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Can federal parliament’s new women crossbenchers change politics, or will it change them?
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Can federal parliament’s new women crossbenchers change politics, or will it change them?

When filming an interview with a politician it's not normal for them to describe a hard-to-win part of their electorate as "the Badlands". Or to have them suddenly discuss the merits of their weight-loss surgery. Or to let out an exasperated "shit" and "Jesus Christ" when they misplace their glasses ahead of being sworn in at Parliament House. But then, "normal" in federal politics has changed. Over a period of two months, I followed a group of women crossbenchers who have transformed the political landscape, vanquishing Liberal and Labor frontbenchers, ousting a Senate stalwart. They were all underestimated, much to the peril of the people they replaced. In a political system of talking points and mass-produced party MPs, voters elected these women who are not afraid to speak their mind. ...
Bone, Easter running for Circuit Clerk | Government and Politics
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Bone, Easter running for Circuit Clerk | Government and Politics

Kristina Bone and Elaine Easter are running as Republicans for the office of St. Francois County Circuit Clerk in the Aug. 2 election. The duty of a Circuit Clerk is to assist the Circuit Court Judge in judicial duties by preparing and maintaining court records, collecting fees and fines, and processing paperwork. Clerks help with administrative aspects of a court, and are also responsible for summoning jurors and maintaining jury pools. ...
‘How everybody’s feeling about politics right now’
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‘How everybody’s feeling about politics right now’

Teen's 'I Voted' sticker turns heads in county design contest People from California, Michigan, Canada and beyond are calling Ulster County, New York, to see where they can get this sticker. ULSTER COUNTY, N.Y. - An "I Voted" sticker design contest for a New York county's Board of Elections is gaining national attention, and it’s all thanks to the artwork of a 14-year-old boy. For the second year in a row, the Ulster County Board of Elections asked students to submit design ideas for "I Voted" stickers that will be handed out to voters for the general election Nov. 8. Last year, the county’s two elections commissioners selected five finalists for the community to vote on, but this year they "had a hunch" a sixth entry would be a hit. They were right. As of Friday afternoon, 14-year-old ...
Quebec Liberal Pierre Arcand latest MNA to leave politics – Montreal
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Quebec Liberal Pierre Arcand latest MNA to leave politics – Montreal

The former interim leader of the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ), Pierre Arcand, is leaving politics. The member of the national assembly (MNA) will officially announce on Monday that he will not seek re-election.A spokesman for the Liberal Party confirmed the news to French newspaper La Presse on Sunday. The official announcement as well as the name of the party’s next candidate in the riding of Mont-Royal–Outremont in Montreal will be announced on Monday.Arcand is retiring after a 15-year political career on the provincial scene. He was elected as a Liberal for the first time in 2007 in that same riding.READ MORE: Quebec premier apologizes after ‘cheap shot’ about Liberal MNA being deadHe is the eleventh Liberal out of a caucus of 27 MNAs to announce their departure. Former ministers Li...
Pima County prepares for vote centers, awaits key technology | Government & Politics
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Pima County prepares for vote centers, awaits key technology | Government & Politics

Pima County’s election officials are readying to implement the first year of replacing precinct-based polling places with vote centers and electronic poll books ahead of August's primary elections.The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved the locations of 129 vote centers in a 4-1 vote Tuesday, which will replace the polling centers where in-person voters had to cast ballots within the precincts they live in. Now, voters will be able to cast a ballot at any location.The board approved the move to vote centers in February, making Pima County the last county in Arizona to adopt e-poll books and the 12th county to adopt voting centers.Through a contract with TENEX, the county elections department is receiving election management software that will replace the paper roster...
If female ‘teal’ independents can shift power in politics, imagine what’s possible beyond the election
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If female ‘teal’ independents can shift power in politics, imagine what’s possible beyond the election

When I was 12, Julia Gillard was the Australian prime minister and Barack Obama was the US President. At my young age, I thought that this image of leadership was normal, standard, nothing out of the ordinary.How wrong I was.Looking back, the political landscape seemed to be finally opening up. That's why it's surprising, and disappointing, that the wins since then have been few and far between.Parliament continues to be dominated by wealthy white men. For a young Asian-Australian woman like me, it is a visual reminder of who holds the power and who does not. I thought this image of leadership — a female prime minister — was normal, standard, nothing out of the ordinary.(AAP: Lukas Coch)But we cannot get lost in pessimism. There is good reason to think this election will be a very differen...
North Dakota AG, secretary candidates outline views | Govt-and-politics
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North Dakota AG, secretary candidates outline views | Govt-and-politics

Candidates for two high-profile statewide offices outlined their views in an early candidate forum.Republicans Michael Howe and Michael Lepp and Democrat Jeffrey Powell are running for secretary of state, to succeed retiring Republican incumbent Al Jaeger.Democrat Tim Lamb is challenging Republican Attorney General Drew Wrigley, whom Gov. Doug Burgum appointed in February to fulfill the remaining term of longtime officeholder Wayne Stenehjem, who died Jan. 28 at 68 from cardiac arrest. Wrigley needs to win in November to continue serving.Howe and Lepp will square off in the June primary for the right to advance as the Republican nominee in the November general election. None of the other candidates at the forum faces a challenger in the primary.The North Dakota Newspaper A...
Herbster plans to ditch Slama deposition; campaign says timeline ‘playing politics’ | Regional Government
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Herbster plans to ditch Slama deposition; campaign says timeline ‘playing politics’ | Regional Government

Gubernatorial candidate Charles W. Herbster does not plan to attend a deposition planned Friday at the Johnson County District Court in his legal fight with state Sen. Julie Slama, according to statements from his campaign.Herbster's campaign spokesperson Emily Novotny said in a text message that scheduling the interview for Friday was "clearly intended to take Charles off the campaign trail just days before the May 10th primary election." She confirmed that Herbster, who heads Conklin Co. and other businesses, will be campaigning in western Nebraska Friday (Chadron, Alliance and McCook). Herbster points to conservative principles, Christian values Second woman accuses...