Showing posts with label Independence Party. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Independence Party. Show all posts

Monday, October 14, 2013

Vamos a insistir en que el Candidato independiente porción alcalde de NYC ESTA incluido en el "debate" el 15 de octubre!

Let's insist that el candidato independiente por alcalde de NYC esta included in the "debate" on Oct. 15!

Vamos a insistir en que el Candidato independiente porción alcalde de NYC ESTA incluido en el "debate" el 15 de octubre!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Digital Literacy & Creative Technology: New York Gets Smarter With Adolfo Carrion

I attended Independence Party mayoral candidate Adolfo Carrion's press conference this morning at City Hall Park (you will hear the sounds of the fountain in the background on the video below :-) where he rolled out his Tech policy proposals.

In his prepared remarks, Carrion stated, "It's time for a smarter New York that leverages the latest technology to better connect us, move us, protect us and educate us. A new high-tech infrastructure will keep New York competitive and create jobs for our economy for both today and tomorrow."

Mr. Carrion read from his notes, but went "off script" towards the end of his statement to talk about the need for and importance of digital literacy. "We cannot have our kids in public schools on the margins of digital literacy. They need to know how to operate in this new modern high-tech economy. We also need to ensure that we have digital literacy as part of our job training as we re-tool the workforce for the modern economy."


Mr. Carrion also coupled his statement on the need for improving access to online media for New Yorkers with the need for access to support for small business creation.

I could not agree more!!

My own thoughts, as veteran new media pioneer: creative technology is where it's at here and now. The tech sector in the US has shifted. IT ( or "information technology") jobs are moving offshore and tech innovators/programmers/makers/app-developers/entrepreneurs are the new growth industry.

Right on, Adolfo!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fulani: Mayoral Candidate Bill de Blasio Can Be Proud of Progressive Activist History

From today's Capital New York:

Lenora Fulani says de Blasio's Sandinista work is 'something he can be proud of'

11:39 am Sep. 24, 2013
Bill de Blasio's opponents in the mayor's race are trying to broaden the narrative about his work in Nicaragua, in support of the Sandinista rebels in the 1980s.
After attacking de Blasio yesterday, Republican candidate Joe Lhota issued another statement this morning, saying de Blasio "needs to explain himself [to] the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who escaped Marxist tyranny in Asia, Central America, and from behind the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe."
Lhota sought to connect de Blasio's work in Central America to his current mayoral agenda, saying de Blasio's "class warfare strategy" is "directly out of the Marxist playbook. Now we know why."

Independence Party mayoral candidate Adolfo Carrion criticized de Blasio too, saying in a statement yesterday that de Blasio was "busy propping up a brutal dictatorship in Central America" in the 1980s, and that "in the early 90’s he even chose to honeymoon in Cuba in what would appear to be a violation of Federal Law. It may not seem as important today, but it sends a clear message about who he is and his worldview."

But de Blasio has one defender, from a surprising corner.

Lenora Fulani, one of the city's best known Independence Party figures, released a statement today criticizing the New York Times, which reported on de Blasio's work in Nicaragua, and "some mayoral candidates" for "political mudslinging" against de Blasio over his Sandinista advocacy.

"Mr. de Blasio's history as a progressive activist who spoke out against reactionary policies of the U.S. government in Latin America and its support of brutal and greedy dictatorships is something he can be proud of," Fulani said.

Fulani has her own controversial past in her own right, having briefly embraced Pat Buchanan as a presidential campaign, and sought elected office herself. She apologized in 2007 for anti-Semitic comments she made back in 1989.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fulani: The Real Progressive in the NYC Mayoral Race is Adolfo Carrion

In case you missed the Black Star News today, read here:

The Democratic Party's de Blasio will ask you to celebrate the return of progressivism to City Hall.  Don't be fooled.  Progressivism is something born in the streets, not in the centers of power.

There is a new progressivism being built in New York today.  It is visionary, it is nonpartisan, it is inclusionary, it is multi-racial, it is Independent.  Its mayoral candidate is Adolfo Carrion.

