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The Tuesday Count: Polls show faltering support for medical cannabis initiative in Florida

Edited by Ryan Byrne

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Polls once projected a comfortable victory for Florida's Amendment 2, a medical marijuana legalization initiative. An accurate projection, however, requires that social and political conditions, among other things, do not change over time, something hardly probable in political campaigns. While changing polls show a downswing in support for Amendment 2, they are showing an upswing in support for marijuana legalization in the nation's capital.


Alabama speaker, up for re-election, indicted on 23 counts

Alabama

By Joel Williams

Montgomery, Alabama: On October 20, 2014, a grand jury indicted Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R) on 23 total counts. Each count carries a maximum penalty of two to 20 years in prison and $30,000 in fines. Hubbard was booked in the Lee County jail that same day. The charges include:[1]

  • Four counts of using of his office as Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party for personal gain;
  • One count of voting for legislation with a conflict of interest;
  • Eleven counts of soliciting or receiving a thing of value from a lobbyist or principal;
  • Two counts of using his office as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives for personal gain;
  • Four Counts of lobbying an executive department or agency for a fee;
  • One count of using state equipment, materials, etc. for private gain.[1][2]

The indictment does not remove him from his position in the legislature, his role as speaker or from the 2014 ballot. Hubbard is still slated to face Shirley Scott-Harris (D) in the general election on November 4.[1]

Hubbard suggested that these charges are nothing more than a witch hunt. In a statement, he said, "Friends, if there was any doubt that this was a political witch hunt, I think it is pretty clear right now that is exactly what it is. This has been going on for two years, dragging on and on, and here they come two weeks before an election and make these allegations. The fact is that we've done some great things in this state and some powerful people don't like it."[1]


State Legislative Tracker: Sports betting passes in New Jersey, awaiting signature

Edited by Joel Williams
This week’s tracker includes a look at another attempt to legalize sports betting in New Jersey.


Midterm Election Countdown: The West Regional Review

By Tyler King

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The West has no shortage of elections rated as toss-ups or with just a slight lean. Voters will head to the polls on November 4 to choose candidates for offices ranging from local school boards to the U.S. Senate. There are a total of 10 governor's mansions, 54 other state executive offices, 102 U.S. House seats, eight U.S. Senate seats, 1,106 state legislative seats, 51 statewide ballot measures, 987 judicial offices and 526 school board seats in the nation's largest school districts up for grabs.

Ballotpedia and Judgepedia are providing comprehensive coverage of all these elections from now to November. Click here for links to more detailed information on each race.


The Tuesday Count: Michigan's wolf hunting referendums would have short-term effect on law

Click here for the latest Tuesday Count

Edited by Ryan Byrne

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This week's Tuesday Count features how an anti-wolf hunting campaign in Michigan is moving forward following legislative actions rendering the group's referendums moot, fracking and GMO bans in California, and the toppling of voter-approved same-sex marriage bans in multiple states.


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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 AL.com, "Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard indicted on 23 felony corruption charges by Lee County Grand Jury," October 20, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.