Monday, June 07, 2010

TODAY'S NEWS HEADLINES for INDEPENDENT VOTERS 6/7/10

INDEPENDENT VOTERS
PROP 14
NORTH CAROLINA
OREGON
NYC CHARTER REVISION
(Photo by IPNYC activist Laiza Garcia)
  • For Charter, it's all in the timing (Crain's New York) Another issue that clearly falls within the serious work category is nonpartisan elections, particularly since it was defeated only several years ago. Answering these questions demands real deliberation.
  • Charter Revision: Speaking Truth to Power (City Pragmatist) In a pre-emptive strike against the evening’s main event, Community Service Society CEO David Jones argued that non-partisan elections and the elimination of party primaries would erode the gains that minorities have achieved through the Democratic Party. Harry Kresky of the Independence Party rebutted him. Phil Thompson bemoaned the exclusion of non-citizens from the election process. Jones noted that the incarcerated were similarly excluded.
  • Last Nights Charter Revision Hearing (100 Percent Bronx blog) Goldstein then allowed each of the five to have eight minutes that turned into fifteen minutes to talk on the subject of low voter turnout in New York City elections. When it got to lawyer Kresky the subject of non-partisan elections was interjected by him as a way to increase voter participation, and the partisan Independence Party crowd cheered. 
NEW YORK
Note: NYC Independence Party about 25% input on decisions about statewide candidates, and therefore has limited influence.

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