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PHOENIX - Arizona lawmakers are scheduled to hold a hearing Monday, March 28 about Tuesday's presidential preference election.

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell and Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan are invited to the hearing, hosted by the House Committee on Elections.

On Wednesday, Purcell apologized for the decision to drastically cut the amount of polling places available in Maricopa County from 200 to 60, compared to four years ago.

According to a state agenda item, the Committee on Elections will discuss the selection and criteria used to determine polling places, the implications of the early voting list, and the process of how Independent registered voters participate.

There will also be public testimony.

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this is my first post so idk how things work on this journal but i wanted there to be a post alerting arizona posters that you and your fellow arizona voters can attend the hearing and make your voice heard if you disagree with how the arizona handled the primaries
The Democratic primary race heads west this weekend -- way, way out west.

Democrats will hold presidential contests in Hawaii, Alaska and Washington state on Saturday, three states expected to be friendlier to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

But with Clinton leading Sanders by nearly 300 pledged delegates, and because none of the contests are winner-take-all, Sanders needs stunning wins in each state to give the Clinton campaign any real anxiety about the outcome of the race.


In the run-up to the votes, Sanders has left nothing to chance. His campaign has spent millions on ads in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, including a powerful television spot featuring Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who resigned her position with the Democratic National Committee earlier this year to endorse Sanders.

Going into Saturday's contests, Sanders needs to net an estimated 75% of the remaining delegates, while Clinton only needs 35%.

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Here's a link to the NYTimes Results page (thanks for the link yoshiyuki_ly :) )

Here are live updates for Washington as well

Feel free to discuss the caucuses for the rest of the day and post results in the comments tonight as they come in. I'll try to update the post with results tonight! :)

UPDATE: Bernie won both Alaska and Washington with 81% and 72% respectively (Washington is still counting so the number may still fluctuate)
Some voters in Arizona’s largest county waited five hours to vote Tuesday, after local election officials, looking to save money, slashed the number of polling places on offer.

The fiasco stems directly from the 2013 Supreme Court ruling that weakened the Voting Rights Act. It offers a warning sign as we approach the first presidential election in half a century without a full-strength VRA.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, called the long lines in Maricopa County “unacceptable,” adding: “Our election officials must evaluate what went wrong and how they make sure it doesn’t happen again.” An editorial in the Arizona Republic called the lines “shameful.”Read more...Collapse )

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Mods, we don't seem to have a tag for "voting rights" or the Voting Rights Act. Maybe add one (or both)?
POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Talk about a voting flub, a Polk County couple was nearly turned away when they tried to vote this morning.

“We would have been turned away if we weren’t forceful about it,” said Theresa Wibert, who contacted News Channel 8 about the incident.

When Wilbert showed up to her registered polling location she was handed a ballot with only the names of Republican candidates.

She spoke with two workers at her registered polling location, Precinct 321. “A woman who was in charge told Wilbert that it was a closed Republican primary and it was not for Democrats,” Wibert told WFLA News Channel 8.

The incident happened as the polls opened on Tuesday morning. A handful of Democratic voters were almost turned away.

“Not one person sitting at that table questioned the fact that there was no Democrat ballots on the table,” said Wibert.

“We pushed it a little further and the lady called a few people. Finally, she looked in the bottom of a closet and found a box with the Democratic ballots. Then they fixed it. So we were able to vote for our candidate”

News Channel 8 reached out to the Polk County Supervisor of Elections to find out what happened.

“The worker was counseled. But, the truth is, no voters were turned away,” said Lori Edwards. “It was a mistake. It was an unfortunate mistake and it got corrected immediately.”

According to Edwards, this has not happened at other locations, to her knowledge. As of now, the incident is still being looked into, but we’re told no one is in any kind of trouble.

Wibert say she still feels uneasy about it. “I think it’s terrible. And I think people that aren’t educated, or don’t know what’s going on, might have just voted for whoever. It’s suspect.”

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First post! I lived in Polk County until a couple months ago, so I am completely unsurprised. Love that the headline calls this a "mistake".
A Texan who called Obama a gay prostitute may soon control what goes in children’s textbooks.

(yes she said that)

Mary Lou Bruner stood before the Texas State Board of Education in 2010 to talk about textbooks. She was concerned, she said during her testimony, that the state’s curriculum was being controlled by outside forces.

Her statements were introduced by board member Lawrence Allen (D): “You believe … people from the Middle East are buying, using their dollars, to persuade textbook publishers to put more —”

“I think the Middle Easterners are buying the textbooks!” Bruner said, wide-eyed. “They’re buying everything else here.”

“So, they’re buying the, the morality of the —”

“I think they’re using their influence to get what they want in the textbooks,” Bruner nodded.
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please note the sarcasm in my title.
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Struggling Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was forced to politely ask a group of supporters to applaud for him on Wednesday after a rant about his ability to lead the country was met with complete silence.

