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Sanders vs. Clinton on the War in Iraq

There are many good reasons to disapprove of the 21st century war in Iraq. There are grounds of ethical integrity: the country rushed to war on the basis of lies. There are grounds of moral integrity: a third of a million people lost their lives in that war, more than 150,000 of them civilians. There […]

Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton on the Patriot Act (2001)

In the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primary, some comparisons are simple. If you’ve been paying any attention at all over the last fourteen years, you know that the USA PATRIOT ACT has been a vehicle to vastly expand the surveillance powers of the federal government, breaching a variety of constitutional limits.

On October 25 2001, […]

Will Americans Elect Run a Presidential Candidate in 2016? What Americans Elect Does (and doesn’t) Say

Q. Are you supporting an independent candidate for President in 2016? A. No. Please do not assume that any of the signatories to the Change the Rule letter are committed to voting for an independent candidate in 2016. Individually, we may each decide that the Democratic or Republican candidate is superior. What each of us […]

Through “Level the Playing Field,” Americans Elect Wades into Ranked Choice Voting

During its nine-year history, the privatized-presidential-election corporation called Americans Elect has taken on many names: Americans Elect, Change the Rule, Level the Playing Field, Unity08, Unity12 Task Force. In a post yesterday about the group’s resurrection for 2016, I noted how its recent activity featured a “charitable donation” to a mysterious 501c4 corporation called “The […]

Americans Elect’s Imaginary Friend Pops Up to Change the Rule

In a February post this year I noted that Americans Elect leadership had popped up yet again with a new name: “Level the Playing Field.” At least two mysteries surrounded the Americans Elect group, which has petitioned the FEC to allow one and only one third-party candidate into the presidential debates of 2016 (it just […]

Does Republican Presidential Candidate Jim Rundberg Owe Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Campaign Fines?

As the Federal Election Commission documents, Jim Rundberg is an officially-registered Republican Party candidate for President of the United States, having filed his papers on February 1 2015. Shortly after that declaration, Peregrin Wood wrote a brief review of Rundberg’s campaign announcement, also noting a January 1 2015 article by political reporter Charles Ashby of […]

Meet Rand Paul’s Protege in Maine: State Senator Eric Brakey

In the 2014 election cycle, Rand Paul’s “leadership PAC” Reinventing A New Direction sent funds to just one candidate for the Maine State Legislature: Republican Eric Brakey of New Gloucester. With that kind of specificity, it’s fair to say that Rand Paul’s organization singled Eric Brakey as his kind of candidate. Brakey won office and […]

When People #StandWithRand, What Else Do They Have to Say? (What About You?)

Whatever else you might think about Republican Senator Rand Paul, he’s no Jeb Bush. Since Jeb Bush launched his #RightToRise hashtag on Twitter in January, it’s mostly been empty, only occasionally visited by people making fun of him. Jeb Bush has little popular support as a presidential candidate. Rand Paul clearly has a following, on […]

Grassroots? Jeb Bush Right to Rise Hashtag goes Empty

January 7, 2015: Jeb Bush announces the launch of his Twitter hashtag #RightToRise

April 1-3, 2015: a grand total of 12 people Tweet using the #RightToRise hashtag on Twitter. Messages include:

@actdontreact: #righttorise is like #righttowork. It’s nothing of the sort! #JebBush2016

gift2usa: RT @TheNotoriousJEB: I’m running for president because everyone has the #RightToRise. #Viagra

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Presidential Contender Jeb Bush Speaks to Ohio (Sponsored by 27 Lobbying Firms and Corporations)

Columbus Business First notes that Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush is headline the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and that “Bush has been trying to consolidate support among possible donors and political leaders” in the populous swing state. What Columbus Business First doesn’t report is that the event has been sponsored […]

Renamed “Level the Playing Field,” Americans Elect outlines Presidential Plans for 2016: Debates

Americans Elect has returned in a new guise. The corporation that started as Unity08, sought to direct its own privatized presidential nomination in 2008 and 2012, and failed in those bids due to a lack of public support is now regathering its staff and reintroducing itself as the Level the Playing Field Foundation under the […]