Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends December 30, 2013

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

Roger Hernandez to seek district elections for California cities by The Sacramento Bee

December 20, 2013 – California Assemblyman Roger Hernandez intends to propose a bill that would require all non-charter cities with more than 100,000 residents to vote for their City Council by district, rather than at large.

Arguing that the change would make city elections in California more fair and representative, Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, is pushing to swap citywide elections for district-based affairs.

Potential Presidential Candidates Already Gearing Up For 2016 Election by Huffington Post

December 30, 2013 – Several politicians are already preparing their resumes for a 2016 presidential run.

“The main players: For the Democrats, Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley; and for the Republicans, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.”

The 2016 presidential campaign is well underway. Not in name, so much, but rather in the deeds of more than a dozen people who might run. They’ve been busy plugging holes in resumes, getting known on TV, networking with activists and party luminaries, taking early steps to build campaign organizations and much more.

California congressman files campaign papers with wrong district by The Sacramento Bee

December 27, 2013 – Congressman Ed Royce erroneously filed for re-election in the 40th congressional district. He currently serves the 39th congressional district, and his campaign immediately corrected the error publicly and on paper on Friday.

It’s been more than two years since California redrew its political map, but old district-numbering habits apparently still linger for Rep. Ed Royce. Royce, R-Fullerton, filed a statement of candidacy this week for his re-election campaign. But instead of listing the 39th Congressional District he has represented since winning re-election in 2012l, he listed the 40th Congressional District, the number of the district he represented during the 2000's.

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