Posts tagged: Working Families Party

Apr 17 2013

Working Families Party, and Conservative Party, Support Retention of New York’s Wilson-Pakula Law

Source: Ballot Access News

Since 1947, New York state has restricted the ability of outsider candidates to run in party primaries. Outsiders can run in a party primary, but only if party leaders approve letting any particular non-member candidate run in that party’s primary. This restriction is called the Wilson-Pakula law.

Virtually all public offices in New York are partisan, so there are thousands of Read more »

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Apr 15 2013

Working Families Party May Contest City Council Elections in Philadelphia

Source: Ballot Access News

Leaders of the Working Families Party are mulling over contesting the Phildelphia, Pennsylvania city-council at-large seats. Generally the Working Families Party doesn’t organize in states unless those states permit fusion. Pennsylvania doesn’t permit fusion, except in a very limited manner, but Philadelphia does have a provision that makes it possible for a party with less than majority support to win Read more »

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Mar 25 2013

New York Bill, Mandating an Easier-to-Read Ballot, Moves Ahead

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 21, New York Assembly bill 204, the “ballot-friendly act”, was placed on third reading in the Assembly. It had passed the Assembly Election Law Committee on February 12. It requires that the names of candidates be in type that is no smaller than Font size 12 (one-sixth of one inch). It also says the names of all candidates for the same office shall appear in the same column or row, unless no alternative is Read more »

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Mar 24 2013

South Carolina Working Families Party Enters Special U.S. House Election

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 21, the Working Families Party of South Carolina held a convention and nominated Elizabeth Colbert Busch (sister of Stephen Colbert) for the special U.S. House election, First District, that will be held May 7. Busch is also the Democratic Party nominee, but voters can choose which label to use if they vote for her. The Green Party nominee is Eugene Platt. Republicans haven’t yet chosen their nominee, but Read more »

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Mar 06 2013

New York Daily News Story Says New York Independence Party Got Large Donations from Republican State Senators

Source: Ballot Access News

The New York Daily News and other media are reporting that a substantial portion of contributions to the New York state Independence Party in recent months has been from the Republican Party and Republican State Senators. See this story. Thanks to Bill Van Allen for the link.

The New York Working Families Party was a subject of this New York Times story in the Read more »

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Feb 19 2013

Don Shaffer, One of Working Family Party’s Founders, Dies

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 18, Don Shaffer died. He had been a founder of the New Party in 1992, and also a founder of the Working Families Party in 1997. See this article in The Nation, written by Dan Cantor.

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Jan 14 2013

Conservative Party is Still Biggest Vote-Getting Party in New York State, Other than the Two Major Parties

Source: Ballot Access News

On November 2012, the Working Families Party New York nominee for U.S. Senate (who was also the Democratic nominee) received more votes on the Working Families line than the Conservative Party nominee for the same office (the Conservative nominee was also the Republican nominee). The U.S. Senate totals represented the first time that the WFP had outpolled the Conservative Party in a New York statewide race. The two US Senate totals were: Working Families 250,580; Conservative Read more »

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Jan 13 2013

Colorado Libertarian Party Was Only Non-Major Party to Run Nominees for a Majority of Legislative Seats

Source: Ballot Access News

In the November 2012 election, the Colorado Libertarian Party was the only party, other than the Democratic and Republican Parties, to place its own member-nominees for the legislature on the ballot in a majority of contests. Colorado had twenty State Senate seats up and Libertarians were on the ballot in twelve of them. Colorado had all 65 State House seats up, and Libertarians were on the ballot in 39 of them. Read more »

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Dec 11 2012

New York Working Familes Party Polls 241,531 Votes for U.S. Senate

Source: Ballot Access News

The New York Working Families Party polled 241,531 votes for U.S. Senate last month. This is the first time the party has ever exceeded the 200,000 vote barrier for a statewide office; the previous best showing for a statewide office for that party had been in 2010, when it polled 183,707 for U.S. Senate. The November 2012 U.S. Senate election is also the first time the Working Families Party has outpolled the Conservative Party in a statewide race. Read more »

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Dec 04 2012

Connecticut Newspaper Article About the Two Connecticut Parties that Use Fusion the Most, the Independent Party and the Working Families Party

Source: Ballot Access News

The Day, one of the biggest newspapers in eastern Connecticut, has this interesting article about the Independent Party and the Working Families Party. The story has one minor factual error. The Independent Party nominated Ralph Nader in 2008, not 2000.

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