Archive for June, 2010

Donklephant Monday Open Thread

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Open Thread

What do you think Robert Byrd’s legacy will be? When do you think BP will be able to finally cap the well? What do you think about the SCOTUS decision on gun rights? Sound off! Tweet

June 28th, 2010 | Permalink| 36 Comments »

Kresky: Open Dialogue on Open Primaries and Nonpartisan Elections

By Nancy Hanks | Related entries in News

PEOPLE NOT PARTIES Leading independent attorney and counsel to Harry Kresky penned a great HuffPo piece today called Let’s Have an Honest Debate About the Role of Parties: “Proposition 14 abolished party primaries and replaced them with a system known as “top two.” All candidates will appear on a single ballot in a primary […]

June 22nd, 2010 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

USA World Coup d’etat

By donar | Related entries in Cartoons, Political Graffiti, Sports

For those of you who don’t follow the World Cup… Tweet

June 21st, 2010 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Gallup: Re-Elect Obama? Americans Split

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Democrats, Obama, Polls, Republicans

In early 2011, just half a year away, we’ll be seeing the GOP presidential hopefuls start to jockey for the top spot in earnest. And they’ll be bolstered by Republican gains in the midterms, as well as the perception that the Tea Party movement can turn out the vote come 2012. What else will bolster […]

June 19th, 2010 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Hardball’s “Rise of the New Right” Documentary

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Media, Republicans, tea party, Video

Say what you will about MSNBC, but the following by Chris Matthews and the Hardball crew is a good look at how this new movement has sprung up and why it seems to continue to grow. Of note, watch Part Six about how the “death panel” meme started with Sarah Palin and kept on rolling […]

June 19th, 2010 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Donklephant Friday Open Thread

By Nancy Hanks | Related entries in News

Speak up, speak out, have your say! What’s on your mind today? Tweet

June 18th, 2010 | Permalink| 25 Comments »

Open Primaries Movement Gains Momentum

By Nancy Hanks | Related entries in News

The victory in California for independent voters with Proposition 14 has strengthened the movement for open primaries around the country: Arizonans should watch closely (The Arizona Republic) Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California’s outgoing Republican governor, readily acknowledged in a news conference that the goal is to reduce the power of political parties: “We wanted to have […]

June 16th, 2010 | Permalink| 11 Comments »

California Open Primary Proposition 14 Passes With 54% – Good News for Independents!

By Nancy Hanks | Related entries in News

Californians voted in favor of Prop 14 last night by a healthy margin. The open primary referendum empowers 3.4 million “decline-to-state” registered independents in the state, and is good news for independents and nonpartisan voters throughout the country. Partian control of elections has become a major obstacle to policy that truly represents the sentiments of […]

June 9th, 2010 | Permalink| 14 Comments »

“Baneful Effects of Party” and California’s Proposition 14

By Nancy Hanks | Related entries in News

I recently received a note in the mail from Richard Winger, publisher of and the nation’s premier third party ballot access expert, asking if I advocate making all elections non-partisan. Richard is a long-standing member of the Libertarian Party, and someone I consider a friend and colleague. We have been in the trenches together for […]

June 7th, 2010 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Now You Can Watch My Film, “We Will Make You Whole Again”

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Art, Film, Gender, Immigration, Race, Sexuality, Technology, The Politics Of Film, The War On Terrorism

Over the past two years I wrote, produced and directed a film called “We Will Make You Whole Again” with my co-director, editor and cinematographer Trevor Hawkins of Mammoth Media. Some of you know this because a couple months back I shared the trailer for the film and told you a little bit about what […]

June 7th, 2010 | Permalink| 3 Comments »