Give him your vote on November 5th.

Now that the mayoral race has taken shape, it's time to take a harder look at the candidates, the choices, and the politics built into this race.

I am a supporter of Adolfo Carrion, the Independence Party's mayoral candidate.  He is neither a Democrat nor a Republican, he's something else altogether and that is a good thing.  Unless we can create a new way of doing things politically, we will not be able to touch the problems that New Yorkers face, let alone solve them.

The Democratic Party and its nominee, Bill de Blasio, have put themselves forward as that new and "beautiful" thing. At the unity rally on Tuesday where Bill Thompson folded his campaign even though the votes had not been fully counted, de Blasio said, "There is nothing more beautiful than Democratic unity."

I have to admit, I was taken aback by this pronouncement.  There are so many things on this earth more beautiful than that.  When poor Black kids who have been struggling to achieve in the classroom and in life manage to get the support they need to learn to read, that is a beautiful thing.  When a life is saved by a first responder, that is a beautiful thing. When a child is born, or people fall in love, these are beautiful things.  When violence is averted because people in the neighborhood had the skills needed to step back from the edge, that is a beautiful thing.  (By the way, I include President Obama's recent moves in Syria as an example.)

You get my point here.  I have met Bill de Blasio.  We've seen each other in the streets for years.  He has visited my youth programs, the All Stars Project, and we've discussed the importance of afterschool and youth development.  He cares about these things and I respect that.  But my problem with Bill de Blasio's mayoral campaign is that it is based on the idea that what we should care about most of all is the Democratic Party.  This is something that every New Yorker, but particularly the communities of color, need to be very concerned about.

Putting your political party above all else is no way to run a city.  It leads to bad decisions.  It invariably leads to the poor being left behind.  The Democrats always take care of their organized constituencies at the expense of the poor and unrepresented.

I was struck by several other things at the unity press conference.  Bill Thompson expressed his outrage at the failure of the Board of Elections to have counted all the votes, one week after the election.  He said, "This electoral process has to be improved, there has to be fundamental reform."  Of course, he's right, there does have to be fundamental election reform.  I've fought for that for decades, prompting bitter opposition from Democrats, including Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson.

When you think about it, the results of the Democratic primary were deeply influenced by flaws, faults, even fixes by election bureaucrats.  When the CFB withheld matching funds from John Liu, they substituted themselves for the voters and destroyed Liu's campaign.  When the Board of Elections couldn't manage to count the votes on Primary Day, the door was left open to party bigwigs muscling Thompson out of the race, which they promptly did.  In neither case did the voters get to decide.

Rev. Al Sharpton played a part in the Democratic Muscle Machine, tamping down any potential anger or frustration in the Black community at Thompson being sidelined.  He made an appeal to moving beyond "identity politics" by pointing out that half of Black voters had cast ballots for de Blasio rather than Thompson.  Of course, I completely support Sharpton's call to move beyond identity politics.  I've been telling the Black community that for years.  However, let's not forget that when I organized 47 percent of Black voters to abandon the Democratic Party in 2005 and vote for the independent Mike Bloomberg, no Democrat gave any grand speech about moving beyond identity politics; no Democrat called me up and said, "Dr. Fulani, thank you for moving us to a new place!"

It was Governor Cuomo, though, who provided the grand finale to the Democratic unity rally.  Having spent close to two terms repressing any semblance of Black and Latino empowerment in the state legislature, Cuomo arrived on the scene to tell New Yorkers that the suffering is over because we can now put a progressive in City Hall.  What is Cuomo's progressive agenda?  Improving public education, passing sensible gun laws, having an open immigration policy, and making the city the capital of commerce and diversity.

For the record, that was Mike Bloomberg's agenda.  However, because the Democrats are poised to retake City Hall, the past must be rewritten to fit their script.   The main thing that distinguishes Mike Bloomberg's agenda from Cuomo's "progressive agenda" is that Bloomberg fought alongside me (not always comfortably!) for the electoral reform that Bill Thompson, in his farewell address, finally said we desperately need.  Bloomberg wasn't a perfect mayor.  But he sure as hell was an independent one.

