Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Libertarian Johnson wins Independent Voters Poll

31 October 2012

Whiteout Press

"The results of this Whiteout Press independent voters survey reveal a number of surprises. One is that the sitting President, Barack Obama, finished fourth with just 7% of the vote. Another is a matching pair of upsets – one on the left and one on the right. The Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson and the Constitution Party’s Virgil Goode, both participants in the nationally televised Free and Equal Presidential debates last week, were each beaten by lesser-known, lesser-funded, and slightly more radical and reactionary opponents.

On the right, conservative former US Congressman Goode only received 2% of the vote, while ultra-conservative Merlin Miller of the American Third Position Party received 3%. On the left, the progressive Justice Party nominee Rocky Anderson received 2%, while the ultra-progressive Socialist Party nominee Stewart Alexander received 4% of the vote...."

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two-party system fails to produce

30 October 2012

By Dominic Fante
Loyala Phoenix (Chicago)

"But some think that third-party candidates don’t have feasible plans to safeguard the nation’s future, either. On the contrary, many third-party candidates such as Jill Stein (Green Party), Rocky Anderson (Justice Party), Stewart Alexander (Socialist Party USA), Virgil Goode (Constitutional Party) and Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party) all have differing but comprehensive plans on how to deal with foreign conflicts, climate change and student debt (among other issues), which they outlined during the U.S. Third Party Presidential Debate. But of course, they had only a fraction of the “big two” viewers...."

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The American voter is a gullible idealist

30 October 2012

By Colman McCarthy
National Catholic Reporter

"The public is necessarily uninformed about the issues. The ideas of Libertarian, Green, Socialist, Communist and Constitution Party candidates remain largely unknown, either because of exclusionary rules set by the Federal Election Commission to keep them out of the debates or media insistence that it’s a two-person race between a Democrat and Republican. Citizens who do trouble themselves to analyze the policy differences between the Socialist Stewart Alexander, the Libertarian Gary Johnson, the Green’s Jill Stein and the Constitution Party’s Virgil Goode find themselves cornered: be a principled third-party voter for a candidate who is a sure loser or be unprincipled and choose the lesser evil, Obama and Romney.

To fantasize for a moment, would the country be bankrupt by paying for two unwinnable and unaffordable wars if it had had Libertarian, Socialist or Green presidents these past decades? Would the power of money-driven lobbyists be as strong? Would social programs be underfunded? Would larcenous banks have had their way? Would unemployment, student debt and foreclosure rates be as high as they are?...."

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Obama, Romney not the only presidential candidates

30 October 2012

By Jacqueline Bostick
The News Herald (FL)

"Socialist Party USA’s (SOC) Stewart Alexander, a car salesman, and Alexander Mendoza, currently a University of Texas graduate student, were elected to represent SOC at a 2011 National SOC convention in Los Angeles. Both candidates are aligned with the Occupy Movement..."

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Meet the Alternative Presidential Candidates

29 October 2012

By Henry Hillard
The Heights (Boston)

"After serving as the Socialist Party’s nominee for vice president in 2008, Stewart Alexander is serving his party at the top of the ticket in 2012. Alexander has been seeking political office in California for the last two decades, first unsuccessfully running for mayor of Los Angeles in 1989....

Alexander previously served in the Air Force Reserve and has been a longtime community activist in the greater Los Angeles area. His campaign has focused on the '99 percent' of Americans who have suffered at the hands of corporate greed from the top 1 percent of Americans...."

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Los otros candidatos presidenciales en EEUU

 27 October 2012

Univision Noticias

"Stewart Alexander (de California) y Alejandro Mendoza (de Texas), corren por el Partido Socialista, que se opone al capitalismo y al comunismo autoritario a la vez..."

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A primer on the other 14 presidential candidates

 27 October 2012

By Steve Lipsher
Denver Post

"No fewer than four tickets carry the banner of socialism — real socialists, not the Obama-must-be-one kind. So for all of you Trotskyites who support living in government-built cinderblock communes, valuing everyone's labor uniformly and sharing wealth equally, pick between Stewart Alexander of the Socialist Party, Jerry White of the Socialist Equality Party, Gloria La Riva of the Socialism and Liberation Party and James Harris of the Socialist Workers Party...."

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Polk's Presidential Ballot Lists 12 Contenders

27 October 2012

By Gary White
The Ledger (Lakeland, FL)

"The 2012 presidential election presents a clear choice between two candidates with starkly different political philosophies.

No, not President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. We're talking about Objectivist Party candidate Tom Stevens and Socialist USA candidate Stewart Alexander...."

Friday, October 26, 2012

Third party candidates supported by South students

 26 October 2012

By Ryan Wiskerchen
South High Southerner (Minneapolis)

"On the other side of the political spectrum is Henry Newhouse, also a senior, who supports the Socialist Party USA’s candidate for president, Stewart Alexander. His breakaway from his Democratic parents came during the eighth grade, when he began to base his decisions on what he read and thought. Newhouse believes that the two major parties are moving towards the right especially towards a “more controlled market economy...."

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SP Candidate Greg Pason Participates in NJ U.S. Senate Candidates' Debate

26 October 2012

Socialist Party U.S. Senate candidate Greg Pason (NJ) participated in a U.S. Senate candidates' debate at Mercer County Community College on Wednesday October 24th. A video of the debate is below.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Our political definitions have gotten careless

25 October 2012

Staff Editorial
The Baylor Lariat (Waco, TX)

"The Socialist Party USA is running Stewart A. Alexander for their presidential candidate. The Socialist Party USA’s website outlines beliefs like full employment for anyone who wants to work, public control of the means of production and social services made available for all.

The Socialist Party USA has come out repeatedly against several actions taken by President Obama, namely the bailout of the automotive industry. Under the socialist view, the failing companies and banks would have come under government control...."

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Vote Socialist!

25 October 2012

By Adam Ritscher
Socialist Action

"With the U.S. presidential elections coming up again, a lot of workers and activists are eagerly discussing the campaigns, watching the debates, and even hitting the pavement to campaign for their candidates. We in Socialist Action commend people who take politics seriously and who are committed to fighting for what they believe in. However, we urge people to abstain from casting a ballot for the Democrats or Republicans, and to instead cast a protest vote for socialism....

We are calling for people to vote for whatever socialist candidate is on the ballot, or running as a write-in candidate, in their state. In particular, we endorse the following candidates for president:
• Peta Lindsay of the Party for Socialism and Liberation
• James Harris of the Socialist Workers Party
• Stephan Durham of the Freedom Socialist Party
• Stewart Alexander of the Socialist Party
While we have differences with each of these organizations on a number of political questions, we are giving them our critical support because we feel their campaigns represent a step towards working-class political independence. Campaigns such as these can serve as a placeholder for what our class ultimately needs—a mass labor party based on the unions...."

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Two Blacks throw in hats for the U.S. presidency

25 October 2012

By José Pérez
Miami Times

"Four years ago, the election of Barack Obama as the first Black president of the U.S., was hailed as a groundbreaking moment in history. But many people may have been unaware that Obama was not the only Black running for the highest office in the land in 2008. Former Congressperson Cynthia McKinney ran against Obama and the Republican nominee John McCain as the Green Party candidate that year.

This year, there are three Black candidates for President of the U.S. that voters in Miami-Dade County will see on their ballots in a few weeks. President Obama, of course, is one but who are the others and what are their campaigns all about? Peta Lindsay is the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s nominee; Stewart Alexander is the Socialist Party USA’s candidate. Each has their own unique story...."

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Electoral Democracy: The Well Kept Secret

24 October, 2012
By Dan La Botz 
Cincinnati Beacon

"Stewart Alexander, 61, the candidate of the Socialist Party USA, served in the U.S. Air Force, became a grocery clerk and later a worker in the aircraft industry. He attended California State University and became an activist in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and a talk show host. His running mate is Alex Mendoza...."

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Incumbent Touts Record While GOP Foe Links Him to Unpopular Governor

24 October 2012

By Joe Tyrrell
NJ Spotlight

"Gregory Pason of Montclair has a long history of activism. As the candidate of the Socialist Party USA, he has been involved for years in events ranging from street fairs and parades to anti-war vigils and forums. His history of work on behalf of women’s issues, such as equal pay and reproductive rights, earned Pason the backing of the state chapter of the National Organization for Women...."

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Seniors Give Voters a Choice in California Election

Maggie Phair, 83-years-old played an integral role in organizing the write-in campaign effort, and Ann Alexander, 88-years-old followed the campaign volunteers to assure that all the write-in petitions were completed and notarized. On Tuesday, the California Secretary of State contacted the Alexander/Mendoza campaign with the good news: “The petitions are certified and the campaign is qualified for write-in.” 

24 October 2012
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Who would have imagined that two great grandmothers in their 80s would make it possible for Californians to vote for a socialist ticket in the upcoming November General Election? Well, 88-year-old Ann Alexander and 83-year-old Maggie Phair made that all possible. Ann Alexander is the mother of Stewart Alexander, the Presidential nominee for the Socialist Party USA, and Maggie Phair is a lifelong socialist and political activist.

With only days before the California deadline to qualify as a California Write-In candidate for president, Presidential candidate Stewart Alexander collected the necessary Presidential Elector petition signatures to qualify as a Write-In presidential candidate. The signatures had to be collected from registered California voters and be individually notarized....

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ohio voters have 11 other choices for president

23 October 2012

Tim Botos 
The Repository (Canton, OH)

Four candidates were nominated by minor political parties:
• Socialist, Stewart Alexander, of Los Angeles, is a 61-year-old father of four. He previously lost bids for mayor and lieutenant governor. He has touted socialism as the answer for America’s working class...."

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Vote with your Heart: Cast a Ballot for Socialism

 22 October 2012

By Burkely Hermann
Global Research

"I have debated again and again in my mind who I should vote for. Obama and Romney, the corporate choices handed to me are not of my favor due to the fact that pleasing their overlords is not something I want to do. Instead, I listened to Democracy Now’s wonderful "Expand the Debate" where they asked Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson the same general ideas described in the debate (Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate was invited but declined). Still, listening to Stein and Anderson, I found something troubling: there was much in their ideas.

While the ideas were valid, and they were fierce in their criticism, it didn’t seem like enough. Just like when I watched the first Presidential debate and saw similarities between Romney and Obama (even though they were false in a sense as Romney was being a con man that night), I worried that I wouldn’t be voting for that much of a difference. I know that the Green Party is more environmentally-focused and the Justice Party is more justice-focused, but to me, both of them seemed like social democrats. After reading my favorite book, Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, I knew something more was possible than just a new form of capitalism since Zinn had written a whole chapter about the socialist movement in the early 20th century, including numerous men and women who were socialists including Hellen Keller, Jack London, Upton Sinclair, Big Bill Haywood of the IWW, Mother Jones and Eugene Debs. With this rich history, I thought it would be wrong to not vote for what was right, what I felt inside of me.

I was intrigued by the campaign of Stewart Alexander and Alex Mendoza of the Socialist Party USA, who hadn’t been covered on the Real News Network or even Democracy Now!, two alternative media outlets I respect and love deeply for their dedication to objective journalism. The man was a middle-aged African American who was a bit a mix between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Eugene Debs in my mind.  The campaign video they put out was what really turned me...."

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Barack Obama, Mitt Romney aren’t the only ones seeking presidency

22 October 2012

By Brad Dicken
Medina County Gazette (OH)

"Four years ago, Stewart Alexander, 61, was the Socialist Party USA’s vice presidential candidate. This year Alexander, who’s still working at his day job selling cars at a Hyundai dealership in California, is at the top of the ticket. He said he believes the American people are closer to accepting socialism as an alternative to what he sees as the failed policies of capitalism.

'People were still seeing hope in capitalism in 2008,' Alexander said. 'People now realize that everything they believed in and hoped for hasn’t happened. They’re disappointed....'"

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ballot’s packed with third parties and write-ins for president

21 October 2012

By Brad Dicken
The Chronicle-Telegram (OH)

"Four years ago, Stewart Alexander, 61, was the Socialist Party USA’s vice presidential candidate. This year Alexander, who’s still working at his day job selling cars at a Hyundai dealership in California, is at the top of the ticket. He said he believes the American people are closer to accepting socialism as an alternative to what he sees as the failed policies of capitalism...."

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Amerikalılarda bölünme korkusu

18 October 2012

By Mahmut Boynudelik
Yesil Gazete (Turkey)

"Bilindiği gibi Amerikan seçimlerinde Demokratlar ve Cumhuriyetçiler dışında başka partiler, adaylar da var. Sosyalist Parti Stewart Alexander ile, Anayasa Partisi Virgil Goode ile, Liberter Parti Gary Johnson ile, Adalet Partisi Rocky Anderson ile Başkanlık seçimlerine katılıyor. Yeşiller ve Liberterler teorik olarak seçilmelerini mümkün kılacak sayıda eyalette pusulaya girebilmiş. Ama Amerikan seçimlerinin duayen adayı Ralph Nader Yeşil aday Jill Stein’a açık destek vermekle kalmıyor, diğer adaylar arasında Jill Stein’ın şansını yüksek görüyor..."

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Point Austin: What's Not on the Ballot

 12 October 2012

By Michael King
The Austin Chronicle (TX)

"Consider presidential write-ins. In addition to the third-party choices expressly available this year – the Liber­tar­ians, represented by former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (cut taxes, free the market), and the Greens, represented by Jill Stein (clean environment, clean government) – there are no fewer than seven write-in president/vice president slates that have been "certified" by the Secretary of State. (No, you can't just punch in "Mickey Mouse.")

On the left, there's Justice Party candidate and former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Ander­son ("Econom­ic, envi­ron­ment­al, and social justice for all") and Stewart Alexander of the Socialist Party USA...."

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Left, right

11 October 2012

Tom Emmer 
Aitkin Independent Age (OH)

"You might be know there are several other “candidates” who are running for the highest office in the land. Stewart Alexander, is a 59-year-old former radio talk show host from California running as the Socialist Party...candidate...."

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What Do Third-Party Candidates Think About K-12?

10 October 2012

By Alyson Klein
Education Week

"Stewart Alexander, a former talk show host and activist.
Calls for free, or low-cost comprehensive early-childhood education, increased funding for arts and music education, and support for teachers' collective bargaining rights. More here..."

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Mock election teaches Gil St. Bernard students in Gladstone to broaden views on world issues

10 October 2012

The Messenger Gazette (Somerset Co., NJ)

For the seventh consecutive presidential election year, Gill St. Bernard’s will join more than 100 high schools nationwide in a mock election process known as V.O.T.E.S., or Voting Opportunities for Teenagers in Every State....

Representing Gill St. Bernard’s five parties at each of the above events during the 2012 V.O.T.E.S. election process will be the following student-candidates:....Socialists- Jenna Arasim ’13 of Glen Gardner (Stewart Alexander) and Laura Wood ’13 of Mendham (Alejandro Mendoza)...."

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

SP U.S. Senate Candidate Questionnaire Responses Featured in NJ LWV Voters Guide

The New Jersey state chapter of the League of Women Voters has published a U.S. Senate Candidates Voters Guide featuring the questionnaire responses of Socialist Party U.S. Senate candidate Gregory Pason. The text of the Guide is available here.

Indiana AFL-CIO Endorses SP State House Candidate

3 October 2012

The Indiana State AFL-CIO has endorsed SP candidate John Strinka for Indiana's 39th district State House seat in the 2012 November election. Strinka is the only non-major party candidate to receive the State AFL-CIO's endorsement in this year's election.

A complete listing of the Indiana AFL-CIO's 2012 candidate endorsements can be found by clicking here. Although mislabeled as "Independent" on the AFL-CIO's candidate endorsement list, Strinka's name is listed on the Indiana ballot under the party label of the Socialist Party USA.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Veteran Politico from Monmouth County Seeks to Unseat Incumbent U.S. Senator

2 October 2012

By Joe Tyrrell
NJ Spotlight

"Gregory Pason, 46, of Montclair promises to put the interests of workers and communities first and remain independent of the two major parties. As the standard bearer for the Socialist Party, he is emphasizing women’s issues, including his support of full reproductive rights as part of national nonprofit health care. A 1984 graduate of Mendham High School, Pason is married and has one son. The national secretary for the Socialist Party, USA, Pason is active in a number of causes, including Brandworkers International and Residents Against Racism...."

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Stewart Alexander Interviewed on AirAmarteifioRadio

Socialist Party Presidential candidate Stewart Alexander was once again interviewed on AirAmarteifioRadio on Monday October 1st.

Click here to listen to the podcast.