquisto.[21][22][23][24][25][26]

Florida's 19th Congressional District is solidly Republican.[27] The special election has a projected cost of $1.5 million.[28]

The winner of the primary will advance to the general special election to take on Democratic nominee April Freeman, Libertarian candidate Ray Netherwood and write-in candidate Timothy Rossano on June 24, 2014.[8]

The winner of the special election will face re-election in 2014, with the primary scheduled for August 26, 2014, followed by the November general election.


Deadline to submit signatures for initiatives in California is April 18

By Ryan Byrne

California
Over 60 citizen's initiatives were filed in California for the general election ballot in November 2014. Today, April 18, 2014, is the deadline for initiative and referendum proponents to submit their collected signatures with county election officials, as suggested by the California Secretary of State.[29] The deadline, however, has operated in the past as a date of assured consideration. Signatures for initiatives, such as 2012's Proposition 30 and Proposition 31, have been submitted upwards of eighteen days after the deadline and still qualified for the general election ballot for that year. Proponents of initiatives who submit their signatures after the April 18 deadline for 2014, but by their initiative's petition circulation deadline, will likely have their initiative placed on the 2016 ballot, rather than the 2014 ballot, upon signature verification and certification.

So far only one initiative and one referendum have been qualified for the ballot. The Insurance Companies Required to Justify Their Rates to the Public Initiative was qualified for the 2014 ballot on August 23, 2013. The initiative's campaign was shooting to get their measure on the 2012 ballot, but submitted signatures 28 days after the 2012 signature deadline. The Referendum to Overturn Indian Gaming Compacts was qualified for the 2014 ballot on November 20, 2013.

Currently, county officials across California are counting signatures for the Increase in Cap on Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Initiative. The measure would increase the state's cap on damages that can be assessed in medical negligence lawsuits to over $1 million from the current cap of $250,000, as well as require drug and alcohol testing of doctors and reporting of positive tests to the California Medical Board.[30] About 830,000 signatures were filed by supporters with election officials on March 24, 2014.[31] 504,760 valid signatures are required to qualify the measure for the ballot.

The Office of the California Secretary of State will issue updates in the coming week noting which initiative campaigns submitted signatures for verification.


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References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Washington Post, "Minimum wage and pot are now expected to be on Alaska’s November ballot," April 22, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Anchorage Daily News, "Voter initiatives on pot, wages and Pebble move to November ballot, but oil tax vote stays on for August," April 21, 2014
  4. Reuters, “Analysis: Florida Democrats may get buzz from medical marijuana”, January 27, 2014
  5. Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Medical marijuana measure in Florida a key test of pot's political potency for Democrats," April 14, 2014
  6. Hawaii Legislature, "S.B. No. 2876," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Politico, "Trey Radel to resign House seat," accessed January 27, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Miami Herald, "Special election scheduled to fill Radel's seat," accessed January 31, 2014
  9. National Review, "Rep. Trey Radel to Resign; Special Election Expected," accessed January 27, 2014
  10. Florida Secretary of State "Frequently Asked Questions - Voting - What Times," accessed January 3, 2014
  11. Politico, "Rep. Trey Radel charged with cocaine possession," accessed November 19, 2013
  12. CNN.com, "Rep. Trey Radel to take leave of absence, enter drug treatment," accessed November 21, 2013
  13. Washington Post, "Rep. Trey Radel of Florida to take leave of absence after guilty plea to cocaine charge," accessed November 21, 2013
  14. The Hill, "Rep. Radel leaves rehab, won't say if he'll seek re-election," accessed December 20, 2013
  15. Talking Points Memo, "Radel To Return To Congress, Undecided On 2014," accessed December 23, 2013
  16. Politico, "Trey Radel to resign House seat," accessed January 27, 2014
  17. NY Daily News, "Trey Radel to resign from Congress after cocaine scandal," accessed January 27, 2014
  18. News Max, "'Outsider' Clawson Leading in Florida GOP House Primary," accessed April 21, 2014
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  20. News Press, "Curt Clawson outspent rivals in Florida District 19 primary race," accessed April 19, 2014
  21. Shark Tank, "Tea Party Express Steams Towards Endorsing Curt Clawson For Congress," accessed April 21, 2014
  22. Tea Party Express, "Tea Party Express proudly endorsing Curt Clawson for Florida’s 19th Congressional District," accessed April 21, 2014
  23. Sunshine State News, "Republicans Tout Endorsements and Pro-Life Positions in CD 19," accessed April 19, 2014
  24. Biz Pac Review, "Florida Five: Benacquisto scores another national endorsement, Film-incentive program revamped," accessed April 8, 2014
  25. Tampa Bay Times, "Sarah Palin endorses Benacquisto in congressional race," accessed March 31, 2014
  26. Biz Pac Review, "Sarah Palin endorses fellow ‘mama grizzly’ Lizbeth Benacquisto for Fla. CD19," accessed March 31, 2014
  27. Politico, "Trey Radel to resign House seat," accessed January 27, 2014
  28. NBC News, "Vacant congressional seat costly to Southwest Florida," accessed January 30, 2014
  29. California Secretary of State, "Statewide Initiative Guide," accessed April 18, 2014
  30. Los Angeles Times, "Special interest groups look to shape 2014 California ballot," December 7, 2013
  31. Larkspur-CorteMadera Patch, "Would You Support California Measure Raising Damages in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits?," March 24, 2014