Nonpartisan Elections in CA, NYC, and the Nation
Nonpartisan election processes may be the best hope for achieving a US government that is free of duopoly domination. Yet some progressives fail to see their best interest in this reform measure. What are the pros and cons, and advantages/disadvantages of nonpartisan elections? Those questions are discussed in the context of actual practice in California and New York City.
Friday, February 4, 2011(7 comments)
California Prop 14 is GOOD for All States Because Political Parties are Un-American
california voters passed Prop 14 in 2010. However, both inside and outside that state, the practical opportunities the new law offers are not well understood. If activists in CA and all the other states in the US understood what the opportunities for increased self-government this measure provides, more states would want to copy it, and more activists would want to seize to opportunities they now have.
Saturday, August 28, 2010(12 comments)
CA Prop 14 Explained
Needless fear and misunderstanding abound in the progressive community about CA Prop 14. Is it a "Republican conspiracy"? Have Big Money corporate interests duped the public again? Are progressives in a weaker political position than ever before?
No. No. No. Prop 14 is a victory for democracy. It is up to us to see the opportunity and to seize the moment.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The Hidden Prop 14 Revolution
Few progressives seem to see that Prop 14 is a revolution in the hidden phase of the CA election process. The easy-to-see parts are the primary and general election. The hidden, and maybe the most important, part is the petition and signature gathering phase. Prop 14 wipes out key advantages that Dems and Repubs once had. It's a revolution!
Internet Voting and the US Social Forum
This article argues that the US election system is Public Enemy Number One for Progressives. We supported Obama because we thought he would support us. Instead, we have made little or no progress at influencing public policy or government practices under his administration. This article show how we can stop doing the same thing while expecting different results.