Friday, June 29, 2012

Opposition Presidential candidates comment on Obamacare ruling

29 June 2012

By: Mark Wachtler
Independent Examiner

"Socialist Party Presidential candidate Stewart Alexander was the second candidate to issue a response. In the candidate’s email, Alexander remarks, 'The private health insurance companies always had two ideas in mind when it came to healthcare reform – either to avoid all reforms or stick the American people with bad reform. Tonight, the Supreme Court upheld the bad healthcare reform that will insure the profits of private healthcare companies at the expense of American’s access to healthcare....'"

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Socialist Party Candidate Alexander Calls Obamacare Another Corporate Giveaway

Obama’s policy was based on the original sin of allowing the pharmaceutical companies off the hook. He then followed this up by pledging public funds to subsidize junk healthcare plans, coercing Americans into purchasing these plans and silencing the voices of single-payer healthcare advocates. Obamacare is not healthcare reform; it is just another corporate giveaway by the Obama administration. 

29 June 2012

Socialist Party USA Presidential Candidate Stewart Alexander condemned the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the provisions of the President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Calling it a “corporate restructuring of the healthcare system in America,” Alexander pointed to the many inequities that are built into to the new system. He highlighted the need for a fully socialized healthcare system that guarantees access to high quality healthcare as a human right....

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SP National Co-Chair Interviewed on Wild Wild Left Show Regarding Healthcare & 2012 SP Presidential Campaign

29 June 2012 

Socialist Party National Co-Chair Billy Wharton was interviewed in the Wild Wild Left Show on July 29 regarding healthcare and the 2012 SP presidential campaign. A recording of the interview can be found here.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Obamacare

 A Statement by Greg Pason, Socialist Party Candidate for U.S. Senate (New Jersey)

28 June 2012

The “Obamacare” legislation was wrong headed from day one. Instead of addressing the healthcare crisis by replacing the for-profit health insurance system with a national not-for-profit health care system, the administration and congress found a way to use this crisis to fill the pockets of for-profit health insurance by guaranteeing them customers and mandating a regressive tax on working people....

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Socialist Presidential Candidate Stewart Alexander Condemns Coup in Paraguay

The impeachment of President Lugo was a coup carried out by Conservative forces in the Congress against the will of the people of Paraguay,”

27 June 2012

Socialist Party USA Presidential Candidate Stewart Alexander condemns the removal of the democratically elected President of Paraguay Fernando Lugo. Alexander describes the removal by Congressional impeachment as an illegitimate coup. He calls upon the Paraguayan Congress to restore President Lugo and condemns US President Barack Obama for not strongly denouncing the undemocratic maneuver.

“The impeachment of President Lugo was a coup carried out by Conservative forces in the Congress against the will of the people of Paraguay,” Alexander stated. “Despite this undemocratic action and the wishes of the US government to force out a leftist leader, there will be no going back in Latin America. The people’s voice will be heard and the popular movements in the region will restore democracy through the class struggle....” 

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Few file as Libertarian, 
independent candidates to run in Nov. 6 election

26 June 2012

By: Brenda Schory
Kane County Chronicle (IL)

"Howie Hawkins of New York and Jill Stein of Lexington, Maine, filed as the Green Party’s candidates; Linda Anderson Boyd of Washington and Ross “Rocky” Anderson of Utah filed as independents; Lex Green of Bloomington and Edward Rutledge of Lemont filed as Libertarians; and Alex Mendoza of Texas and Stewart Alexander of California filed under the Socialist Party USA...."

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Monday, June 25, 2012

John Strinka has guts

25 June 2012 

By: David Hopp  
NUVO (central Indiana)

"I don't know John Strinka. We've never met. But this guy's got guts. Strinka has filed as a Socialist candidate for the Indiana House of Representatives in, of all places, District 39 - a swatch of the northern suburbs that includes parts of Carmel and Fishers. Jerry Torr is the incumbent there. He's an insurance man who voted for what Strinka calls 'Right to Work For Less' during the last legislative session.

In a press release, Strinka is touted as the first Socialist candidate in decades to qualify for the Indiana ballot. This is worth thinking about. Indiana, after all, plays a distinguished part in the short and largely forgotten history of socialism in the United States...."

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Six Presidential Candidates Submit Petitions in Illinois

25 June 2012

By: Richard Winger
Ballot Access News

"June 25 was the petition deadline in Illinois for independent candidates, and nominees of unqualified parties. Six presidential candidates submitted a petition: Stewart Alexander, Socialist; Virgil Goode, Constitution; Gary Johnson, Libertarian; Jill Stein, Green; Rocky Anderson, independent; and Michael W. Hawkins, whose party label is “Together Enhancing America.” Hawkins also submitted a petition for himself as an independent presidential candidate. The Libertarian petition actually carries the name of Rex Green, who is a stand-in for Gary Johnson. Illinois law permits substitution...."

