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NPR Debate: Gary Johnson and Jill Stein
(from: Independent Political Report @ October 6, 2012, 08:58 PM)

NPR has a debate with Libertarian Presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson and Green Party Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein; audio and transcript at the NPR site.

Opening statements:

Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party

“Country’s in deep doo-doo. Let’s stop the growing police state, let’s stop our military interventions, let’s balance the federal budget, let’s eliminate income tax, corporate tax, let’s abolish the IRS, let’s replace all that with one federal consumption tax ? that will create tens of millions of jobs in a zero-corporate tax rate environment.”

Jill Stein, Green Party

“Well, we are in crisis. We’re loosing our jobs, decent wages, our homes, affordable health care and higher education; civil liberties are under attack and the climate’s in meltdown. The wealthy few are doing better than ever, and the political establishment’s making it worse, imposing austerity on everyday people while they squander trillions on wars, Wall Street bailouts and tax breaks for the wealthy.

“A vote for me is a vote for the solutions that we need for jobs, not corporate tax breaks, for health care as a human right, public higher education that’s free, ending student debt, and downsizing the military to pay for it.”

The short debate – 11 and a half minutes – then goes on to cover answers from each candidate about the economy, health care and role of government before ending with these closing statements:

Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party

“Whether you vote for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, I’m going to offer up a couple predictions. One is we’re going to continue to have a heightened police state in this country. The other is that we’re going to find ourselves in a continued state of military intervention; we are at continuous war with everyone. And then, lastly, we’re going to find ourselves ? regardless of which two of these guys gets elected ? we’re going to find ourselves continuing to borrow and spend money in ways that are absolutely unsustainable and if we don’t get control of this, we are going to collapse as a country. We are not immune from the mathematics of continuing to borrow and print money to the tune of 43 cents out of every dollar we spend.”

Jill Stein, Green Party

“Well, I agree with Gary that we are really headed in the wrong direction ? and in fact, we are accelerating in the wrong direction under both parties. And in fact, Barack Obama has basically embraced most of the key policies of George Bush on the bailouts for Wall Street, the layoffs for Main Street, the expanding free trade agreements that offshore our jobs and undermine wages at home; the expanding wars, the attack on our civil liberties, drill-baby-drill on the climate, you name it. We’re going in the wrong direction. We need a president ? we need a political party, that is of, by and for the people. If you go into the voting booth, and you cast a vote for either Wall Street-sponsored candidate, you are giving them a mandate for four more years of the same.”

There have now been several alternative party debates, including Huffington Post Live: Gary Johnson, Rocky Anderson and Andre Barnett, Democracy Now!: Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson, and coming up on October 23, Free and Equal with Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Virgil Goode and Rocky Anderson.

H/T: Steven Berson in this month’s IPR Open Thread.

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Green Party of Arkansas Fields Slate of 14 for November Election
(from: Independent Political Report @ October 6, 2012, 08:57 PM)

Ronald Hardy at Green Party Watch:

Besides Presidential Candidate Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala, Arkansas voters will see Greens on the ballot for all four seats in the House of Representatives, plus two state legislative seats and 8 more local races.

Arkansas is predicting a Republican sweep of the four Congressional races. The Green Party and the Libertarian Party have candidates in all four races.

Rebekah Kennedy is a Fort Worth attorney, who in 2008 got over 200,000 votes running for US Senate for 20.56% of the vote in a head to head match up with Democrat Mark Prior. She also ran for Attorney General in 2006 and 2010, pulling in 33,338 votes in 06 (4.4%) and 193,658 votes in 2010 (26.7%). This year running for the House of Representatives in CD-3, she faces incumbent Republican Steve Womack, and Libertarian candidate David Pangrac after the Democrat dropped out of the race. Polling in this race is interesting: Womack (R) 58%; Kennedy (G) 15.5%; Pangrac (L) 6%; Undecided 20.5%.

Josh Drake is running in his third attempt for the House of Representatives 4th CD. Drake is a Hot Springs attorney, who pulled in 4,129 votes in 2010 (2.32%) and 32,603 votes in 2008 (13.8%). Polling for this race indicates a tough race, With Republican Tom Cotton polling 51%, Democrat Gene Jeffress at 22%, Josh Drake at 4% and Libertarian Bobby Tullis at 3%. Undecided voters are at 20%.

In the first Congressional District, student Jacob Holloway appears to be losing traction (his website is broken and his original facebook page is down). Polling has Holloway at 1%, versus 53% for the Republican, 28% for the Democrat, and 2% for the Libertarian candidate Jessica Paxton.

In the second Congressional District, Barbara Ward, who works at the Arkansas Historical Museum, is polling at 4% in her first campaign. Republican Tim Griffin is at 49%, Democrat Herb Rules is at 28.5%, with Libertarian Chris Hayes at 3%.

The Green Party has two candidates running for State Legislative races in Arkansas. In District 50, former Globetrotter Fred Smith, who was formerly elected to the seat as a Democrat, is running against Democrat Hudson Hallum, who was elected to replace Smith in a special election after Smith resigned in 2010. Details of why Fred Smith resigned, and why he is running now as a Green, can be read here. In the other race, in District 45 the Green Party is running Travis Mason against Republican incumbent Jeremy Gillam. There are no other candidates in the race.

