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We do have at least one Third Party Candidate for 2012–Jill Stein and also perhaps Ron Paul

7:40 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Of course, if you want to still live in the past and talk about Florida in 2000 and how third parties “rob” votes from one of the two parties–it’s a free country:  go ahead and lament.  I’m sure that you’ll get plenty of support for your efforts from Obama and the leadership of the Democratic Party and from those on the right side of the aisle as well.   That has been the standard line from both of the parties:  ”Don’t throw away your vote on a Third party or Independent Candidate.”

That’s a bunch of BS. The more parties and Independents represented in the halls of government the stronger the government.  Examples of nations with multi-party systems include Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Taiwan.

Single-party systems or dominant-party systems happen in nations where opposing parties are outlawed or restricted by the dominant party which wields power. Examples include rule by the Communist party of China and People’s Action Party of Singapore.  A one-party system is the next step up from a two-party system, and that is the direction that the USA has been moving with the leadership of the Democrat and Republican parties ever since 1987 when the leadership of the Democrat and Republican parties formed a corporation.  The corporation is called “The Commission on Presidential Debates”  but it is much more than that.  Walter Cronkite referred to the formation of this corporation as the “greatest fraud ever pulled on the American voters.”

Moving into a “Party of One” has been the goal of the leadership of BOTH parties for the past 25  years.  If you don’t realize this, then you have not been paying attention.  They call it “bipartisanship”.  It should be called something else.  It should be called the “Party of the 1%” In 2012, any American who gives a damn about democracy should give serious thought to voting for Independents and Third Party candidates.  We need to make our democracy stronger–not weaker.

I would like nothing better than to see at least four Presidential candidates in 2012:  Obama, Romney, Ron Paul and Jill Stein.  If this were to happen, we might actually see a few real debates that deal with real issues such as war and the declining conditions of the environment and human life on this planet. These are all topics that you will never hear discussed in any depths in debates between Democrats and Republicans.  In fact, to please those who sponsor their corporation, the leadership of the Democrat and Republican parties have agreed not to.  Instead, on the waves of corporate sponsored TV we get to watch debates about flag pins, what the minister of a candidate says, and “he said/she said/I meant” quarrels among the candidates that rival those of contestants now featured in other insipid corporation programming such as the Kardashians.

Ron Paul may run as a Third Party candidate in 2012.  Perhaps he has avoided it in the past for three two reasons: 1) because he knew he didn’t have enough votes  2) Paul knew that it would be the final kiss of death from the Republican Party  (3) Now, although not a given, because of his age, it is likely that this will be Paul’s last crack at the presidency.  He may be willing to risk all in 2012–even the “love” of the Republican Party.

On January 25, the day after President Obama delivers his state of the Union address, at 8:30 [PM] Eastern, you can participate in The People’s State of the Union.

You’ll hear a realism about America’s situation –and the ways to overcome it– that Wall Street an the Washington establishment don’t want you talking about. We can have an economy that provides jobs for everyone without depressing wages or destroying the environment. We can get Wall Street off our backs and win control of our lives and common future.

Through this special online broadcast, you will hear presidential candidate Jill Stein describe the Green New Deal that can reclaim our future and fulfill the promise of America. Lines will be open for your questions and ideas. All you need is an internet connection and a computer.  MORE

A trip down 2011 Memory Lane

7:05 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Lessons Learned:  You want more of the same?  Then continue to vote for more of the same–a Democrat  or a Republican– and you will get more of the same.  We have more than 261 Wall Street millionaires in Congress and it doesn’t make any difference if they are a Republican or a Democrat.  KICK THEM ALL OUT IN 2012!  Replace them with Independents from the 99%.

January 29, 2011

Connect the Dots:  Both Tunisia and Egypt were poster children for the IMF

It should be no surprise as to why the people of Tunisia and Egypt are revolting. Up until 2011, Tunisia has consistently been paraded and touted as an ideal state and as a model of success and development by the U.S., the E.U., the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. Never once have the human right violations, the murders, and the repression in Tunisia been criticized by any of these bodies or their officials. In 1991 Egypt yoked itself to an IMF structural adjustment program and embarked on a series of wide-ranging economic reforms.  Its remarkable levels of GDP were offered up as proof that Washington consensus blueprints drawn up by the millionaires in our Congress for the developing world do work.

President Hosni Mubarak signed up to an IMF loan that was conditional on economic liberalization. Those conditions – relaxed price controls, reduced subsidies, an opening up of trade – were met with gleeful abandon.

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February 19, 2011
The Majority pay for the very thugs that the rich hire to beat us up.

If you think that what is happening in Wisconsin is anything new on the American “Democracy” scene, you are wrong.  It is just more of the same mistreatment of the majority by the minority rich of the USA.  The political cartoon below is from an 1874 newspaper.  It depicts the 1874 police attack of New York City workers and the unemployed who gathered to demand public jobs programs.  Such police violence against working people was common in the Gilded Age. (Courtesy America Social History Project)

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March 29, 2011

Amazing what some people will believe—anything but that they are part of the problem.

Forcing Masataka Shimizu to resign is no solution to prevent future disasters like this. Shimizu replaced a CEO who failed his shareholders three years ago and that CEO replaced a CEO before him for the same “crime” against the shareholders.The real criminal is the corrupt system of Wall Street itself and that includes the greedy demands not only of CEOs but of shareholders as well. If we are to be rounding up scapegoats, we better include every person who owns stock in Tokyo Electric Power too since they didn’t sell their stock years ago when reports were being issued of questionable and risky practices undertaken by this company. Same goes for the stockholders of other Wall Street Corporations.

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April 24, 2011

The problem with Washington? 261 millionaires controlling the national dialogue, assisted by Wall Street Corporate Media.

Solution: Main Street Americans need to start talking to one another and selecting candidates to run in 2012 as Independents and Green Party candidates who are not millionaires and who care about job creation and reducing not only the deficit, but also the debt.  These are people who are connected to Main Street—not Wall Street.

