Author Archives: Fred Church Ortiz

Rasmussen: 30% see 2012 as “good year to consider” third parties

A new poll by Rasmussen Reports reveals nearly a third of voters dissatisfied with the current shape of the major party presidential field, and are willing to look elsewhere:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 30% of Likely U.S. Voters, given a choice between President Obama and one of the potential Republican presidential candidates, thinks 2012 would be a good year to consider electing a third-party candidate.

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Alexander receives SPUSA endorsement for CA governor

2008 Socialist Party USA vice-presidential nominee and California state party chair Stewart Alexander has received the endorsement of his national party in seeking the Peace and Freedom Party nomination for governor of California. From Alexander’s press release:

Alexander’s political career spans over three decades; working for the Florida Consumer Action Network in the mid 80s working as a consumer activist, and running as a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles in 1989.

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Medea Benjamin’s Gaza activities make news

The Christian Science Monitor tells today of an international group of over 1,000 activists seeking to enter Gaza via Egypt to deliver supplies to the blockaded region on the anniversary of Israel’s most recent offensive there. Despite coordinating with the Egyptian government in advance, their plans have been impeded:

Much like the humanitarian supplies they were intent on delivering, Gaza Freedom Marchers say they too have been caught in the siege on Gaza.

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Nader: GM bankruptcy ‘a wipeout’

Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader has issued a press release on the occasion of today’s General Motors bankruptcy filing, scolding Congress and the “secretive, unaccountable, Wall Street-minded government task force” whose judgment it deferred to as the architects of needless hardship for thousands of GM stockholders, workers and consumers. Calling the proposed reorganization a “complex political nightmare” for president Obama, Nader goes on to call for three specific measures which he believes, along with other actions, would soften the potential devastation:

revisiting the serious drag-down, concessionary wage terms imposed on the United Auto Workers; demanding a moratorium on GM’s outsourcing of production of cars for sale in the United States; and establishing successorship liability for the new GM, so that victims of dangerous and defective GM cars can have their day in court.

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Cindy Sheehan’s statement to SF End the Fed rally

Former independent Congressional candidate Cindy Sheehan has blogged the following address to be read at San Francisco’s local End the Fed demonstration, part of a nationwide coordination of protests being held today outside of all Federal Reserve branches:

Here we are again in front of the Federal Reserve today demanding that the Robber Class change its “evil ways.”

Thanks for coming out today, but chances that the Robber Class will shut down the Fed and coin money that is debt free and more egalitarian are slim to none; or fat to zero!

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Startling early poll results on potential impact of fusion voting

A new poll release today by premium-service polling agency PRA provides a clue as to the dramatic potential of fusion voting to swing a national election. While in the past certain presidential candidates have touted a union of two or more third parties as a sure-fire means of breaking the two party system, it remains to be seen whether they will make any headway armed with the new figures.… Read more ...

Outright Libertarians responds to LPCA Domestic Partnership Initiative endorsement

Noting the federal government’s lack of recognition for civil domestic partnerships, Outright Libertarians has issued a press release highlighting the social consequences, and price tag, of the proposed Domestic Partnership Initiative recently endorsed by the Libertarian Party of California:

“The federal government does not recognize ‘domestic partnerships’ in federal law, through both legal precedent and statutes including the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA),” noted Outright Libertarians’ National Chair, Rob Power.

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Los Angeles socialist mayoral candidate results

Two candidates from nationally organized socialist parties we cover at IPR competed yesterday in Los Angeles’ mayoral election.

Carlos Alvarez (IPR coverage here) of the Party for Socialism and Liberation garnered 2,483 votes for 1.08% of the vote.

Former Socialist Workers Party presidential nominee and some-time presidential stand-in James Harris (IPR coverage here) took 2,057 votes, 0.89%.… Read more ...

BTP National Committee unanimously condemns “stimulus”, Fed

A press release from the Boston Tea Party:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Boston Tea Party National Committee passes unanimous resolutions against the “stimulus” & FED

February 16, 2009
The Boston Tea Party national Committee unanimously passed two resolutions on Monday. Both resolutions speak to specific bills, one of which just became law, opposing the “stimulus” and the Federal Reserve.

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America First: ‘Holiday Spirit Necessary for National Survival’

A special New Year’s Eve message from the America First Party:

Holiday Spirit Necessary for National Survival

Boulder, CO – As the old year ends, Americans often sprint though a flurry of holiday related activities. In the sometimes hectic commotion, many can overlook the meaning of the holidays that are being celebrated.

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PSL member running for Mayor of Los Angeles

The Party for Socialism and Liberation is a running a mayoral candidate in Los Angeles this coming year, 22 year old Carlos Alvarez:

Carlos is an anti-war activist and leader of the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). He has helped bring tens of thousands of people to the streets to stop the Iraq war and most recently, to fight California’s bigoted, anti-LGBT Prop.

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Former Green national committee member: GPUS, R.I.P.

John Walsh, a former member of the Green Party‘s national committee, has written an article for CounterPunch declaring the party “now lies in the political graveyard”, citing numerous examples of dysfunctional organization and counterproductive agendas in what he characterizes as a “badly needed postmortem”:

In the summer of 2007 when I was newly elected to the GPUS National Committee as a representative from MA, I felt that the GPUS was indeed viable.

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