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Most Independents Elected to Statehouses Since 1942

The 25 alternative candidates elected to state legislatures in the 2012 election might not seem like a huge groundswell, but it represents the highest level of independent representation in statehouses since 1942.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Independent Candidate Favored to Win Senate Race

If you’re not a Democrat or a Republican, the widely held belief goes, you have zero chance of winning an election. But there is one state where someone not affiliated with the two major parties has a good shot at winning a seat in the United States: Maine.

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 READ MORE


Green Party Candidate Jill Stein Visits ‘Moyers & Company’

As Bill Moyers explores in the latest edition of his program, third parties have a place in the American political system, despite the fact that it’s dominated by Democrats and Republicans.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Third Party Politics

Does America need a third political party? The backlash against Obama on the left and the tepid support for Romney (the “anyone but Romney” vote has gone from Bachmann to Perry to Cain to Gingrich) would seem to make this a fine time for an independent party to emerge.

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Seth Wenig

Time to Start Preoccupying Wall Street

What would it be like if activists were to spend the next several months developing, articulating and organizing toward a major national mortgage and student loan strike? Such a loan strike would be slated to begin on some specific preannounced date in the intermediate future. Why not, say, on Oct. 1, 2012, right in the middle of the next presidential campaign?

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Will Moderates Defeat Moderation?

Some of my middle-of-the-road columnist friends keep ascribing our difficulties to structural problems in our politics. But the problem we face isn’t about structures or the party system. It’s about ideology.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Third-Party Politics

Does America need a third political party? The backlash against Obama on the left and the tepid support for Romney would seem to make this a fine time for an independent party to emerge. But it’s also the year of $1 billion campaigns and Citizens United-style funding schemes.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 READ MORE


Letterman and Stout

Letterman Gets a Tea Party Education

David Letterman didn’t exactly lob any hardballs in his interview with Idaho tea party activist Pam Stout on Tuesday night’s show, opting instead to have a light and informative exchange on Stout’s own history and where she believes the movement might be headed ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE


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Tea Party-GOP Relations Show Signs of Strain

Tea party loyalists may be situated at the right side of the political spectrum, but that doesn’t mean the upstart political movement is an adjunct to the Republican Party, no siree. As it evolves, the loosely unified conservative coalition may be moving farther away from the GOP’s orbit.

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Tea Party Movement Losing Steam?

What if they threw a tea party convention and Michele Bachmann didn’t come? The first official such gathering of the right-wing “grass-roots” movement kicked off in Nashville on Thursday, and while it appears that the Republican congresswoman from Minnesota did pull out, Twitter-happy keynote (teanote?) speaker Sarah Palin was still very much on the books for her big moment Saturday. (continued)

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE


Nader and Baldwin

Hedges Moderates Third-Party Presidential Debate Between Nader and Baldwin

Award-winning journalist and Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges does his part to give third-party candidates Ralph Nader and Chuck Baldwin a (televised) forum to debate each other and to describe what they stand for and what they believe would constitute “change” for the country.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky: ‘There’s Nothing Wrong With Picking the Lesser of Two Evils’

The renowned linguist and political philosopher tells The Real News that there is indeed a difference between the two major parties and their candidates, if only a narrow one. While they both serve elites, Chomsky says, the Democrats, over time, help people.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Pariah or Prophet?

Many have dismissed Ralph Nader’s recurring candidacy as an “ego trip,” but veteran journalist Chris Hedges argues that the activist and agitator has in fact taken a consistent and necessary stand against the consumer fraud of American politics.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


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