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May 23, 2011

As most Taxpayers of the U.S. and Europe languish in poverty, millions are being spent for the rich to discuss it.

I read this afternoon in Radio France Internationale that France is to mobilize over 12,252 police, gendarmes and troops as the leaders of the eight richest developed countries are set to gather in the fashionable seaside resort of Deauville in northern France on Thursday.

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June 29, 2011

What would it look like if Congress really cared about anyone other than themselves?

One thing is certain, it wouldn’t look like this:

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July 25, 2011

Washington can go to hell and take both parties with it.

If this is the best that the Democrats AND the Republicans can do, then we the people must find replacements for ALL of them and we must start now!.   If Social Security and Medicare–two programs that work for the majority of Americans–are cut in any way, it is the fault of the leadership and the Congressional members of BOTH parties.

KICK THEM ALL OUT IN 2012 and their phony Debt Ceiling “debates” with them!

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August 30, 2011

Reminder to 80% of Americans:  We outnumber the rich.  It’s time we took over.

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September 26, 2011

If you think that one political party is better than the other, you have not been paying attention.

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October 31, 2011

Tell Congress and their Wall Street Buddies to shove the myth of Private Sector being more efficient than the Government Sector

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November 26

Of Course Congressional Members don’t mind Wall Street Corporations Not Paying Taxes

Summary: At least 44% of Congress (the millionaires) get paid regardless–besides, although they like to gripe at the 35% income tax they are supposed to pay, I doubt that any of them have EVER paid 35% of their income in taxes–EVER!General Electric (GE)  [106 members of Congress own stock in GE - 52 Democrats and 54 Republicans] Untaxed foreign profit: $94 billion Tax Haven: US
Strategy: An army of 1000 former IRS accountants keeps GE’s taxes near zero,Pfizer (PFE) [63 members of Congress own stock in Pfizer- 31 Democrats and 32 Republicans]
Untaxed foreign profit: $48.2 billion Tax Havens: Global
Strategy: HC Industry keeps more profits overseas than any other industry

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December 23, 2011

Judges are criticizing the SEC for being too Easy on Wall Street

Summary: Mary Schapiro, who Obama put in charge of the SEC, is just another one of his corporate stooges for Wall Street.  Why on earth would anyone expect anything more than a hand slap for Wall Street criminals from the former CEO of Duke Energy, one of the largest Wall Street criminals of all? When she took over, Duke Energy in 1999, it ranked 46th as the worst polluter in the USA.  After 9 years of Mary’s leadership in 2008, Duke Energy ranked as the #13 worst polluter in the USA.  That’s some regulating, Mary.  They also love cutting off the tops of mountains–another great recommendation for Mary and her respect for the environment and people.

We DO have a Third Choice for President–but not if you listen to Wall Street sponsored media.

6:40 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Crosspost from IfLizWereQueen

Jill Stein for President:  She represents First Amendment Rights!

Right Now: The First Amendment is on the line and we know what BOTH the Democrats and the Republican Tea Party in Washington think about the First Amendment

How do we know that elected officials from both parties AND the White House don’t give a damn about First Amendment Rights?  They proved it to us with their votes for The National Defense Authorization Act.

Only 13 members of the Senate stood up and voted against this heinous bill.Yesterday, December 14, The Senate on Thursday sent a defense policy bill to President Barack Obama, who has said he would reluctantly sign it after months of fighting over the handling of suspected terrorists, especially those who are U.S. citizens.

It is a sign of the times that the Jill Stein for President campaign has become a bullhorn speaking out against police repression of pro-democracy protests. In defending Occupy Wall Street protests across country, speaking out against the National Defense Authorization Act, and with plans this Friday to join protests against the closure of the Wisconsin State Capitol, Dr. Stein has begun to attract credible support from those who identify with the 99% message.

One sign of that support is the over 2,000 individuals who have since Thursday signed the “First Amendment Pledge,” a statement initiated by Dr. Stein which concludes, “I pledge non-cooperation with police repression and will not vote for or support those responsible for it.”

The pledge, along with prominent initial signers, can be seen here http://www.FirstAmendmentPledge.org

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Note:    To those who are fooled about the recent changes to this act:

The bill still includes a narrower provision, drafted by the Senate, authorizing the government to detain, without trial, suspected members of Al Qaeda or its allies — or those who “substantially supported” them — bolstering the authorization it enacted a decade ago against the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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ILWQ COMMENTS:  We do have a Third Choice.  We do have a chance to tell both parties what we think of them.

We need to remind Americans because you won’t be seeing much of her name in the Wall Street sponsored corporate media.  And  you won’t be seeing much of most Independent candidates advertised because most of them don’t have the unlimited corporate sponsored campaign funds that the “two” parties do.  Make it a point to learn about all candidates.

The best place you can go to learn about your choices for an Independent candidate is your local or state League of Women Voters. They publish  statements of what all candidates stand for.  These are statements written by the candidates themselves.  In addition, in the state of Texas, the League of Women Voters often sponsor forums and invite ALL registered candidates to speak, even Independents.  Note:  If you are an Independent candidate, be sure to contact your local League of Women Voters and tell them that you would like to send them a written copy of where you stand on the important issues.

2012 could be the the year that we replace all incumbents up for re-election in Washington with non-millionaire Independent  members from the 99%.  It really is possible.  Believe it!  As the majority, we can have our way.  We can.  Turn away from the 1% and their propaganda.  Stop watching their televised propaganda machine–just for a week and see what happens.

Results from a new national survey from the Pew Research Center should strike fear into the hearts of incumbents in Congress, especially those who are members of the Republican Party. A record number of respondents want to vote sitting lawmakers out of office, and Republicans take more of the blame than Democrats for perceptions of a do-nothing Congress.

According to the Pew Research report, two-thirds (67 percent) of registered voters nationwide say “most members of Congress” should be voted out of office in 2012, while only 20 percent want most members reelected. This desire to fire all incumbents marks a record level of discontent

LET’S VOTE THEM ALL OUT IN 2012–INCLUDING BARACK OBAMA!   WE CAN DO IT.  WE CAN REALLY DO IT IF WE STAND UP AND VOTE.

