It’s time to vote again in the dual effort to primary Barack Obama in 2012 and to form a broad, lasting coalition of progressives.

Our aim is to either take back or replace the establishment Democratic Party, and once again give a real, unapologetic, determined voice to progressives and our policies at the national level.

Three weeks ago, through IRV voting, we chose a list of ten potential candidates to oppose the president in the 2012 primaries.

Last week, commenters nominated names for this effort and topics for the platform on which we’ll want our candidate to run. Now through Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. (Pacific) is your chance to consider and vote for your preferred names and platform topics.

How To Vote
As we did with the nominees, we will again use IRV (Instant Runoff Voting).

To vote, begin by copying/pasting the following in the comment box:

EFFORT NAMES
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PLATFORM TOPICS
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Then, from the two lists below, enter your three preferred names and your five preferred platform topics. VOTE ONLY ONCE, and please VOTE ONLY; do not include comments. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. The format is designed to make tabulation as simple as possible, and comments must be deleted to ensure uniformity of the printed-out ballots, so please save us that trouble. The same is true of duplicate votes from the same commenter; they must be thrown out, another manual process we’d like to avoid.

The list of names is straightforward enough. The topic list is arranged a little differently, however.

Topics are grouped (as much as was possible) by category. Speaking purely for myself, the topic names leading off each category are the kind of succinct phrases I think we are looking for, for now. Policy specifics will be discussed and debated as we work on the text for each plank. That being said, if you feel any of the other phrases are better – or even if you want five phrases from the same category – that’s your call. The main reason I’ve grouped things as I did is that, as I tried to arrange this list, it seemed the easiest way to consider the many topics nominated while also capturing the general sense of the beliefs that commenters expressed in each category. That’s gotta make the next step, writing each plank’s text, a little easier.

Thanks again to everyone who has stayed on board with and helped expand this effort by telling their friends. Please keep tweeting, facebooking, e-mailing, and texting about it. Please also click “recommend” so this diary remains easy to access for the next two days here at MyFDL.

Finally (and call me a tease), between now and Christmas, expect some news that will have a major – highly positive – impact on this effort.

EFFORT NAMES
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250K And Unders
American Citizens Party
American Peoples Party
Commonwealth party
Federal Dollar Liberation Movement
Labor Party
Law and Order Party
Main Street Alliance
Main Street Party
Make-Work Protectionist Party
Most Of Us Party
New American Labor Party
New Deal Party
New Progressive Alliance
Party Alliance
Progressive Patriotic Alliance
Real Democratic Party
Red-Green Party
Rent Is Too Damn High Party
Rule of Law Party
Sticky Greens
Sustainable Democracy Party
Teapot Party
Workers Party
Working Families Alliance

PLATFORM TOPICS
Full Employment
Full Employment Guarantee
Living Wage
Lower Retirement Age

Peace
End the Wars Now
No Pre-Emptive Wars
Strong Defense

Civil Rights/Human Rights/Civil Liberties
Choice
Medicare for All
Citizen Empowerment
Electoral Reform
Equal Access to Education
Democratize All Institutions
Justice and Accountability
Labor Rights
Legalize Marijuana
Political Equality
Prosperity for All
Rule of Law

Environmental Stewardship
Bee Habitat
Energy Farming

A Real Social Safety Net
Economic Equality
Economic Sustainability

Federal Policy
Balanced Budget
End the Federal Debt
Bottom-Up Democracy
Campaign Finance Reform
Cut the Cost of Health Care in Half
End Torture
Presidential Powers
Progressive Taxation
Prosecute U.S. War Criminals
Sociable Urban Planning
Transparency

Commerce
Control Bankers’ and Financiers’ Greed
Corporate Regulation
Fair Trade
Financial Regulation
Hemp Reform
Exclude Corporations Who Export Jobs from the American Market
Manufacturing
Regulation of Constitutional Rights of Corporations