Looking at the local races in Arlington County, Virginia
The Green Party managed to put a referendum on the ballot to establish a Redevelopment and Housing Authority, it was defeated.
The Arlington County Greens have established themselves as a major party. When you cross the 30% threshold, you are no longer a minor party. That is why I insist in the expression emergent party rather than third party. Once you describe yourself as emergent party you take away your excuse to lose and you start to think of yourself as a potential governing party. Read below the fold...
The Green Party sent out their press release of candidates who are doing well. It seems half of their California candidates are running unopposed. Take a look, it is very encouraging.
The Independent Party of Connecticut has competitive candidates running in Waterbury and Watertown.
There is a Socialist Alternative candidate running in Seattle.
What is happening in your jurisdiction, any races we should look for? Read below the fold...
danps' post got me to thinking about training for emergent parties.
More Americans than ever are open to emergent party candidates. But unless they are organized, emergent parties cannot take advantage of the current atmosphere. In defense of Jill Stein, she got more publicity than all the other 2012 emergent party candidates combined. She also ran her campaign in areas where the Green Party had candidates running, unlike Nader, she ran her campaign in such a way as to reinforce Green Party local efforts. After the campaign there were two training camps. So the Green Party has done some training. But clearly more training is needed.
So, I am offering my services to any left of center emergent party. I am an experienced activist, with years of precinct operations and GOTV work for the Democratic party until I gave up on them. I can teach your committee: Read below the fold...
New Jersey and Virginia are electing governor's this year, along with the state legislature. I think Kentucky is also electing their state legislature (anyone from Kentucky?) New York and Connecticut are having municipal elections this year as are many other states.
So, this is my time to appeal to readers to search out the emergent party candidates (that is, not Democrats, not Republicans, but other parties). It is incredibly important that we have as many votes as possible for emergent party candidates, as this will lay the ground work for emergent party victories in 2014. Read below the fold...
We are having a special election for DC City Council At Large, and a candidate, who shall remain nameless, is complaining about his posters being torn down. The poster wars are a feature of every campaign and no one cares save the candidates. Ordinary people regard political posters as little better than litter. Read below the fold...
I'm not sure if this is as bad as it looks, but I'm interested in seeing what other people think. In danps's post on emergent party laziness, I commented that Greens were irrelevant in California, because other than the presidential race, there are none on our ballot. Boy, was I wrong.
Here's "top two" in a nutshell: Read below the fold...
I chose New Jersey because it has voter registration by party and has elections this year.
12,944 registered Independents, no other emergent parties listed
18,077 registered Independents
632 registered Green
56 Natural Law Party
97 Reform Party
62 US Constitution Party
154 Conservative Party
953 Green Party
29 Natural Law
117 US Constitution
1001 Green Party
65 Reform Party
31 Natural Law
31 Natural Law
note - the Independent Party disappears after 2004 Read below the fold...
In my limited experience, emergent parties lack what I call the discipline of winning. Their members are usually well informed on issues, but lack the knowledge of nuts and bolts get-out-the-vote operations. So here is my list of things that every local emergent party committee should have in order to win, if not this year, then by 2016.
Every local committee must have a chair, which they already do. This chair must be able to recruit and delegate. Read below the fold...
After campaign finance reform passed in 1975, limiting contributions, a new breed of fundraiser emerged, the bundler. Bundlers contact numerous contributors and put together large pools of money. If you know 1,000 people who are able to donate $1,000, you can raise a million dollars. If those thosand people know other donors, you can put together a very powerful money raising network. People who assemble such networks flex some very powerful muscles.
They are not interested in emergent party candidates who will get 1% of the vote if they are lucky.
Except when they get sick of the cynicism, and sick of the never ending calls for ever more contributions. Some of these people needs to go over to the emergent party cause. Read below the fold...
Pushing The Left
Lynch basically wants to put the Democratic Party up for bid to big business, telling labor and liberals in the party to get with the program or shut the hell up. The people shall have no say in who represents them. This shall be done solely by the powers that be