Friday, April 30, 2010
I grew up in a seemingly conservative suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. Without knowing any better I bought into GOP party loyalty and castigating all 'non-conservative' ideas and figures. I even exercised that most holy and reverent conservative duty--I joined the Army (National Guard). I served just short of 10 years in the National Guard culminating with a one year tour in Iraq.7:10pm Talking with Randy Miller of Utah League of Independent Voters about social media... Call in!
We're on in 10 minutes! I have no idea if this will be successful, but we'll enjoy the experiment!
What's on your mind?
Abel Maldonado Stumps for California Open Primary Initiative Proposition 14 on the Colbert Report 4/29/10
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Thursday, April 29, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
CNN's coverage of last week's National Action Network conference included interviews with Dr. Lenora Fulani and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. Dr. Fulani is campaigning for a referendum in NYC for nonpartisan elections that would allow the one million independents to vote in the first round of voting (primaries) in city elections. NYC is one of the few major cities in the country that conducts partisan elections at the municipal level. Partisan elections in NYC exclude significant segments of people of color (20%) and youth (40%).
Dr. Lezli Baskerville, President and CEO, NAFEO - America's Black Colleges and Universities said the network of campuses would provide 500,000 students for nonpartisan voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts and that more campuses will make their facilities available to young people for after-school activities, including recreation. h/t to the Field Negro for this, although both the FN and the Root left out the "nonpartisan" part...
Dr. Fulani and Dr. Baskerville had both spoken on Thursday's Education panel about the "achievement gap" in education. You can see video of Fulani's statement here where she says that the achievement gap has been studied to death.
The issue isn't more achievement, it's more development.... both politically and educationally. Something all people need to attend to.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Every American, every thoughtful student is an independent at heart. Many however by means of cowardice and dereliction or perhaps just being uninformed choose the easy path of partisan loyalty over the hard right of independence, liberty and organizing.
Every substantial positive and empowering step in our quest for a more perfect union has sprung up from an independent movement of citizens motivated to organize.
Your children are free to go to school without being exploited for their industry; thank you organized labor.
Women are now free to vote and to own property. I'm sure the women of our state and nation will raise a glass to honor the lifetime sacrifice of those stalwart independent women who took on the establishment repeatedly.
The independent paradigm that is taking shape today is both epic and historic.
All people regardless of race, creed or color can now be citizens and vote. This right always existed. The 2 party aristocracy just needed it's wings clipped. Thank you black independent movement.
Segregation is no longer legal. It was always morally wrong. Thank you again black independent movement, the score is now 2 for you and 0 for the two-party establishment.
The two parties have historically evolved to either oppose or take credit for these popular uprisings.
Women's suffrage, equitable labor conditions, black enfrachisement, desegregation--all these prominent and equitable conditions are great, but there is another shackle that must be cut. This new direction, this new paradigm is bigger than all those great and victorious developments.
We see today segmented uproars over nearly every piece of legislation and a constant castigation of partisan figures of the prominent 2 parties. The success of the two parties is also their failure. The uproar of every jot and tittle is a testament that the voice of the people is not being heard and acted upon. If 'We the People' had a shred of confidence that we were being heard then policy that doesn't go 'my' particular way would be more palatable. Individuals would be convinced that the people had spoken and that they had just been at odds with that voice and lost. However, this confidence does not exist. The two parties in their successful quest to dominate elected positions and policy conversations, have established an accurate portrait of an out of touch aristocrcy with 2 factions.
The independent paradigm that is taking shape today is both epic and historic. We are confronted with the task of completely changing the way we do politics and conduct elections. We are charged with returning to a government by and for the people. It is a remarkable form of government. It is not a suitable governing framework for a lazy and apathetic citizenry. It requires involvment. It requires discourse. It requires reconciliation and apology at times. It requires that we now begin doing what the two parties have taken upon themselves to do for us. It requires that those factions who are disappointed by the various outcomes of the voice of the people remain committed to our union of states and not let insurmountable differences fester with the feverish plague of secessionist thinking.
NEXT WEEK: How I became an independent.
