Good morning, here are Thursday’s political law links (1/17/13)

SANFORD RUN. Politico. “The Republican primary is slated for March 19, and a runoff will be held on April 2 in the event none of the candidates receive more than 50 percent of the vote. The general election is set for May 7, though Democrats are not expected to seriously compete for the conservative-oriented seat.”

OCE APPOINTMENTS. Roll Call. “House leaders on Wednesday made eight appointments to the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics, enabling the independent fact-finding agency to continue its work in the 113th Congress.”

2012 PLUM BOOK. GPO. “Every four years, just after the Presidential election, the United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions, commonly known as the Plum Book, is published, alternately, by the Senate and the House. The Plum Book is used to identify presidentially appointed positions within the Federal Government.”

POLITICAL LAW BLOG AND ONLINE NEWS ROUNDUP. Here’s a quick look at some of the political law updates available online. Covington’s has had many interesting posts in the last few weeks, including items on the SEC rulemaking on disclosure, straw contributors, and developments in New York. Venable’s Political Law Briefing also noted the New York developments and in another post discussed (c)(4) disclosure issues. McKenna Long & Aldrridge’s had several interesting items, including a November post on the outlook for new rules in 2013. Bill McGinley had a link to his Politico piece advocating OCE reforms here. State & Federal, as usual, covers the latest reforms and news, including items related to Missouri, Georgia, and Oklahoma.

GA: REAL ISSUE: LAWMAKER PAY. Here. “The topic is so politically volatile that no lawmaker, Republican or Democrat, is allowed to mention the subject – unless it is to douse it with cold water. But here it is in a nutshell: We need to start paying a decent salary to these 236 lawmakers sent to Atlanta each year.”

NY: REVOLVING DOOR ISSUE. The Times. “A lawyer who served as chief counsel for Gov. David A. Paterson has paid a $3,500 fine for violating a state law limiting the interactions between former employees of the governor’s office and the state government.”

HAVE A GREAT DAY. I’ll send around the next set of links on Tuesday.

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