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« on: May 13, 2010, 12:32:38 PM »
One thread for wider 2010 elections notes.

If more candidates confirm, maybe this would be of interest for more than Manhattan voters.

http://dfnyc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2553


"Democracy for NYC will be holding a candidate forum on Sunday, May 23rd from 2-5pm, at the The Tank, 354 W. 45th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.

We have invited candidates in 2010 Democratic primaries for U.S. Senate, State Senate, Congress, Attorney General and other races. "


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Candidates:

All candidates below have been invited. (They are listed in alphabetical order within each race.) Check back here for updates on confirmed candidates.

Attorney General
Richard Brodsky
Sean Coffey
Eric Dinallo
Elizabeth Holtzman (confirmed)
Kathleen Rice
Eric Schneiderman

 
U.S. Senate

Randy Credico (confirmed)
Chuck Schumer

Congress


District 10:

Kevin Powell (confirmed)
Edolphus “Ed” Towns
 

District 14:

Carolyn Maloney
Reshma Saujani

... ...


Not related, and dedicated to a few Astorians,

http://www.congress.org/news/2010/05/12/moulitas_polling_helps_activists

Some of Markos points are interesting.
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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2010, 12:18:22 PM »
2nd post and already going OT

So will mix in, curious who/m the Dem candidate, for Gov announcing before 2011, would choose for Lt Gov.


And OT

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/morning-fix/incumbent-armageddon-what-to-w.html

It will be interesting to see how incumbents fair today.


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"But there is a growing consensus among Obama's senior staff that the best strategy for the fall is to argue Republicans should be just as worried as the Democrats are."

Said one senior Obama aide: "I think a lot of it is going to be hand-to-hand combat. ...
The real divide isn't between Republicans and Democrats. It's America and Washington. This is a continuation of the last election.
But as the party in power, we are more vulnerable."



http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=aq8VW7B4waQU

Cash to Congress

"the financial industry is holding fundraisers for lawmakers at a rate of almost one every business day this month."



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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2010, 09:29:03 PM »


I think these reforms have strong support locally. It simply needs to be independent, accepted by the courts, and ideally supported by majority/minority/and independents. A lot to ask for, but possible.

http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/Albany/20100513/204/3266

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I. The most and least populous senate and assembly districts shall not exceed the mean population of districts for each house by more than 1 percent;

II. Counties and county subdivisions shall not be divided in the formation of districts, and where it is unavoidable, more populous counties or subdivisions will be divided in preference to those with smaller populations;

III. Villages shall not be divided ;

IV. Districts shall be as compact as possible; and

V. Districts shall unite communities of interest.

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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2010, 12:07:44 PM »


http://www.dfnyc.org/

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Sunday, May 23rd from 2-5pm, at the The Tank, 354 W. 45th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.


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Attorney General


Sean Coffey (confirmed)

Elizabeth Holtzman (confirmed)

Eric Schneiderman (confirmed)

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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2010, 08:59:54 AM »

Interesting but choose good venues.

Is anyone more familiar with Holtzman.
Perhaps she should run, but would she really have a chance of carrying enough voters across the whole of the state.
Is it a significant benefit having a younger officeholder?

http://www.coffey2010.com/

http://www.ericschneiderman.com/


http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/good_day_ny/liz-holtzman-for-attorney-general-20100511-kc

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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2010, 08:57:50 AM »

Seeing the Queens Dem slate does not give me much hope for better change.

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powerful organization threw its support behind all incumbents...

A lifelong Queens resident who currently serves on Community Board 11 and works as a legislative assistant to Speaker Sheldon Silver, Braunstein has already received the backing of a number of unions.