At the risk of being branded a radical (actually there is no risk because it's already happened and it's true) let me remind us of the cautionary words of Malcolm X.  He said to us, "You put the Democrats first and the Democrats put you last."  In this election, more than any other in my lifetime, we need to take those words to heart.

Adolfo Carrion, a former public school teacher, from humble beginnings, rose through the ranks of the Democratic Party to serve on the City Council, as Bronx Borough President and in the Obama White House.  For his entire career, poverty, the lack of opportunity and the need to create economic and social development that benefits everyone have been his life's mission.

He was considered a model Democrat, a pro-growth, anti-poverty activist, a man of color, the son of a man of the cloth.  Everyone believed he would go far.  Last year the Democrats offered him the comptroller position in this year's election, having heard rumblings he might want to run for mayor.  It wasn't his turn, they said.  (Sound familiar?)  He turned it down.

Adolfo Carrion didn't want to wait.  He believed, based on his experience, that far from being the embodiment of progressivism, the Democratic Party had become its greatest obstacle.  And so, he became an independent.  He came to the Independence Party, to me, to ask for our support.  He said to us that we must have a new progressive coalition in New York City and I want to help lead it.  We said yes.

For the next seven weeks, you will hear a lot from the Republican Joe Lhota.  Many say that Lhota is a capable person.  But the New York City Republican Party is dead as a doornail.  Its vision is non-existent.  It barely exists.  It is no threat.

The Democratic Party's de Blasio will ask you to celebrate the return of progressivism to City Hall.  Don't be fooled.  Progressivism is something born in the streets, not in the centers of power.
There is a new progressivism being built in New York today.  It is visionary, it is nonpartisan, it is inclusionary, it is multi-racial, it is Independent.  Its mayoral candidate is Adolfo Carrion.

Give him your vote on November 5th.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Independent Mayoral Candidate Adolfo Carrion at Ecuadorian Pride Parade: Queens NY

Very enthusiastic proud crowd today at the Ecuadorian Parade in Jackson Heights Queens NY!

Among the notables:

Adolfo Carrión, a rising Democratic Party star who quit the party in October 2012 to become an independent and run for Mayor of NY...

  • Former member of the New York City Council
  • Spent 44 days in Federal Prison for protesting the bombing on the island of Vieques, PR
  • Elected twice as Bronx Borough President (2002-2009)
  • Served two terms as President of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials
  • Appointed by President Obama as the nation’s first Director of Urban Affairs
  • Small business owner in the real estate development sector

The Daily News reports:
Queens counts more than 100,000 residents who hail from Ecuador, making it the largest community of people who hail from the South American country of any county in the U.S.
Corona happens to be home to Queens’ “Little Ecuador,” but it’s neighboring Jackson Heights that plays host to the community’s annual Ecuadorian Pride Parade. (Read more)

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY: Adolfo Carrion and Randy Miller - The Power of the People's Politics Grows and Develops!

Hi Hanskteristas! Happy Independence Day!

This July Fourth, as usual, I will be joining my many NYC Independence Party Organizations activists for our annual Adolfo Carrion. We are close to our goal of 5,000 sigs and --  we ALWAYS get our guy - on the ballot!
Nancy Hanks and Jo Coskie about to kick ass in Maspeth
Independence Day festivities of combing the boroughs for signatures for our candidates -- in this case, our NYC Mayoral candidate,

Adolfo is a particularly good candidate for NYC independents this year, I think, because he's a new independent with a mission. Mr. Carrion, served as the Bronx Borough President for 2 terms,
1 term as a City Council Member, and he initiated the Office of Urban Affairs for President Obama during his first term. Adolfo left the Democratic Party last fall to become an independent because he wanted to make a difference in NYC and discovered that the ways the parties operate are contrary to his principals.

Kudos, Mr. Carrion! You are in good company! We are happy to have you!


