Daily Archives: July 16, 2008

Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report covers McKinney

Executive Editor Glen Ford writes at Black Agenda Report about the the McKinney / Clemente ticket. In a column titled “McKinney & Clemente: Black, Brown, Green and True”, Ford writes:

The Green Party’s brand new Cynthia McKinney-Rosa Clemente ticket is off and running, having captured an overwhelming proportion of delegates at the national convention, in Chicago.

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Newsweek interviews McKinney

In an online interview with the newly minted Green Party presidential nominee, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is called a “firebrand politician” who “may have found the perfect political home.”

From this writer’s perspective McKinney shows the endearing qualities that make her a match for the Green Party. Here are but two examples.… Read more ...

Sponheim seeks presidency as write-in candidate

David Jon Sponheim of Washington State is running as a write-in presidential candidate as the representative of America’s Third Party, formerly called the Cool Rock Party. He has posted several YouTube videos promoting his candidacy, which focuses mainly on energy and environmental issues. Sponheim points out that if all qualified non-voters chose to turn out to vote for him, he could win the presidency.… Read more ...

Nader congratulates McKinney on winning Green nomination

The Hartford Courant reports on its website that Ralph Nader “issued a congratulatory welcome to the new Green Party candidate who will surely be speaking to the same type of voters that would be drawn to the independent Nader. On the news that Cynthia McKinney was selected as the Green candidate, Nader wished her and her running mate well (at one point saying McKinney had ‘vim and vigor.’) The country needs a diversity of voices that are unrelentingly progressive, forthright, candid, and documented in good sound civic values and the wellbeing of all the people.'”

Barr to sue for Oklahoma ballot access

Libertarian Bob Barr’s presidential campaign is preparing to sue for ballot access in Oklahoma, the Tulsa World reports. Speaking in Oklahoma city on Tuesday, Barr said his campaign “is ‘on track’ to appear on the ballot in 49 other states, plus the District of Columbia. ‘America deserves better than simply voting for the lesser of two evils,’ Barr said.”

PSL completes Iowa petitioning effort

The Party for Socialism and Liberation has completed its petitiong in Iowa, collecting over 1,900 signatures in a state that requires 1,500. According to the latest release on the matter, petitioners recieved generally positive response during their drive:

Members of the Chicago branch of the PSL made weekend trips to Iowa City, Des Moines, Waterloo and Davenport to collect signatures.

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Charles Jay concurs with LP, disagrees with Barr: ‘Let Fannie/Freddie fail’

Boston Tea Party presidential candidate Charles Jay offers a different take on the Fannie/Freddie mess than the LP’s Bob Barr — who says the government “has to do something” to bail out the two floundering GSEs that effectively socialize risk while privatizing profit. In general agreement with a press release put out earlier by the LP, Jay says the government should “bail out” all right — “bail out of the mortgage business and let free markets flow.”

Below is Jay’s statement:

At a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky grilled Henry Paulson, Secretary of the Treasury, about his rather impetuous plan, which will be put before Congress next week, to possibly force taxpayers into providing emergency bailout money for the two private, “government-sponsored” companies who together control about a half of the mortgage finance business – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.… Read more ...

Communist Party editorial addresses election 2008

The Communist Party USA has published an editorial today outlining its perspective on this year’s presidential election. Much like 2004’s position paper (published in clarification of a forgery distributed by opponents of John Kerry), Eye on the Prize stresses removing the “ultra-right” from power, and lavishes praise on the nature of the Obama campaign if not its candidate:

Barack Obama is not a left candidate.

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