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New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 Assembly Majority Leader Paul Tokasz Paul Tokasz (b. 1946) represents District 143 in the New York State Assembly, which is comprised of the towns of Lancaster, and Cheektowaga, and villages of Depew, Lancaster and Sloan.  will not seek re-election to a 10th term. The veteran lawmaker, first elected in 1988, was appointed majority leader by Speaker Sheldon Silver Sheldon Silver (born February 13, 1944) is a politician and member of the Democratic Party, currently serving as Speaker of New York State Assembly. Personal life
An Orthodox Jew of eastern European descent, Silver has lived all his life on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
 in 2001. He sponsored New York's "motor voter" constitutional amendment and was key in establishing an arts and cultural fund. "It came down to family," Tokasz said of his decision to retire. "I'm a home guy." Possible candidates for majority leader are Ronald Canestrari Ronald Canestrari represents District 106 in the State Assembly of the U.S. state of New York, which includes part of Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties; it includes sections of the cities of Albany and Troy and all of the cities of Cohoes and Rensselaer. , Joseph Morelle Mo`relle´

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 and RoAnn Destito RoAnn Maggiolino Destito (b. January 15, 1956) is a member of the New York State Assembly for the 116th district which includes Rome and Utica. She was first elected in 1992. She is a Democrat. She and her husband, Chis Destito, have a young son. . Silver is expected to make his choice in January.

A husband and wife from Kansas may be facing off in November for the same open seat. Pam Ippel, a Democrat, is unopposed in the August primary. Her husband Jeff is in a three-way GOP primary race. Pam decided first to run, then Jeff jumped in. "Better ideas," he says. But one of his opponents, Jeff Colyer, believes it's an attempt to divide the vote to ensure than moderate candidate Sherrelyn Smith gets the nomination. "It's an absolute sham," says outgoing Representative Eric Carter For the football player of the same name, see .
Eric Robert Carter (b. March 6, 1970 in Long Beach, California U.S.) is a former American professional "Old/Mid School" Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer whose prime competitive years were from 1983 to 1998.
, who is leaving to run for state insurance commissioner. "They're trying to confuse voters and manipulate the process." Kansas Sate University political science professor Joe Aistrup has another take: "It's about time It's About Time may refer to:

  • It's About Time (TV series), a 1966 American television show.
  • It's About Time (musical), a 1951 Broadway production.
 the moderates started pulling this stuff. Conservatives have been running stealth candidates for years."

The chief of staff to former Illinois House Minority Lee Daniels was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and will pay $120,000 for directing state employees to work on campaigns on state time. Michael Tristano faced nine counts in a federal indictment that included extortion, a charge that was dropped although Tristano admitted to it. Tristano admitted to approving false expense forms so employees working on campaigns would be paid by the state from 1998 to 2001. The estimated cost to the state was $120,000, which he agreed to pay. He said he violated the law "out of loyally to House Republican leadership," and that others above him were instructing him to do so. "Frankly, I compromised my conscience to fit in and go along," he said. Tristano said the plan was to use state money to reduce the cost to the House Republican Campaign Committee.

A first-term Arizona legislator will sit out the primary and general elections in Iraq Elections in Iraq gives information on election and election results in Iraq.

Under the Iraqi constitution of 1925, Iraq was a constitutional monarchy, with a bicameral legislature consisting of an elected House of Representatives and an appointed Senate.
. Representative Jonathan Paton Jonathan Paton is a Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives and an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Paton was first elected to southern Arizona's Legislative District 30 in 2004. , an intelligence officer in the Army Reserves, volunteered for a five-to-six month tour of duty, which began in August. Paton says his campaign is in good shape, and he will get help from some of his colleagues in carrying out election duties. "This is a decision he has strong feelings about," said Speaker Jim Weiers. "I don't see anything negative. I am extremely proud of this young man." Paton sponsored Arizona's immigrant-smuggling law last year.

It looked as though two Montana state Senate leaders vying for the job of U.S. senator would face off in November. In June, Senate President Jon Tester Jon Tester (born August 21, 1956) is the Democratic junior U.S. Senator from Montana. Previously, he was President of the Montana State Senate. Background
Tester was born in Havre, Montana to Helen M. Pearson and David O. Tester.
 won his Democratic primary, but Senate Minority Leader Bob Keenan lost by a substantial margin to incumbent Senator Conrad Burns Conrad Ray Burns (born January 25, 1935) is a former United States Senator from Montana. He was only the second Republican to represent Montana in the Senate since the passage in 1913 of the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution and is the longest-serving Republican senator in  in the Republican primary. Tester will face Burns this fall.

In New Jersey, state Senator Tom Kean won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, and former Speaker Albio Sires won the Democratic primary for Congress in June.

Mitch for a Majority" is Indiana Governor Mirth Daniels' new PAC created to keep the Legislature in Republican hands. It's the first time a Hoosier governor has started a political action committee to benefit legislative campaigns.

David Burnell Smith, a first-term lawmaker and criminal lawyer from Carefree, is the first Arizona state legislator to be removed from office for campaign finance violations. Smith overspent his campaign limits by some $6,000, was fined $10,000, and ordered to pay back $34,625. Now the former House member is going up against three other candidates in the GOP primary for an open seat. According to a Phoenix political strategist and pollster poll¬∑ster ¬†
One that takes public-opinion surveys. Also called polltaker.

Word History: The suffix -ster is nowadays most familiar in words like pollster, jokester, huckster,
, Smith has "an excellent chance of being re-elected."

The mystery surrounding the death of former Nevada lawmaker and state controller Kathy Augustine has the elements of a made-for-TV movie. A healthy 50-year-old is found unconscious in her home by her new husband and dies three days later. He is a man eight years her junior who was a critical care nurse in the unit where her previous husband died and with whom she flew to Hawaii just three weeks later and proposed marriage. She was his fourth wife. He attempted suicide three days after Augustine died, did not attend her funeral and has not been seen by neighbors since. Toxicology tests are being conducted at the FBI lab in Quantico, Va. Augustine's former husband's family says they will request an exhumation of his body if the tests on Augustine come back positive. She was running in the Republican primary for state treasurer, but the party refused to support her because she was impeached by the Nevada Assembly, found guilty on one count of violating state ethics laws during her 2002 campaign for re-election as controller, and censured but allowed to remain in office.
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Title Annotation:TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS; legislator elections
Publication:State Legislatures
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Sep 1, 2006
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