Hats off to the organizers in California who are pushing for passage of Proposition 14, a referendum that will allow independents (aka "decline to state") to vote in statewide elections. The Hankster wishes you all the best. Open primaries that bring new voices (youth for example) to the table and new coalitions together could only help in this quite serious national and international political situation.
Expect more politically upwardly mobile partisan powers-that-be animosity toward independent state senator in NY Pedro Espada Jr. who is proposing some interesting nonpartisan election reforms...
Power to the People, Read On:
- Going Indy (By John Opdycke, The Collegian-California State University Fresno)
- Opportunity for GOP and Dem unity for peace and electoral reform (Human Rights Examiner, Deborah Dupre')
- Brown Forges a Centrist Identity (By NEIL KING JR., Wall Street Journal)
- Frustrated Voters Cut Ties with Democrats, Republicans (Ann Butler, First Coast News) The number of independent voters has grown faster in the past two years than Democrats and Republicans in at least 14 of the 28 states and the District of Columbia that register voters by party, according to a USA TODAY review.
- Bill Clinton is back and looking good (By John Avlon, Special to CNN)
- GOOD-BYE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, THE INDEPENDENT REVOLUTION IS UNDERWAY (by Ryan Jaroncyk, CAIVN)
- Frustrated voters cut ties with Democrats, Republicans (By Richard Wolf, USA TODAY)
- Switch to third party is popular - Nearly one third county switchers choose another affiliation. (By Andrew M. Seder, Wilkes Barre Times Leader)
- Yes on Prop. 14 - It’s a sensible and modest step toward improving California politics. (LA Times Editorial)
- Capitol Weekly poll: Voters narrowly divided on open primary (By John Howard and Anthony York, Capitol Weekly)
- Editorial: Delay in confirming Maldonado was all about politics (Mercury News Editorial)
- CALIFORNIA OPEN PRIMARY INITIATIVE CONTINUES TO GENERATE VIGOROUS DEBATE (by Mytheos Holt, CAIVN)
- Legislature: Heal Thyself (By John R. McLaurin, President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, Fox & Hounds Daily)
- California will decide whether to follow Washington state on Top Two primary (POSTED BY PETER CALLAGHAN, Takoma WA News Tribune)
- Power of partisanship debatable (Danville News/Daily Item)
- GOP calls on members to oppose Charlie Crist if he runs as independent (BY ADAM C. SMITH, Miami Herald)
- Crist's independence and the case for a three-party system (David Hunt, Florida Times Union/Death, Taxes & Politics - Jacksonville)
- Calif. Assembly confirms Maldonado as lt. governor (By CATHY BUSSEWITZ (AP)
- Court Strikes Down Idaho Independent Presidential Candidate Ballot Access Law (Ballot Access News)
- Norwood Runs for Fulton County Chairperson as an Independent (By Matthew Cardinale, News Editor, The Atlanta Progressive News)
- Make Charter revision process more accessible to city residents (Your Nabe Queens) open letter
- Charter revision hearing in Queens (by Michael Cusenza, Assistant Editor, Queens Chronicle)
- Charter Revision: Election, Governance Top Queens’ List (By DOMENICK RAFTER, Queens Tribune)
- Everybody wants more power. So where's Chris Quinn? (BY ADAM LISBERG, Daily News/Daily Politics)
- Helen defends beeps, boards at charter talk (BY LISA L. COLANGELO, DAILY NEWS)
- Beeps honk their approval of Molinaro's drive for local control (By Judy L. Randall, Staten island Advance)
- Slow-down pleas go unheeded at Brooklyn Charter hearing (By Peter N. Spencer, SI Advance) "So many voters across the political spectrum feel shut out from the municipal election process, and it's for a very simple reason: So many of our municipal elections are decided in closed Democrat primaries," Allegretti said.
