Hello, Donklephanters! I’ve been on the stump over the past number of weeks for NYC independent mayoral candidate Mike Bloomberg and the word on the street is that Column C (the Independence Party line) is the vote for nonpartisan grassroots people’s power.
In print news, note that the majority of voters in the Garden State, from north to south, are independent and will play the decisive role in Tuesday’s Gov election there.
Elsewhere in New York, independent candidates, parties and voters are the name of the game…
And in Last Word(s) — I hope you’ll take a peek at the left/right Dem/Repub dialogue that permeates the print media and the blogosphere. As a long-time activist with the independent (non-Dem) left, I’m always happy to see progressives take on the right wingers as in Radical? Not! (By Eugene Debs, New Majority) below.
NJ Gov Race
- Bergen County a key factor in governor’s race (By Cynthia Burton, Philadelphia Inquirer) Democrats outnumber Republicans there, 169,000 to 111,200. But the biggest voting group, as it is everywhere else in the state, consists of unaffiliated voters, who number 250,300. Unaffiliated voters have recently been voting with the Democrats.
- Election not a big draw to Gloucester County voters (By Jessica Landolfi, NJ News-Star Ledger, Trenton Times) Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1 with 70,744 registered Democrats, 35,637 Republicans and 82,607 unaffiliated.
- Poll: NYC Mayor Bloomberg up by double digits in home stretch (From CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser)
- Thompson Endorsed by Cuomo (By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE, NY Times)
- Hoffman and Owens in a Tie for New York Special Election (CQ Politics/PollTracker)
- A GOP Civil War in Upstate New York (By KATE PICKERT, Time) But then, the race in the 23rd is no longer about local issues. It’s about a Republican Party with little current power inside the Beltway searching for a way out of the wilderness. And it’s about conservative Republicans sending a message — the future of the party is the conservative base. (It’s also, incidentally, about money; according to the Federal Election Commission, more than $650,000 has flowed to the candidates from independent groups just since Oct. 24.) “The 23rd has as little significance as Gettysburg. It’s just where the Armies met,” says Bob Gorman, managing editor of the Times and my old boss. “Everybody was looking for a fight and that’s where they found each other.”
- ACORN: Vann, go (By DAVID SEIFMAN, NY Post)
- Court of Appeals won’t hear Bethlehem WFP case (by Jordan Carleo-Evangelist, Albany Times Union/Local Politics)
- Radical? Not! (By Eugene Debs, New Majority)
- Our Heritage: Newt Gingrich weighs in on events current and Founding-era. (interview by Robert Costa, National Review Online)
- Self-Image and Party Politics (By DAVID BROOKS AND BOB HERBERT, NY Times/The Conversation) Is it possible for both parties to lose at the same time?
- More Signs of Trouble for 2010 (William Galston, The New Republic)
More news headlines for independent voters at The Hankster