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Initiative to the People: Election Candidacy Petition

The chairman of the Party of Commons has once again filed an initiative in Washington state for reform of the election candidacy petition system, which at this time makes poor candidates get more signatures when elected officeholders get pay raises. This system is fundamentally unfair and antidemocratic, and causes some candidates the loss of a fair chance to run for elected office. As a result, many incumbents run unopposed and the voters are left with no choice. Free and fair elections in Washington, and other states with the same type of system, have gone by the wayside. Conversely (as opposed to this new Initiative to the People), the U.S. Supreme Court recently allowed corporatists who care nothing for poor candidates or poor people to have much more influence over elections. This year, the initiative is to the People of Washington. Please, help us circulate petitions by writing the Party of Commons at the e-mail address below.

[revised on 3/4/10]

Party of Commons e-mail: Partyof…

Dirty Tricks in Hoosier Land

Evan Bayh, a Clinton-type Democrat from Indiana, decided he wasn't going to run for re-election as a national senator this year. His timing for making the unexpected announcement has been rather controversial as he made it right before the candidate filing time limit, thereby catching the political class in Indiana off guard. Apparently, in Indiana, some candidates, if not all, have to get petition signatures to make the ballot, so those who were not expecting a so-called open seat to develop in the senate race a day or so before the time limit were caught off guard. This was obviously planned by Bayh so that progressives in the state could not have enough time to run a candidate or two for the senate, thereby allowing the right wing Democrats, in charge of the Democratic Party apparatus in Indiana, the opportunity to name his replacement on the ballot. Republicans are also upset and want a court to extend the filing time limit.

The court should not approve a filing extension e…