Grassroots independent activist and Hankster contributor Randy Miller reports to us regularly on Utah politics via Utah League of Independent Voters

Randy, an Iraq vet, a wonderful husband and father, and a passionate political independent -- and a surveyor by trade -- has run for office, written letters to the editor, dogged partisan candidates, and has been on the front lines of the independent movement for years.

Randy is also a political cartoonist.

This week he posted The Power of Editorial Cartoons highlighting the work of Daryl Cagle, Bill Day, Howard Tayler, Steve Benson, and Pat Bagley. In his post, Randy said: "If any non-fictional character has the power to push the Earth off its axis, it had to be some of the talented artists at the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists' convention in Salt Lake City this week."

I admire and support Randy Miller as an American patriot and a fighter for democracy, and I love his political cartoons (many of them have been posted here on The Hankster.)

I would point out that there is another non-fictional character that is indeed exercising the power to 'push the Earth off its axis' -- and Randy has been center stage in creating this character -- the characters of the independent movement, the ordinary people who are fed up every day by the partisan destruction of democracy in our country and push relentlessly against all odds for a different, more independent direction.

Adolfo Carrion and Randy Miller are just two of us living this 'character' and power.

They inspire me every day.

Let's get out there and sign up a few more independent Americans!

Happy 4th of July!!

The Hankster

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Naked City: The Antidote to Corruption is Democracy

"There are eight million stories in the naked city. This is one million of them."

No, it's not the celebrated 1948 film noir... or *is* it???.....

The New York City Independence Party, which represents the nearly one million independent voters in the City, has endorsed Adolfo Carrion for Mayor in 2013 (see NYC independent strategist Jacqueline Salit's delightful and passionate introduction before the NYC IP City-wide County Committee here), released a comprehensive political reform package last week in the wake of the current political scandals (which apparently has moved Gov Cuomo to "Call for 'Open Primaries'") in New York, and which according the the IPNYC "expose structural weaknesses in the system that need to be addressed, but not in ways that entrench the powerful and preclude a more nonpartisan process."

Nonpartisan municipal elections, or open primaries at the state level, is a central tenent of the reform package and IP General Counsel Harry Kresky made a very succinct case in his recent amNewYork oped: Kresky: Nonpartisan voting would make NYC elections fairer:  "But if you eliminate the "gateway," then no "gatekeeper" can charge a candidate to pass through it. That's what nonpartisan municipal elections would do."

The New York City Independence Party Political Reform Package - The Antidote to Corruption is Democracy (PRESS RELEASE NYC Independence Party) From the release:

The Independence Party (IP) was first created in 1994 to bring political reform to New York. Unlike other minor parties, its purpose was not to influence the electoral process on the basis of ideology, but rather to influence the political process itself; to make it more open, less partisan and less corruptible. For nearly 20 years, the Independence Party built on that vision, using fusion and the appeal of political independence to push nonpartisan reforms.
Over the last few weeks, it has become evident that such reform is desperately needed. The current political scandals expose structural weaknesses in the system that need to be addressed, but not in ways that entrench the powerful and preclude a more nonpartisan process....
The reform agenda includes: 1) Nonpartisan Elections and Fusion, 2) Initiative and Referendum, 3) Term Limits for State Legislators, 4) Voter Mobility, 5) Nonpartisan Administration of Elections, 6) Campaign Finance Reform, 7) Nonpartisan Redistricting Reform, 8) Full Public Hearings on All Reforms. For the full statement go here.

And if you are one of the million, let us know!
Email TheHankster or catch us on Twitter or Facebook at The-Hankster.

