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SEIU Launches Third Party In North Carolina

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:39 am    Post subject: SEIU Launches Third Party In North Carolina Reply with quote

SEIU Launches Third Party In North Carolina
Evan McMorris-Santoro | April 8, 2010, 6:48PM

It seems organized labor is no longer content to leave its political fortunes in the hands of its traditional ally, the Democratic Party. The SEIU announced today that the it's launching its own political party in North Carolina, and it plans to to field candidates on the ballot this fall.

Union officials have threatened to take on Democrats who voted against health care reform in the past, but the usual tactic has been to endorse a Democratic primary challenger. But in North Carolina -- home to several Democratic Representatives who voted against the bill -- the SEIU says it will field candidates in the general election as part of what the what the group is calling the North Carolina First party.

"Families need a better choice, a better party - not just for health care, but for job creation and keeping bankers and corporations in check," party spokesperson Chuck Stone said in a statement.

SEIU -- and its local affiliate in North Carolina, SEANC -- say that they have more than 100 people on the ground actively gathering the 85,000 signatures necessary to become a recognized political party in North Carolina with a ballot line.

But as Greg Sargent, who first reported the news, writes, the seriousness of the effort is still somewhat in doubt.
"[P]resuming the party qualifies at all, it remains to be seen how much clout it will wield," Sargent writes. "For instance, it's unclear which districts the party might field a candidate in, and what the criteria for picking those districts will be. A lot of these things will be determined by availability of candidates and
other local political concerns."



I think this is a very interesting development, as someone in the comment sections noted, a third party based on the unions, that is the organized working class, have a much better potential than say the greens. I hope other unions consider taking the same steps.

So what do you people think?

http://ncfirstparty.org/
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

won't help unions. won't help dems. won't help the left. will be a blip unless it accomplishes a game theory vote-split loss that benefits the republicans, in which case it will be a point of some simpering contention among lefties.

for additional commentary I guess you would have to refer to that animated gif I posted earlier where a person is yawning so hard and dramatically that he is falling out of his chair. : (
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And why not? If the democrats are as bad as the republicans...doesn't that mean that, maybe just maybe, there needs to be a new political party on the left? It's not about instant electoral gratification but a long-term process.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the Democrats are as bad as the Republicans, that means we need entirely new parties across the spectrum.

But that's not going to happen because if people are really mad at the Democrats, they're not going to look for a different party; they'll vote for the Republicans or not vote at all.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

or the dems can be the rightwing and the repubs can hold their lunacy christian right base.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SEI-U, SEI-me ...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrjwaqZfjIY

This is the southeastern US. Yes, the Democratic and Republican parties are fond of switching constituencies every now and then, but it don't work like that.
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