Forget about what they say about “throwing your vote away.”  The only way that the 99% can “throw their vote away” is by voting for a Democrat or a Republican/Tea Party Candidate because then you are voting for more of the same.  Sure, some of the Independents may turn out to be duds, but I’m betting that, unlike a Democrat or a Republican, the majority of them won’t be duds.

Don’t even bother to participate  in their primaries.  Save your vote to sign the ballot petition of an Independent candidate.  In many states, such as Texas, if you vote in a Democrat or a Republican primary in March, that disqualifies  you from signing the ballot petition of an Independent candidate.  Independents cannot begin gathering their qualifying signatures (500+) until after the primaries have been held in March.

Show your disgust for both parties by not even participating in their primaries in 2012.  We do have other choices.  For the first time in over 100 years 2012 represents the best chance that the majority have had to take control of Congress and even the White House.

Amazing how the 99% continue to defend the propaganda of the 1%

8:43 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen

Last night I got into a somewhat heated discussion with a man who argued that the only way we can get things changed is to change the law regarding contributions to candidates.  The discussion went on for over an hour and he never saw the futility of convincing incumbents to give up their source of wealth for their campaign coffers.  Many people stlll believe that they can influence the majority of the utter criminals that we have in Washington DC to do the right thing.  Faith is good, but putting your faith in the hands of proven self-serving Wall Street crooks serves them–not you.

In order to believe that establishing laws for clean elections is possible, you must first believe that those in power have the best interests of the 99% at heart and will vote to pass such laws.  That is the logical fallacy upon which clean elections is built.

You must first believe that the current crop of elected officials would vote against what they seem to believe is in their best own best interests.  Asking the same people who vote for war and mayhem day in and day out to vote against their Wall Street stock portfolios?  Asking the same people to do the right thing who (with a Democratic majority in both houses) voted almost unanimously to defund an organization whose only crime was to empower poor people?  Asking the same Congress who defends Wall Street corporations like Goldman Sachs who literally starved millions of human beings to death in 2008 to do the right thing? You are going to ask these people to do the right thing and support publicly funded elections?  If so, you are placing your faith in the hands of your abusers. Don’t expect a happy return on your investment.

Stop trying to defend the indefensible from either party!

Voting reform is not going to happen until we remove the majority of the members of BOTH houses from Washington DC and replace them with non-millionaire, non Wall Street stock investors– and not a day before.  Not one damn day before.  What on earth makes people think that these proven crooks will have a sudden change of heart?

Yes, 44% of our entire Congress are millionaires who are heavily invested in Wall Street and in the defense industries in particular.  But they didn’t get there with their money. They got there because of the apathy and laziness of the American voters.  Every year in Congressional districts all over the USA, some incumbents are not even challenged.  Almost one third of all the eligible voters in the USA are not even registered to vote.  Even when we do have elections, especially in the non-presidential years, a pathetic percentage of those who are registered to vote show up.  These people don’t get re-elected year after year because of their money.  They get re-elected year after year because of the apathy of the American voters and our willingness to accept the political cliches and rhetoric of the incumbents instead of calling these people on their misrepresentations and what they have actually done to us and our nation.

The man argued that the overwhelming majority of candidates who win are the ones with the most money.  I’m not certain that this is true, but even if it is, that argument does not prove that it is money that was the winning factor.  There are plenty of elections to prove that it takes more than money to win.  If money were all it was about, Meg Whitman would be governor of California today.  She poured $170 million of her own money onto that race (many times over that of Brown) and she still lost.  Linda McMahon is another example of a wealthy candidate who far outspent her rival and lost.  Mitt Romney is by far the richest Republican candidate and it doesn’t look like he is going to get the nomination.  Hillary Clinton had almost a 100 times as much money as Barack Obama.  She was christened “the inevitable candidate” in 2007 by those in power and yet she lost the nomination.

Winning–even in apathetic America is about more than money and there are many cases to prove my point. But the ones in power don’t want the 99% to realize that.  As long as we believe that it takes hundreds of thousands of dollars to win a race, or that we can’t raise that kind of money, we won’t even try.  The one thing that the incumbents fear the most is that the majority of Americans will start thinking and will stand up and vote–particularly those of us who are poor and recently removed from the middle class.  Please remember:  With a Democratic majority in BOTH houses, Congress voted almost unanimously to defund ACORN –an organization whose only crime was to empower poor people by registering them to vote.  You can forget the myths about the Democratic leadership as being champions of the poor.  They don’t any more give a damn than the Republican/Tea Party do.

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As long as we believe that we need hundreds of thousands of dollars to begin, most of us will never begin.  Year after year we will continue to vote for the one that we consider to be the “lessor of the two evils.”  And nothing could please the incumbents more.

As long as we continue to beg the incumbents who are currently in Washington DC to act like decent human beings, that is exactly how long the 99% will continue to be disappointed and will continue to lose ground.  We must turn our backs on them as they have turned their backs on us–and this includes ceasing to believe the myths that they use to remain in power.  We must unseat the majority of them and replace them with non millionaire, non- Wall Street stock investor Americans.

It’s time for Americans to create their own choices.  If we don’t, then we can expect to have more of the same dished up to us by those that we continue to send back to Washington year after year.

Texans, you have one more day to file your intent to run as an Independent for the U.S. Congress.  Please step up to the plate and file today.  Here are more instructions. Drop me an email at iflizwerequeen@gmail.com when you do.  I would love to hear from you.  Perhaps we can form a coalition to strengthen our efforts.  BELIEVE!  Faith in ultimate triumph of good and acting “as if ” may be all we have to bolster our efforts in the beginning.  The rest will follow.  I believe in Americans.  I believe that people will awaken just in time.  But nothing will change if their choices are limited to the “lessor of two evils” from the corrupt Wall Street Party of One that calls itself Democrat and Republican/Tea Party.

