Archive for category Rocky Anderson
This was the last thing I wanted to wake up and read this morning. It looks like a lot of young people in New York, who would most likely be voting for Bernie Sanders, have missed the boat, due to restrictive laws on voting registration.
I just happened upon this “Democracy Now” segment that was taped the day after the Utah caucuses caught the nation by surprise and gave Sanders an overwhelming victory here. I don’t think the extent of the failure in the Arizona election had been looked at yet. It’s great to see my favorite Utah politician standing up for my favorite national politician and stating Sanders’s obvious advantages over Hillary:
Of course Sanders went on to a long string of solid wins after Utah and Idaho, showing a strong momentum if there ever was one. Polls in Utah showed that even Republicans trust Sanders more then the current front runner in their party and, like Rocky says, he’s a shoe-in over Hillary against any Republican now running for the general election slot.
Anderson, of the “Justice Party”, is upset about a blatant hit piece on Sanders in “The Washington Post”, derived from a poorly conducted and carved up interview from a rag called the “New York Daily News”. He’s made a list of questions a tough journalist could ask Hillary. It’s obvious this won’t happen at “The [Bezos] Post”; a publication which recently did 16 negative articles on Sanders in 16 hours.
Take the short iSideWith.com quiz and find out which presidential candidate is on your side. You might be surprised.
I found out that Green Party’s Jill Stein is with me on more issues than Rocky Anderson (Justice Party). Click on the candidate pictures below the map to see where their support is strongest (according to this unscientific poll). Click on a state to see how the candidates stack up (Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has a narrow lead in Utah).
Via Think Progress:
A report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service concludes that the bottom 50 percent of American households hold just 1.1 percent of the nation’s wealth, down from 3.6 percent in 1995.
The top 10 percent’s share of wealth has risen over the last two decades, the report found, but it has fallen for households in every group below that.
Neither major political party has a plan to address rising inequality in America. Therefore, those of us in the 99 Percent ought to vote for Rocky Anderson for President. Rocky proposes:
- A revival of the WPA to get people back to work, repairing and building infrastructure for the nation.
- Replacing free trade agreements with fair trade agreements to bring back jobs lost to other countries.
- Prosecuting Wall Street fraud.
- No more tax cuts for the rich.
- Restoration of Glass-Steagall regs for investment banking.
- An end to anti-trust exemption for insurance companies.
- Breaking up TBTF banks.
- A single-payer Medicare-For-All health care system.
I would add to this list a financial transaction tax and a millionaire’s tax. But it’s already a long list of policies neither major political party is offering.
UPDATE: A new Senate GOP tax plan released by Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Orrin Hatch would raise taxes on 20 million middle-class households, while protecting the tax cuts for the rich.
Dylan Ratigan Show (MSNBC) January 17, 2012
The media gauntlet against 3rd party candidates is nearly impenetrable. Of the many independent and 3rd party candidates who run for President every year, I remember only Ross Perot, Ralph Nader and maybe whats-his-name-Forbes getting ANY media coverage.
As the current two-party political system begins to deteriorate and things like Occupy Wall Street go from full media blackout to 24/7 coverage, it should surprise no one that Rocky’s bid for US President IS getting significant media attention.
Rocky will accept the nomination of the Justice Party for U.S. President at the Olpin Theater on the U of U campus today at 1:00pm. (Google Map)
Come see the Justice Party born here in your own back yard. Someday you’ll be able to say you were there.
If you can’t make it (on such short notice), please show some love with small donation.
Olpin Theatre (Google Map)
Oplin Union Building
200 South Central Campus Drive
SLC, Utah 84112
I think I’ve just eye-witnessed the spontaneous birth of a new political party and in the most unlikely of places – Utah.
But, hey. Why not Utah? Are we not the home of political mavericks?
Did we Utahns not replace a senior, sitting senator at convention (Bennett R-UT) with an insane, tea-party nobody? Did we not also deliver the only sane GOP candidate for president (Jon Huntsman)?
That’s right. So no one should be surprised widely popular, 2-term, Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson is running for President. And its about time. Even if this time around is just a warm up, it will be fun.
Here’s why: How many progressive, red-state mayors can say they handed Bill O’Reilly his ass on O’Reilly’s own show …/anderson-spanks-bill-oreilly/, or provoked Sean Hannity into to a live debate televised on Fox News! (…that one turned into a professional wrestling match. Make some popcorn its a 2-hour brawl.)
That was two Wednesday’s ago. The next day, folks began to gather at Rocky’s house in Salt Lake. Paul Zieitz came out from Washington and a nascent steering committee kicked into high gear. The first state committee was tele-formed and a plan to get on the ballot in all fifty states was hatched around a dining room table and a speaker phone. (If you would like to form a committee in your state, contact Paul (end of press release)
This is not at all how I expected a third party to form. I always thought it would be a well funded, meticulously-planned, institutionally sponsored effort. Instead, it just happened. And like the Occupy Movement, no one owns it and it has no platform…yet.
The founding and interim steering committee are made up of the most unlikely characters: more women than men, all busy and passionate, but otherwise ‘unremarkable.’
The first, monumental task ahead is to get on the ballot in California. That means 103,000 Justice party registrations or approx 200K signatures BY JAN 2…two weeks? If that miracle happens, the other 49 states should be a cinch. Stranger things have happened.
Hey, people are winter camping in public parks in every major city in the world and one of the major American political parties seems about to crash and burn along with its media arm (Murdoch). A political vacuum is forming.
Its crazy. Everything is crazy. The rules are changing. A Dkos recommend can change the world. But it feels right and it feels unstoppable.
This complete disregard of both science and the economic and environmental future of our state demands our protest.
Despite our phone calls, letters, emails, and testimonies HJR 12 passed resoundingly in both the House and Senate, and HJR 21 is well on its way to the same fate. These resolutions, which denounce CO2 regulation and deny any human influence on climate change, were driven through the legislature by conspiracy theories and poorly contrived economic sob stories. Utilize your right to assemble and join all those who still reject scientific half-truths and scare tactics in favor of reason and justice. We will be rallying on the steps of the Utah State Capitol on Wednesday, March 10 at 3:00 pm. Former SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson, Senate Minority Leader Pat Jones, Rev. Diana Johnson Director of Utah Interfaith Power and Light, Joe Andrade from the U of U Engineering Department, former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Utah Jonathan Jemmings, and U of U Sociology Professor Andrew Jorgenson will be speaking at the event.
Climate change is the biggest issue facing humankind, and we must unite our voices in clear opposition to this retrogressive and selfish legislation. Bring picket signs, bring your friends, and ride your bike (or take the bus/carpool if you prefer).
Rachel Maddow does quite a good job with this segment, all about Utah. She brings in Rocky Anderson to explain why, despite some positive moves, the Utah legislature insists on adding some all new wackiness in its liquor laws.