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OVERALL STANDING OF DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEES (2,383
delegates needed for the nomination)
delegates (wins include Iowa, Nevada, South Carolina, Alabama,
Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia,
American Samoa, Louisiana, Mississippi, the Northern Mariana
Islands, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio,
Arizona, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and
Pennsylvania / Clinton has the support of 520 unpledged or ďsuperĒ
delegates (wins include New Hampshire, Colorado, Minnesota,
Oklahoma, Vermont, Democrats Abroad, Kansas, Nebraska, Maine,
Michigan, Idaho, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington State, Wisconsin,
Wyoming, Rhode Island, and Indiana / Sanders has the support
of 39 unpledged or ďsuperĒ delegates)
OVERALL STANDING OF REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEES
delegates needed for the nomination)
delegates (wins include New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada,
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Hawaii, Michigan, Mississippi, Florida,
Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, the Northern Mariana Islands,
Arizona, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, and Indiana / Trump has the support of 41
unpledged delegates). Following his decisive win in Indiana, RNC
Chairman Reince Priebus stated via twitter that ď[Donald Trump]
will be the presumptive [GOP] nominee.Ē He also called in this
tweet for Republicans to unite behind Trump to defeat Hillary
(wins include Iowa, Alaska, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Maine, Idaho,
Wyoming, Utah, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Wisconsin/ Cruz has the
support of 20 unpledged delegates). Following his loss in Indiana,
Cruz announced that he was suspending his campaign.
153 delegates (he has won Ohio and has the support of no unpledged
delegates). Following his loss in Indiana, Kasich suspended his
The remaining primaries and caucuses are listed
Saturday, May 7
Tuesday, May 10
Kentucky Democratic Primary
Tuesday, May 24
State Republican Primary
Saturday June 4
Islands Democratic Caucus
Sunday June 5
Tuesday, June 7
Tuesday, June 14
Columbia Democratic Primary
WASHINGTON DC UPDATE
The Senate was able, in April, to pass an FAA reauthorization
bill. After initial delays around a package of amendments, and
unsuccessful attempts by Democrats to include a green
energy tax credit renewal to the legislation, the Senate was able
to approve legislation that would reauthorize the FAA through FY
2017. The Senate plan did not include a central component of the
House reauthorization plan (the AIRR Act) that would privatize,
in the form of a non-profit entity, air traffic control functions
of the FAA. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Chair, Bill Shuster is continuing attempts to build support for
his privatization plan. At the time of writing, a number of key
Senate appropriators remained opposed to the proposal. FAA
authorization expires on July 15.
The White Houseís Office of Management and Budget is expected to
wrap up its review of a Department of Labor rule that would
increase the minimum salary threshold required in order for an
employee to be exempt from overtime pay protection. The rule as
it is currently drafted would increase this threshold from
$23,500 to $50,440. New reports suggest the final rule may lower
the minimum exempt salary level to $47,000. The final rule could
be issued as early as mid-May. DOL had projected in the fall that
its final rule would be published in the Federal Register in July
of this year. The proposed rule, published in July of 2015,
can be viewed here.
Republican leadership is moving ahead with the appropriations
process absent a House budget resolution. As there is no budget
resolution, the full House will need to wait until after May 15
to start voting on appropriations bills.
Governor Christie: ďAll NJ Schools Should be Tested
New Jersey will test the water in its 3,000 schools for lead
exposure beginning later this year and publicly release the
findings, Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday, two months after
results from 30 schools in Newark found lead levels as high as 35
times above the federal action limit.
The governor also announced the state will adopt stricter
guidelines recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention that will trigger an investigation sooner when lead is
detected in a child's blood
Under the governor's new regulations, all public schools will also
need to post and notify parents of their lead testing results, and
provide them with a description of any steps the school is taking
to ensure safe drinking water will be made available to students.
Christie called on the Legislature to appropriate $10 million to
cover the costs of the new statewide school lead testing mandate,
which will take effect at the start of the next school year this
Christie also embraced a 2012 recommendation by the CDC that said
family notification, follow-up screening and other case management
services are warranted if a child's blood test reveals at least 5
micrograms per deciliter of lead in the blood.
Twenty-nine states adopted the CDC's tougher recommendation, but
until Monday, New Jersey was not one of them. New Jersey still
relied on the old CDC recommendation that calls for monitoring at a
reading of 10 micrograms.