Won’t you join me and run as an Independent in your U.S. Congressional District? All it would take to turn the tide is for 435 Americans to stand up, take a chance, and run for U.S. Congress as an Independent.  The rest will follow because the majority are as fed up as we are.  Just imagine!  We could replace the entire U.S. House of Representatives with 435 Independents in 2012.  It is possible, but not as long as the majority of Americans waste their time defending the propaganda of the 1%.  We must turn our backs on them and turn our efforts to the task of putting candidates who will represent the majority in office in 2012.  If you still believe they will come from the ranks of either party, you need to review their voting records for the past three years.

Why should we support those who support murderers?

6:29 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

ILWQ Cross Post

Why anyone, much less a body of elected officials, invest in an evil system that is destroying not only our nation, but our planet?  It is no hyperbole to say that Wall Street corporations pay others to murder people who threaten their profiteering all over the planet.  Here are a few that fall into the category of murderers according to many who offer up convincing proof:  Chiquita Brands, Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs, PepsiCo.

Many others do it through skipping on the quality of their building materials and hiring unskilled workers to do the work required by skilled labor such as electricians.  Why do they skimp?  They skip so they can pay dividends to their middle men–the wealthy investors like members of Congress.  In this category you can include just about all corporations listed on just about any stock exchange.  We have examples like Halliburton whose shoddy wiring in Iraq led to the “accidental” electrocution of American soldiers. As far as I’m concerned that was no accident.

We have BP who poisoned the Gulf of Mexico and destroyed thousands of small businesses in a fiasco that the people in the Gulf states will take years if ever to recover from.  And why?  Because BP chose to take a risk with the quality of the lives of millions of Americans by not purchasing a safety valve that would have prevented this disaster.  And the people we elected in Congress allowed them to do this. Instead of passing legislation to protect the majority.  Why?  Because at least 30% of them own stock in oil and gas corporations like BP.  In fact, many BP stock owners like James Sensenbrenner, and Joe Barton sat on Congressional committees that “investigated” BP. We have a cynical bunch of rotten human beings  in Washington DC who mock the American people at every turn.

All members of Congress are invested in Wall Street.  44% of the US Congress are Multimillionaire Wall Street Stock investors who have increased their personal wealth by hundreds of thousands of dollars–some of them like Pete Sessions and Nancy Pelosi, by millions–most likely by trading on insider information.  ALL ON THE BACKS OF THE MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN WORKERS.

Wall Street has made millions for members of Congress over the past four years as American jobs have been slipping out of existence and our homes into foreclosure. How has this money been made?  It has been made by cutting costs.  Cutting costs puts money into the Corporate coffers and into the pockets of their wealthy investors. How to do they cut costs?  They cut costs by firing Americans and selling off assets of the companies where Americans once worked.

There is overwhelming evidence that members of Congress vote to increase and protect their own personal wealth–even when such votes go against the best interests of the majority of their constituents.  Afterward, they are so cynical and callous that they have the nerve to brazenly promote what they have done as if it is a benefit to the people they are supposed to serve.  Pete Sessions, for example, in the 32nd U.S. Congressional district of Texas has been going around bragging about the Korean Trade Agreement that was recently passed.

To listen to Sessions, you would think that the Korean Trade Agreement was going to create thousands of jobs in his district of over 192,000 children living in poverty.  His rhetoric is nothing but a collection of bold-faced lies.  The U.S. Congressional Budget Office has declared that the Korean Trade Agreement will ship 169,000 jobs overseas and will increase the US Trade deficit by $16 billion.  These three one-sided trade agreements passed by an overwhelming vote of our Wall Street Congress and our Wall Street White House Administration will make them and their Wall Street buddies richer and the rest of us and our nation, poorer.

And it’s not just Republicans.  The Democrats are as bad as the Republicans.  They are all there to protect their personal wealth.

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Two initial qualifying questions for all candidates in 2012.  Unless the answer is “no” to both questions, look elsewhere for another candidate.

1. Are you a millionaire ?

2. Do you own any Wall Street stock?

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Don’t tell me that choices are limited!  Go to the website for your Secretary of State today and see what it takes for you to run as an Independent candidate.  We can create our own candidates to replace the shysters who currently pretend to serve us in Washington D.C.

NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE UNTIL WE REMOVE THE MAJORITY OF THOSE CURRENTLY SITTING ON THEIR ASSES IN WASHINGTON DC.  That folks is the final word.  We can protest until the cows come home and go back out to pasture again.  Nothing will change until we unseat the majority of the bastards who are now in Congress and the White House. We must replace them with Americans who actually do care about the majority of us.

Believe it and start acting on it while there is still time for the elections of 2012 if you give a damn about the USA.

Congress has a different perspective from the majority of the American people.  Their votes and the legislation they have been supporting for the past 10 years makes perfect sense for them.  It is good for them.  Some of them even assuage their guilt by saying that it will “trickle down” to the rest of us.  It’s been 11 years of the Bush tax cuts for the rich.  How much “trickle” have you seen?

Wake up folks before they literally take the shirts off our children’s backs.  BE A PATRIOT.  STAND UP AND RUN FOR OFFICE AS AN INDEPENDENT.  You never know what you can do until you do it.  If I can do it, ANY American can do it. No I may not win, but I may be able to light the way for another.

One thing is certain, people who care will keep the conversation focused on topics that matter.  We will make those who don’t look like the greedy idiots that they are.  We must be out there and publicly pushing the real issues and challenging the rest of them on their phony political rhetoric and standard cliches.

You may be just the person we need, but we will never know it unless you stand up and take a chance.

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ADDENDUM ADDED AFTER POST:

Special Appeal to All Texans:  You have three days left.  December 15 is the last day you have to file an Intent to Run as an Independent for U.S. Congress in 2012. We have 32 Congressional district.  I believe it is possible to replace at least 16 of them with Independents from the 99%.  That’s a lot of folks to send to Washington.

Tell your friends.  Pass this information on.

It doesn’t cost a dime.  All you need to do is download a one page form.  Complete it and fax it to the person at the Texas Secretary of State’s office who handles these filings, Kim Thoule.

