Moore endorses Duke as New Hampshire nears
Friday, January 14th, 2022
Congressman Alton Moore (CA), who suspended his presidential campaign following an abysmal performance in Iowa on Tuesday, became the first withdrawn candidate to endorse another candidate, throwing his support to former senator Alan Duke (OK).
"Senator Duke offers a real conservative vision for this country," Moore said in a short press conference at his Washington office. "I believe he is the only candidate left for our party's nomination who I believe has the proper philosophical understanding of what our federal government should and should not be doing under the Constitution."
Moore's nomination is unlikely to affect much, especially in New Hampshire, where Duke is polling far behind senators Jasper Irving (IL) and Ruth Norton-Stewart (OH). The chairman of the House Administration Committee got 0.2% of the vote in Iowa on Tuesday and had by far the fewest funds raised of any of the active Republican presidential candidates.
Former governor Andrew Wu (NC), who similarly withdrew after a poor showing in Iowa, said he would not consider endorsing any candidate until North Carolina's March 8th primary.
Friday, January 14 2022
Ohio maps tossed by state Supreme Court
Columbus — The Ohio Supreme Court has invalidated all three legislative maps passed by the Ohio legislature and signed into law by Governor Art Scheider (R) for the next decade, saying each in turn violated the state constitution's provision of unduly favoring one party.
A 4-3 majority of the court struck down the map for Ohio's seats in the House of Representatives today, finding it was tilted too far in favor of the Republicans to meet the threshold established by a constitutional amendment passed in 2018 to ensure fair districts. The congressional map would have given Republicans a 12-3 advantage in the Buckeye State, which went for Jimmy Fitzsimmons in 2014 and Henry Shallick in 2018.
The Ohio Democratic Party and its supporters cheered the decision, issuing a statement that the Supreme Court "did something the Republican legislators refused to do: listen to the will of the voters...[who] do not want politicians drawing districts that rig the system against one party."
The redistricting process will return to the Ohio Redistricting Commission, which was reconstituted earlier this week when the state house map was similarly invalidated for overrepresenting Republicans (the state senate map was also invalidated earlier this week on the same grounds as the other maps).
Former governor Jonathan Fowler dead at 72
Friday, January 14th, 2021
Former governor Jonathan Fowler, a member of one of New Jersey's most powerful political families, has passed away at age 72. A spokeswoman for the Fowler family confirmed that Fowler "passed away peacefully in his sleep" sometime in the night between Thursday evening and Friday afternoon.
The Fowler family has a long legacy in New Jersey legal circles, with Jonathan's grandfather Elias briefly serving as the acting US Attorney General under Calvin Coolidge (he was passed over for the position by future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Harlan F. Stone). After graduating first Princeton and then Rutgers Law School, Fowler bucked the trend by winning a seat in the state senate in a 1987 special election as a Republican. He spent the next 14 years there, becoming popular with his colleagues and groomed for higher office. In 2001, he successfully won the Republican nomination for governor and then the governorship itself.
As governor, Fowler won several highly-publicized battles with the Democratic legislature on budget issues, raising his national profile. His dissatisfaction with the state of politics in Trenton led him to announce that he was running for president in 2005, simultaneous to running for re-election. In a divided field, Fowler briefly served as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination in 2006, but when popular California senator Arnold Vinick announced he was running, the governor abandoned his bid and endorsed him (Vinick would win the nomination but narrowly lose the election to Matthew Santos). His attempt to run for president simultaneously while running for re-election as governor went over poorly; Fowler, who had topped 70% approval at points before his run for the presidency ended up narrowly defeated less than a year after he declared himself a candidate for president.
After leaving office, Fowler returned to his legal practice before health issues began to plague him last year. His son, Jack, was elected to Congress in 2008, and unsuccessfully sought both one of New Jersey's Senate seats and his father's former position as governor.