The CDC has said no exposure to lead is safe. Lead exposure
inflicts permanent brain damage in children that linked to
attention deficit disorder, memory loss, a low IQ and behavioral
Atlantic City Update
The battle for Atlantic City rages on and according to some
sources, could create a political battle in NJ unlike one that
hasnít been seen in a generation.
Even though the city made a $1.8 Million bond payment on 5/2 and
narrowly avoided becoming the first NJ municipality to default on
debt in nearly eight decades, the future is still grim as another
Mayor Don Guardian is opposed to a state takeover proposed by
Governor Christie and Senate President Sweeney and has floated an
alternative plan backed by Speaker of the House Prieto. Guardian
and Prietoís proposal gives AC two years to work out itís problems
before a state takeover goes into effect.
It is unclear whether the Guardian-Prieto proposal can pass a vote
in the legislature and recent reports out of Trenton indicate that this
battle could cost Prieto the speakership as many different NJ
political factions are now pitted against one another.
AC Mayor Guardian has cited his opposition comes from wanting to
keep ďoutside interestsĒ from exploiting Atlantic City.
How this plays out will continue to be a central theme in NJ
politics and may reverberate for years to come.
Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders in Pennsylvaniaís Democratic
Primary. Clinton picks up 91 pledged delegates from the state while
Sanders picks up 59. Clinton also has the support of the stateís 21
On the Republican side, Donald
Trump easily beat his competitors, Ted Cruz and
John Kasich, winning every county in the state. He has picked up
all of Pennsylvania's 17 pledged delegates.
Katie McGinty beat 2010 Democratic candidate Joe Sestak by 10
points to become that partyís nominee for Pennsylvaniaís Senate
seat. John Fetterman came in third with 20% of the vote. McGinty
will face incumbent Republican Senator Pat Toomey who
was unopposed in the primary.
Congressman Chaka Fattah (who
received 36.8% of the vote) was defeated by Dwight Evans (who
received 43.5% of the vote) in the 2nd Congressional Districtís
Democratic Primary. Evans was endorsed by Governor Wolf and Mayor
Kenney. Evans will face Republican James Jones, who was
uncontested, in one of the most reliably Democratic districts in
Shuster, Chair of the Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee in the House, survived his primary
challenge for the 9th Congressional Districts. In the closest
federal race with an incumbent, Shuster won with 50.5% of the vote.
His challenger, Art Halvorson received 49.5% of the vote. There
were no Democrats running in that partyís primary for this seat.
Fitzpatrick easily won the 8th Congressional
Districtís Republican Primary with 78.4% of the vote. His
challengers, Andrew Warren and Marc Duome received 12.5% and 9.1%,
respectively. Fitzpatrickís brother and current representative of
the district, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, is stepping down at the
end of this term. Brian Fitzpatrick will face Steven Santarsiero in
the general election who beat his challenger, Shaughnessy Naughton
59.8% to 40.2%.
Smucker defeated Chet Beiler 54.1% to 45.9% in the
16th Congressional Districtís Republican Primary. The districtís
current representative, Congressman Joe Pitts (R), is stepping down
at the end of the term. Smucker will face Christiana Hartman in
the general election who was unopposed on the Democratic ticket.
Connolly defeated Glenn Geissinger 62.7% to 37.3%
in the 17th Congressional Districtís Republican Primary. Connolly
will face Congressman
Matt Cartwright in the general election.
Pat Meehan easily
beat his primary challenger, Stanley Casacio 76.2% to 23.8% in the
7th Congressional Districtís Republican primary. He will face
Ellen Balchunis who beat her challenger, Bill
Golderer, 73.8% to 26.2%.
Mike Doyle easily
beat is challenger in the 14th Congressional Districtís Democratic
primary, Janis Brooks, 76.6% to 23.4%. There were no Republicans on
the ballot in that partyís primary.
With 47.2% of the vote, Josh Shapiro beat
his challengers Stephen Zappala (36.8% of the vote) and John
Morganelli (16.07%) in the Democratic Primary for Attorney General.
On the Republican side, John
Rafferty beat his competitor, Joseph Peters 63.9%
to 36.1%. Current Attorney General, Kathleen Kane (D), is not
and State Treasurer
The Primaries for Auditor
General and State Treasurer were uncontested on both sides. Eugene Depasquale (D)
will face off against John
Brown (R) for Auditor General in the general
Torsella (D) will face off against Otto Voit (R)
for State Treasurer in the general election.
