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Major Parties, Minor Parties and Anti-Parties

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Major Parties, Minor Parties and Anti-Parties
Momentum continues to build for open primaries in California, and most but not all partisans (including minor partisans like Libertarians and Greens) don’t support primaries that would allow everyone including nonpartisans to participate in the first round of voting… NYC Independence Party (aka the “anti-party Party because of its support for nonpartisan elections and open primaries) brought in $65K at Monday night’s Anti-Corruption Awards recognizing grassroots activists Not a bad follow-up to the final count 150K votes in November’s citywide election for Mayor… Meanwhile, the Working Families Party is under the gun….
OPEN PRIMARIES
Make party bosses cringe by voting for open primary (By thomas d. elias, Mercury News)
The problem with open primaries (By Richard Winger, San Fransisco Bay Guardian) Washington used top-two once, in 2008. Out of eight U.S. House seats, 8 statewide state races, and 123 legislative races, only one incumbent was defeated in the primary. The only real change in Washington in 2008 was the elimination of minor party and independent candidates from the November election.
Low turnout? Of course, because primaries are a farce (LETTER Boston Globe) Why do we hold publicly funded elections for private political parties? Why can we not belong to more than one political party at a time? Why is one’s political party affiliation a matter of public record? Does this not violate the premise of the secret ballot?
Misguided move to the middle (By STEVEN GREENHUT, Special to the Orange County Register)
GOVERNORS RACES
Coakley balking at 1-on-1 debates-Rebuffs Brown over exclusion of 3d rival (By Matt Viser, Boston Globe) But Coakley, the state’s attorney general, said she is reluctant to participate in any debates that do not include a little-known independent candidate, Joseph L. Kennedy.
NYC IP
Islander hailed for work on behalf of Independence Party (By KIAWANA RICH, STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE) The Tenth Annual Anti-Corruption Awards ceremony was held last night at Wolfgang’s Tribeca Steakhouse, Manhattan, and the honorees included a Stapleton resident who was recognized for her efforts on behalf of the Independence Party.
WORKING FAMILIES PARTY
Working Families Party Documents Subpoenaed (By DAVID W. CHEN, NY Times)

Momentum continues to build for open primaries in California, and most but not all partisans (including minor partisans like Libertarians and Greens) don’t support primaries that would allow everyone including nonpartisans to participate in the first round of voting… NYC Independence Party (aka the “anti-party Party” because of its support for nonpartisan elections and open primaries) brought in $65K at Monday night’s Anti-Corruption Awards recognizing grassroots activists. Not a bad follow-up to the 150K votes on the Independence Party line in November’s citywide election for Mayor… Meanwhile, the Working Families Party is under the gun….

OPEN PRIMARIES

GOVERNORS RACES

NYC INDEPENDENCE PARTY

  • Islander hailed for work on behalf of Independence Party (By KIAWANA RICH, STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE) The Tenth Annual Anti-Corruption Awards ceremony was held last night at Wolfgang’s Tribeca Steakhouse, Manhattan, and the honorees included a Stapleton resident who was recognized for her efforts on behalf of the Independence Party.

WORKING FAMILIES PARTY

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