State Senate

Shirley L. Huntley – 10th District
Tony Avella – 11th District
Michael Gianaris – 12th District
Jose Peralta – 13th District
Malcolm Smith – 14th District
Joseph Addabbo – 15th District
Toby Stavisky – 16th District



In other news, Queens HS
http://www.queenscourier.com/articles/2010/05/26/news/top_stories/doc4bf30a9978178864384108.txt
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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2010, 01:32:07 PM »
http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/electioncalendar.html

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September 14 - Primary Election
November 2 - General Election


Lots of time to enjoy the season for most and for baseball.

http://www.budget.state.ny.us/pubs/press/2010/pressRelease10_revCons0301.html

Not better news yet. Though hopes for the employed to maybe see better wages.
Concerns listed are

* Tax uncertainties (get that settled) * Interest rates (should go up eventually), and borrowing charges  * Commercial real estate concerns

http://capitaltonight.com/2010/06/gov-pushed-into-last-resort-layoffs/

For the next governor.
Cuomo has some very broad issues, but then drills down a bit more.

http://www.andrewcuomo.com/issues_and_agenda

Not yet finalized but unless some primary surprises looks to be Lazio for C and R. Cuomo for D and IP, and likely WFP.
I really hope the next Governor and team execute better than Spitzer.
 :|

Still need better results from NY Senate and Assembly.

Anyone looking at voting other than their party line? I dont see much choice, but might imagine voting another line in 2014.
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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2010, 04:47:19 PM »
A couple interesting notes.

http://www.nyuprising.org/

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In the coming weeks New York Uprising will be releasing proposals for non partisan redistricting, budget reform and ending “pay to play” politics in Albany. New York Uprising will focus strictly on good government reforms that go the heart of fairness, transparency and the effectiveness of government.


http://capitaltonight.com/2010/06/kochs-first-pledges/#more-5050

I expect more local and state candidates will sign on.


New York State Senate
Lynn Nunes (D)-Candidate for 10th SD
Senator Frank Padavan (R)-11th SD
Mike DiSanto (D)-Candidate for 22nd SD
Senator Liz Krueger (D)-26th SD
Senator Tom Duane (D)-29th SD
Carlos Ramos (D)-Candidate for 32nd SD
Frank Vernuccio (R)-Candidate for 34th SD

New York State Assembly
Assembly Republican Leader Brian M. Kolb (R)-19th AD
Assemblyman Philip Boyle (R)-8th AD
Jeremiah Frei-Pearson (D)-Candidate for 36th AD
Bryan Pu-Folks (D)-Candidate for 39th AD
...

 :-)   :-)
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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2010, 04:33:11 PM »


http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/06/03/new-york-bill-eases-definition-of-qualified-party/

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On May 28, S8007 was introduced in the New York State Senate. It liberalizes the definition of a qualified political party. The existing definition says a qualified party is a group that polled at least 50,000 votes for Governor. The bill changes this, so that it is a group that polled at least 50,000 votes for any statewide office in a gubernatorial election year. If this bill were law now, the Green Party would be ballot-qualified, because in 2006 it polled 117,908 votes for Comptroller, and 61,849 votes for Attorney General, and 55,469 votes for U.S. Senate. Governor is the only race in which the Green Party didn’t receive 50,000 votes.

http://www.nysenate.gov/legislation

This would be a huge step forward. It would give more freedom for voters like me to consider other candidates and parties for each race.

Please support S8007.

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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2010, 06:59:36 AM »

And, Cuomo says no to the WFP,

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/06/cuomo-wfp-no.html


Really! Welcome to our world.
If only the IP had to offer a real choice.
And strangely the GOP is thinking of creating another GOP -2 party line.

If this bill goes down, I guess less a chance of voting for Dem or GOP.

Seems the CP and the IP have the special interest favorites.
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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2010, 08:41:11 AM »
I hope the bill passes. The election laws in this state are absurd.

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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2010, 09:10:29 AM »

http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/06/bill-in-new-york-state-senate-to-expand-ballot-access/

a few interesting comments

and BAN has a suggested article regarding possible NY nonpartisan elections

http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2010/06/02/will-nonpartisan-elections-make-for-dumber-voters/

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Schleicher, who teaches at George Mason University Law School, is no fan of the status quo. “The current system of local elections is a disaster,” he says of New York City. “But nonpartisan elections take a bad situation and make it worse. In general, nonpartisan elections are a terrible idea.”

In his study of partisan competition in municipal races, which was published in 2007, Schleicher compared the few remaining partisan election cities like New York and Philadelphia with the rest of the country. About 75% of American cities have embraced nonpartisan voting, he says.

