Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends December 16, 2013

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Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics:

2014 Election: Which Calif. member of Congress has the most cash? by 89.3 KPCC

December 5, 2013 – With all 53 of California’s congressional seats up for election in June, 2014, some incumbents have already compiled millions in campaign funds, even for seats that are largely uncontested.

It’s six months until California’s June primary, and with every one of the state’s 53 Congressional seats on the ballot, most California lawmakers have raised about a quarter of a million dollars for next year’s primary. Some have raised more — a lot more — and they’re not necessarily lawmakers in tough races.

California is pivotal in 2014 House elections by Fresno Bee

December 15, 2013 – The nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report provides that at least 6 of California’s congressional races could be competitive next year as both parties vie for majority in congress.

WASHINGTON — California Reps. Ami Bera and Raul Ruiz are precisely the kind of Democrats whose government offices Republicans would like to shut down next year. Both are doctors who weren’t in Congress in 2010 to vote for the Affordable Care Act, but Republicans are gleefully pinning the law’s flawed rollout on them almost daily

California voters like their state intact, scorn secession talk, poll shows by The Sacramento Bee

December 11, 2013 – 59 percent of California’s registered voters oppose allowing certain counties in northern California to secede from the state.

Officials in Siskiyou and Modoc counties may want to secede from California, but the rest of the state has no desire to see them go. Just one-quarter of California voters support allowing the state’s northernmost counties to break away from California, according to a new Field Poll.

California teacher firing fix could go directly to voters by The Sacramento Bee

December 10, 2013 – EdVoice, a nonprofit that backs charter schools, has proposed a ballot measure allowing for a compressed dismissal hearing process for teachers accused of severe offenses, including child molestation, child abuse and offering drugs to students. In the past year several bills have been proposed by state legislators to streamline the dismissal process, but have either failed in committee or been vetoed by Governor Brown.

An education advocacy group known for supporting charter schools is pushing a ballot initiative that would streamline the process for firing abusive teachers, after bills on the subject failed in back-to-back years.

California election officials tally costs to fill Emmerson’s seat by The Sacramento Bee

November 18, 2013 – With the resignation of California senator Bill Emmerson (R-Redlands), effective December 1, the state estimates that it will cost approximately $1.1 million to hold a special election to fill the vacancy, which will be paid for by the state.

Election officials in Riverside and San Bernardino counties estimated Monday that it will cost at least $1.1 million to hold a stand-alone special election next year to fill the vacancy created by the surprise resignation of state Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands.

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