Don’t regulate non-taxis as taxis


I’ve been following the news about Uber and Lyft for some time. For those unfamiliar, Uber and Lyft are taxi-like services that allow people to schedule rides using an app on their smartphone. Unlike traditional taxis, riders are able to leave reviews on drivers, and drivers are able to leave reviews for passengers. This acts as a sort of reputation system, which helps drivers know if a passenger is to be avoided, and vice versa. Customers of Uber and Lyft also know the price of the ride upfront, something that is incredibly rare with a traditional taxi. And, probably the most important feature of Uber & Lyft that make these services distinct from traditional taxi services is the decentralized nature of the business, there is no central office through which rides are dispatched, it is all handled through the smartphone app. Continue reading

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COFOE Web Page Now Has Minutes of 2014 Board Meeting

By Richard Winger COFOE, the Coalition for Free & Open Elections, holds an annual board meeting. The minutes of the June 2014 meeting held in New York city are now posted at COFOE’s web page. COFOE is a loose coalition of most of the nation’s nationally-organized minor parties, and has existed since 1985.

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/07/cofoe-web-page-now-has-minutes-of-2014-board-meeting/

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Georgia Libertarian Legislative Candidate Files Ballot Access Lawsuit

By Richard Winger On July 28, Jeff Amason, the only Libertarian who petitioned to be on the ballot this year for the Georgia legislature, filed a lawsuit in state court to gain a place on the ballot. Even though he successfully obtained the signatures of 5% of the number of registered voters, he is still being kept off(More)…

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/07/georgia-libertarian-legislative-candidates-files-ballot-access-lawsuit/

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Third Circuit Expedites Virgin Islands Ballot Access Case

By Richard Winger On July 18, the Third Circuit expedited Coffelt v Fawkes, 14-3280. Two of the three briefs have now been filed. The issue is whether members of qualified parties can use the independent candidate procedure. Virgin Islands elects Governor and Lieutenant Governor on a joint ticket. Independent gubernatorial candidate Soraya Coffelt is an independent, but her(More)…

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/07/third-circuit-expedites-virgin-islands-ballot-access-case/

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Vermont’s Largest Newspaper Carries Lengthy Story about Dan Feliciano, Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate

By Richard Winger The Burlington Free Press, Vermont’s major newspaper, has this story about Dan Feliciano, the Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate.

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/07/vermonts-largest-newspaper-carries-lengthy-story-about-dan-feliciano-libertarian-gubernatorial-candidate/

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Harry J. Enten, Political Analyst, Sums Up Political Science Research About Two-Two Systems

By Richard Winger Harry J. Enten, a political analyst, sums up the political science research on how top-two systems have worked in California and Washington. This piece appears at fivethirtyeight.com, a political science site.

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/07/harry-j-enten-political-analyst-sums-up-political-science-research-about-two-two-systems/

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The State, Largest Newspaper in South Carolina, Carries Extensive Story on This Year’s Independent Candidates

By Richard Winger The State, the daily newspaper for Columbia, South Carolina, has this lengthy article about this year’s independent candidates running in South Carolina’s gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races. It has a great deal about some of the state’s minor parties as well. The story says no one other than Democratic or Republican nominees has ever won(More)…

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/07/the-state-largest-newspaper-in-south-carolina-carries-extensive-story-on-this-years-independent-candidates/

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Illinois Green Party “Binder Check” Process Starts in Springfield

By Richard Winger On July 24, the “binder check” process started for the Illinois Green Party. Because the party’s petition for statewide office is being challenged, the party must supply twelve individuals who will spend all day, during weekdays, sitting in a State Elections Board office and poring over each signature that has been challenged. The challengers must(More)…

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/07/illinois-green-party-binder-check-process-starts-in-springfield/

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New Hampshire State Court Strikes Down Wording on Voter Registration Form That Might Discourage Students from Registering

By Richard Winger On July 24, a New Hampshire Superior Court in Strafford County struck down language on the New Hampshire voter registration form that seems to say that no one should register to vote in the state unless he or she has also registered one’s automobile in New Hampshire. The plaintiffs include some college students, who desire(More)…

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/07/new-hampshire-state-court-strikes-down-wording-on-voter-registration-form-that-might-discourage-students-from-registering/

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Arizona Concedes that County Distribution Requirement for Statewide Primary Candidates is Unconstitutional

By Richard Winger On July 24, the Arizona Secretary of State filed paperwork with a U.S. District Court, conceding that Arizona’s county distribution requirement for primary election statewide candidate petitions is unconstitutional. This came about because the Arizona Public Integrity Alliance and some Arizona voters had earlier filed a lawsuit against the county distribution requirement. The state decided(More)…

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/07/arizona-concedes-that-county-distribution-requirement-for-statewide-primary-candidates-is-unconstitutional/

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Fairvote Will Sell a Copy of “United States Congressional Elections 1788-1997″ for Bargain Price, While Supplies Last

By Richard Winger The book “United States Congressional Elections 1788-1997″, by Michael J. Dubin, published in 1998, sells new for $409.40. It has election returns for every individual who ever ran for Congress in a general election, including the party label, the vote, and the percentage of the vote. It is one of my two most precious reference(More)…

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/07/fairvote-will-sell-a-copy-of-united-states-congressional-elections-1788-1997-for-bargain-price-while-supplies-last/

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Los Angeles Times Story on Candidates Who Placed Second in June 2014 Primary Via Write-in Votes

By Richard Winger The Los Angeles Times has this story about the California write-in candidates who placed second in the June 2014 primary. In all cases, a write-in candidate only placed second when only one candidate had filed to be on the June ballot for that office. The only three minor party candidates who will be on the(More)…

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/07/los-angeles-times-story-on-candidates-who-placed-second-in-june-2014-primary-via-write-in-votes/

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Montana Poll for U.S. Senate, U.S. House

By Richard Winger On July 23, Gravis Marketing released a poll for the Montana U.S. Senate and U.S. House races. The Senate results: Republican Steve Daines 45%, Democrat John Walsh 41%, Libertarian Roger Roots 6%, undecided 8%. The U.S. House results: Republican Ryan Zinke 47%, Democrat John Lewis 35%, Libertarian Mike Fellows 6%, undecided 12%.

Source: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/07/montana-poll-for-u-s-senate-u-s-house/

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