Speaking at an event in Manchester, New Hampshire on Wednesday, Bush lashed out at GOP hopeful Donald Trump, and promised not to be a divisive president.

“My pledge to you, I will be a commander-in-chief that will have the back of the military,” he said. “I won’t trash talk, I won’t be a divider-in-chief or an agitator-in-chief. I won’t be out there blowharding, talking a big game without backing it up.”

“I think the next president needs to be a lot quieter, but send a signal that we’re prepared to act in the national security interest of this country,” Bush added. “To get back in the business of creating a more peaceful world.”

Bush paused, waiting for approval from the crowd. But instead, he was met with an awkward silence.

“Please clap,” the candidate said, looking demoralized.

The crowd obliged.


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He looked more like he was joking to me. But either way, it was still pretty pathetic.
From Zephyr Teachout to Pramila Jayapal to Lucy Flores, these women are ardent activists, deep thinkers, and champions of fundamental reform.



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A high-profile Black Lives Matter activist is taking his fight to the polls, joining the race to become the next leader of Baltimore.




Shortly thereafter, Mckesson formally announced his candidacy on Medium. “I have come to realize that the traditional pathway to politics, and the traditional politicians who follow these well-worn paths, will not lead us to the transformational change our city needs,” he wrote. Instead, he envisioned a city “that is both aspirational and grounded in reality.” He added that he plans to unveil his full platform in the coming weeks.

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Thoughts? I've followed DeRay over the last year, he's very bright and I think he would be a good mayor.

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Thursday's debate in New Hampshire will go forward, with more debates to come



WASHINGTON -- After pressure and criticism from candidates, the Democratic National Committee has agreed to sanction more debates for the party's three presidential hopefuls.

DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday that the party has approved Thursday's previously unsanctioned debate in New Hampshire, hosted by MSNBC, pending a final agreement from the candidates.

The Florida congresswoman also affirmed that the DNC is open to holding more officially sanctioned debates, but said it will negotiate the details after this week's Iowa caucuses.

“Our Democratic candidates have agreed in principle to having the DNC sanction and manage additional debates in our primary schedule, inclusive of New Hampshire this week,” she said in a statement.

“We will give our campaigns the space to focus on the important work of engaging caucus goers in Iowa. We will reconvene negotiations and finalize the schedule with the agreement of our campaigns on Tuesday morning."

MSNBC confirmed on Sunday that this week's New Hampshire debate will go forward and that all three candidates -- former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley -- have agreed to participate.

Wasserman Schultz has faced criticism for the Democrats' debate schedule, which featured a total of six debates, compared to 12 debates for the Republican presidential candidates. In addition, several of the Democratic debates were held on the weekends, attracting lower viewership numbers. Critics, including Sanders and O'Malley, accused party leaders of attempting to tip the scales in Clinton's favor.



Over the weekend, the Clinton and Sanders campaigns reportedly planned three additional debates in addition to Thursday's event in New Hampshire, but wrangled over the debates' timing and locations. Without the DNC's approval, all four debates would have violated DNC rules and participating candidates would risk disqualification from future debates and forums.

Wasserman Schultz defended the debate schedule on Sunday and said the DNC would actively work with the campaigns to plan future debates.

“We have consistently worked with our campaigns to ensure a schedule that is both robust and allows our candidates to engage with voters in a variety of ways, whether through debates, forums, or town halls, while also leaving them the flexibility to attend county fairs and living room conversations for the direct voter contact that matters so much in the early states," she said. "Those principles will continue to guide these negotiations."

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Marina Fang, Associate Politics Editor, The Huffington Post. 01/31/2016 03:17 pm ET.
Barack Obama, that prematurely gray elder statesman, is laboring mightily to remain neutral during Hillary Clinton’s battle with Bernie Sanders in Iowa, the state that cemented his political legend and secured his path to the presidency. But in a candid 40-minute interview for POLITICO’s Off Message podcast as the first flakes of the blizzard fell outside the Oval Office, he couldn’t hide his obvious affection for Clinton or his implicit feeling that she, not Sanders, best understands the unpalatably pragmatic demands of a presidency he likens to the world’s most challenging walk-and-chew-gum exercise.

“[The] one thing everybody understands is that this job right here, you don’t have the luxury of just focusing on one thing,” a relaxed and reflective Obama told me in his most expansive discussion of the 2016 race to date.

“Bernie came in with the luxury of being a complete long shot and just letting loose,” he said. “I think Hillary came in with the both privilege — and burden — of being perceived as the front-runner. … You’re always looking at the bright, shiny object that people haven’t seen before — that’s a disadvantage to her.”



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