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New York's Third Parties

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dan Cantor, executive director of the Working Families Party, Michael Long, Conservative Party of New York State chairman, and Frank MacKay, chairman of the Independence Party of New York State , talk about New York's "third" parties.

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In Uncontested Races, An Election But No Choice

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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In many New York elections, voters have no choice of candidates, as Senate and Assembly members run unopposed in specially-drawn electoral districts they are sure to win.

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McMahon Tries Ousting Tabacco from Indy Primary

Monday, July 26, 2010

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Kicking a political opponent off the ballot is a common, if unseemly, thing for campaigns to be publicly involved in. To most voters and observers it connotes a sense that archaic election rules are limiting voters choices, rather than letting issues and ideas be the deciding factor.

But, all's fair in primaries and mid-term elections.

Today, Democratic Rep. Mike McMahon's campaign announced they're challenging the petitions of John Tabacco, an Independence Party member who is trying to run for congress on the IP line. That's a line McMahon desparately needs in the Republican-leaning district, especially since the Working Families Party line is being denied him because he voted against Obama's health care reform bill.

In McMahon's announcement, he said 402 out of 678 signatures collected by Tabacco were invalid.

To deal with the possible public-relations blowback, here's how McMahon explained the move:

“Out of respect for Mr. Tabacco’s efforts to run for this seat, I welcomed the opportunity to sit down with him to discuss any issues he had with me running on the Independence Party line. It was my goal to see if we could find some common ground in this race or in the future. However, I do believe that it is the obligation of every candidate for elective office to meet the minimum basic requirements established by law for campaign filings and I don’t feel they have been met in Mr. Tabacco’s case. I do, however, look forward to working with him on our issues of shared concern that affect the people of Staten Island and Brooklyn."

The McMahon campaign is prepared in coming days for their hearing with the Board of Elections in anticipation of Mr. Tabacco being removed from the Independence Party line before the case is scheduled to appear in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

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Raising Off Espada

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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Pedro Espada is helping the Working Families Party raise more than $1,000 per day.

From the latest WFP email to suporters:

Dear Working Families supporter,

Clearly I'm not the only one who wants change in Albany.

Since we announced our campaign to unseat politicians like Pedro Espada, hundreds of New Yorkers have chipped in, together donating more than $1,000 per day to make it happen.

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The Working Families Party: We Will Unify With Democrats

Sunday, June 06, 2010

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“We want to have a unified ticket with the Democrats at the end of the day," said Dan Cantor, the executive director of the Working Families Party, a labor-backed party that wrapped up its nominating convention here today.

But endorsing Democratic candidates isn't so easy.

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The Working Families Party And Its Candidates: No Kumbaya

Friday, June 04, 2010

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The Working Families Party shook the New York political world when it helped elect half a dozen new City Council members and two of three citywide officials in last year's city elections.

This year, the WFP could become extinct.

The Working Families Party shook the New York political world when it helped elect half a dozen new City Council members and two of three citywide officials in last year's city elections.
This year, the WFP could become extinct.

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Cuomo Snubs Working Families Party, Won't Seek Line

Friday, June 04, 2010

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has told the state's Working Families Party he will not seek the pro-labor group's endorsement for governor, instead embracing the more conservative Independence Party.

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