HERE IS THE FORM:

http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/a2-5.pdf

Complete it.  Get it notarized and then fax it to:

Kim Thoule
Fax:  512-475-2811

You can always change your mind if you decide not to run, but after December 15 you cannot change your mind if you do decide to run–not in Texas anyway.

Go here for more information on registering as an Independent in Texas.

Run for U.S. Congress as an Independent

4:46 pm in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Crosspost from IfLizWereQueen

The requirements for running as an Independent for U.S. Congress or the Senate vary from state to state and so does the quality of the information they provide on their websites.  In order to get your name on the ballot in 2012 as an Independent, you must know and fulfill all the state elections requirements.

Since they are not uniform from state to state, you must begin by accessing the Secretary of State (S.O.S) office for your state–either online or by calling their offices and asking directly:  What are the requirements for running/filing as an Independent candidate for U.S. Congress (or the Senate if you have those ambitions).

In a recent post titled, Don’t Believe the Hogwash about not Participating in the System, I posted great detail regarding how to file in Texas.  I hope that in 2012 we have at least one 99% Independent candidate from every Congressional district in our State.

The voting system in the USA is set up to discourage Independent candidates from participating in the elections process.  The Wall Street Leadership of both the Democrat and the Republican/Tea party bunch want to limit their competition to the One Wall-Street-Size-Fits-All that they began to craft in earnest in 1987 when the leadership of BOTH parties formed a legal 501(c)(3) corporation together called “The Commission on Presidential Debates.Walter Cronkite referred to it as “the greatest fraud ever perpetuated on the American people and he was right.  This corporation is supported with donations from Wall Street and in spite of its existence for almost 25 years, I doubt that even 25% of Americans know of its existence–the most solid proof that what we have running in Washington today is a one party system that should be called “Wall Street Investors”

Your starting place is the website for the Secretary of State for your state.  It is the Secretary of State who oversees the elections in each state.  In most cases, I recommend beginning with a phone call to the SOS office in your state and simply asking.  Where, specifically can I find detailed information regarding the requirements for an Independent to get their name on the ballot in 2012 as a US Congressional Representative or a U.S. Senator.

If they tell you, and you still can’t find it, then call them back.  It’s OK. Don’t be humble.  Remember, after all you are paying them to help you.  You don’t have to apologize for their lack of ability to communicate effectively.  And also, it is good to remember to be kind as most likely the person who answers the phone is just another American who has been poorly trained for his/her job so that more money can go to support Wall Street Investors and who fears daily the thought of losing their job.

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ALASKA - Start here;  http://www.elections.alaska.gov/

Candidate information:  http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ci.php

Phone: (907) 465-4611

Division of Elections Toll-Free: (866) 952-8683PO Box 110017

Court Plaza Building

Fax:(907) 465-3203 - Juneau, AK 99811-0017 –  240 Main Street, 4th Floor

TTY: (907) 465-3020 Juneau, AK 99801

Director, Gail Fenumiai gail.fenumiai@alaska.gov

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ARKANSAS
Candidate filing:  http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/Pages/CandidateFilingInformation.aspx
CONTACT THEM and ask: What is the deadline for filing to run as an independent Candidate for U.S.  Representative and what are the requirements.
Arkansas Secretary of State
Main Offices
State Capitol, RM 256
Little Rock, AR 72201
501-682-1010
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CALIFORNIA
All I can say after visiting their site is:  ”Good luck to candidates who want to run as Independents.”
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/
BEST OF LUCK.
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IOWA: Here is a Good Starting place:  http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/candidates/index.html
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LOUISIANA:
JUST CALL THEM AND ASK FOR SPECIFICS FOR FILING AS AN INDEPENDENT FOR  US CONGRESS:
SECRETARY OF STATE
ELECTIONS DIVISION
8585 Archives Ave., Baton Rouge, LA  70809
P.O. Box 94125, Baton Rouge, LA  70804-9125
800.883.2805

Commissioner of Elections – Angie Rogers
Phone: 225.922.0900
Fax:  225.922.0945
angie.rogers@sos.la.gov

Director of Elections – Angie Bouy
Phone: 225.922.0900
Fax: 225.922.0945
abouy@sos.la.gov

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MINNESOTA

Start here:  Guide for Candidates Running for Partisan Office as a Minor Party or Independent Candidate

CONTACT THEM and ask: What is the deadline for filing to run as an independent Candidate for U.S.  Representative and what are the requirements.

Office of the Secretary of State
180 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55155-1299      map

Phone Lines: (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F)*
Metro Area 651-215-1440; Greater MN 1-877-600-VOTE (8683)

Emails:
elections.dept@state.mn.us open.appointments@state.mn.us
Fax: 651-296-9073

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NEBRASKA

HERE IS A LIST OF CANDIDATES WHO HAVE THUS FAR FILED IN NEBRASKA:  http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/Candidate%20List.pdf

GOOD LUCK ON UNDERSTANDING THIS:  http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/Petition%20Signature%20Requirement.pdf

CALL THEM AND DEMAND A CLEAR EXPLANATION OF WHAT INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES MUST DO IN ORDER TO BE ON THE BALLOT AS U.S. REPRESENTATIVES IN 2012.

Phone: (402) 471-2554
Fax: (402) 471-3237
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 94608, Lincoln, NE 68509-4608
Location: State Capitol, 1445 K St., Suite 2300, Lincoln, NE 68509

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NEW MEXICO – Independents must file between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on June 26.2012

Filing Day for Independent Candidates – Independent candidates for federal offices, including president of the United States, statewide offices, members of the legislature, public regulation commission, district judge, state board of education, magistrate or county office shall file declarations of candidacy and nominating petitions with the proper filing officer during the period commencing at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m on the twenty-first day following the primary election. (1-8-52(A) NMSA 1978) Candidates for statewide or legislative offices must also file a financial disclosure statement. (10-16A-3 NMSA 1978)

See http://www.sos.state.nm.us/pdf/2012CandidateGuide-C.pdf

Please contact a member of the Bureau of Elections at (505) 827-3600 should you need further assistance.

