2012 election News

Thoughts on a Day to Remember and Honor Those Who Fought

There is a scene at the beginning of the World War I-based play “WarHorse” in which a cavalry troop of British soldiers going to France in August of 1914, extol their readiness for combat and their belief that they will …

Obama Administration Gives States Extra Time on Health Exchanges

The Obama administration gave states extra time to work toward setting up new health insurance exchanges on Friday, days after President Barack Obama’s re-election ensured the survival of his healthcare reform law. The move is seen as a concession to …

GOP Holds on to Michigan Supreme Court Majority

Republicans will hold on to their 4-3 majority on the Michigan Supreme Court after winning two of three up-for-grabs seats. Voters selected GOP nominees Stephen Markman and Brian Zahra, both current justices who were backed by business groups, including farmers, …

Senate Banking Committee Post Possible for Wall Street Critic Warren

The chances are good, but not guaranteed, that Elizabeth Warren will secure a highly coveted seat on the Senate Banking Committee, a move that would dramatically elevate her campaign against Wall Street excess. Senior Senate Democratic aides, speaking on condition …

Kreidler’s 4th Term in Washington: Healthcare, Climate Change, Excess Surpluses

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler won nearly six in 10 votes in his re-election bid, giving him bragging rights as the U.S.’s longest currently serving insurance commissioner. Kreidler won 57.7 percent of the vote, while insurance broker John Adams, his …

How Voters Voted on State Court Justices

Voters around the country for the most part stood by incumbent state Supreme Court justices, including where Republicans, business groups and others targeted the judges for defeat. However, two incumbents on Ohio’s top court lost. Here is a recap of …

State Elections Wrapup: Some Partisan Realignment; 5 Incumbent Insurance Chiefs Win

Neil Alldredge has been searching for the unifying “theme” in the results of Nov. 6 state elections around the country but he says it has not been easy to identify one. As senior vice president for state and policy affairs …

Wisconsin Agent and PIA Member Wins Re-Election to State Assembly

Wisconsin insurance agent and member of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA), Mary Czaja, on Nov. 6 won her race to capture the 35th Assembly District in northern Wisconsin. Czaja is a Republican who ran on a pro-business …

Californians Lump Props. 32 and 33; a Referendum on the ‘B’ Word

The “B” word may have been the most lethal weapon against an automobile insurance portable persistency initiative put to Californians, the second such initiative in the last two years to be defeated. California’s Proposition 33, the 2012 Automobile Insurance Discount Act, …

Hamm Re-Elected as North Dakota Insurance Commissioner

Republican and incumbent North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm handily won re-election against his Democrat challenger Tom Potter. Hamm received just over 63 percent of the vote to Potter’s 36.5 percent. Hamm ran on a three-C platform: common sense insurance …