Third Parties

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What's Behind Those Third Party Ballot Lines

Friday, May 30, 2014

In New York State, party politics go beyond Democrats and Republicans. The Working Families Party is considering running a progressive challenger to Governor Andrew Cuomo, and will decide at the party convention this weekend. The Governor has already accepted the nomination of the Independence Party. Larry Norden, deputy director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center, explains why New York State's ballots have candidates run on multiple lines, and what it means for voters, the candidates, and our democracy.

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Centrists, Unite!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

This interview originally aired live on April 25, 2013. An edited version was re-aired on August 2, 2013 as part of a special episode of The Brian Lehrer Show. 

Charlie Wheelan, author of Naked Economics and The Centrist Manifesto, says it's time for a third party to move the country beyond gridlock.


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Opinion: Free Jill Stein, Third Parties

Monday, October 22, 2012

Perspectives that would enlarge our political discussion are blocked from entreating mainstream discourse. When they can't be laughed off, casually dismissed or simply ignored, they get suppressed by police tactics that both major parties condone.

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Ralph Nader's Solutions

Friday, October 19, 2012

Ralph Nader, political activist and author of The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future, talks about his new book and reflects on the current political climate in this election year.


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Opinion: Sach's Price of Civilization More Relevant than Ever after Romney-Ryan

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

With the presidential election now squarely focused on the economic issues Sachs expertly analyzes, the book has gained relevance during the past year and its sales should gain a second wind as a result.

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Opinion: Debt Impasse Raises the Question: Where are All the 3rd Parties?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

One potential silver lining of the economic calamity that could come from a government default could be an 'I'm MAD AS HELL, and I'm not going to take it anymore!' moment, leading to a centrist, third party rising up and a bipartisan ticket taking the White House.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Odd Men Out: Three Third Party Chairmen on the NY Election

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I think the Democratic party nationwide represents clearly the left, and I think the Republican party nationwide clearly represents the right, both on economic  and social issues. And I think it's important not to be vanilla, you can't just be vanilla in this world and political parties have a responsibility to speak out both on economic and social issues.

-Michael Long, Conservative Party of New York State Chairman, on The Brian Lehrer Show