"California Republicans seek to rig 2008 presidential vote" - wsws.org

Californian Republicans are fighting back for their electoral college votes. In what has been described as a transparent attack to reclaim electoral college votes, Republicans of the great state of California are fighting to put "a referendum on the ballot in June 2008 that would split the state’s huge bloc of electoral votes rather than awarding them based on the traditional winner-take-all formula."
Read more about this from the actual article here.

Currently, only Maine and Nebraska allocate their elctoral votes by congressional district.

What do you think about this? Would our country be better off breaking down votes by state instead of a winner take all? I think so.


Third Party and Independent Presidential Candidates 2008

Just hit the "Ctrl" and "F" button at the same time, type in part of the name you are searching for, and it will highlight it for you. Otherwise, you will have to search through all the names. Good Luck.

Chuck Baldwin (Florida) - Baptist pastor, radio talk show host, conservative activist, and 2004 VP nominee.Jim Gilchrist (California) - Minuteman Project founder, retired accountant and '05 congressional nominee.Don Grundman (California) - Chiropractor, anti-tax activist & frequent candidate.Alan Keyes (Maryland) - Former US Ambassador, conservative activist, and frequent candidate.Bryan Malatesta (Texas) - State party chair, accountant and anti-tax activist.Diane Beall Templin (California) - Attorney, anti-gay activist and frequent candidate.

Jared Ball (DC) - College Professor and freelance journalist.Elaine Brown (Georgia) - Ex-Black Panther Party Chair, nonprofit group executive and author.Mike "Jingo" Jingozian (Oregon) - Software company founder & '00 city council candidate.Jesse Johnson (West Virginia) - Actor, filmmaker & '04 Governor Candidate.Paul Kangas (California) - Private investigator, '83 Congressional candidate & '86 US Senate candidate.Jerry Kann (New York) - Proofreader, editor & frequent candidate.Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-Georgia) - Ex-US Congresswoman (1993-2003 & '05-07), ex-State Rep. and Democrat.Kent Mesplay (California) - Biomedical engineer, '06 US Senate candidate and '04 Presidential candidate.Ralph Nader (Independent-Connecticut) - Consumer advocate, attorney and frequent Presidential candidate.Gail Parker (Virginia) - Businesswoman, USAF veteran, and 2006 US Senate candidate.Rebecca Rotzler (New York) - New Paltz Deputy Mayor, former party National Co-Chair, businesswoman, and community activist."Average Joe" Schriner (Independent-Ohio) - Substance abuse counselor, freelance journalist and '00/'04 CandidateKat Swift (Texas) - State Party Co-Chair, progressive activist & newspaper credit manager.

Jim Burns (Nevada) - Ex-State LP Chair & frequent candidate. Dave Hollist (California) - Bus driver and frequent LP Presidential hopeful.Dan Imperato (Florida) - Businessman.Bob Jackson (Michigan) - Businessman, former Congressional candidate & ex-Republican.Mike "Jingo" Jingozian (Oregon) - Software company founder & '00 city council candidate.Steve Kubby (California) - Businessman, '98 Governor nominee & marijuana legalization activist.Alden Link (New York) - Manufacturing executive & Army veteran.Robert Milnes (New Jersey) - Progressive activist.George Phillies (Massachusetts) - College professor, writer, LP "Reform" activist & '96 US Senate nominee.Wayne Allyn Root (R-Nevada) - Sports handicapper, author & TV show host.Christine Smith (Colorado) - Progressive activist & writer. Ed Thompson (Wisconsin) - Tomah City Councilman, Bar Owner, Navy Veteran & '02 Governor nominee.

Gene Amondson (Washington) - 2004 Nominee, Temperance lecturer, minister and artist.Earl Dodge (Colorado) - Ex-Party National Chairman, frequent Presidential candidate and businessman.

Stewart Alexander (California) - Community activist, car salesman, '06 Lt. Governor candidate & '89 L.A. Mayor Candidate.Bruce Burleson (Massachusetts) - Social services worker and ex-Communist.Eric Chester (Massachusetts) - College Professor, Socialist activist, author and frequent candidate. David Frey (?)Evan Gelobter (Louisiana) - Fire Fighter.Stanley Hetz (Pennsylvania) - '06 US Senate nominee & '07 School Board candidate.Linda McKinney (Oregon) Brian Moore (Florida) - Executive recruiter, community activist, ex-Democrat and frequent candidate.Dusten Retcher (South Carolina) Dwight Welch (Illinois) - College professor, minister and radio talk show host.