See you in the streets!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hankster News of the Day for Independent Voters June 14

  • Women, Indies give Obama PA lead in new poll (Philadelphia Inquirer) In Tuesday’s poll, women back Obama 51 percent to 36 percent in Pennsylvania, while men narrowly favor Romney, 44 percent to 40 percent. Obama is leading 43 percent to 35 percent among independent voters, the poll finds.
  • June 12, 2012 - Women Give Obama 6-Point Lead In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Gov. Corbett Job Approval At Lowest Point Ever (Quinnipiac) With strong support from women and independent voters, President Barack Obama leads Gov. Mitt Romney 46 - 40 among Pennsylvania voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Romney would do a better job on the economy, voters say 49 - 41 percent.
  • Quinnipiac: Obama up 6 in Pennsylvania (By ALEXANDER BURNS, Politico/ Burns & Haberman) Winning women by a big margin, leveraging likability, keeping the jobs debate close — that's the formula we've repeatedly seen in polls that show the president ahead. Of course, Pennsylvania is also a Democratic-leaning state, so Obama can accomplish all those goals and still end up in a toss-up race in a place like, say, Virginia.

Independent Voters Crucial To SD Mayor Race -- Movement To The Middle Group Endorsed Independent Candidate Nathan Fletcher (10 News - San Diego) In April, a group of local businessmen and women announced they were changing their political affiliation to independent. This came after Fletcher left the Republican Party.

Maine independent out to shake up U.S. Senate -- Former Gov. Angus King is bringing a stridently anti-partisan message to the battle for control of the U.S. Senate — and going into Tuesday's primary, polls show he's leading all potential rivals. (By Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post in Seattle Times) It will depend on the terms, however. "What does 'join a caucus' mean? Does it mean casting one vote to organize the Senate and then you're on your own? Or does it mean you have to truly join the caucus, go to the meetings and participate fully or you lose your committee assignments?" he asked. "How the parties handle that with me is going to have a significant influence on my decision." And if a voter insists he needs to pick a party before November, King said, "I'll tell them to vote for someone else."

  • NY’s conservative triumph (New York Post) Tonight [Wednesday], the nation’s most successful third party, the Conservative Party of New York, celebrate its 50th anniversary with a gala dinner at the Sheraton in Manhattan.
  • Meng Joins Vallone To Go After ‘Untouchable’ Antennas (John Toscano, Queens Gazette) State Independence Party Chairman Frank MacKay said in his endorsement of Ulrich: “He has been an outstanding representative in the city council and I know he will take the same independent leadership to Albany.”… Halloran stated, “I ask the president to take time away from his busy schedule raising thousands to actually address the issues that New York City faces. But I’m sure that he’ll spend his time on Broadway raking in cash from Manhattan elites instead of crossing the bridges into the outer boroughs.”

Shifting the Economic Narrative (Democracy Corps - Carville Greenberg Focus Group) With the economy faltering, we conducted fairly open-ended focus groups among white non-college-educated voters in Columbus, Ohio and college-educated suburban voters in suburban Philadelphia.  We excluded strong partisans from both camps.  These were all independents or weak partisans and ticket-splitters—swing independent voters—and the groups included an even mix of 2008 Obama and McCain voters.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Hankster Independent News of the Day May 2

Pennsylvania Closed Primary Shuts Out a Million Voters (by Damon Eris, IVN) It is safe to say, however, that the number of voters who would have been prevented from voting in Pennsylvania’s primary due to lack of proper identification is dwarfed by the number who were disenfranchised by the state’s closed primary system.

Independent Voters don't decide elections (BY DANIEL TAIBLESON, The Daily Iowan) Even though Pew categorized 35 percent of people as being "Mostly Independent," a firm majority of those people expressed strong party preferences. In fact, 16.5 percent of "Mostly Independent" people expressed a strong preference for the Republican Party, 9.6 percent expressed a strong preference for Democrats, and only 8.9 percent expressed no party preference. In effect, what Pew found was that only 8.9 percent of independent voters are truly independent.

