Posts Tagged ‘New York Democratic Party’

Bernie Sanders might not get on the NY ballot

June 19, 2015

Update 6/23/2015.  This post turned out to be much ado about nothng.  The State Board of Elections ruled that Bernie Sanders’ party status will be no barrier to him appearing on the 2016 Democratic Presidential Election Ballot.

Bernie Sanders might not get on the ballot for the 2016 New York Democratic presidential primary.

berniesocialistThat’s because he’s not a Democrat.   He is a socialist who was elected Senator from Vermont as an independent.

Under New York law, you have to be a member of a political party in order to be a candidate in that party’s primary election, unless the governing committee of that party makes an exception.

The chair of the New York Democratic Party is former Gov. David Paterson and the executive committee chair is Sheila Comar.  The committee headquarters is in mid-town Manhattan, and the committee can be contacted by through its web site.

Sanders has said that he will support the nominee of the Democratic Party.  So unless the New York Democratic Committee opens the state primary, New Yorkers won’t get a chance to vote for him at all—unless he wins the nomination, of course.

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Zephyr Teachout gets 34% of the Democratic vote

September 10, 2014

ny_primary-300x241Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu received slightly over 34 percent of the Democratic vote for governor and lieutenant governor in yesterday’s New York primary election.  Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul got virtually all of the rest.

That was an excellent showing against an incumbent candidate, considering Cuomo had the power of incumbency and name recognition, and Teachout and Wu were virtual unknowns with next to no money.

The size of the Teachout-Wu vote will make it harder for Gov. Cuomo to retaliate politically against their supporters.

Click on Zephyr Teachout’s primary election loss has the air of a victory party for more from the New York Daily News.  [via Naked Capitalism]

Send them a message: Vote for Teachout in NY

September 9, 2014

I will vote for Zephyr Teachout in today’s Democratic primary for governor of New York, as a protest against the influence of Wall Street on incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic Party in New York state.

Zephyr Teachout

Zephyr Teachout

While I think the odds are strongly against Teachout winning the Democratic nomination, I do admit that, if nominated, her victory would greatly improve the chances of the Republican candidate, Rob Astorino.

I don’t think the differences between Cuomo and Astorino are so great that this would matter to me. They both represent the same interests.

Cuomo is a liberal only on issues that don’t threaten the interests of his wealthy backers. His economic strategy for New York states consists of tax breaks for Wall Street, casino gambling and fracking for natural gas (although strong public opposition has forced him to hold back on the latter).

Simply not doing any of these things would represent an improvement.

Teachout, if elected governor, would not be able to change New York’s political power structure all by herself. Change could not take place unless people like her were elected on all levels of government, and even then they would have a hard struggle against the monied interests.

A vote for Teachout and for Tim Wu for lieutenant governor are small first steps toward bringing this about.

LINKS

Take a Stand Against Cronyism and Corruption: Vote for Teachout and Wu by Yves Smith on Naked Capitalism.

An interview with Zephyr Teachout, candidate for governor of New York by Yves Smith.

An interview with Tim Wu, candidate for lieutenant governor of New York by Lambert Strether.

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