- Advocates urge Charter Commission to "go slow, get it right" (Empire State News)
- Slow down & get it right (BY HELEN MARSHALL, Queens Courier)
- Charter revision hearing held in Queens (BY PETE DAVIS, Queens Courier)
- NY1 Exclusive: Charter Commission Won't Seek Elimination of Borough BPs, City PA (By: Grace Rauh, NY1)
- NYC Independent Youth Speak on Behalf of Nonpartisan Elections at Brooklyn Charter Revision Hearing 4.20.10 (The Hankster) VIDEO
- Black Leaders Meet to Set Their Own Black Agenda (BY DENISE STEWART, BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM)
- Espada Trashes, Bashes, Smashes At Cuomo (BY CELESTE KATZ, Daily News/Daily Politics)
- FBI, IRS raid NY state senator's Bronx clinic (By JIM FITZGERALD (AP)
- Espada Calls Cuomo's Lawsuit Politically Motivated (by Bob Hennelly, WNYC.org)
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
"We want the right to vote in the primaries!" Youth Submit Open Letter to NYC Charter Revision Commission
Brooklyn, NY—An open letter to the New York City Charter Revision Commission signed by 1,084 city residents under the age of 30, was presented at the Commission’s hearing at St. Francis College in Brooklyn yesterday. The letter calls for the Commission to place an initiative for nonpartisan elections on the ballot.
The letter states in part:
“We do not have the same level of commitment or connection to political parties that many in older generations do. Increasingly, we identify as independents and do not feel we should be excluded from the first and often critical round of primary voting.”The letter was presented by Bryan Puertas (age 25, Queens), Franceli Chapman (age 23, Bronx), Laiza Garcia (age 27, Brooklyn) and Tracey Thomas (age 21, Brooklyn) whose joint testimony sparked several Commissioners probe the issue of open primaries and the political involvement of youth in follow up questions. Their dialogue can be viewed online.
The open letter had been circulated over the course of the last week at high school and college campuses in all 5 boroughs including:
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Bronx Community College
College of Staten Island
Frank Sinatra High School
Hostos Community College
John Jay College
St. Francis College
St. John’s University.
The presenters of the letter testified that nearly 900,000 voters in New York City are not registered in either the Democratic or Republican parties. Of those 751,442 are not registered with any political party and 25% are under the age of 30. The make-up of young independents is racially diverse with 20% African America, 24% Latino and 11% Asian.
“More and more young people are identifying politically as independent, but independents are not allowed to vote in New York City primaries” said Bryan Puertas who led the signature gathering effort. “That means more and more young people are being excluded from the process. We can turn that around by adopting what most major cities around the country already do-- hold nonpartisan elections.”
The Charter Revision Commission, which is chaired by CUNY President Matthew Goldstein, held public hearings in each borough during the month of April and expected to hold a series of issues forums in May.
A copy of the “Open Letter to the 2010 Charter Revision Commission” reads:
We the undersigned are residents of New York City.
- We are under the age of thirty. We do not have the same level of commitment or connection to political parties that many in older generations do. Increasingly, we identify as independents and do not feel we should be excluded from the first and often critical round of primary voting.
- We ask the Charter Revision Commission to put a proposal before the voters to change our primary election system to a nonpartisan system of elections. This system allows all candidates to appear on the same ballot in the first round of voting and allows all registered voters to vote in that round. The top two vote getters would then appear on the November ballot. This type of system is employed in most major municipalities throughout our country and it is time for New York City to catch up.
- 897,180 voters in our city are not registered in either the Democratic or Republican parties.
- 751,442 of us are unaffiliated with any political party
- 25% of those unaffiliated voters are under the age of 30.
- 20% of us are African American
- 24% of us are Latino
- 11% of are Asian American
For more information, contact: Sarah Lyons at 212-962-1824 and see VIDEO of testimony at HanksterTube/NYC Charter Revision 2010.
