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Presidential Baby Names: Barack Missing, George Sinking

The Social Security Administration keeps track of the 1000 most popular boys’ and 1000 most popular girls’ baby names in the United States each year. For kicks this evening, I looked up the last name of each president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, plus the big three of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. I’ve collected data on […]

Zak Carter Puts out the Call to Start Organizing Alternative Party Debates for 2016 … Now

Zak Carter, an organizer of third party presidential debates in 2012, is still riled up about the Democrat and Republican duopoly and wants to do something about it in 2016 — starting today. Irregular Times received this organizing call just a few days ago, and to help find anyone who might be interested in what […]

Americans Elect Says it Has 400,000 Delegates. Fewer than 500 Delegates Tell AE to Continue.

The privatized presidential campaign corporation called Americans Elect has made repeated public claims that it has at least “400,000 delegates” (source | source | source). However, Americans Elect has refused to release a verifiable count of delegates, and there are good reasons to believe that its claim is not true (see here and here). It […]

Recognizing Bernie Sanders, Americans Elect Prioritizes Democratic Process over Desired Result

Despite its early promotion of Buddy Roemer as a presidential candidate, Roemer never took off as a popular option within the Americans Elect “tracking” system, a social media widget in which people indicate their interest on the AmericansElect.com “Candidates Page”. Yesterday morning, populist independent Senator Bernie Sanders blew by Buddy Roemer to become one of […]

New Americans Elect Rule: Delegates Won’t be able to Reverse the Exclusion of Some Candidates at All

Americans Elect is the first-ever privatized online presidential nomination in American history, and Americans Elect has just released a new set of Convention Rules. You can read through a mirrored copy of the new Rules here and compare them to the old Rules for yourself. Americans Elect is characterizing the rules as a loosening of […]

Americans Elect introduces new “Priorities” Ranking System… Contradicting its Old System

What is Americans Elect doing?

At one level, we know what Americans Elect is doing: it intends to run the first-ever corporate privatized presidential nomination in little more than four months’ time. But on the path to that nomination, it’s rather unclear what Americans Elect is doing; its procedures, rationales, leadership, communications, funding and metrics […]

Which Republican Presidential Candidates Support Water Torture?

Who supports U.S. government water torture?

Herman Cain, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum. That’s who. (Source: May 5, 2011 Republican Presidential debate)

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Have You Been Asked to Sign the Americans Elect 2012 Petition?

In at least the states of Arizona and Nevada, paid petition circulators for Americans Elect have been trying to get enough signatures to get this entity — at once both a corporation and a political party — a place on the the ballot for the 2012 presidential elections.

Because this corporation/political party is trying […]

Americans Elect Provides 1st Public Statement of its Presidential Goals, Raising Questions

The group formerly known as Unity08 and briefly renamed the Unity12 Task Force has resurfaced as Americans Elect. Until this week, Americans Elect had remained a private Section 527 organization, registered with the IRS and issuing a variety of mission statements. Late this week, however, Americans Elect made its first public declaration of goals:

Americans […]

Palin and Pawlenty Point the Way for GOP in 2012: Outside Agitators for President

This week, Republican former governor Sarah Palin enthusiastically endorsed NY 23rd District Conservative Party congressional candidate Doug Hoffman. Her statement left no doubt of her position:

The people of the 23rd Congressional District of New York are ready to shake things up, and Doug Hoffman is coming on strong as Election Day approaches! He needs […]

In Swag Searches, GOP Attention Still Focused on McCain and Palin

This past March, I looked into the number of searches made by people looking for various forms of gear at CafePress featuring the names of various possible Republican presidential contenders for 2012. (If you log in to CafePress.com, you can find out how many people searched for bumper stickers, buttons or shirts for sale featuring […]