There is a paradox in his findings. The issues that dominate national party politics often have little relevance at the city level, which makes partisan labels a poor indicator for a candidate’s policy positions. “Finding out what party a candidate for Congress belongs to tell you almost everything about her,” he says. “But finding out the same information about a candidate in a local election tells you very little.”

Yet in cities with nonpartisan voting systems, where party affiliations are kept off the ballots, citizens enter the voting booth with no information. A candidate’s national party loyalty may tell you little about his or her views on city issues, Schleicher argues, but it’s better than no information at all.

Nonpartisan elections “take a situation where you know where little and reduces it to zero,” he says. “All evidence shows that voters in nonpartisan election behave as if they have no idea what’s going on and they turn out in far smaller numbers.”

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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2010, 10:09:23 AM »

If you want to buy the Brooklyn bridge, here is some change.
I like the slogan "status cuomo".

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/04/nyregion/04party.html

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The use of placeholders would also pre-empt any early endorsement by the party of one of the Democratic candidates for attorney general, two of whom — State Senator Eric T. Schneiderman and Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky — have close ties to the Working Families coalition. Mr. Cuomo, who has moved aggressively to shape the race for his successor, is said to favor Kathleen M. Rice, the Nassau County district attorney.

Mr. Cuomo made his demand at a meeting with Working Families officials on Tuesday and suggested that he would not even consider accepting the party’s endorsement unless they agreed to using placeholders, who under the state’s arcane election laws could be swapped for new candidates after the primary.

But Mr. Cuomo also made no promise to accept the party’s endorsement even if Working Families officials chose to accommodate him this weekend.

“They’re scared to death,” said one person briefed on the meeting, who asked for anonymity for fear of antagonizing Mr. Cuomo. “But they have no guarantees either way.”

A spokesman for the Working Families Party declined to comment on the meeting, as did a spokesman for Mr. Cuomo.

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« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2010, 02:00:53 PM »


http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/04/nyregion/04party.html


http://capitaltonight.com/2010/06/wfp-taps-placeholders-for-gov-lg-ag/

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The Working Families Party tapped three unknowns – all attorneys – to run for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general at its convention in Buffalo today, signaling a clear willingness to deal with Democratic nominee Andrew Cuomo, who took a pass on its line.

Kenneth Schaeffer, a legal Legal Aid lawyer, United Auto Workers member, and a longtime WFP member and activist, is the labor-backed party’s candidate (for the moment) for governor.


Maybe Cuomo worked his magic.
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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2010, 09:59:41 AM »
Happily unexpected, thanks Onorato and the Senate for supporting this consideration.
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http://www.fairvote.org/instant-runoff-voting

Via BAN

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On June 1, the New York State Senate passed S3584B by a vote of 32-29. It lets municipalities use Instant Runoff Voting for their own elections if they wish, in 2011, 2012, and 2013

http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/api/1.0/html/bill/S3584B
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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2010, 02:44:08 PM »
DF shares their endorsements.

http://dfnyc.org/content/blogcategory/46/106/

Interesting that Schumer did not get this endorsement. I think he will be okay though.


Attorney General:  Eric Schneiderman

...
Congress, District 14:  Carolyn Maloney

State Assembly, District 36:  Jeremiah Frei-Pearson


Some other notes -


http://www.timesunion.com/ASPStories/Story.asp?storyID=939163

Just sign up here

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/07/AR2010060703593.html

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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2010, 09:31:31 PM »
If I am not mistaken, it appears almost all the local candidates support better  govt  reforms.
Though I think at least one more than the others.

http://www.nyuprising.org/index.cfm?objectid=DB02861C-C29C-7CA2-F6251D6F74B5AC77
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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2010, 06:03:45 PM »
A bit of an update. First OT, I wish there were more effors like that of the NYCLU which is having a fundraiser later this month.
A good cause, and hopefully a fun event:

http://www.nyclu.org/event/broadway-stands-freedom-0
Broadway Stands Up for Freedom   !!

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http://www.cityhallnews.com/newyork/article-1370-term-limits-irv-in-charter-report-but-punts-on-non-partisan-elections-independent-budgets.html

Term Limits, IRV In Charter Report, But Punts On Non-Partisan Elections, Independent Budgets
Oh my. It may be a bit before we actually see if there are proposals for votes this Nov. If it is the same games regarding term limits, count me out.
If there would be a vote to void the extensions of the current incumbents ...  :evil:
To follow for later this year.

http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/albany/20100712/204/3310

Will Angry Voters Throw Albany's Rascals Out?

