Friday, July 01, 2011

Helsinki Accords: Pennsylvania one of the worst places in the world for a free election

ARIZONA REDISTRICTING
Arizona ‘Independent’ Redistricting Commission Picks Leftist Progressive Firm to Map Arizona Lines (By Shane Wikfors, Tucson Citizen/Sonoran Alliance - "with a blatantly conservative worldview")

BALLOT ACCESS
  • Nader Pissed About Getting Kicked Off 2004 PA Ballot? He’s Not Alone (Philadelphia Weekly/PhillyNow) In fact, back in 2006, Pennsylvania was called one of the worst places – in the world! – to have a free election, according to the Helsinki Accords. Part of that includes the fact that Republicans and Democrats need 2,000 signatures to get on a statewide ballot while independent and thirty-party candidates are required a fable-worthy 67,070.
  • Nader letter criticizes Pa. courts for knocking him off ballot in 2004 (Philly.com) On Monday, Nader publicly released a letter he sent last week to Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille in which he suggested that Pennsylvania courts have undermined democracy by making it very difficult for third-party candidates to gain ballot access. Nader told Castille it is "never too late" to change a bad decision, and warned him that voters "no doubt will take a keen interest" in the case if Castille decides to stand for retention election in 2013.
2012
Top Republican candidates are changing their tone - Presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. are tempering their criticism of President Obama — a strategy political experts say is intended to reach voters beyond the GOP base. (By Seema Mehta and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times)

1 comment:

David Weller, OSL said...

I mentioned something recently at another blog about the need for a check and balance for the public against the political party. Perhaps, your Independents org. is the closest I know of to this.

*Arizona: I suspect this is the classic lie in politics of naming something other than what something is, in order to misguide or mislead.

*Nader: What would this country be right now without Nader and his clear-headed responses to federal problems such as the election system and the national debt? I think he deserves a Nobel Prize in Political Science if they have one. Too bad he didn't venture into the electronic voting machine debacle-- everything else in politics doesn't mean beans if people can rig many elections' votes!

*2012: Is winning more important than honesty? Honesty is as political as strategizing an outcome. But with honesty, a candidate can give the voter a view of how the candidate would do in office. Voters need to be leveled with.