A whopping 102 organizations in New York City have endorsed — and, more importantly, are set to participate in — a long list of protest activities tomorrow, May 1 2012. These include actions approved by local, state and federal government officials — and actions that have no approval save the authority of the United States [...]
Is Americans Elect, the first-ever corporate privatized online presidential nomination, a political party?
Gosh, no, said Americans Elect in the Spring of 2011:
“Here is what Americans Elect is not. We are not a third party. We are not a political party of any sort.”
Golly, no, said Americans Elect in the Summer of 2011:
Advertisements appearing at the New York Times website last week, explaining that Americans Elect is “Not a Party”:
On NPR yesterday:
“We’re not a political party and don’t have an aspiration to be,” said Kahlil Byrd, a political consultant and president of Americans Elect.
The Secretary of State of Ohio the day before yesterday:
Americans Elect Chief Operating Officer Elliot Ackerman and Americans Elect Board of Advisors member and Michael Bloomberg pollster Douglas Schoen appeared on the PBS NewsHour last night to insist that Americans Elect is not a political party:
JUDY WOODRUFF: Elliot Ackerman, to you first. Our political parties have been around since the birth of the [...]
In its effort to arrange the election of its very own U.S. presidential candidate in 2012, is Americans Elect a party or isn’t it?
Americans Elect insists to the public and the news media that it IS NOT a political party
“We are not a political party of any sort.” — Americans Elect Facebook page, [...]
Americans Elect is a section 501c4 corporation with a purpose of arranging the nomination and election of its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States in 2012. In a positive step, Americans Elect has written out its bylaws. Unfortunately, Americans Elect has not shared these bylaws with the public on its [...]
Ask the National Rifle Association whether it is a partisan organization, and it will issue strenuous denials.
NRA Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Chris Cox:
The political reality is that we have President Obama, who had at one point 60 Democratic votes in the Senate and a 39-vote margin in the House. If [...]
You may remember Unity08, the political corporation dedicated to railing against big money while pursuing big donations, railing against lobbyists while putting lobbyists in key leadership positions, railing against the erosion of democracy while forbidding criticism of it, and getting its leaders good seats for the inauguration of its very own President of the United [...]
If you thought that politics was a matter of party, with the virtuous Democrats battling to save the Republic from the evil imperial Republicans (or vice versa), you’d have to swallow a mouthful of crow after looking at today’s roll call vote in the Senate to bring the F-22 fighter program to an end.
Yesterday, the Federal Election Commission released its latest statistics on registered candidates for national public office. Here’s the official FEC breakdown of their party identification:
Democratic/DFL Party: 1031 Republican Party: 953 Independent/None: 132 Libertarian: 27 Other: 26 Unknown: 24 Green Party: 14 Constitutional Party: 3 Conservative Party: 2 Reform Party: 2 American Party: 1 Citizens [...]
Over at That’s My Congress, we’ve just posted some results of multiple regression analysis predicting the number of bills a member of Congress has cosponsored to date in the 111th Congress. The results, consistent for the House and Senate: Democrats don’t cosponsor significantly more bills than non-Democrats. Those whose actions are more strongly liberal and [...]