Civil Rights – http://newprogs.org/blog/2011/11/09/civil-rights-under-democraticrepublican-uni-party
Economy – http://newprogs.org/blog/2011/11/10/economy-under-democraticrepublican-uni-party
Economic Graphs – http://newprogs.org/blog/2012/03/02/economic-graphs
Education – http://newprogs.org/blog/2012/01/14/education-under-democraticrepublican-uni-party
Election Reform - http://newprogs.org/blog/2012/10/01/election-reform
Environment – http://newprogs.org/blog/2011/11/08/environment-under-democraticrepublican-uni-party
Health Care – http://newprogs.org/blog/2012/04/03/health-care-under-democraticrepublican-uniparty
Poverty - http://newprogs.org/blog/2012/10/12/poverty-getting-worse
Press - http://newprogs.org/blog/2012/12/22/powerless-press-under-democraticrepublican-uniparty
Transparency – http://newprogs.org/blog/2012/02/27/transparency-under-democraticrepublican-uni-party
Unions – http://newprogs.org/blog/2012/02/05/unions-under-democraticrepublican-uni-party
War – http://newprogs.org/blog/2011/11/11/wars-under-democraticrepublican-uni-party
A few quick points: The VT Progressive Party ran a candidate for governor specifically to block any other candidates from the party from running and challenging the Democrat. When the candidate (who was also the party chair) was nominated she withdrew. Meanwhile, the party nominated sitting democratic Sec State to represent the Progs. This man accused his challenger in the primary 2 races ago of not being a partisan enough democrat, and this year ran as a Democrat,Republican,Progressive,working families candidate. Fusion candidates can be a bad thing. the progs were unwilling to support Rocky, because of their local focus, but are basically as terrified as most of the other sheep, that the evil republicans will swoop in and wreck everything if they ever disagree with the Democrats. I am all for measuring twice and cutting once, but then again, if nobody is giving you the tape to measure with, sometimes you have to eyeball it. Rocky and the JP screwed the pooch by attempting to run so soon with no support, but I felt it was important to get him on the ballot as a starting point to building the party. Building the party is also part of why I ran, though I also ran because I wanted to raise awareness of the GMO bill here, and, quite frankly, to learn. I didn't figure I would win, but I knew I would learn from the experience, and I was already out there gathering signatures. In VT is cost me nothing but my time to run. Because I had to expend so much energy in fighting to get Rocky on, which included a sucessful lawsuit against the afore mentioned sec state, I had no energy or time left to campaign. My family suffered because I was spending so much time on the election. As it stands, the JP pretty much followed the pattern No Diff mentioned with the GP.
We NEED to build functioning state parties to survive, let alone get candidates elected. Right now the JP is a top down party, and a head without a body is pretty useless. IF we cannot get the party formed in VT this year, we won't be able to run candidates in 2014 except as independents with little no party support allowed. If we can't run a bevy of candidates, including some statewide, we won't have any chance in 2016. If the JP can't do it in VT, which is the EASY state, then this party is pretty much an excercise in futility.
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