On May 10, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed SB 3700, which moves the petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties from April to August. It also gives newly-qualifying parties the choice of whether to nominate by convention or primary (if they want a primary, of course they must file before the primary). This bill only passed because minor parties won the 2010 lawsuit and also the 2012 lawsuit, against the early deadline. Read more »
The New Orleans Times-Picayune has this story about the approaching deadline for candidates to qualify for the Americans Elect primary ballot. The story, published early on May 14, says Buddy Roemer has 5,618 “clicks”. As of 12:45 p.m. eastern time on the same day, the Americans Elect web page says now he has 5,668. He needs 10,000 with at least 1,000 from each of ten states. Read more »
On May 13, the most populous German state, North Rhine-Westphalia, held elections for its own state government. The Green Party polled 11.3%, the Free Democrats polled 8.6%, the Pirate Party polled 7.8%, and The Left polled 2.5%. The Social Democrats polled 39.1% and the Christian Democratic Union, which governs Germany, only polled 26.3%. Other parties polled the remainder of the vote. See this story. Read more »
Michael Russnow is a California scriptwriter and recently an officer with the Writers Guild of America. He has worked on many well-known television series, and some films, and is a Democrat and a former congressional aide. He has this commentary on California’s top-two “open primary” system here.
He mentions the California June 2012 primary ballot, which lists 24 candidates for U.S. Read more »
A friend who works in Congress and actually reads the Congressional Record suggested that a collection of excerpted falsehoods by Republicans on the floor of the House of Representatives and Senate would make compelling evidence for the truth of economist Albert Hirschman’s book, The Rhetoric of Reaction (1991).
Professor Hirschman, a very original political economist, found throughout American Read more »
This past weekend, the Libertarian Party celebrated its 40th birthday by choosing its candidates for President and Vice President. The Libertarians selected former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson for President, and retired judge James Gray of California for Vice President. The convention was broadcast nationally on C-SPAN , and received Read more »
As was reported here at Green Party Watch May 12th found the San Francisco Green Party host to a presidential debate between Jill Stein and Roseanne Barr. Ann Garrison covers the debate at Fog City Journal, a widely read news website based in San Francisco.
Where Obama and Romney see a world full of terrorists requiring an ever-heightened Read more »