Thursday, March 31, 2011

Middle America, Third Parties, Independent Candidates

Hankster friend Bill King has posited this take on independent candidacies -- increasingly important to the American political landscape...


MIDDLE AMERICA, THIRD PARTIES, INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES
King: Great middle of America has no place to call home (By BILL KING, Chron/Viewpoints, Outlook) Still, it is not easy to break the Democratic/Republican partisan oligarchy. The two dominant political parties have laced the elections statutes with provisions that stack the deck against third-party or independent candidates. For example, in Texas an independent candidate must collect about 50,000 signatures to get on the November ballot and the petitioners cannot have voted in the primary, a daunting task to say the least.

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