Other candidates running for local races on the Green Party ticket in Arkansas:

  • Alvin L. Clay- Mississippi County, J.P. District 6
  • Kade Holliday- Craighead County Clerk
  • Roger Watkins- Craighead County Constable District 5
  • David Bogan- Craighead County Constable District 1
  • Kari Barber-Bars- Garland County Assessor
  • Mark J. Golen- Faulkner County, California Township Constable
  • Dalton Elliott- Faulkner County, Pine Mountain Constable
  • Michael Yoder- Faulkner County Justice of the Peace District 8

Rebekah Kennedy:

Josh Davis:

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Polls Show Debate Momentum for Romney
(from: Political Wire @ October 6, 2012, 08:02 PM)

A Clarus Research Group poll shows Mitt Romney jumped to a small lead over President Obama nationally after Wednesday's debate, 47% to 46%.

Just before the debate, a similar poll found Obama leading Romney, 49% to 45%.

Nate Silver: "Mitt Romney continues to show improved numbers in polls published since the presidential debate in Denver on Wednesday and has now made clear gains in the FiveThirtyEight forecast. The forecast gives him roughly a 20 percent chance of winning the Electoral College, up from about 15 percent before the debate."

How Obama Remade Romney
(from: Political Wire @ October 6, 2012, 07:00 PM)

The Financial Times runs a must-read profile of Mitt Romney and his presidential campaign.

"If Romney does lose the election, the turning point might be his [mid-June] departure on his six-state bus tour from the New Hampshire farmhouse. While Romney was holding small rallies, generating positive local news coverage, the Obama machine cranked up a campaign of negative attacks costing tens of millions of dollars. Obama's air war was devastating. The portrait of Romney as a latter-day robber baron raiding companies and laying off workers at Bain Capital angered many business leaders. But it hit home with its target audience, the middle classes of middle America, in states such as Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin. For many political professionals, Romney's fatal mistake was not to have advertisements up at the same time, telling his own life story on his own terms."

Election Diary Rescue 10/6/12
(from: Swing State Project @ October 6, 2012, 06:00 PM)

Weekend Edition: Saturday

Samples of Today's 23 Diary Collection:

[MT-Sen] MT-Sen: Tester (D) & The DSCC Hit Rehberg (R) Twice For Suing Firefighters by poopdogcomedy - Both incumbent Jon Tester and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee hit Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg double hard for suing the Montana Fire Department and the city of Billings for a fire that happened on Rehberg's property. Video ads included.

[CA-08] Night of the Living Pelosi by ConfusedSkyes - Diarist offers up the sequel to Demon Sheep in an ad for John Dennis (R), who is challenging Nancy Pelosi (D) in California's 8th Congressional District.

[CA-Prop30, 32] For our health and our children, No on 32, Yes on 30 by National Nurses Movement - Diarist explains the threat to patient care that Proposition 32 presents, and how important for education and health care Proposition 30 really is.

Today's EDR covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published between noon on October 5th till noon on October 6th. This edition of Election Diary Rescue includes the following gems dug up by our miners.

Diaries: (23)
Senate: (6) posts, (5) states
House: (5) posts, (4) states, (5) districts
State: (1)
Various: (1)
Ballot Initiatives: (4)
General: (6)

More diaries and information about this project beneath the
Orange Squiggle of Down-Ticket Power

Gary Johnson Campaign Files Complaint with Philadelphia District Attorney over Unethical Behavior by Republican Challengers
(from: Ballot Access News @ October 6, 2012, 04:54 PM)

On October 5, Alicia Dearn, an attorney for the Gary Johnson campaign, filed a complaint with the Philadelphia District Attorney, alleging that private detectives working for the Republicans who challenged the statewide Libertarian Party Pennsylvania petition tried to bribe at least one Libertarian petitioner to say that he or she had forged signatures. Dearn also told the District Attorney that at least one of these private detectives attempted to pass himself or herself off as an FBI agent.

In the meantime, the petition-checking process still isn’t finished, but it is very likely that the petition will have enough valid signatures even if the Pennsylvania Supreme Court should reverse the favorable decision of the Commonwealth Court on whether signatures are valid if the signer moved inside the same county and hadn’t yet re-registered.

Americans Elect Super PAC Spends $700,000 on Ads to Boost Independent U.S. Senate Candidate Angus King
(from: Ballot Access News @ October 6, 2012, 04:29 PM)

According to an October 5 story in the Washington Times, Americans Elect’s super-PAC has spent $700,000 on independent expenditures recently to boost Angus King, the former independent Governor of Maine who is running for the U.S. Senate as an independent. The story also says that the donor to the Americans Elect super-PAC who made this possible is New York city Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who is himself a registered independent.

Jon Barrie, Independent American Party U.S. Senate Nominee in New Mexico, Polls 9%
(from: Ballot Access News @ October 6, 2012, 04:13 PM)

Several recent New Mexico polls for the U.S. Senate race have shown Independent American Party nominee Jon Barrie at 9%. These polls also generally show the Democratic nominee, Martin Heinrich, hovering near 50%, and Republican nominee Heather Wilson, the Republican nominee, at or near 40%.

Barrie is the first minor party or independent candidate for U.S. Senate to appear on the New Mexico ballot since 1996. The Independent American Party of New Mexico is not affiliated with any party outside New Mexico, and has no presidential nominee.

U.S. District Court Judge in Michigan Overrules Secretary of State over Procedure at the Polls on Election Day
(from: Ballot Access News @ October 6, 2012, 03:56 PM)

On October 5, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Borman heard several hours of testimony before ruling that the Michigan Secretary of State should not have instructed polling place officials to ask voters to fill out a questionaire that asks if the voter is a citizen. See this story. Thanks to Rob Richie and Thomas Jones for the link.

Video: Gary Johnson Speaks at University of Cincinnati
(from: Independent Political Report @ October 6, 2012, 02:47 PM)

H/T Brad Lowry

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