  • NYC Council Approves ‘Living Wage’ Bill Bloomberg Vowed to Veto (By Henry Goldman, The so-called living-wage bill, written after months of negotiating among council members, union leaders and developers, would affect at least 600 workers a year, said Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a Manhattan Democrat. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent, has pledged to veto the measure…. Quinn, 45, who has expressed interest in a 2013 campaign for mayor, walked out of a pre-vote rally at City Hall after lecturing a bill supporter who derisively referred to the mayor as “Pharaoh Bloomberg.”… Such laws, Bloomberg said, are “a throwback to the era when government viewed the private sector as a cash cow to be milked, rather than a garden to be cultivated.” Bloomberg has said he supports efforts in the state Legislature to raise the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour from its current $7.25….
  • Neutral’ Dem Andy could back GOPer Kelly (Fred Dicker, NY Post) The often bitter city Democratic primaries historically pit “left and leftier’’ candidates against each other because the electorate tends to be dominated by liberals.
  • The Run-Ray-Run Runaround - The many winners of a merely rumored Kelly mayoral campaign. (By Chris Smith, NY Magazine) For more than an hour, Ray Kelly’s answers had been clear, emphatic, and expansive. But when I asked him about City Council speaker Christine Quinn’s statements that if she’s elected mayor in 2013 she wants Kelly to continue as police commissioner, his responses abruptly turned clipped. Had Quinn talked with Kelly directly about her proposal? “Well, she said it publicly,” he replied. Right, but wouldn’t it have been good form, at a minimum, to talk about the idea with him directly? “I don’t recall my conversations with her.” Silence. “I had some discussions with her, but I don’t recall that specifically.”
  • Christine Quinn gives back of her hand to political boor - City Council speaker walks out after insult to Mayor Bloomberg (Opinion: NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) A hearty huzzah to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for challenging the boorishness on display outside City Hall on Monday… At that moment, the speaker struck a blow for civility in a city whose political advocacy all too often descends into shrill catcalling and shouting down opponents… Witness, for that matter, the mindless disruptions of Occupy Wall Street.

  • Council’s pots of gold go to power pols (By DAVID SEIFMAN, NY Post) Dominic Recchia (D-Brooklyn), chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, was the biggest winner in the Citizens Union study, collecting $66.7 million to spend on capital projects and nonprofits of his choosing. Erik Dilan (D-Brooklyn), an ally of Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez, came in second with $37 million. Dead last in 51st place were Dan Halloran (R-Queens) and his predecessor Tony Avella, now a state senator. Over the four-year period, they pulled in just $9.5 million for their constituents.
  • Document Drop: Michael Grimm Loses Indy Line (BY Celeste Katz, NY Daily News/Daily Politics) Meng also failed to get the sigs: "The Independence Line will be blank on the November ballot, but I will remain their standard-bearer with the full support of Chairman Frank MacKay and Independence Party activists and organizers.”

The Editorial Plea: How The New York Times Decides Who Wins and Loses Local Elections (By David Freedlander, NY Observer/Politicker) The Times’ coverage of local politics has shrunk in recent years with the closing of the Metro section, but the paper’s ability to make or break candidates has grown. In conversations with nearly two dozen political operatives, office holders and candidates, the consensus was that The Times remains the biggest single factor in deciding who gets elected in this town. The paper’s imprimatur carries more weight than even the biggest unions. Pollsters estimate that a Times endorsement can boost a candidate anywhere between 5 and 20 points. Politicos say that it is worth the equivalent of out-raising your opponent by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Staten Island Independence Party Chair Sarah Lyons: County Exec Committee Will Consider Backing Donovan

Independence Party backs Donovan in bid for 3rd term (By Tom Wrobleski, Staten Island Advance) Borough Independence chair Sarah Lyons said that Donovan has "had a positive relationship with the county organization for many years now." She said the county executive committee will meet with Donovan and vote on the endorsement later this summer.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

