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Elections Briefing, March 8, 2021: Wisconsin Times Two, California, Scotland

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Elections Briefing 3-8-21 Wisconsin California Scotland

There’s a whole lot of Wisconsin in today’s Briefing, the first of the week, and what’s the latest with Scottish independence?

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Wisconsin Governor Asks Elections Commissioner to Recuse Himself

The fallout from the 2020 presidential election is still ongoing in March 2021. Gov. Tony Evers (D-WI) has already gotten on Republican elections commissioner to move aside in an elections review case, and is now asking for a second one to do so. That would be Bob Spindell, a GOP commissioner who tried to become part of an alternate slate of electors for Donald Trump.1 Wisconsin is in the process of reviewing how the 2020 election certification went and if the governor and other elections officials acted properly in certifying Joe Biden as the winner.

Voting Begins in San Diego-Area Legislative Race

The 79th Assembly District in California is up for grabs, and even though it is a month early, San Diegans can begin making their voices heard today. It is located within San Diego County, forming parts of the City of San Diego.2 This district is heavily Democratic and was last represented by Shirley Weber (D), who stood down to become Secretary of State once Alex Padilla was appointed to Kamala Harris’ old Senate seat.

Longtime Kenosha County Executive Standing Down

Jim Kreuser (D) has been the Kenosha County Executive in Wisconsin’s southeastern-most county since 2008. He announced this past weekend that he will be standing down in 2022 after 14 years in the county’s top job.3 Kreuser has been in elective office in Wisconsin continuously since 1993, at one point serving as the Democratic leader in the Wisconsin State Assembly. He was re-elected unopposed in 2018. Kreuser’s final term has at times been a difficult one, with the 2020 Kenosha riot taking place on his watch.

International Election News

Recent Poll Shows Scotland Would Not Back Independence

Since Brexit, there has been a lot of chatter that the United Kingdom may split. Scotland, which voted just a few years ago in a failed independence referendum, has seen its nationalist government make more noise in recent years that it’s time for them to leave. The bad news for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP is that at present, the mood might not be as pro-independence as it once was. The Guardian reported on a new Savanta ComRes poll that shows 52 percent of certain voters would vote to stay in the United Kingdom.4 Sturgeon herself and her predecessor, Alex Salmond, have also taken a popularity hit as a result of the ongoing investigation in Salmond’s dropped criminal charges.

Scandal-Hit German MP Leaves CDU

Nikolas Löbel, a member of Germany’s Bundestag from Baden-Württemberg, has resigned from the Christian Democratic Union’s caucus and is not seeking re-election in the upcoming September poll. Löbel was recently implicated in local media for his business having profited substantial sums of money for sales of face masks.5 His home state is having its general election this coming weekend, and no doubt the party did not want the distration. Löbel also intends to resign from the Bundestag in August, but since the next election is in September, anyway, it’s a half-hearted resignation to be sure.

Election Calendar

4 days until the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election.
5 days until the Western Australia state election.
12 days until the LA-02 and LA-05 jungle primaries.
15 days until the 2021 Israeli election.

Today’s Further Reading

  1. Patrick Marley, “Gov. Tony Evers asks second Republican commissioner to step aside in election case,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 March 2021.
  2. City News Service, “Voting to Begin Monday in 79th Assembly District Special Election,” NBC 7 San Diego, 7 March 2021.
  3. Dan Truttschel, “Kreuser announces that he won’t seek re-election as county executive; will retire after term ends,” Kenosha News, 7 March 2021.
  4. PA Media, “Most Scots would back remaining in UK, new poll suggests,” The Guardian, 6 March 2021.
  5. Emma Anderson, “German MP to quit, leave ruling party group amid face mask scandal,”, 7 March 2021.

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