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Root: ‘Devastating Rebuke for Mainstream Media’

By Wayne Allyn Root, Former Libertarian Vice Presidential Nominee 

Newt Gingrich may have won South Carolina. But this wasn’t a Newt victory, as much as it was a devastating rebuke to the national media. 

Study the poll numbers. Yes, Romney really dropped the ball with the tax return and 15% capital gains issues, but the numbers started flipping from a Romney landslide to a Newt Gingrich landslide only after the ABC television interview with Newt’s ex-wife.… Read more ...

Former Illinois Green running in Democratic congressional primary

From the Patch:

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Simon Ribeiro of Evanston filed nominating petitions to enter the March 20 Democratic primary against Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston).

Ribeiro’s website describes him as a high school teacher in an Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic school, and a former lifeguard and swimming instructor.

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ROOT: Supercommittee sellout?

Timid GOP members may cave to avoid across-the-board cuts

By Wayne Allyn Root – The Washington Times

The congressional supercommittee tasked with cutting the debt is almost out of time. Good. Run out the clock. If its members do not come to an agreement, we’ll be forced to accept automatic across-the-board cuts to spending – including defense spending.… Read more ...

David Sirota: ‘Two Heads of One Political Monster’

From Truthdig.com:

By now, probably everyone reading this is already sick of America’s quadrennial political spectacle—the one in which politicians and media outlets ask us to believe that there remain vast differences between our two political parties. It’s like cheaply staged pornography on a red and blue set, with words like “polarization,” “socialist” and “extremist” comprising the breathless dialogue in a wholly unconvincing plot.

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Scott McLarty: ‘Stop calling them conservative: The search for new language to describe today’s political reality’

Scott McLarty is the media coordinator for the national Green Party.  Read his full piece on OpEdNews.com:

The traditional spectrum of Republican-conservative on the right and Democrat-liberal at the left, with a gray area for moderates in the middle, belongs in the trash. The ‘centrist’ gap between the two parties is really an overlap where Republican and Democrat politicians are most enthusiastically loyal to corporate lobbies, with euphemisms like “Republican moderate,” “Democratic Leadership Council,” “blue dog,” and “triangulation” to describe them.
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KY GOP Chair Threatens Over LP Candidate

Kentucky GOP Chair threatens Republican primary candidates

Even as Texas Governor and Republican Governors Association Chair Rick Perry encouraged Republican unity in the Kentucky gubernatorial race, saying that “there are those out there who will say 2010 was a fluke” and that Kentucky Republicans need to “send a strong message across this country that 2010 was real,” the Chair of the Kentucky GOP began threatening Tea Party-backed Republican candidates.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader working to have group of progressive Democrats challenge Obama in primaries

From POLITICO:

Nader told POLITICO on Wednesday that he is working on bringing together about half a dozen presidential candidates who could “dramatically expand a robust discussion within the Democratic Party and among progressive voters across the country.” Each would focus on a specific issue where the far left says Obama hasn’t done enough, including the environment, labor and health care…

If there was a group of people from the president’s own party geared up to debate him in Iowa and New Hampshire, “it is harder for him to say no,” Nader said.

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Lawrence O’Donnell and Glenn Greenwald discuss the futility of the two party system on MSNBC

Greenwald posted the following on his blog:

I wanted to post what I found to be an interesting MSNBC segment I did on Wednesday with Lawrence O’Donnell regarding the way in which America’s two-party system suffocates political choice.  I spoke yesterday at Harvard’s Kennedy School and was asked whether I’ve ever been told by MSNBC or any other television program on which I’ve appeared not to speak about a certain issue. 

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Gallup: Americans Give Equally Low Ratings to Both Parties in Congress

Gallup.com-poll

Gallup tells us 58% of Democrats approve of Dems in Congress.  Republicans give them 8%.  Average that, and you get 32%.

Independents give an approval rating to the Dems of 24%  The same story for the Republicans.

Third Party, Independent and unaffiliated voters taken as a whole, disapprove of Congress more than voters who affilate with either of the two Stale Old Parties.… Read more ...

Scott West of the South Carolina Green Party: ‘Straight-Ticket Distorts Democracy In State Elections’

Reposted from the South Carolina Green Party website:

How is it possible that former Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Alvin Greene could go from 25+% of the vote in a statewide contest to 1% of the vote running in his own hometown?  Alvin Greene attained 28% of the vote for U.S.… Read more ...

Richard Winger of Ballot Access News: IndependentVoting.org is ‘a pressure group working to limit choices on the general election ballot’

Reprinted in full, with permission, from Ballot Access News.

Government-printed ballots in the United States were first created in 1888, and almost from the start, opponents of new and minor political parties started manipulating the ballot access laws to keep certain parties off the ballot.  The first such instance was in Nevada, when the 1893 legislature increased the petition requirement for new parties and independent candidates to 10% of the last vote cast, in a vain attempt to keep the Peoples (Populist) Party off the ballot.… Read more ...

Philadelphia Weekly on Hugh Giordano: ‘It’s Easy Being Green (With Help of Labor Unions)’

From Philadelphia Weekly (read the whole thing here):

Hugh Giordano, a 26-year-old, Roxborough native and food workers’ union organizer for UFCW Local 152, ran on the Green Party ticket against Democrat Lou Agre for a seat in the 194th. He lost, but garnered 18 percent of the vote (23 percent in Philly)—an unprecedented number for a third-party candidate.

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