Wednesday, January 21, 2009

TODAY'S NEWS HEADLINES for INDEPENDENT VOTERS

INDEPENDENT VOTERS
More Freedoms Needed For Independent Voters (Anthony Leone, The Times Observer blog PA) For example, the Committee for a Unified Independent Party, Inc. works tirelessly to have politicians to commit themselves to work on behalf of independent voters.

POLITICAL REFORM
  • Kentucky Bill to Let Independent Voters Vote in Partisan Primaries (Ballot Access News) Kentucky Representative Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon) has introduced HB 17, which says that independent voters may vote in any party primary.
  • Richard Winger joins board of Free and Equal Elections Foundation (Independent Political Report) The Free and Equal Elections Foundation is a non partisan, non profit 501c(4) organization dedicated to eliminating restrictive ballot access laws that target Independent and Third-Party Candidates.


AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT
Column: The Dream: Before and after (By David Snow, Demopolis Times) It is a day that perhaps Dr. King could not have fully envisioned. The first African-American candidate for President for a major party came in 1972 — four years after King's assassination — when Shirley Chisholm ran for the Democratic Party. Jesse Jackson followed after that in 1984 and '88 for the Democratic Party, and Lenora Fulani ran as an independent in 1988 and 1992.


NEW YORK POLITICS/INDEPENDENCE PARTY
Independence Day (Elizabeth Benjamin, NY Daily News/Daily Politics) Fred Newman, a controversial figure who is a committeeman for the state Independence Party and the ally/mentor of Lenora Fulani, was unsurprisingly not pleased to learn of Mayor Bloomberg's new alliance with party founder and retired Paychex billionaire Tom Golisano. Newman panned the plan by Golisano and Bloomberg to "revamp" the Indy Party as an "outrageous and tyrannical attempt" by the mayor to "control what he can't control." As for any attempt by Bloomberg to land Row C for the third time, Newman vowed: "It's going to be very difficult for him to get the line...We're not going to be bought off."


LAST WORD
Monday Morning Mindfuck (Bill Campbell, Tome of the Unknown Writer) "I used to be all radical, and shit..." What happened??

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