So we could get a new deck of cards, with hopes of something better. An article of speculation with some fun quotes.

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"The Democrats are running this from the top down. Take Gillibrand for example; when someone tries to challenge her they are discouraged.
 Schumer likes having that one vote in his pocket. DiNapoli survived because Shelly [Silver] wants to make sure he has his comptroller installed."

Top down seems to be how things work in NYS regardless of party. :|

And more OT, Colbert Nation rules
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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2010, 03:19:32 PM »
http://www.nyuprising.org/index.cfm?objectid=F12C2B9E-C29C-7CA2-F834E9C5C353B609&dspMode=enemies

http://www.nyuprising.org/

It looks like our local candidates will support reform agendas.
Outside of our districts, there are still many off of the list. I think unless there are term limits, change might take a lifetime.

NYS finally has a budget. Very late, very very late.

http://www.cbcny.org/cbc-blogs/blogs/about-last-night-good-news-and-bad

A view of good and bad news about the current and future NYS budgets:

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The worst element of revenue bill passed last night is the plan to "borrow" from the State and local pension funds by under-funding them for up to six years. Required contributions will now be capped, masking the true long-run costs to taxpayers and potentially jeopardizing the soundness of the plans long-term funding.
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Sept 14 Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #20 on: August 09, 2010, 12:16:57 PM »

I dont think there will be any reason for me to vote Sept 14. But with so many primaries, I will be looking at the results of the several parties.

The link has a pdf which is tentative. Lots there, but also surprising what does not show (yet).


http://vote.nyc.ny.us/pdf/documents/boe/2010PrimaryElection/CandidacyList.pdf  [PDF]


http://vote.nyc.ny.us/candidateslist.html

September 14 - Primary Election
November 2 - General Election
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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #21 on: August 10, 2010, 03:00:18 PM »

http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/08/10/taxpayer-party-files-30000-signatures-in-new-york/

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Carl Paladino, gubernatorial candidate of the Taxpayer Party of New York, filed 30,000 signatures on August 10, the first day on which petitions for the general election may be submitted. 

  He is also running in the Republican gubernatorial primary in September.

Paladino insists that he will also win the Republican primary.  He has been ambivalent about whether he will withdraw as the Taxpayer Party candidate if he doesn’t get the Republican nomination.




http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2010/08/10/faso-backs-lazio-for-governor/

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Lazio faces a primary challenge from Buffalo developer Carl Paladino, who is also launching an independent party candidacy aimed at replacing the Conservative Party.

Faso, who was defeated by Eliot Spitzer in 2006 by a historic margin, briefly mentions Paladino in the letter, saying that he has “respect” for him but has made “too many missteps” that will hurt other GOP candidates.

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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #22 on: August 12, 2010, 10:02:53 AM »

It feels a little to me like Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the football.
The Commission left the decision for the incumbents, so is there really any reason to change the term limits yet again?   :-(

The other proposals seem reasonable.


http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/searchlight/20100812/203/3334

Charter Commission Approves Ballot Proposals


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If it is approved by the voters in November, the proposal would grandfather current elected officials into the three term limit and not affect anyone elected to their first term until after 2013. The commission was split on the time frame, voting 9 to 6.

The commission also approved a ballot proposal to prohibit the City Council from revising the term limit law to affect incumbents. If approved, the measure would prohibit the council from approving a term limit extension similar to what it controversially did in 2008.

Should the voters reject the term limit question, the three-term limit for all elected officials would remain.


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Voters will face myriad issues come fall -- from government integrity and transparency to voter participation. On independent expenditures, the voters will have to decide whether to force those spending more than $1,000 to disclose their spending to the Campaign Finance Board.

In the ballot box, voters will be faced with whether to consolidate the Campaign Finance Board and the Voter Assistance Commission. They will have to determine whether during the siting of waste or energy facilities a map used during the deliberative land use process would factor in similar private, state or federal facilities. The measure is aimed at increasing transparency when determining where to put these controversial facilities.