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (Independent-New York)Former US Senator Sam Nunn (D-Georgia)
Independent Candidate Not Yet Named (Unity08)
Stephen P. "Steve" Adams (Independent-Kentucky) Donald K. Allen (Independent-Ohio)Blake Ashby (Independent-Missouri) Terry "Tee" Barkdull (New American Party-Nevada) John Taylor Bowles (NSM/American Nazi Party-South Carolina)Clark B. Braxton (Independent-California) Richard H. Clark (Independent-Maryland) Don Cordell (Independent-California) Claire Cruise (Independent-Georgia) Orion Karl Daley (Balanced Party-New York) Michael David Elder (Independent-Texas) Cris Ericson (Marijuana Party-Vermont)Quay Fortuna (Ward Republic Party-Iowa) Mark B. Graham (Independent-Florida) Pete Grasso (Independent-Virginia) Jon Greenspon (Independent-California) Jack Grimes (United Fascist Union-Pennsylvania) Bob W. Hargis (Independent-Oklahoma) William "Bill" Ingram (Independent-North Carolina) Paul Jensen (Independent American-Michigan) Arnold M. Jones (Independent American-Utah) Steve Kissing (Independent-Ohio) David Koch (Independent-Utah) Brad Lord-Leutwyler (Indpendent-Nevada) Joe Martyniuk (Independent-Illinois) David Masters (Independent-North Carolina) Charles Maxham (Give Me Back America Party-New Jersey) James McCall (Independent-Ohio)Frank McEnulty (Independent-California) Phillip W. Morrow (Independent-Texas) Ralph Nader (Independent-Connecticut) Jeff "Petro" Petkevicius (Independent-Louisiana) Arthur J. Regan (Independent-Massachusetts)Gary Rostad (Independent-California) "Average Joe" Schriner (Independent-Ohio) Jonathon “The Impaler” Sharkey (Vampire, Witches & Pagan Party-New Jersey) Charles Symonds (Independent-California) Ben Thompson (Independent-Minnesota)Michael "Mic" Tienken (Independent-Minnesota) Lanakila Washington (Humanist Party-New York) Lisa Weltman (Independent-Michigan) Carl Whitaker (Independent-Tennessee) Ruth Bryant White (Independent-Nevada)Rick Williams (Independent-Tennessee)Kelcey Wilson (Independent-California) Frank Zilaitis (Independent-Florida)

All of the above information was found at politics1.com


Here is another place with an even slicker comparison chart of the majority of Republican and Democratic candidates for 2008 Pres. on all of the major issues. They will be adding more in the near future it seems.

Presidential Debates are main-stream slanted, eliminate key candidates

You can always watch various recorded debates on YouTube, but where can you find out about upcoming one's so you can watch them live? Head on over to debates.org. There you will find the "The Commission on Presidential Debates."Established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation, sponsored all the presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004.

As you will see, the debates have had some criticism for being bi-partisan, as they are headed by the former chairs of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee. So keep in mind, their debates will likely have only those candidates that meet their criteria. Which, in fact, could eliminate potentially other interesting candidates. In general, the criteria is as follows:

To participate in the debates, candidates had to:
(a) be constitutionally eligible; (b) have ballot access in enough states to win a majority of electoral votes (at least 270); and (c) have a level of national support of at least 15 % as measured in polls done by five selected national polling organizations.

In my opinion, as many others would agree - this criteria eliminates all but a few candidates. Furthermore, it helps in the dumbing down of America, and spotlights only those candidates the national media want us to see. So the average American would have no idea that another, better candidate, would be eliminated from the debate before the fact, based upon unattainable criteria. I am not saying these debates are completely useless, however, I am saying they are misleading.

In summary, make sure what you are watching is truly "fair and balanced" for all candidates, and if it is not I advocate abandoning it for something more useful. Tell your friends and family and get the word out.