Representative Tom Killion went
unopposed in the open Senate seat vacated by Senator Pileggi.
Killion will faceoff with democrat Martin Molloy in the general
Street was acclaimed as the Democratic nominee for
the 3rd Senatorial District. Street will replace the districtís
current representative, Senator Shirley Kitchen, who is retiring.
defeated challengers Ethan Demme and Neal Rice in
the 13th Senatorial Districtís Republican Primary. Martin is
running to replace the districtís current representative, Senator
Lloyd Smucker who is stepping down in order to run to replace Joe
Pitts in the 16th Congressional District. On the Democratic side, Gregory Paulson ran
Mike Regan defeated
Jon Ritchie, Brice Arndt, and Scott Harper in the 31st Senatorial
Districtís Republican Primary. Regan is running to replace that
districtís current representative, Senator Pat Vance who will not
run for a 4th term.
Boyle challenged Senator John Sabatina for
the 5th State Senate District's Democratic
primary. After counting absentee and provisional
ballots Sabatina claimed victory. Representative
Kevin Boyle was not challenged for his House seat.
State House of Representatives
Former State Representative Kevin Haggarty defeated
State Representative Frank Farina for the 112th House Districtís
Democratic Primary. Haggarty will challenge republican Ernest Lemoncelli in
the general election.
Solomon defeated State Representative Mark Cohen
for the 202nd House District's Democratic Primary. With 56.93% of
the vote (4980 votes) Solomon unseated Cohen after 42 years in
office. Solomon will be running un opposed in the general election.
Brian Sims retained
his seat in the 182nd House District's Democratic primary. Sims was
challenged by Ben Waxman, Marni Snyder and Lou Lanni. There were no
republicans in that party's primary for this district seat.
Cephas won an open primary in the 192nd House District's
Democratic primary. Cephas beat 5 other challengers including 52nd
Ward Leader Steve Jones. There is no republican challenger for this
was unopposed in the 31st House Districtís
Democratic Primary. Warren is running to replace current
Representative Steve Santarsiero (D) and will face Republican Ryan
Gallagher in the general election.
Astorino Kulik was unopposed in the 45th House
Districtís Democratic Primary. Kulik is running to replace current
Representative Nick Kotik (D). There were no Republicans in that
partyís primary for this district seat.
Alan Benyak defeated
five other challengers in the 49th House Districtís Democratic
Primary. Benyak is running to replace Representative Peter Daley
(D). On the Republican side, Donald Cook defeated Melanie
Popovich defeated Charles Mrlack and James
Manderino in the 58th House Districtís Democratic Primary. Popovich
is running to replace Representative Ted Harhai (D) and will face
Walsh in the general election.
Dawn Keefer defeated
Kraig Bruder and Anthony Pugliese in the 92nd House Districtís
Republican Primary. Keefer is running to replace Representative
Mike Regan (R). There were no Democrats in that partyís primary for
this district seat.
defeated three other challengers in the 101st House
Districtís Republican Primary. Ryan is running to replace
Representative Mauree Gingrich (R) and will face off against
Scudder in the general election.
Mehaffie defeated Jonathan Keeler in the 106th
House Districtís Republican Primary. Mehaffie is running to replace
Representative John Payne (R). There were no Democrats in that
partyís primary for this district seat.
Fritz defeated Alan Hall and Jerald Birmelin in the
11th House Districtís Republican Primary. Fritz is running to
replace Representative Sandra Major (R). There were no Democrats in
that partyís primary for this district seat.
was unopposed in the 150th House Districtís
Republican Primary. Corr is running to replace Representative Mike
Vereb (R) and will face off against Democrat Linda Weaver (who
defeated Steven Burda) in the general election.
There were no Republican candidates on the ballot for the 158th
House Districtís Republican Primary. Perry Bentley and Eric Roe
are competing for a write-in victory. The current Representative,
Chris Ross (R), is not running for re-election. Democrat Susan Rzucidlo was
unopposed in her partyís primary for this district.
Kirkland was unopposed in the 159th House
Districtís Democratic Primary. Kirkland is running to replace
Representative Thaddeus Kirkland (D) and will face-off against
Ciach in the general election.
Charlton was unopposed in the 165th House
Districtís Republican Primary. Charlton is running to replace
Representative William Adolph (R) and will face-off against
Schaefer in the general election.