NYC Independent Youth Speak on Behalf of Nonpartisan Elections at Brooklyn Charter Revision Hearing 4.20.10
NYC Independent youth speak out on behalf of nonpartisan elections at NYC Charter Revision Commission public hearing at St. Francis Community College, downtown Brooklyn, April 20, 2010. Speakers included Bryan Puertas, Liza Garcia, Francelli Chapman, and Tracy Thomas. Extended dialogue with Commissioners Chairman Matthew Goldstein, Hope Cohen, and Kathryn Patterson. St. Francis College, Brooklyn, April 20, 2010
Brooklyn Independence Party Chair Speaks in Support of Nonpartisan Elections Charter Revision Hearing 4/20/10
Kings County Independence Party Chairman Bob Conroy Speaks for Nonpartisan Elections at the Brooklyn Charter Revision Hearing at St. Francis Community College, downtown Brooklyn on April 20, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
All Stars Project activist and actress Francelli Chapman asks Education Secretary Arne Duncan and National Action Network organizers to include young people in discussions of education at Education Panel on April 15, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
"...Here in the US, we are doing publicity tours with Newt Gingrich to promote public awareness of the problem. With all due respect to Reverend Sharpton and my sisters and brothers in the National Action Network, that is insufficient for Black America and for all America..."Dr. Fulani is recognized as having created the contemporary independent movement with her historic run for President in 1988 when she became the first woman and first African American to ever be on the ballot in all 50 states. She ran as an independent, collecting over 1.5 million signatures nationally and a quarter of a million votes. Fulani is a co-founder of the All Stars Project, Inc. and founder and director of Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids.
Up this week, Charter Revision hearings tonight in Queens and Tuesday night in Brooklyn. Watch the April 19 Charter Commission Hearing Live from Long Island City, at LaGuardia Community College, via Webcast at 6pm Monday.
- Voters in West Virginia and North Carolina are becoming more independent.
Oreg onWashington experience says YES! to Top Two open primary. [Thanks to Richard Winger at Ballot Access News for this correction. Apologies for my East-Coast-centricity! All you West Coast states don't *really* look alike -- but you do have a certain independent streak that I really appreciate!]
- 5 out of 6 Pennsylvania gov candidates support open primaries (bill introduced by Eugene DePasquale) for the Keystone State.
- California Dem Party rejects open primaries.
- Florida Gov Charlie Crist says he's not gonna run for re-election as an independent but lots of folks wish he would.
- Nationally speaking, the Top Two right now are Barack Obama and Ron Paul.
- Today's Pew Research polls finds Americans are living in Distrust, Discontent, Anger and Partisan Rancor.
Friday, April 16, 2010
TV One to Offer Live Coverage Saturday, April 17 of 'National Action Network Forum: Measuring... -- NEW YORK, April 16 /PRNewswire/ --
NEW YORK, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- TV One will offer live coverage Saturday, April 17 of the leadership forum sponsored by Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network designed to determine and commit to significant and measurable goals that will advance the standing of African Americans over the next 12 months in the areas of political power, economic power and social/cultural influence.
Moderated by TV One's Washington Watch host and CNN contributor Roland Martin and hosted by radio industry iconTom Joyner, "National Action Network Forum: Measuring the Movement with Al Sharpton" will air live on TV One Saturday, April 17 from 11 AM - 1 PM ET, repeating on Sunday, April 18 from 11 AM - 1 PM ET.
A host of top African-American government, education, religious, and cultural leaders are expected to participate in the forum, including: Rev. Al Sharpton; House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC); National Urban League President Marc Morial; NAACP President Benjamin Jealous; Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter; Harvard Law School professor Dr.Charles Ogletree; author, commentator and Georgetown University professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson; noted rapper and activist Chuck D; syndicated radio talk show host Warren Ballentine; BET host Jeff Johnson; Judge Greg Mathis, of "The Judge Mathis Show"; Michael Blake, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement & Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; Danny Bakewell, President of the National Newspaper Publishers Association; LaKimba B. DeSadier, Executive Director, National Black Caucus of State Legislators; and Dr. Elsie Scott,President & CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF); and Lezli Baskerville, President & CEO, NAFEO (Natl. Assn. for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education).
The forum, which will close the National Action Network's four day annual convention in New York, will be held at the First Corinthian Baptist Church at 1912 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. (at 116th St.)
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The next hearing will on Monday, April 19, at 6pm at LaGuardia Community College, Auditorium, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101.
Visit the NYC.gov website for the Charter Revision Commission here.
PHOTO: Staten Island Independence Party activists prepare to testify last night at McKee Tech HS in St. George
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Daily News piece including a video from Erin Einhorn.
And while we're on the subject, you can see a video library of statements from independent leaders and activists in support of nonpartisan elections at Hankstertube Playlist NYC Charter Revision 2010.
