Jul 23 2011

Thomas Friedman Column in July 24 New York Times Boosts Americans Elect

Source: Ballot Access News

The Sunday New York Times print edition, July 24, has this column by Times columnist Thomas Friedman. It describes and praises Americans Elect. Read more »

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Jul 23 2011

Peace & Freedom Party Hosts Discusssion of 2012 Election

Source: Ballot Access News

The Peace & Freedom Party holds a meeting in Oakland, California, on July 30, which includes not only a State Central Committee meeting of the California party, but a meeting open to like-minded people from across the United States, to discuss the 2012 election. See www.noc2012.org for more detail. The meeting notice says “The National Organizing Committee is sponsoring this event with the intent to kick-start our work in forging a coalition Read more »

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Jul 23 2011

The manufacture and manipulation of fear

Source: wrights2012.com

By Lee Wrights

“Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.”
– Gen. Douglas MacArthur

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Jul 23 2011

John Avlon Extensive Article on Americans Elect

Source: Ballot Access News

Journalist John Avlon has this lengthy and sympathetic article about Americans Elect on The Daily Beast. Thanks to Political Wire for the link. Read more »

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Jul 23 2011

North Carolina Ballot Access Bill Expected to Pass Senate Committee Next Week

Source: Ballot Access News

The North Carolina ballot access reform bill, HB 32, which has already passed the House, is set for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee in the next week, which means it will then receive a vote on the Senate floor if it passes Committee. It is believed that the Committee will support the bill, because otherwise it would not have been set for a hearing. The exact date of the hearing is not yet determined. The bill lowers the number of signatures for minor Read more »

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Jul 23 2011

Des Moines Register Carries Op-Ed Advocating Independent Members of the Federal Election Commission

Source: Ballot Access News

The July 23 print edition of the Des Moines Register carries this op-ed by Jacqueline Salit, President of Independent Voting (also known as the Committee for a Unified Independent Party). It suggests that President Obama should appoint two members of the Federal Election Commission who are neither Democrats nor Republicans. Read more »

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Jul 23 2011

Independence Party of Minnesota: Legislature failed. Time for us to take charge!

Source: Independence Party of Minnesota (from an e-mail sent July 22)

Our legislature has failed us.

MPR News reported on how the three-week government shutdown could spell political difficulty for both Democrats and Republicans in 2012. Steve Lieb of Cologne told MPR that after watching 2011 unfold at the Capitol, he now hopes third party candidates can get themselves elected to the state legislature. Read more »

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Jul 23 2011

United States Pirate Party: The Current State of Affairs

Source: US Pirate Party (from e-mail sent July 23, 2011)

The United States Pirate Party (USPP) has finalized the election of Party officers in an open election held July 14, 2011.

The election was delayed due to several reasons including a recent malware attack on the webservers hosting the official Party’s website (Pirate-Party.us) and the apparent absence of several former officers. Read more »

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Jul 23 2011

California Official Election Returns for Recent Special U.S. House Election Shows Top-Two System Did Not Improve Turnout

Source: Ballot Access News

The California Secretary of State has posted the official results of the July 12 special election for U.S. House, 36th district. They show: Democrat Janice Hahn 47,000; Republican Craig Huey 38,624. No other choices were allowed on the ballot, and all write-in votes were discarded, in accordance with “top-two” rules. The Secretary of State’s web page shows this election attracted a 25.00% turnout. Read more »

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