Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Thank you Mr. Pomper for your time and the interview.
Saturday, August 7, 2021
The Libertarian Party of Arkansas gained enough signatures on a petition to qualify for recognition as a “new political party” in Arkansas.
Secretary of State John Thurston notified state Libertarian Party Chairman Dr. Michael Pakko on Tuesday that 11,886 of the 14,593 signatures on the petition were determined to be those of valid Arkansas voters.
Read more HERE
Thursday, August 5, 2021
By Boston Socialist Alternative
Boston Democratic Socialists of America has endorsed seven candidates for Somerville City Council in an attempt to win the first DSA-majority city council in the country. This is an incredibly exciting development in the midst of the re-emergence of socialist ideas nationally, the growth of DSA to nearly 100k members, and is a response to the failure of the Democratic establishment to provide for working people in Somerville and the greater Boston area.
Read more HERE
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
On August 1st, the American Solidarity Party announced on their Twitter account that Dr. Karen Swallow Prior has joined their Board of Advisors. The "About me" section of her website, KarenSwallowPrior.com, had this to say:
"Karen Swallow Prior, Ph. D., is Research Professor of English and Christianity and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me (T. S. Poetry Press, 2012), Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Thomas Nelson, 2014), and On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books (Brazos, 2018). She is co-editor of Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues (Zondervan 2019) and has contributed to numerous other books. Her writing has appeared at Christianity Today, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, First Things, Vox, Relevant, Think Christian, The Gospel Coalition, Religion News Service, Books and Culture and other places.
Karen gives frequent lectures and talks on her work. Among the places she has spoken are Wheaton College, University of Minnesota, Indiana Wesleyan University, Northwestern University, Grace College, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, The Gospel Coalition Conference, Redeemer University College, Toronto Baptist Seminary, United Theological Seminary, Festival of Faith and Writing, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s Women’s Conference, Roanoke Regional Writers Conference, The Row House Forum, Q Boston, the Glen Workshop, and the Humane Society of the United States.
She completed her Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo and her undergraduate studies at Daemen College in Amherst, New York. Her academic focus is British literature, with a specialty in the eighteenth century, a period she loves for its emphasis on philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, and community, as well as its efforts at correcting the universal human impulse to gravitate toward extremes. Her scholarly work has appeared in 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era; The Shandean; The Scriblerian and various literary encyclopedias.
She is a founding member of The Pelican Project, a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum, a Senior Fellow at the International Alliance for Christian Education, a Senior Fellow at the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture, and is a former member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States. She and her husband live on a 100-year old homestead in central Virginia with sundry horses, dogs, and chickens. And lots of books."
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
A pair of Wyoming marijuana reform initiatives have cleared an initial hurdle on the path to qualifying for the state’s 2022 ballot.
Activists are seeking to put separate measures to legalize medical cannabis and decriminalize adult-use marijuana before voters next year—and the secretary of state’s office on Friday approved the latest version of their proposed ballot language, freeing up advocates to gather a requisite 100 signatures per initiative in order to proceed to the next step.
The Libertarian Party and state Rep. Marshall Burt (L) partnered with advocates to unveil the initial drafts of the proposals in June. The campaign, which is also being supported by Wyoming NORML, came after state lawmakers advanced but failed to pass a bill to legalize marijuana this session.
Read more HERE
Monday, July 26, 2021
July 20, 2021
West Virginia — Two-time West Virginia U.S. Senate candidate and activist Paula Jean Swearengin announced that she is joining the People’s Party as national Candidate Engagement Director and West Virginia State Director.
The Netflix documentary Knock Down the House featured Swearengin and her bid against Sen. Joe Manchin in 2018. Swearenging also won her primary in 2020, to went on to challenge Republican Sen. Shelley Moore-Capito in the general election.
In a statement to the public Swearengin describes her decision to leave the Democrat Party and join the People’s Party, “I’m sick and tired of polished politicians and band-aid solutions. Two-party systems are gatekeepers who work for the corporations and they don’t let the rest of us into their so-called big tent,” Swearengin said, “If we don’t work and fight together and build a major new party that works for all of us, we’ll continue to suffer together.”
She went on to say of her runs for office, “The Democrat party didn’t just refuse to support our campaigns, they actively worked against us.”
As one example, Swearengin describes the Democrat Party refusing to support a debate between herself and Republican incumbent Shelley Moore-Capito, “Even though I was the U.S. Senate Democratic Candidate in West Virginia, in 2020 the Party refused to support a debate between myself and Republican Sen. Shelley Moore-Capito. They’d rather ignore a non-corporate candidate that would take them to task than give the voters a real choice.”
“Most recently the West Virginia Democrat Party had a public racist implosion within their Democrat Executive Committee meeting,” said Swearengin. “Despite a public outcry, we heard crickets from Sen. Joe Manchin and the Democrat Party National leaders, even after the public demanded the Chair of the West Virginia State Party to step down.”
In her statement, Swearengin mentions her background as an organizer and the history of labor movement organizing in Appalachia. “I’m an ordinary coal miner’s daughter and granddaughter. I’m a single mother. A grandmother. I know what it’s like to work minimum-wage jobs and organize as a volunteer just trying to fight for a better life. Appalachia has a deep history of organizers that shed blood for labor rights, Swearengin said. “From the battle on Blair Mountain to Bloody Harlan County, Appalachians helped build the roots of the labor movement and the fight continues to this day. We shouldn’t have to spend generations fighting for basic human rights. I carry this legacy with me.”
Swearengin’s duties at the People’s Party will include mentorship and training to Party candidates, infrastructure advising for campaign support as Candidate Engagement director, and building up support as West Virginia State Director. “I look forward to helping vet and mentor candidates that are ordinary people like myself. And help advise on systems that actually build real support for candidates and their teams,” Swearengin said. “We are working to put the power back in the hands of the people. I’m joining a Party that does better than making promises on the campaign trail only to pass bread-crumb legislation when they make it to office.” Source