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Alexander Designated as Most Left-Wing Choice on the Political Compass' 2012 Presidential Election Chart

 22 June 2012

Socialist Party 2012 Presidential candidate Stewart Alexander is among the six candidates listed on the Political Compass' official 2012 Presidential Election chart - along with Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, (prospective) Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama, Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, and (prospective) Republican Party candidate Mitt Romney.

The chart designates Alexander to be the only one of those candidates truly falling on the left-wing of the political spectrum, while also listing him to be tied with Rocky Anderson as the two most socially-libertarian presidential candidates among the six.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Socialist candidate qualifies for Hamilton County ballot

18 June 2012

By: Jim Shella
WISHTV (central Indiana - ch. 8)

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"INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - There's a socialist running for a seat in the Indiana General Assembly and his name will be on the ballot in Hamilton County. John Strinka is a warehouse worker who collected more than 450 petition signatures, enough to get his name on the November ballot.

As he delivered them to the state election division wearing his Socialist Party t-shirt, co-director Brad King said he's the first socialist candidate to qualify for the ballot in Indiana since the early '80's.  'I think it's a victory for American democracy,' says Strinka...."

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Johnson has some appeal on the right and left

 17 June 2012

By: Jeff Berg

"Today financial constraints, party politics and a strong media bias about allowing anyone beyond the 'chosen' two – the candidates of the Republican and Democratic parties – makes it nearly impossible for anyone to get recognition. Did you even know that there are at least 16 other announced presidential candidates for other political parties for the 2012 election, ranging from Stewart Alexander of the Socialist Party to Jack Fellure of the Prohibition Party (they’ve been running candidates for years, by the way)...."

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Stewart Alexander Interviewed on the Wild Wild Left Show

08 June 2012

Socialist Party presidential candidate Stewart Alexander was interviewed on the Wild Wild Left Show on Friday June 08.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Socialist Party Presidential Ticket on the Ballot in Colorado

05 June 2012 
Voters in Colorado will have another choice when they select their candidate in the 2012 Presidential elections.  Socialist Party USA (SP-USA) Presidential candidate, Stewart Alexander, and Vice Presidential candidate, Alex Mendoza, have been qualified by the Colorado Board of Elections to appear on the ballot on election day, November 6, 2012.  Colorado is the first of several states that will include the Socialist Party USA candidates as a part of a national effort to gain ballot access....

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Monday, June 4, 2012

3rd-party hopefuls crowd California primary ballot, from a Socialist to Roseanne Barr

04 June 2012

By: Lee Ross
Fox News

"Socialist Stewart Alexander says he's carrying the political torch of the Occupy movement.....

'We believe that working people should have a democratic process where they have a say in what takes place, not only in Washington, D.C., but also in the state of California,' Alexander said over the weekend at a yard sale fundraiser in Los Angeles. 'The corporate candidates are supported by the corporate media. And the corporations; they own both.'

Alexander has already secured the Socialist Party's nomination but is hoping to gain a spot on the Peace and Freedom Party's ballot line in California....."

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Obama 'Socialist' Claim Persists On Right Despite Inaccuracies

04 June 2012

By David Crary
Associated Press

"Full-fledged U.S. socialists are relatively scarce these days – three socialist-oriented presidential candidates received about 21,000 votes among them in 2008. And current socialist leaders don't share the right-wing view that Obama is a fellow traveler.

"It makes absolutely no sense," said Greg Pason, national secretary of the Socialist Party USA. Obama's health care overhaul "is anything but socialist. It's bailing out for-profit companies...."

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Stewart Alexander Deciphers Latest Jobs Report

03 June 2012

The Socialist Party USA Presidential Candidate Stewart Alexander says that the most recent jobs report represents the bankruptcy of Obama’s economic policy

 The Socialist Party USA Presidential Candidate Stewart Alexander says that the most recent jobs report represents the bankruptcy of Obama’s economic policy. The report included an increase in the unemployment rate to 8.2% and indicates a lull in job creation for the first quarter.

Alexander proposes a public employment program that will use public funds to put unemployed Americans back to work. This plan is the opposite of the course chosen by Obama, who lavished the banks and private companies with money as a part of his bailout program....

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Notes from the Editors

2 June 2012

By: MR Editorial Staff
The Monthly Review

"J. Quinn Brisben, whose review appears in this issue of MR, died on April 17, 2012, at age 77. He ran as the Socialist Party USA candidate for President of the United States in the 1992 general election, and was a longtime activist and teacher. He was also a poet interested in cultural as well as political themes. In the 1990s he emerged as one of MR’s most treasured cultural and political reviewers, reviewing E.P. Thompson’s posthumous work on William Blake (MR, September 1994), Roxanne Dunbar Oritz’s Red Dirt (MR, December 1997), along with reviews of a number of other books...."

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