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Centrist? Billionaire Michael Bloomberg Says a Living Wage for Workers is Downright Soviet

When groups like Americans Elect refer to the “sensible center” while drawing up lists of names of acceptable presidential contenders — names like Evan Bayh, Erskine Bowles, Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels, David Walker and Michael Bloomberg — they’re appealing to the idea that these are typical people, reasonable, sensible people holding typical ideas, reasonable, sensible [...]

Formal Call for Reversal of Americans Elect Board Of Directors Decision #2, Letting Just 5 People Fund All of Americans Elect

A formal request per Americans Elect Rule 12.2 for Americans Elect to reverse its decision to let just 5 people fully fund an entire privatized corporate presidential nomination system — in secret. Will Americans Elect respond according to its own rules by posting the full statement on its website for delegate support? Watch and see. Will Americans Elect get away with its new system for a Pentarchy? Watch and see. [...]

Formal Call for Reversal of Americans Elect Board Of Directors Decision #1, a Violation of Rules and Bylaws

A formal request per Americans Elect Rule 12.2 for Americans Elect to reverse its decision to forbid delegate rule challenges of unanimous Board of Directors decisions. Will Americans Elect respond according to its own rules? Watch and see. [...]

Americans Elect: 1 Employee is Worth 4 Students or 100 Union Members

According to the Americans Elect Draft Rules by which it proposes to run the nation’s first privatized online presidential nomination in 2012, anybody who’s constitutionally qualified to be President can ask Americans Elect for permission to run. Anybody can ask, but only some contenders will be allowed to run. The Candidate Certification Committee will get [...]

Political Director of Americans Elect: Too Much Democracy is Dangerous (and Forget Your History)

Americans Elect Political Director Darry Sragow explains why it’s necessary for a corporate board to select the presidential candidates that voters will be allowed to choose between:

We have a Board of Directors who help oversee our process, which Professor Hasen correctly points out is self-appointed. While we don’t mean to put the board in [...]

To Understand Americans Elect, Understand Peter Ackerman’s Theory of Movement Organization

Time is Short and Options are Limited: How to Understand Americans Elect?

You may not have heard of Americans Elect yet, but by the end of the year you will have heard a great deal more. Americans Elect is a unique combination of political party and 501(c)(4) corporation with the aim of arranging the nomination [...]

Who's Elitist? Franklin County GOP Shields Mitt Romney from Citizen Questions (not TV outlets)

As I was waiting for today’s advertised “Rally With Romney” for the McCain-Palin ticket at the Franklin County GOP Victory Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio, I was approached by a man who identified himself as a Republican Party staffer. After shaking my hand, he pointed at the voice recorder I had in my hand and [...]