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NEW YORK: http://www.elections.ny.gov/

This is the page:  http://www.elections.ny.gov/RunningOffice.html

Address and Phone Numbers

NYS BOARD OF ELECTIONS
40 STEUBEN STREET
ALBANY, NY 12207-2108
  • (518) 474-6220
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OHIO
This is a good starting place to find information regarding Independent Candidate Requirements.
http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/elections/electionsofficials/forms.aspx
I found Ohio to be the best and most transparent SOS site of all so far.
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OKLAHOMA

2012 Calendar:  http://www.ok.gov/elections/documents/12calendar.pdf

CONTACT THEM and ask: What is the deadline for filing to run as an independent Candidate for U.S.  Representative and what are the requirements.

Oklahoma State Election Board

State Capitol Building, Room B-6
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
PO Box 53156
Oklahoma City, OK 73152info@elections.ok.govLocal: (405) 521-2391Fax: (405) 521-6457

Office Hours & Additional InformationMonday – Friday
8 AM – 5 PM

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PENNSYLVANIA

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/voting_and__elections/12363

YOU CAN ALSO CALL THIS DEPARTMENT AND COMPLAIN ABOUT THE LACK OF TRANSPARENCY REGARDING THE REQUIREMENTS TO RUN FOR US CONGRESS IN THE STATES OF PENNSYLVANIA.  I looked for about 8 minutes and couldn’t find any meaningful information on this topic:

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Department of State
Professional Compliance Office
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Toll free Complaint’s Hotline: 1-800-822-2113 (Pa. only)
717-783-4849 (outside Pa.)

Occupy Congress in 2013 as an insider from the 99%.

12:48 pm in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross post from IfLizWereQueen

Only those who occupy these seats, truly occupy Washington.

Make 2012 The Year of the Independents!  Bust up the Millionaires’ Club!

It is good that we have the Occupy Movements all over the USA and the world and they need to continue their efforts because these groups keep the focus on the real issues and make mainstream corporate-owned media pundits look like the Wall Street stock monkey puppets that they are.  In addition,  the occupy movements reveal members of Congress for what they are–a Wall Street millionaires club who vote to enhance their own positions of power and increase their own personal wealth via their Wall Street stock investments. No, this is not a wild claim. This is fact.  If you research their voting records you will be hard-pressed to find a single time in which any member of Congress voted against an issue that would negatively affect their Wall Street portfolio.

Furthermore, if you look at the increase in net worth of Senators and Representatives from 2008 to 2009 (a period in which 2.6 million Americans lost their jobs) you will find that the majority of them grew their personal wealth during this period by hundreds of thousands of dollars, and many cases, by millions of dollars.  (You can use Open Secrets to assist you in this research.)  And these are the lying hypocrites who speak to the American people, the 99%, of “making sacrifices”?  I say:  ”Let’s sacrifice them in 2012 to the political pasture.  Let’s teach them a lesson first-hand in sacrifice and what it means to lose a job.”

For one example:  Pete Sessions, Republican Representative for the U.S. 32nd District of Texas  reports a net worth of $3,376,000 in 2008 and a net worth of 4,904,000 in 2009.  Thus in the time period in which 2.6 million Americans lost their jobs, Mr. Sessions made $1,528,000 off his Wall Street investments.

I live in the 32nd District of Texas and I will be running against Pete Sessions in 2012 as an Independent from the 99%–a non-millionare who owns no Wall Street stock and who knows first-hand the difficulty and hardship of being unemployed.  I will be filing my intent to run as an Independent with the Texas Secretary of State during the filing period (Nov 12 to Dec 12, 2011).

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It can happen.  The 99% (and especially with the assistance in organizing from the Occupy movements) could  take a few Senate seats and could replace most of the 435 members of the House of Representatives with members of the 99%.

Here is a big overview of a plan that could be followed by Occupy Groups:

1) Make a list of all the US Congressional district that cover the county in which your Occupy Group is located.  For example Occupy Dallas currently has  6 US Congressional Districts that fall within its county borders. (Although District 3 is likely to go away due to redistricting and be limited to Collin County only. The new maps are expected to be released on Oct 31 ahead of candidate filing period.)

District 3 Sam Johnson (But this district will go away from Dallas County with the redistricting)

District 5 is Jeb Hensarling.

District 26 Michael C. Burgess

District 30 – Eddie Bernice Johnson

Congressional District 24- Kenny Marchant

District 32 Pete Sessions

2. Make a list of all the elected offices in Dallas County open in 2012.

3. Make a list of all Texas State Officials to represent ares areas of Dallas County open in 2012.

4. Make a list of all officials from municipalities in Dallas County who are up for election in 2012.

5. If a US Senator is up for re-election and/or a seat is open, meet with the other Occupy groups in your state and  select one Independent to support.

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You must begin to organize these efforts now.  In fact, in many states such as Texas, waiting until 2012 is too late for filing as an Independent for US representative.

Replace U.S. House

Solutions Not Status Quo

Independents Can Win

Replace Wall Street

Local “Cooperations” Now

Analysis of the Trade Agreement Sell Out of the Majority

10:05 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Post from Iflizwerequeen


The Story of “Sold Out” Continues

Find out if your elected official sold out the Majority yesterday!

If any member of Congress gave a damn not only about American workers, but all workers of the world, they would not have voted for any trade agreement yesterday (October 12, 2011) and Barack Obama should be ashamed of pushing the legacy of George Bush.  These trade agreements will do nothing more than make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

These trade agreements are nothing more than more of the same:  neoliberalism promoted by the rich.  In Mexico in the first year of NAFTA  the cost of living rose by 80%. Over 20,000 small and medium businesses  failed and more than 1,000 state-owned enterprises were privatized in Mexico. As one scholar said, ‘Neoliberalism means the neo-colonization of Latin America.”
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Sell-Out #1  Korea Trade Agreement

Another way to look at this vote is that our elected officials voted to approve sending 159,000 American jobs overseas and to raise the deficit $16 billion dollars.  They all had this information before they cast their votes.  They knew what they were doing and they didn’t give a damn.  They did it because, as Wall Street investors, this trade agreement means more money in their pockets.

