Grapevine: Coin tosses to determine some tied elections

How several states settle tight races


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Law and Order

The Obama administration Justice Department is investigating a float in a Nebraska Fourth of July parade featuring a zombie resembling President Obama.

The Omaha World Herald reports the zombie was standing outside an outhouse which was labeled Obama Presidential Library.

The state Democratic Party calls the float one of the worst shows of racism and disrespect for the office of the presidency that Nebraska has ever seen.

The float's creator insists the mannequin was a depiction of himself not the president and it was meant as a protest of the president's handling of the VA scandal.

Toss of a Coin

Thousands -- sometimes millions -- of dollars and untold hours of campaigning and research all coming down to the toss of a coin.

It turns out, after some research, 35 states resort to a coin-toss or something like it to decide the winner in tied elections. An exact tie.

Oklahoma state law requires the names of the candidates be written down on a piece of paper and pulled --Bingo-style from a container.

Most recently, a county in New Mexico tossed a coin to decide who would be its next magistrate judge after the two candidates received the same number of votes.

Cut Me In

And finally, Connecticut police have arrested a man for stabbing a watermelon and leaving it in a kitchen for his estranged wife to see.

A local newspaper reports the woman had complained to police about drugs in the man's toolbox.

She says she later returned home to find the watermelon on the counter with a butcher's knife in it.

She reported that her husband then entered the room and began carving said watermelon.

She called the incident passive-aggressive and menacing.

Police charged him with second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct.