Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Rare Elected Voice for Socialism Pledges to Be Heard in Seattle

28 December 2013

By Kirk Johnson
New York Times

"When she takes a seat on Seattle’s nine-member City Council on Jan. 1, representing the Socialist Alternative Party, she will become one of the few elected socialists in the nation, a political brand most politicians run from....

The spotlight on Ms. Sawant, as one of only a handful of self-avowed socialists to be elected to a city council in a major American city in decades, experts say, could be intense. Her party has supported Ralph Nader for president, but its website also links to the writings of the Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky. It put up municipal candidates in Boston and Minneapolis this year, though none won. The Socialist Party USA, an older group, regularly fields candidates in state and federal races...."

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Monday, December 23, 2013

The Affordable Care Act is Not Socialism

23 December 2013

Dan Arel

"Greg Pason, the national secretary of the Socialist Party USA said in a recent interview: 'The ACA program relies on private health insurance companies to manage health services,' Pason said. 'A socialized system would not include ‘health insurance,’ but would be an actual national health-care system which would be publicly funded through progressive taxation and controlled by democratically elected assemblies of health-care workers and patients.'
This is an actual socialist, commenting on the ACA. Not a capitalist trying to sell it off as socialism, but an actual socialist, who believes in socialist ideals, laying it out plain and simple."

Monday, December 2, 2013

This is What a Socialist Looks Like

“People call me a socialist sometimes. But, no, you’ve got to meet actual socialists. You’ll have a sense of what a socialist is,” Mr. Obama said. “I’m talking about lowering the corporate tax rate. My health-care reform is based on the private marketplace. The stock market is looking pretty good last time I checked.” We agree Mr. Obama, you're NOT a socialist, but we ARE.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Hearing Set in Socialist Party Michigan Ballot Access Case

22 November 2013

By Richard Winger
Ballot Access News

"A U.S. District Court will hear Erard v Michigan Secretary of State on December 23. This is a case filed by the Michigan Socialist Party in 2012, arguing that the number of signatures required to get a party on the Michigan ballot is unconstitutional. The number of signatures needed for a new party is 1% of the last gubernatorial vote. But the number of votes needed for a party to remain on the ballot is a smaller number, 1% of the winning candidate for Secretary of State’s vote.

For the 2014 election, 32,261 signatures are needed. Yet in 2012, a party that was already on the ballot only needed 16,803 votes for any statewide race in order to remain on. The U.S. Supreme Court in 1968, in Williams v Rhodes, ruled that it is unconstitutional for a state to require more support for a new party to get on, than for an old party to stay on...."

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Statement on Kshama Sawant’s Historic Victory in Seattle

16 November 2013

Statement by the Socialist Party USA National Action Committee 

The Socialist Party USA would like to congratulate Kshama Sawant and her campaign to win a seat on Seattle’s City Council. Challenging the two-party stranglehold on electoral politics as an openly socialist candidate requires tremendous courage and dedication. The fact that Kshama stands poised to claim victory is nothing short of astounding and should give us all inspiration as we ponder future progress in the electoral arena. Her message of human needs and environmental sanity has resonated with a public ready to fight corporate greed, and the Socialist Party USA recognizes the significance of what Kshama’s campaign has accomplished. Solidarity!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

New hour-length Interview with twice former SPUSA Presidential Candidate David McReynolds

12 November 2013

A new hour-length interview with 1980 and 2000 SPUSA Presidential candidate David McReynolds aired on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network on November 12, 2013.

A an online video of the interview can be found on YouTube at this link.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Third parties deserve access to ballot

06 November 2013

By Craig S. Swartz
Columbus Dispatch

"The Ohio legislature, with apparently nothing better to do, passed a bill this week making it extremely hard for minor parties to be placed on the general-election ballot. And Gov. John Kasich signed it into law.

The bill effectively forces minor parties, such as the Greens, Libertarians, Constitutionalists and Socialists, to gather thousands of signatures on petitions next year just for initial party formation and ballot access. After that, the restrictions become even more onerous. Nothing, of course, is asked of the Democrats and Republicans, who for decades have enjoyed automatic ballot access...."

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A six-member, Republican-controlled conference committee said Tuesday it will go beyond the one issue flagged last week that temporarily derailed the fast-tracked Senate Bill 193 to reinsert tougher signature thresholds, weakened last week in the House.

Lawmakers are taking advantage of a delay created by a bill-drafting error to toughen requirements for Libertarian, Green, and other minor parties to get on Ohio’s ballot.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sister Diane Drufenbrock, one-time Socialist Party vice presidential candidate, has died

06 November 2013

By Jan Uebelherr
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Sister Diane Drufenbrock, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis who ran on the Socialist Party's presidential ticket in 1980, died on Monday. She was 84.

The daughter of a plumber, Drufenbrock grew up in Evansville, Indiana, during the Great Depression.
'It was wrong, she knew, for some to work and for others not to work,' according to a 1980 candidate profile. 'It was wrong for a few to control most of the money and make decisions that affected the majority of people. It was wrong for many to go without, while a few hoarded and wasted.'

Drufenbrock's presidential nominee was David McReynolds, a New Yorker who headed the War Resisters League.

Drufenbrock moved to Milwaukee in 1948 and joined the School Sisters of St. Francis, becoming a math teacher. She taught at Alverno College from 1961 to 1974. At Alverno, she met Frank Zeidler, Milwaukee's last Socialist mayor and the Socialist Party candidate in 1976...."

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Ohio legislature passes new ballot-access rules for minor political parties

06 November 2013

By  Jeremy Pelzer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Under Senate Bill 193, passed by the House and Senate on Wednesday afternoon, third parties would each need to collect about 28,000 signatures, including at least 500 signatures each from at least half of Ohio's 16 congressional districts, to regain recognition as a party by the state....

Starting in 2015, activists would have to collect signatures equal to 1 percent of the last presidential or gubernatorial vote -- about 56,000 votes in the 2012 general election -- to win party recognition. To stay on the ballot, parties would have to garner 3 percent of the vote in a presidential or gubernatorial election.....

State Sen. Bill Seitz, the Cincinnati Republican sponsoring the bill, has said the measure is needed to enact new laws to govern minor parties after a 2006 court ruling found the state's previous standards to be unconstitutionally restrictive. Since then, the state has continued to recognize four minor parties: the Libertarians, the Greens, the Constitution Party, and the Socialist Party....."

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Kasich dodges ballot bill; Defends signature threshold for minor parties

01 November 2013

By Jim Provance
Toledo Blade

"A federal court in 2006 declared unconstitutional some of Ohio’s prior hurdles for minor-party labels to appear on the ballot. Compared to the invalidated law, getting onto Ohio’s ballot would be easier under the bill sponsored by state Sen. Bill Seitz (R., Cincinnati).

But the Libertarian, Green, Constitution, and Socialist parties now have spots on the 2014 ballot thanks to a directive issued by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted in the absence of an enforceable law. They would lose those automatic spots under Senate Bill 193...."

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A federal court in 2006 declared unconstitutional some of Ohio’s prior hurdles for minor-party labels to appear on the ballot. Compared to the invalidated law, getting onto Ohio’s ballot would be easier under the bill sponsored by state Sen. Bill Seitz (R., Cincinnati).
But the Libertarian, Green, Constitution, and Socialist parties now have spots on the 2014 ballot thanks to a directive issued by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted in the absence of an enforceable law. They would lose those automatic spots under Senate Bill 193.

A federal court in 2006 declared unconstitutional some of Ohio’s prior hurdles for minor-party labels to appear on the ballot. Compared to the invalidated law, getting onto Ohio’s ballot would be easier under the bill sponsored by state Sen. Bill Seitz (R., Cincinnati).
But the Libertarian, Green, Constitution, and Socialist parties now have spots on the 2014 ballot thanks to a directive issued by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted in the absence of an enforceable law. They would lose those automatic spots under Senate Bill 193.


Friday, September 27, 2013

New Jersey Socialist Party Voter Registration Case Starts to Move Ahead

27 September 2013

By Richard Winger
Ballot Access News

"On July 1, 2013, the New Jersey Socialist Party filed a lawsuit in state court over voter registration. The state lets people register into certain unqualified parties, but it does not let voters register into the Socialist Party. The state has no objective procedures to decide which parties have voter registration rights. Instead, the state’s policy is to force any particular party to sue. Then, that party gets registration rights.

The Socialist Party case is Noble v State, Mercer County Superior Court, c86-13. The case has a status conference call on November 14. It is hoped that one result of this lawsuit is not only to let people register as members of the Socialist Party, but to nudge the state into setting forth objective standards to determine which parties can have voter registration rights...."

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

College Students Win in the Governor’s Race

05 September 2013

By Tara A. Canavera
Quo Vadis Newspaper (Edison, NJ)

"On November 5, 2013 New Jersey will be voting on a new governor. Incumbent Republican Gov. Chris is running for re-election to a second term. He will be facing Democratic nominee Barbara Buono. He also will be running against several lesser known candidates: William Araujo, Independent Democrat, Jeff Boss, Independent, Ken Kaplan, New Jersey Libertarian Party, Diane Sare, LaRouche Movement Advocate, Hank Schroeder, Don't Look Back/Economic Growth, Steve Welzer, Green Party of New Jersey and write in candidate Maynor Moreno, Socialist Party of New Jersey...."

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

New Jersey's socialist revolutionaries convene

14 August 2013

By Kevin Riordan
Philadelphia Inquirer

"Capitalism is the root of the current crisis this country and many countries are in," says Maynor Moreno, 19, a Rutgers physics major running the Socialist write-in campaign for governor.

'If everyone owned the means of production, everyone would be able to supply themselves and everyone else with everything needed to live a comfortable lifestyle,' the Marlboro, Monmouth County, resident adds.
Moreno's write-in running mate is Stephanie Gussin, 26, of Montclair, Essex County, a photographic retoucher. Their campaign 'is symbolic,' she says, 'but it's also a great opportunity for recruitment, and for spreading information.'...."

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[Note the Moreno-Gussin ticket is running a write-in campaign due to New Jersey's preclusion of ballot listing to gubernatorial candidates who are under the age of 30].

Monday, July 1, 2013

Dan LaBotz, Socialist Party U.S. Senate Candidate in Ohio in 2010, Again Sues Federal Election Commission

1 July 2013

By Richard Winger
Ballot Access News

"On July 1, 2013, Dan LaBotz filed this new lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. This is the second time LaBotz has sued. He won the first case, which is LaBotz v FEC, 889 F.Supp.2d 51 (September 5, 2012). In the first decision, the court ordered to FEC to re-examine his complaint against the Ohio News Organization, which sponsored U.S. Senate general election debates in 2010 and invited only the Democrat and Republican, and had no objective criteria explaining how candidates might qualify for the debates. The Ohio News Organization is a corporation, and corporations can’t contribute to candidates for federal office. So by hosting a debate with no objective criteria, the Ohio News Organization was making a corporate contribution to the two candidates that were invited, Rob Portman and Lee Fisher...."

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Monday, June 24, 2013

New Jersey Socialist Party Sues to Enable Voters to Register as Socialist Party Members

24 June 2013

By Richard Winger
Ballot Access News

"New Jersey is one of the 31 states that asks voters on the voter registration form to choose a party, or independent status. However, New Jersey has a very strange policy to determine which parties voters can join, on voter registration forms. For the last 93 years, the only qualified parties in New Jersey have been the Democratic and Republican Parties. Until 2001, no one could register in New Jersey except as a Democrat, a Republican, or an independent. In 2001 the New Jersey State Appeals Court ruled that voters must be allowed to register into parties that are not qualified, but which regularly place nominees on the ballot. Unqualified parties do that by submitting petitions for their nominees; the ballots contain the names of those unqualified parties, next to the names of their nominees...."

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

New Jersey Democrats Withdraw Challenge to Minor Party Gubernatorial Candidates’ Petitions

16 June 2013

By Krzysztof Lesiak
Independent Political Report 

"In addition to Republican incumbent Chris Christie and Democratic state senator Barbara Buono, there seven minor party candidates running in New Jersey’s gubernatorial election on November 5, 2013, six of them on the ballot and the seventh mounting a write-in campaign.... Maynor Moreno  -  Socialist Party NJ  -  (state college student ineligible to be governor due to age)  -  write-in...."

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Socialists Find Fault with Obama Administration

19 May 2013

By Dennis "DJ" Mikolay
Independent Voter Network

"Though it wouldn’t be apparent by listening to talk radio alone, the platform of the actual Socialist Party USA, which was founded in the hopes of literally eliminating the capitalism system, has little in common with President Obama’s accomplishments or views. Few know this better than New Jersey activist Patrick Noble, who unsuccessfully ran for Freeholder in Monmouth County on the Socialist Party’s ticket in 2011. He later caused a minor controversy when, at age nineteen, he was elected to the Red Bank Regional High School Board of Education on an anti-capitalist platform. Like many Leftists, Noble, an avowed opponent of war and the two major parties, has often found himself misidentified as a supporter of President Obama...."

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

New Jersey Socialist Party Will Fight for Ability of Voters to Register “Socialist”

18 May 2013

By Richard Winger
Ballot Access News

"The New Jersey Socialist Party has voted to file a lawsuit against the state, to obtain the ability of voters to register as members of the Socialist Party. In 2001 the state appeals court ruled that it is unconstitutional to force all voters to register only 'Democratic', 'Republican' or 'independent.' In response, the state started letting voters register into the parties that had filed that lawsuit, but no others. The 2001 lawsuit had been filed by the Constitution, Green, Libertarian, Natural Law, and Reform Parties...."

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How Some Hate Mail Led Me Down the Socialist Musician Wormhole

26 February 2013 

By Eric Spitznagel 
MTV Hive

"I called Mimi Soltysik, the Vice-Chair of the Socialist Party USA and the State Chair for the Socialist Party of California. Also, did I mention that his name is Mimi Soltysik? Mimi Soltysik! It sounds like a Russian spy character that Severn Darden would’ve played in the ’60s. Soltysik said exactly what you’d think a socialist would say about right-wing nutjobs throwing around words like socialist. “The two party system and corporate America has such a strong stranglehold over the media that it’s largely Democrats and Republicans who are framing this conversation about socialists and socialism. As more socialists get an opportunity to speak for themselves, then I think we might be able to see the tenor change a little bit. ...."

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Constitution Party and Socialist Party Legislative Nominees in Indiana did Suprisingly Well

12 January 2013 

By Richard Winger 
Ballot Access News

"The Socialist Party ran two legislative nominees, both in the Indianapolis area. In the 39th House district, the state chair of the Socialist Party, John Strinka, polled 9.77% in a two-person race. The Socialist Party, before 2012, had last had legislative candidates on the ballot in Indiana in 1946, and none of the 1946 candidates polled more than .4%. Also in 2012, Socialist Party nominee Ronald Haldeman polled 3.35% in a two-person race against a Democrat. He probably would have done better, but he was running in a black majority district with a black incumbent, and Haldeman is white...."

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Pat Noble, 19-Year-Old Socialist, Takes New Jersey School Board Seat

7 January 2013

 By John Celock
The Huffington Post

"A 19-year-old socialist took office last week as the member of a local school board in New Jersey.

Pat Noble, a pharmacy clerk, was sworn-in as a member of the Red Bank Regional High School Board of Education after defeating an incumbent in November's election, reported. Noble is the founder of the Socialist Party of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, which seeks to promote socialist ideals in the two Jersey shore counties...."

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

19-year-old Socialist takes seat on Red Bank Regional's Board of Education

5 January 2013

By Rob Spahr

"In March 2011, Noble helped co-found the Socialist Party of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. And then he spent the better part of the last two years campaigning, first for Freeholder then for Board of Education.

'You reach more people, more quickly when you win an election,' said Noble, whose father, Peter, is a member of the Board of Education for the Red Bank Borough Public Schools. 'People would rather hear from a candidate than some guy on a street corner, especially on socialism when a majority of them are capitalists.'

Now, Noble said he plans to stand up for his socialist beliefs as a member of the Red Bank Regional school board...."

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

19-Year-Old Becomes RBR's Newest BOE Member

The Red Bank resident, who ran with the backing of the Socialist Party USA, defeated incumbent Nilsa Samol in November's election. 

3 January 2013

By Amy Byrnes
Red Bank-Shrewbury Patch (NJ)

"A 19-year-old Red Bank resident joined two returning members Wednesday night to be sworn in as members of the Red Bank Regional Board of Education.

Patrick Noble, who ran as the 'socialist candidate' in November, took the oath for a three-year-term along with Michael N. Megill of Little Silver and Randy Mendelson of Shrewsbury...."

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