New York: Liberal, Conservative, Working and Independent


  • Former NY Liberal Party boss avoids prison (Associated Press, Wall Street Journal) It was Andrew Cuomo who ultimately sunk the Liberal Party. In 2002, Cuomo walked away from his race for governor for lack of support and money. However, he already had the Liberal Party line, and without campaigning Cuomo failed to get the 50,000 votes needed for the Liberal Party to secure its automatic line on state ballots. The progressive branch of the Democratic Party is now the Working Families Party.
  • Data and Field Services Pushes Back Against Judge’s Order (By Jon Lentz, City Hall News) DFS also changed some of its board members to strengthen their independence. Ed Ott, former head of the New York City Central Labor Council, which gave the WFP a small donation in 2006, resigned from the board; so did Professor Francis Fox Piven of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. United Nations worker David Carter joined the board.
  • In Final Marriage Push, Cuomo Faces Increased Pressure (BY PAUL SCHINDLER, Chelsea Now) On the Republican side, the role of the state’s Conservative Party, a small but sometimes influential minor party, is always a concern on gay rights questions. As Gay City News reported two weeks ago, 12 of the 32 Republicans elected last year, including six of the seven freshmen, relied on the Conservative and Independence Party lines to bring their vote totals over 50 percent. When the state’s gay rights law passed in 2002, however, 11 of the 12 Republicans who voted yes had been endorsed by the Conservative Party in their previous election. Of the eight who sought reelection in 2004, seven had the Conservative line again. Only Joe Bruno, the Republican leader, was punished for his yes vote by being denied the Conservatives’ endorsement. Still, he faced no primary challenger –– and no general election opponent, from either the Conservative or Democratic Party.
  • Despite Scant Results, Bloomberg's Anti-Poverty Project Goes National (by Glenn Pasanen, Gotham Gazette) Despite minimal local impact, the center has just received a federal grant to replicate some of its New York programs in other neighborhoods in the five boroughs and in cities across the country. There is, it seems, a fundamental disconnect between the poverty commission's goal and what it has actually done to change anti-poverty policy and practice in the city.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Staten Island Independence Party Chair Sarah Lyons Supports Nonpartisan Elections, Charter Revision Hearing 8.2.10

Sarah Lyons, Chair of Staten Island Independence Party testifies before the NYC Charter Revision Commission in favor of nonpartisan elections, noting that special elections, which are nonpartisan in New York City, are known for higher voter turnout. There are increased numbers of unaffiliated and Independence Party registrants. Instant Runoff Voting has to do with what voters do in the voting booth, nonpartisan elections gives more voters the right to vote in the decisive round of voting.

Friday, April 10, 2009


Thursday, April 09, 2009


Photo: Tom Robbins at Sunday's screening at the Avalon Hotel
[for more photos, go here]

More news from Sunday's New York City Independence Party Endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg's re-election campaign:

Tuesday, April 07, 2009



  • Mr. Governor, you're no Obama (Bill Plante, Newbury Port News) "Yet,'' Freddy said, "but in politics nothing is forever, although it seems so sometimes. We have open primaries, which means anyone can vote for whomever. That's why we got Romney. There may not be enough Republican votes out there to elect a governor, but there are more unaligned voters. Democrats have ruled the Hill for so long that the time may be at hand for the unaligned to say, 'Enough already.'''
  • Daniel Weintraub: Former speaker returns in reformer role (By Daniel Weintraub, Sac Bee) Open primaries or even nonpartisan state government along the lines of what we have now in local government might be something Hertzberg one day supports.
  • Elections by mail? (Bob Roberts Reporting, WBBM 780 Chicago)
  • Illinois - Our Opinion: Don’t give up on open primary bill (THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER)
  • Dem icon Burton shoo-in for state party leader (Carla Marinucci, SF Chronicle)

Howard Dean in FranceTranslation of "You can't translate everything you do in the US in France": "You can't have socialism in the US unless it's over the dead body of the Democratic Party..." Open primaries apparently now = socialism? - NH

And more on the democracy front from the EuropeansRoger, aged 43, is a prospective candidate of a new political party, or non-party as it might term itself, The Jury Team. The organisation is planning to field 70 candidates in June's European elections on an anti-political party platform.  NOTE:  By George, I think they've got it! - NH

Monday, April 06, 2009

NYC Independence Party endorses Mike Bloomberg for Mayor


Lenora Fulani: Innovation, Independence, and In the Interest of our Kids


Dr. Lenora Fulani speaks to the New York City county committee executive committees on the values of New York City 2009 mayoral race. The NYC IP voted by 93% to endorse Mayor Bloomberg as the candidate of the Independence Party for mayor.