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OREGON’S NEW AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION LAW

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According to the New York Times, Oregon’s new voter registration law will automatically register those voters who interact with the Department of Motor Vehicles.  Individuals can opt out of the registration and will also be sent information on how to affiliate with a particular party if they so desire.  Officials estimate the new law will add around 300,000 new voters to the rolls.  There’s no doubt other states will be watching the implementation of this new system closely.  You can read more about the new law here.


Miller & Olson LLP Signs on to Employers’ Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Case

Yesterday, Miller & Olson LLP signed on to the amicus curiae brief in the Obergefell v. Hodges same -sex marriage case before the Supreme Court.  The firm joined 378 other employers to urge the Supreme Court to strike down state law bans on same-sex marriage.  The brief also expressed how important it is to have uniform laws regarding marriage across the United States.  The employers joining us in this brief range from large, multi-national companies to small, family-owned businesses.  They include Amazon, Apple, Cisco, General Electric, Google, The New England Patriots, Marriott, Microsoft, MillerCoors, Moody’s, Morgan Stanley, Pepsi, Pfizer, The San Francisco Giants, Target, Viacom, Walt Disney, and Wells Fargo, among many others.

Thanks to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius for filing the brief.

You can read the full brief here.


A LIGHTER POLITICAL MOMENT: THE FIX’S TWELVE BEST POLITICAL MOMENTS FROM ‘PARKS & RECREATION’

NBC’s “Parks & Recreation” ended last night, and The Fix at The Washington Post put together a list of their top 12 political moments from the show, including this high five between First Lady Michelle Obama and Leslie Knope:

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You can see the rest of the moments here, including one of our favorites, the moment where Knope eats Madeline Albright’s waffles.


FPPC ADOPTS REGULATIONS BANNING LOBBYIST FUNDRAISERS

On Thursday, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) adopted regulations in response to the legislation passed last year banning fundraising events for candidates in a lobbyist’s home.  The Commission also rejected any exceptions to the rule.  For more details, click here.


MOST EXPENSIVE CAMPAIGNS IN CALIFORNIA IN 2014

The most expensive races are often the most competitive.  The Sacramento Bee has a comprehensive article on the numbers from the last election cycle.  Keep in mind that the totals include both spending by the candidates and independent expenditures.  You can access the article here.

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VOTER APATHY IN CALIFORNIA

Amy Walter of Cook Political Report has an interesting article analyzing whether the top-two primary and other election changes have helped make elections more competitive or encouraged voter turnout.  Definitely worth a read.  You can access the full article here.


FPPC’S ENFORCEMENT CHIEF STEPS DOWN

The Sacramento Bee reports today that Gary Winuk, Chief of the Enforcement Division of the FPPC has resigned.  You can read more here.


THE FATE OF INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING COMMISSIONS

KQED’s John Myers has a great story on a case pending before the Supreme Court on whether independent redistricting commissions are constitutional, and how it could affect California.  You can find the original article here.

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Governor Brown Declares Special Elections

Governor Brown has declared special elections for Senate Districts 7, 21 and 37.  The Primary will be held on March 17, 2015 and the General Election will be on May 19, 2015.

The text of the proclamation can be read here.

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POLITICO’S HISTORY OF WOMEN IN THE SENATE

Check out Politico’s great “secret” history of women serving in the US Senate. The article can be found here.