Watch Tuesday’s Charter Commission Hearing Live
If you cannot attend Tuesday’s Commission hearing in Staten Island, at McKee High School, you can watch it live via Webcast, right here. Check back at 6pm Tuesday.
Delivered by Chief of Staff for Sen. Espada
Monday, April 12, 2010
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Saturday, April 10, 2010
One cutting edge structural reform that will be hotly discussed at these hearings is Nonpartisan Municipal Elections. Instead of having Democratic and Republican party primary elections, in a nonpartisan system there would be one primary that all of the candidates run in, regardless of party affiliation. Everyone gets to vote for whoever they like, and the top two vote getters go on to the November election. This is a system that is used in 85% of U.S. cities. In fact, New York City is one of the only major metropolises that does not use this system.Continue reading here.
Oh, and be sure to take a look at a new centrist blog with an ambitious reform and grassroots organizing plan, CenterMovement.org --they run Hankster posts regularly! Thanks, CM!
Friday, April 09, 2010
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- How Should Black Leaders Relate to a Black President? A Controversy. (Talk Talk with Fred Newman and Jackie Salit) Newman: What substantial improvements there have been for the black community, have come through blacks and others, particularly whites, working together. So, if these issues are being raised from the point of view of whether the entire problem of inequality has been solved by the continued use of an integrated strategy, what you’re really saying, in my opinion, is that the entire problem isn’t solved, period.
- You can view Tavis Smiley's Black Agenda Summit on C-Span here
- LA: Frenzied election season starts (By William Johnson, Daily World) If there are ever two or more candidates from any of the officially recognized parties — Democratic, Green, Libertarian, Reform and Republican — then the closed party primary election kicks in.
- CA: Are Republicans moving too far right to be elected? (By Thomas D. Elias, Highland News) Only when all voters can vote in all primaries will candidates need to appeal to the broad middle ground, unrepresented in California for decades as the right wing rules the GOP and a far left/organized labor coalition controls the Democratic Party.
- Kansas and Ohio Voters Look to Change Voter Registration Before Primaries (The State Column)
- CO: Primary ballots begin to take shape-Candidates who don’t get party nod still could petition to run (Steamboat Pilot, By Tom Ross)
- NC: Today last day to register for primary - Voters must submit new applications, or change existing ones, by 5 p.m. (David Anderson, ENC Today)
- NJ: Monday is deadline for nominations for political office in June primary (By John Barna, NJ.com Gloucester Co.)
- Voices divided on Prop. 14's potential effects (James Rufus Koren, San Bernardino Sun)
- Proposition 14 Increases Right to Participate in Primary Elections (CA Voter Guide)
- The Rise of Political Extremism and the Decline of Decency -- John Avlon discusses his new book "Wingnuts" (By Jessica Rettig, US News & World Report)
- Panel hosts citywide public forums in April (by Michael Lanza, Assistant Editor, Queens Chronicle) “Out of any one issue that was represented, it was probably the non-partisan elections — because there were a lot of people from the Independence Party who testified,” Queens Charter Commission member Ernest Hart said.
- The charter reform we need; Emulate the Koch model (By Scott Stringer, The Villager) If this new commission is to succeed, its work must be geared to developing proposals for the ballot in 2011, not later this year.
- No Rubber Stamp for the Mayor (By DAVID W. CHEN, NY Times/City Room)
- Mayor asks 50,000 political donors to think of NYC (By SARA KUGLER - AP) New York City sends millions of dollars to political candidates nationwide, and the average New Yorker gives 2.5 times more money to federal candidates than other Americans, according to Bloomberg. During the 2008 election cycle, candidates collected more than $114 million from New York donors, second only to California.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
- IN: Primary systems needs to change (LETTER To the Editor, The Paper of Mongomery County IN)
- LA: House panel says state should hold open primaries for congressional elections (By Ed Anderson, The Times-Picayune)
- LA: Open state primaries proposed (By MARSHA SHULER, Advocate Capitol News Bureau)
- Louisiana Bill to Use “Top-Two” For Congressional Elections Advances (Ballot Access News)
- Notes and quotes from the La. Legislature (The Associated Press, Daily Comet)
- MI: Phil Power: State must rethink primaries (Livingston Daily) Scrap this outdated system and replace it with a fully open primary that selects the top two candidates, regardless of party, to run head to head in November.