The Economic Policy Institute estimates that the agreement with Korea, which is expected to be the largest trade deal since NAFTA, will increase the US trade deficit by $16.7 billion and displace 159,000 US jobs within the first seven years after it takes effect.

HOUSE SELLOUT

Select the link above to see how your representative voted.
278 Yeas and 151 Nays

SENATE SELLOUT
83 Yeas and 15 Nays – 2 Cowards

The 15 who stood up for the American Majority :

Blumenthal (D-CT), Brown (D-OH), Cardin (D-MD), Casey (D-PA), Hagan (D-NC), Harkin (D-A), Leahy (D-VT), Manchin (D-OR), Reed (D-RI), Reid (D-NV), Rockefeller (D-WV), Snowe (R-ME), Tester (D-MT) Whitehouse (D-RI)

Two cowards: Coburn (R-OK) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) did not vote.

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Sell-Out #2  Colombian Trade Agreement

Those who voted for the Colombian Trade Agreement gave their stamp of approval to one of the worst abusers of human laborers in the world.  In 2010 no less than 51 workers in Colombia were murdered by right-wing goon squads for trying to establish unions to protect workers from the abuse of the rich.  This year so far 22 unionists have been murdered.  But why should we be surprised.  Eric Holder, the man that Barack Obama chose for his Attorney General got the executives of Chiquita off the hook for paying good goon squads to murder unionists and this case even included [evidence of] a signed check by one of the Chiquita executives.

HOUSE SELLOUT

262 voted for it and 167 voted against it
4 abstained (among them Ron Paul)

As with the Senate, more voted against the Colombia trade agreement than voted against the Korean trade agreement. [Note:  Wall Street interests stand to gain a lot more from the Korean agreement than the Colombian trade agreement.]

SENATE SELLOUT

66 for the Colombia trade agreement  -33 against

The legislators did not vote the same on all the agreements. For example, while only 15 senators were against the Korean Trade agreement–an agreement that is guaranteed to ship at least 159,000 American jobs overseas, 33 of them, almost one third voted against the Colombian agreement.  Note also that Bernie Sanders voted on this one but not the Korea Trade Agreement and once again, Coburn is the coward not voting.  In fact, neither Coburn nor Ron Paul voted on any of the trade agreements.

Another observation:  Some like Leahy who voted against the Korean trade agreement voted for the Colombian Trade Agreement.

Those in the Senate who did the right thing and voted against the Colombian Trade Agreement

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Sell-Out #3 Panama Trade Agreement

No wonder the plutocrats in the House and Senate approved this trade agreement for a country known, like the USA, for its abuse and mistreatment of its workers.  Panama is also known as country where the rich of America can hide their money in offshore accounts.  How convenient.  Not only a place for outsourcing American jobs and increasing the wealth of Wall Street investors, but  also  providing a place for outsourcing tax money that should be going to the United States of America.  One banana republic serves another.

HOUSE SELL OUT
300 voted  for the Panama trade Agreement 129 voted against this heinous trade agreement.
Once again, Ron Paul did not vote on this bill either.
SENATE SELL OUT

77 sold the American Majority out, 22 supported us
(and once again Coburn didn’t vote.)

The 22 who supported the American Majority by voting against the Panama Trade Agreement in the Senate were:


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ILWQ Summary  and Conclusions

Both Houses seemed to like the Korean Trade Agreement the best–the one that we have the most hard core intelligence on that will ship at least 159,000 American jobs overseas and will raise the trade deficit by $16 billion dollars.  Why?  The answer is simple:  There is more profit in this trade agreement for them as wealthy Wall Street Investors.

The Colombian Trade agreement ranked #2 in approvals with the Senate while the Panama Trade Agreement ranked #2 in approvals with the House.

Overall Conclusion

The majority of both Houses are Wall Street Corporate shills who are lining their own pockets with their votes and Party does not make a damn bit of difference–unless you want to split hairs with meaningless differences.  The point is folks:  With a Republican majority in the House and a Democratic majority in the Senate, this 44% Wall Street millionaire body managed to pass no less than three devastating trade agreements yesterday.

FORGET ABOUT PARTY

RUN FOR CONGRESS AS A NON-MILLIONAIRE FROM THE MAJORITY IN 2012.

We can kick every single member out of the House of Representatives in 2012 and replace them with non-millionaire representatives from the majority.

Clean Sweep for Democracy 2012

11:55 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen

I finally decided on a campaign slogan this morning: Clean Sweep for Democracy 2012. I’ve registered the domain name and will have the site opened on Saturday October 15, 2012.  I’m not sure yet if the logo shown above with the broom will be the one that I finally settle upon.  For now it will serve as a placeholder. However, the slogan of the campaign, “Clean Sweep for Democracy 2012″ will be the slogan.  The main website address will be:  http://cleansweepfordemocracy2012.com or  perhaps http://cleansweepfordemocracy2012.org as I’ve secured that domain as well as .net and .mobile.

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I envision every single member of the House of Representatives swept out of Washington and replaced with Independent candidates who are members of the Majority class of the American people. I define the majority economically as the 87% of Americans who earn less than $100,000 a year.  I know that every single U.S. Congressional District in the United States of America has at least one majority citizen candidate who can and will serve the majority of the people of that district better than their current representative and I am asking them all to step up to the plate for the people.

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The website, Clean Sweep for Democracy 2012, will in part be my campaign site as I am following my own advice and running for U.S. Congress in the 32nd U.S. Congressional District of Texas.  However, information regarding my campaign will only be a corner of this website.  It will be open to all Independents running for U.S. Congress to post information who meet the following requirements:

1. Net Worth of Less than $1million

2. No ownership of Wall Street stock

3. Annual income of candidate is under $100,000

4. Agrees to take campaign money only from people who live in the district.

5. Agrees to take no more than $500 from any one voter

6. Agrees to keep total campaign expenses at under $50,000

7. Is qualified to run as an Independent for U.S. Congress in his/her state and has either already filed to run as an independent, or  will file according to the date and requirements of the state in which they reside.