They will also be asked whether fines for conflicts of interest violations should be upped from $10,000 to $25,000, among other proposals.

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« Reply #23 on: August 25, 2010, 04:54:42 PM »

It will be interesting when it comes time to trying the new voting machines. Looking over both sides of the ballot, marking smartly, and being certain before casting the ballot.

For NYC, the charter proposals were given a fair deal of consideration.

* Proposal looks to return term limits from 3 back to 2 terms. I wish it would have a more immediate effect, but it gives voters yet another say which is important. But after the last city election, I will not personally be voting on this proposal. [Though I would have liked voters to turn out incumbents]
Maybe in the end the city council will have it as they preferred.

* The other proposals are a grab bag of reforms. Wish I knew if there were any special costs, but they all have strong commission support.
I expect simply to vote for Yes on 2 and see what effects they may have.


http://www.nyc.gov/html/charter/html/home/home.shtml

[and for a detailed pdf on how the charter changes would read  http://www.nyc.gov/html/charter/downloads/pdf/legislative_text_for_ballot_questions.pdf
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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #24 on: August 29, 2010, 03:46:33 PM »
I wish that the race for gov and party recognition were not tied together, alas that remains the case.
Simply voting for the candidate that best could represent me. Easily that is Redlich on the LBT line.

The Sept primaries would determine the candidates of the established 5 lines. D/R/I/C/WFP And it looks like there will be plenty of other choices in Nov.
http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2010/08/seven-candidates-filed-as-independentthird-party-in-new-york/

Might there be some new parties for NY in 2011?

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APP Anti-Prohibition Party: Kristin M. Davis

FDM Freedom Party: Charles Barron (Crayolas!)

GRN Green Party: Howie Hawkins

LBT Libertarian Party: Warren Redlich


RDH Rent is 2 Damn High Party: Jimmy McMillan

TXP Taxpayers Party: Carl P. Paladino

[Update] TEA Tea Party: Steve Cohn




Time machine -
http://gothamist.com/2006/08/27/ny_times_endors.php

"If there are excellent Democratic candidates for governor this year, the race to succeed Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is a lot more contentious"

Now, another vote, and less promising leading choices

http://capitaltonight.com/2010/08/cuomos-first-newspaper-endorsement-the-dn/

If I were voting for Cuomo, would possibly do so on the Indie line. But the party has been disappointing in many ways.
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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #25 on: September 08, 2010, 05:39:09 PM »
This is the expected order on the ballot. Que sera.

 F- Green
 G - Rent Is 2 Damn High
 H - Libertarian
 I - Anti-Prohibition
 J - Freedom
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Re: Change NY 2010
« Reply #26 on: September 30, 2010, 04:55:38 PM »
Debates that Id like to see:

http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S1769604.shtml?cat=300

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ALBANY - Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian designee Warren Redlich want to be included in any gubernatorial debates.
Hawkins outlined major planks of his platform while addressing Capitol reporters Thursday.

"Making the rich pull their weight in our society by paying their fair share of taxes like the stock transfer tax. I'm for a single payer health care system. I'm for fully funded schools and for, instead of hydrofracking, using natural gas as the next fuel going to a renewable system that's carbon-free," he said.

Redlich says the problem is the people aren't happy with both the Republican and Democratic parties.

"We were supposed to have hope and change and this and that and the Republican and Democratic parties have failed the people of the United States and the people of New York," Redlich said.

Hawkins and Redlich, along with former madam Kristen Davis and a couple of other people you've probably never heard of, will be on the November ballot for governor. If all of them were invited to debate and accepted, it would mean each candidate gets about seven minutes in a hour long format.

"Andrew Cuomo is totally in bed with the special interests," said Redlich. "Carl Paladino cuts out the middle man. He's his own special interest and if you want politics free of special interests, you need to have candidates who aren't tied to them."

"We can't expect to do it in one election," said Hawkins. "What we're saying is level the playing field. Make it a fair market without unfair trade practices like excluding us from debates. "

NewsChannel 13 is among the media organizations trying to set up debates among the candidates for governor. Invitees and format are under discussion. Carl Paladino has indicated a willingness to participate. WNYT Vice President and General Manager Steve Baboulis says the station is still waiting to hear from Andrew Cuomo.


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