Sunday, November 16, 2008

Book: In The Balance of Power

In the Balance of Power — 2008
Independent Black Politics and Third-Party Movements in the United States
By Omar H. Ali

(The bloggers for the Network will provide a review by mid-August 2009)

18 Million Independents Vote for Barack Obama.

November 2008

CUIP President Jackie Salit gives a post-election analysis of the independent movement and the 2008 presidential elections.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

McCain Winning Independents

By Deborah Creighton Skinner on September 9th
Black Enterprise

John McCain is still seeing a big bounce in the wake of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, according to a recent Gallup poll.

The GOP senator got a six percentage-point climb in voter support “explained by political independents shifting to him in fairly big numbers, from 40% pre-convention to 52% post-convention in Gallup Poll Daily tracking.”

“Clearly, he is moving on the independents,” Gallup Poll editor-in-chief Frank Newport told the Washington Times of McCain.

The surge in independents who favor McCain marks the first time since Gallup began tracking voters’ general-election preferences in March that a majority of independents have sided with either of the two major-party candidates, according to Gallup.

That’s not all. After the Democratic National Convention and the RNC, McCain had a five-point lead over Obama Monday in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update, putting the Arizona lawmaker at 49% to Obama’s 44%.

Deborah Creighton Skinner is the editorial director for

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Black Americans running for President of the United States

Barack Obama (Democratic Party)
Cynthia McKinney (Green Party)
Alan Keys (American Independent Party)


By Domenico Montanaro
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
From NBC/NJ's Carrie Dann

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Ron Paul supporters may have found a new champion.

In boisterous remarks at today's Rally for the Republic, former Minnesota governor and professional wrestling personality Jesse Ventura suggested that he is open to a presidential run in 2012 if enthusiasm for "The Revolution" stays strong.

"If I see it over the next two to three years," thundered Ventura at the conclusion of a speech to several thousand Ron Paul supporters in the Target Center in Minneapolis. "If I see it start to rise up and if this country shows me that it's worth it for me, then maybe in 2012… ."

The crowd -- which has raucously booed allusions to this year's presidential candidates and cheered Paul's hands-off ideals at the all-day rally today -- burst into deafening applause at Ventura's suggestion.

Ron Paul's counter-convention; Jesse Ventura takes over

The New York Times - Blog
September 2008

MINNEAPOLIS -- The crowd cheered at Rep. Ron Paul’s daylong counter-convention in Minneapolis. As many as 12,000 disillusioned Republicans and independents, according to organizers, had showed up at the Target Center, an NBA basketball arena, to cheer for the former Republican presidential candidate who raised so much money and so few delegates.
Paul told the crowd that he was told by Republican National Convention officials that he would need to be chaperoned if he showed up at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

But who wants to go to a boring old Republican convention that goes on and on for days in St. Paul when you can spend nine eternal hours indoors in Minneapolis listening to a host of conservative and libertarian speakers preach the virtues of the Republican congressman's libertarian-type politics?

But then came former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura. He suggested that there may be a government conspiracy covering up what....

Sunday, August 31, 2008

My Turn: Frustrations of a true independent voter

By Frederick Shute
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Publised in The Camp Verde Bugle

What does it mean to be an independent voter?To me it means to be able to vote for the best individuals I feel will represent my system of values and beliefs for the political offices they seek.The political platforms of both the Republican and Democratic parties represent to me the lesser of two evils - and I am not sure which is more degenerate. Both political parties are controlled by the pharmaceutical, petrochemical, banking and military industrial powers that essentially control everything. John McCain and Barack Obama answer to the same masters. Anyone who believes otherwise is a fool.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

McCain taking different approach than Bush to pursue black voters

By Alexander Bolton
Posted: 04/22/08 07:18 PM [ET]

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is making an appeal to black voters this week, but he has taken a different approach than President Bush did during his 2004 reelection campaign.

While Bush highlighted an amendment seeking to ban gay marriage and other social issues to court black voters, McCain is championing education and other populist ideas. Part of McCain’s strategy is to make the case that the Democrats’ tax plan will negatively affect citizens across the economic spectrum.

Rice hits U.S. 'birth defect'

March 28, 2008
By Nicholas Kralev

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that the United States still has trouble dealing with race because of a national "birth defect" that denied black Americans the opportunities given to whites at the country's very founding.

"Black Americans were a founding population," she said. "Africans and Europeans came here and founded this country together — Europeans by choice and Africans in chains. That's not a very pretty reality of our founding."

As a result, Miss Rice told editors and reporters at The Washington Times, "descendants of slaves did not get much of a head start, and I think you continue to see some of the effects of that." "That particular birth defect makes it hard for us to confront it, hard for us to talk about it, and hard for us to realize that it has continuing relevance for who we are today," she said.