Daily Archives: August 29, 2009

Politico’s Mahtesian says alternative candidates will be ‘key players’ in several gubernatorial races

In a brief item on his blog for The Politico, Charles Mahtesian says, “Third-party candidates, I’ve noticed, are poised to be key players in a number of upcoming governor’s races. It’s not yet clear who’s the next Angus King or Jesse Ventura, but there are a handful of states — including New Jersey in 2009, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Massachusetts — where candidates from outside the two major parties could either swing the election one way or another or flat out win.”

Founder of the British People/Ecology/Green Party dead at age 80

On August 21 Teddy Goldsmith died at the age of 80.  He was not a typical environmentalist, as the Guardian explains:

Over the years this belief cost him friends and allies as the green movement drifted gradually to the political left. His stubbornly conservative vision, and his commitment to “stability”, “tradition” and the teachings of ancient religions were at odds with the views of “progressive” green proponents of “multiculturalism” and “social justice”…

Goldsmith was a prominent figure on the radical wing of the international green movement and one of its most potent intellectual forces.

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Ballot Access expert critiques Brennan Center

On August 27, U.S. District Court Judge Stefan Underhill held that Connecticut’s public funding law for candidates is so discriminatory in favor of the two major parties, and against all other parties and candidates, that it is unconstitutional in its entirety. (Story: here.) The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law distributed a press release against the decision, and in support of the lopsided public campaign funding law.… Read more ...