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The United States of America has 435 Congressional Districts.  The average number of people in each district is 646,946.  (Please note that if each one of them only gave you $2, you would have over $1million in your campaign chest and most races can be won with $10,000 or less.  It’s all about volunteers. If money were what it is all about, Meg Whitman would be governor of California today.)    The number of seats varies from state to state.  For example, Alabama has 7 districts while Texas has 36 districts.  California has the most with 53 districts. A few states only have one district:  Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.  With the exceptions of Delaware and Vermont, it will be a tough row to plow for Independents for U.S. Congress who run in any of these other one-district states–but tough does not mean impossible.  Go here for more detail on the U.S. Congressional Districts.

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If you are thinking about running for the office of U.S. Representative, here is some additional reading to help you decide and move you forward.

So You Think You Want to Run for Office

Independent’s Platform for U.S. Congress 2012

Independents Can Win

Independents in 2012: Run your campaign for the Majority, not the Minority

8:54 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen

How do you create a democracy?  One voter at a time–not one dollar at a time.

Candidates for U.S. Congress who win in 2012  will be those who pitch their campaigns to appeal to the economic majority of their District. Most Populist-leaning Independents will have a better chance of winning in Districts that fall into the white range of the table below.  However, they should not ignore those in the yellow range, especially those in the under $100,000 range.  And they should not miss the opportunity to point out to all the people in their district how the globalization Wall Street first economics  of both parties is destroying your local community and your small businesses and is hurting all Americans–the rich and the poor.

Find as many specific examples in  your District as possible.  Ideal spokespeople for Independent candidates will be small business people in the district who have gone bankrupt who are willing to stand up and give testimony, along with people who have lost their jobs.

A huge part of your campaign strategy will likely include a strong and continuous voter registration campaign. Be sure to learn all the rules surrounding voter registration for your state and follow them carefully.  From the day your campaign has its boots on the ground until the last day allowed for people to register to vote–that is how long your campaign needs a corp of volunteers who are registering people to vote.  Many professional campaign strategists recommend a time to cut off registration of voters that is long before the deadline allowed by your state.  I disagree, at least for Independents.  If you  can continue a strong voter registration campaign to the end, it will be to your advantage.

From a recent USA perspective, there are about 150 million eligible voters who are registered to vote. However there are 207,643,594 eligible voters in the USA.  In other words, there are over 57 million eligible voters in the USA who are not registered to vote–more than one third!  Of course the percentage of eligible voters who are not registered will vary from district to district, but it’s fairly safe to say that close to a third of all eligible voters in your district are not registered to vote.  Statistics show that the majority of this group tend to be poor and young.

On the plus side, at least at a national level, the group you are pitching to  comprise the majority of Americans:  79.42% who earn less than $75,000 a year.  And also on the plus side, “your people” can be said to include up to 87.58% (those who earn less than $100,000 a year).  These are most likely to be the people who will be most interested in the deep changes that are needed in our government’s systems in order to restore our democracy to its proper balance.  One of your best weapons is knowledge of the demographics of your District.

From Day One, long before you are able to go out and gather signatures on your petition for ballot as an Independent, you need to know exactly how many voters you will need in order to win. You want to make sure all your efforts are going to generate—at the very least—50 percent of the vote plus one more vote, and you should plan to win with a more comfortable margin of 52 percent. All of your campaign efforts should be based on this strategic assumption of the votes needed to win and where those votes are coming from geographically within the district or state and demographically (gender, age, race, etc.).

Therefore, the plan should include the campaign’s vote goal, or number of votes you need to win. This number is calculated based on:

• Expected turnout – the average of the entire turnout from the last three like elections
• Multiply by .50
• Add 1
• Equals number of votes needed to win election in a two-candidate race.

The comfortable margin is calculated as:

• Expected turnout – the average of the entire turnout from the last three like elections
• Multiply by .52
• Equals number of votes to plan for in a two candidate race.

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The white area and the first yellow row of the table below are likely “your  people” if you are running as an Independent Populist for the people.  Start now to find out who, how many, and where these people are in your district.  Unless your demographics indicate that part of your 50 plus 1 voters must come from those in the economic group indicated in the yellow area beyond the first yellow row, ignore this group and focus on “your people.”  Don’t waste your time on the others.

Table based on data from IRS Website (Excel file) – July 2011

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READING MATERIAL FOR INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES

Learn the Basic Nuts and Bolts of Your State Requirements Today.

Start now to read materials to prepare yourself to run as an Independent candidate in 2012.  I recommend starting with this paper:  So You Want to Run for Office .  This paper presents the initial steps that all Independents must take to be eligible to run.  It is geared to Independents.  Most candidates for U.S. Congress in most states must file a document of intent to run as an Independent with their state elections office sometime prior to the end of 2011.  You need to find out when that filing period is today.

Start Raising your People Capital Now

Another good and free source is Independents Can Win. This paper outlines the steps for winning by focusing on what to do during October, November and December of 2011.

Read additional source materials on how to run a campaign and campaign strategies

However, BE FOREWARNED.  Take much of this information with a large grain of salt–particularly if it comes from either party.  While much of it is certainly useful, there are areas that don’t hold true for the Independent who is running a campaign on less than a shoe string.

Many of these guides stress securing money and financial support almost to the exclusion of the more important aspects of the campaign which include issues important to the voters and where the candidate stands on these issues.  Instead of focusing on money as capital, run your campaign with a focus on people as capital.

Here is a PDF from the Democrats:  http://www.democraticgain.org/resource/collection/20F43CFC-920D-48FC-8D8A-6D3C49ED7A7B/cs_main.pdf.  It is 58 pages of mostly good information.  Definitely worth the read.