Good morning, here are today’s political law links

PAUL RYAN AND DUAL CANDIDACY.  The Post.  “Ryan would appear on the ballot as both a candidate for the House and for vice president. If the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket is not successful, but he wins his congressional race, Ryan can keep his seat. If the national ticket wins the White House and Ryan holds his House seat, a special election would be held to replace him in the House.”

FRANKING BLACKOUT.  The Post.  “Wednesday marks the beginning of the general-election ‘franking blackout’ that starts 90 days before Election Day. That’s the period under federal election law during which congressional offices can’t send out ‘franked’ mass communications. Translation: lawmakers can’t send out unsolicited communications — like postcards or e-mails — to more than 499 people.”

FCC HEADACHES.  Story here.  “A Federal Communications Commission plan to make television stations disclose how many political ads they have sold is creating administrative headaches for network affiliates in battleground states that deal with a dozen or more campaigns or political groups in a single market.”

GA:  TOTAL GIFT BAN?  Story here.  “House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, will propose next year a full ban on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers, delighting ethics advocates and worrying some lobbyists.”

IN:  COOLING OFF PERIOD DOESN’T APPLY.  Story here.  “Two state ethics rulings have concluded that Gov. Mitch Daniels can lobby the state Legislature for university funding and other matters once he becomes Purdue University’s president next year.”

MN:  SCHOOLS AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE.  Story here.  “If a school district spends money and resources to promote a ballot issue, it should register and report that activity like any other political committee, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Friday.”


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