- Open the primaries (Pittsburgh Tribune) More than 1 million registered Pennsylvania voters out of 8.4 million shouldn't be barred from voting in May 18's primary just because they're not Republicans or Democrats.
- What’s a Party? (BLOG POST BY JOHN DEETH, Des Moines Register/John Deeth blog) what is a party? The answer is, it’s a bunch of things, semi-public and semi-private. I’ll look at it bottom-up, because I’m a grass roots kind of person. It starts with the people who identify with the party, and the broad set of ideals they more or less share. In many states, like Iowa, that’s a formal thing with a box checked on your voter card. (As we enter primary season, there’s also the crossover issue: should independent voters and voters who identify with the opposite party be able to tell you who your party’s candidates should be?)
- Top-Two Open Primaries: A Gateway to New Solutions in Sacramento (By Gary Toebben, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Fox & Hounds Daily)
- San Jose Mercury News: Vote Yes on Proposition 14 (Merced Sun Star) Voters are fed up with the ineffectiveness of their elected representatives. And yet few realize that our political system perpetuates the dysfunction -- rewarding those who stake out extreme ideological positions rather than encouraging pragmatic solutions to complex problems.
- Republicans' sprint to the right could backfire in general election (By thomas d. elias, Mercury News) Only when all voters can vote in all primaries will candidates need to appeal to the broad middle ground, unrepresented in California for decades as the right wing rules the GOP and a far left/organized labor coalition controls the Democratic Party.
- Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce Opposes Proposition 14 (Ballot Access News)
- Can independents seize the day? (By John Avlon, Special to CNN) Three credible independent candidates are running for governor this year in three New England states where registered independents outnumber Democrats and Republicans.
- Independent Party launches, Cahill on board (By Kyle Cheney, Burlington Union State House News Service) Hoping to harness the energy of disenfranchised Democrats and Republicans and the state’s 2.1 million unenrolled voters – more than half of the Massachusetts electorate – a group of political advocates who reject the two major party platforms hope to soon be able to brandish the label of the Independent Party and use it to carry them to political power.
- All Briefs Now Filed in Colorado Lawsuit Over Independent Candidate Ballot Access (Ballot Access News)
- GOP registered voter share dips - Tough to gauge significance of numbers with unaffiliated voters (BY JAMES CARLSON, Topeka Capital Journal)
- The Public and the Charter (Gotham Gazette/Wonkster) Quotes Harry Kresky and Lenora Fulani on nonpartisan elections
- City Council Speaker at Staten Island meeting: No reason to rush Charter revision (By Tom Wrobleski, SI Advance)
- Surprise sprung by Charter chair; L.I. attorney named to direct panel and Staten Island secession vet tabbed as research director (By Peter N. Spencer, SI Advance) the 60 people in attendance comprised mostly elected officials, representatives of civic groups and members of the Independence Party, who were pressing the panel to explore nonpartisan elections and proportional representation in city government.
- Charter Commission Director Selected (Gotham Gazette)
- Who's Got The Power? Citizens To Weigh In - The first public hearing of the mayor's Charter Revision Commission could be the start of a fast-track effort to change the way New York City governs itself. (By Jarrett Murphy, City Limits) Other reformers want the commission to consider non-partisan elections, which the mayor tried to implement in a 2003 charter revision. Voters rejected that proposal, but passed charter changes that Bloomberg sought in 2002 and 2005.
- Charter Commission Hearing Marked By Low Turnout (By: NY1 News) Fulani on video
- Adam Clayton Powell IV To Announce Rangel Primary Challenge (BY ELIZABETH BENJAMIN, Daily News/Daily Politics)
- In Albany, GOP candidate for governor takes on political establishment (By Joseph Spector, Ithaca Journal Albany Bureau) Paladino said he's spoken to Golisano, who he called a friend, and Golisano encouraged him to run on a major-party line. He's planning to spend $10 mil of his own money on the run.
- Party Time -Tea Partiers fit into a recent pattern of conservative populist movements. (By Howard Fineman, Newsweek Web Exclusive)