Quinn was unopposed in the 168th House Districtís
Republican Primary. Quinn is running to replace Representative
Thomas Killion (R) and will face-off against Diane Levy in
the general election.
defeated Cynthia Miller for the 183rd House
Districtís Republican Primary. Mako is running to Replace
Representative Julie Harhart (R) and will face off against Phillps Armstrong in
the general election.
Fitzgerald was unopposed in the 203rd House
Districtís Democratic Primary. Fitzgerald is running to replace
Representative Dwight Evans (D). There were no Republicans in that
partyís primary for this district seat.
Governor Kasichís ongoing presidential bid, business is as usual in
Columbus. In the past 6 weeks, both the Capital Appropriations
Budget and a series of Mid-Biennium Review bills were introduced,
and progress has been strategic and steady. These bills are
especially important, as they include funding levels for state
agencies, schools and community organizations.
Earlier this month, legislators
introduced the State of Ohioís Capital Appropriations Bill (SB310)
that provides appropriations for the repair, reconstruction and
construction of capital assets of state agencies, colleges, universities
and school districts. The $2.6 billion dollar budget bill
includes $160 million for community projects. Specifically,
it allocates $650 million for school construction, renovation, and
maintenance; $428 million for higher education capital needs; $500
million for roads, bridges, water supply, and wastewater systems;
$275 million for dams, parks, waterways, and wildlife projects;
$160 million for community quality of life projects, and $100
million for critical health and human services. More than nine
projects aimed at fighting drug addiction were included in the
funded projects, and many of the other community projects were
awarded to more rural communities versus the urban core, as has
been seen in recent capital expenditures. Community organizations
worked for months with local lawmakers on key projects for their
districts, but competition was fierce. Organizations who were
awarded funds were likely prioritized by regional commissions and
showed true need, partnership abilities and workforce focus.
Historically, the capital budget is relatively streamlined, as
legislators work behind the scenes on all negotiations before
introducing it. There are no amendments or modifications
expected to the bill, as the Ohio Senate passed it out nearly unanimously
on 4/20/16, and the House is expected to take it up on the floor
shortly. The bill will go to Governor Kasich for final approval in
the coming week(s).
Ohio lawmakers are also actively hearing testimony on a series of
Mid-Biennium Review bills. As seen in the past, Governor
Kasich introduced these bills as separate pieces of legislation
based on legislative content. HB474 is a the Higher Education
MBR that includes changes to the College Credit Plus program for
high schools students who are also enrolled in college courses, as
well as language that would allow community colleges to offer
select bachelors degrees. HB483 is the Ohio Department of
Developmental Disabilities MBR that discusses overall changes to
healthcare standards, reimbursements and home health.
Depending on testimony and chamber strategy, these bills,
originally slated to be passed before the General Assembly recessed
for the summer, may be postponed until the fall.
Medical marijuana is also a
current legislative priority. After a constitutional
amendment failed in the last election, Ohio lawmakers are
considering House Bill 523, a bill aimed at legalizing medical
marijuana. The billís sponsor, Republican Stephen Huffman, a
Republican physician from Tipp City, views this path as a far safer
option than future ballot initiatives. The chairman of the
House Select Committee on Medical Marijuana has set the end of next
week as the target for final changes to the bill before sending it
to the full House and then over to the Senate, where leadership is
still uncommitted on the position it will take on this issue.
Sticking points seem to be on Ohioís legal authority to reduce the
drug from a Schedule 1 to a Schedule 3 controlled substance, and
whether marijuana damages developing brains or ameliorates their
dysfunction in children with epilepsy and other neurological
disorders, among other points of debate. However, Ohioans for
Medical Marijuana (OMM) continue to collect signatures for another
constitutional ballot amendment this November, and are not appeased
by the legislatureís attempts at legalization.
On Tuesday, May 3rd, Ohio DMGS
Director Katie DeLand will be a panelist at the Ohio Association of
Nonprofit Organizations (OANO)ís 2016 Ohio Nonprofit Conference and
Excellence Awards at the Columbus State Conference Center in
Columbus, Ohio. This annual conference brings together
hundreds of nonprofits from across the state for policy, advocacy
and regulatory updates. Katie served on the Fundraising &
Grants Panel and spoke on the opportunities at both the federal and
state levels regarding state budget earmarks, competitive grants
and other discretionary funding awards.
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