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Luis J. Rodriguez, Green Party Candidate for California Governor This Year, Named Poet Laurate of Los Angeles

Published on October 21, 2014,

On October 9, the city of Los Angeles named Luis J. Rodriguez poet laureate for the city. See this story.

No one is allowed to vote for Rodriguez for California Governor next month, because he did not place first or second in June. The Green Party has never polled as much as 1,000,000 votes for the offices at the top of the ballot in a mid-term year. It is likely that if Rodriguez were on the California November ballot, the Green Party would exceed 1,000,000 votes for the top offices for the first time in a mid-term year. Howie Hawkins is likely to receive 500,000 votes for Governor of New York, and Anita Rios is likely to receive 200,000 for Governor of Ohio. This year the Green Party also has candidates on the ballot for the top office in Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. The total would probably reach 1,000,000 if Rodriguez were on the California ballot.

The best showing in the Green Party’s history, for the top office in mid-term years, was in 2006, when the national total was 955,866.

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Joshua W. Evans, Massachusetts Blogger, Covers Libertarian Party State Convention

Published on October 20, 2014,

Joshua W. Evans, a Massachusetts blogger about politics, government, and other topics, has this account of the Massachusetts Libertarian Party state convention held October 18. Evan Falchuk, gubernatorial nominee of the United Independent Party, spoke to the convention. Thanks to IndependentPoliticalReport for the link.

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Bangor Daily News Carries Op-Ed by Maine Legislator, Advocating Ranked-Choice Voting

Published on October 20, 2014,

The Bangor Daily News has this op-ed by Maine State Representative Diane Russell. She advocates ranked-choice voting for Maine. Thanks to Rob Richie for the link.

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Georgia’s Second Three-Party Gubernatorial Debate Described in Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on October 20, 2014,

Jim Galloway, politics and government columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, devotes much of his column to describing the October 19 gubernatorial debate. Further down, the column also describes the television ad being run by the Libertarian nominee for Governor.

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Dan Walters, Veteran California Political Columnist, Says One-Party Races in General Election May Injure Turnout

Published on October 20, 2014,

Dan Walters, veteran politics and government columnist for the Sacramento Bee, predicts a record low turnout for a general election in California next month. He writes, “A couple of dozen legislative and congressional races pitting members of the same party against one another may also dampen turnout.”

He did not say anything about the effect on turnout of a system that has left California as one of only six states this year with only Democrats and Republicans on the ballot for the top office on the ballot, but that probably is another factor in lowering turnout. Thanks to AroundtheCapital for the link.

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Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center, Criticizes U.S. Supreme Court Behavior on Voting Rights

Published on October 20, 2014,

Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center, has this article in Politico on the U.S. Supreme Court and its apparent indifference to voting rights, particularly in relation to Texas. Thanks to HowAppealing for the link.