Proposed New York State Clean Elections legislation

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:        Section 1. Legislative findings and declarations. The legislature finds and declares that the current system of privately financed campaigns diminishes the meaning of the right to vote by allowing large contributions to have a deleterious influence on the political […]

Ahmad Ali for Suffolk County Executive 2007

[googlevideo=] Ahmad Ali is collecting signatures to run on the Green Party line for Suffolk County Executive. The incumbent County Executive is running on both the Democratic line and the Republic line. So, Ahmad’s campaign will give voters a much needed choice on the ballot.

Green Party NY calls Campaign Finance legislation a sham.

The Green Party of New York State denounced the State Legislature’ s campaign finance legislation passed yesterday as a sham. “The provisions put into place are stunningly inadequate – they don’t even approach the stringency of federal guidelines, which are themselves highly flawed,” said state party co-chair Peter LaVenia. LaVenia pointed out that the guidelines […]

Stop the Un-Fair Elections Act Now!

Again, Common Cause, The Brennan Center, Public Citizen & US PIRG are trying to fund Democrats & Republicans while shutting out citizen candidates.    Here is their report promoting the law that does so.  Strangely enough, the report does not explain the two-tiered system for candidates.  It only labels non-corporate party candidates as “fringe” candidates.{FB3C17E2-CDD1-4DF6-92BE-BD4429893665}/BREAKING%20FREE%20FOR%20FAIR%20ELECTIONS.PDF […]

Newsday’s False Piety on Kaiman

Though I am no fan of the type of appearances of pay to play given by Newsday’s arctile on Jon Kaiman: N. Hempstead Supervisor contributions raise questions, Newsday certainly does not come to the article with clean hands.  they were provided for with similar records for the Babylon Democratic Party several years ago.  The Babylon […]

Green Party Presidential Update 6/6/07 7p Babylon

Presidential Update On Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 7pm, the Babylon Green Party will host a discussion of the 2008 Presidential Campaign with Kimberly Wilder, Green Party of New York State (GPNYS) Executive Committee representative for Long Island. This short talk will be followed by a showing of the film American Blackout featuring former Georgia […]

The Corrosive Effect of Money on Local Government & Politics

The Patriot Games are back! This will be the 43rd in LIPC’s monthly series of videos and discussions. The forum probes: “The Corrosive Effect of Money on Local Government & Politics” Longtime Political Activists Michael Kornfeld and Jim McDonald Explore the Insidious Influence of Monied Special Interests on our Local Political Institutions Thursday, March 22, […]

Washington’s ‘Revolving Door’ Monitors Washington’s ‘Revolving Door’ ____________________ With the capital’s post-election ‘NBA draft’ in full swing, a new online database tracks the public and private employment of 6,400 well-connected individuals ____________________ WASHINGTON – As Congress debates ways to slow the “revolving door” between Capitol Hill and K Street lobbying firms, the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics […]

FEC may give Green Senatorial Campaign Committee equal status with DSCC, NRSC

Green Party Seeks FEC Blessing As Big-Time Political Party, Fundraiser By Aoife McCarthy The Green Party is on the verge of making history this week as the nation’s third political party with an FEC-sanctioned senatorial campaign committee. The Federal Election Commission is scheduled to consider the Green Senatorial Campaign Committee’s request Thursday. If approved, the […]

Competitive Elections: A challenge to Governor Spitzer

By Kimberly Wilder and Ian Wilder In his inaugural speech, Governor Spitzer has called for “competitive elections.” If he wants to have competitive elections in New York, then he will need to enact electoral reform in New York far greater than he has proposed. New York State law discourages citizens from even getting on the […]

What to do with a Democratic Congress?

[youtube=]  by Ian Wilder  I want to thank all of you for taking part in the democratic process. As you are aware, democracy is not something that happens just once or twice year in a voting both. Democracy is an on-going dialogue between ourselves and with our elected officials. To borrow a phrase, it is […]

Of Grunge and Government

I joined my fellow scavengers at the final few days of Towers Records to pick up some deeply discounted music. On the dishevelled magazine rack, I noticed one called Fugue which listed on its cover the radical historian Howard Zinn and founding Black Panther Party Chairman Bobby Seale. (Bobby Seale & I share a birthday.) […]

A Place Called Hope

A Place Called Hope by Kimberly Wilder Written: Democratic Primary Season, Election 2004 Re-dedicated to Dennis Kucinich: December 2006 This poem is a mission: Good people against Hope. There is no hope for American politics. No Democrat will rise up to save us. Democrat. Republican. Democrat. Republican. You lose. Either way. If you are a […]