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Cooperstown Debate Lets Candidates Ask The Questions

Cooperstown Debate Lets

Candidates Ask Questions

All seven candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the 19th Congressional District gathered in Cooperstown tonight for a debate, which was formatted to allow each candidate to ask one question that the other candidates had to answer. The format allowed candidates to showcase their strengths, while also allowing the audience to view the candidates under a more critical light, according to organizer Richard Sternberg. The debate, held in the Sterling Auditorium at Cooperstown Central School, brought Democrats from across the county to hear from all of the candidates. The Democratic primary election will be held on June 26 to determine who will go toe-to-toe with Faso in the general election to be held on Nov. 6.  The 300-seat auditorium was almost filled. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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KUZMINSKI: Nation’s Two-Party System Guarantees ‘The Iron Law Of Oligarchy’

Column by Adrian Kuzminski, April 20, 2018

Nation’s Two-Party

System Guarantees

‘The Iron Law Of Oligarchy’

ADRIAN KUZMINSKI

Most voters enroll in one or the other major party, though the number of non-party enrollees has grown in recent years. In our area, and nationally, it’s very roughly one third Democrat, one third Republican, and one third non-partisan, or independent (small “i”).
The two-party system goes back to the battles between Alexander
Hamilton’s Federalists and Thomas
Jefferson’s Republicans. The
Jeffersonian Republicans have since morphed into the Democrats,
and the Federalists into the
Republicans.
Unfortunately, these parties have become a big part of what’s wrong, rather than what’s right, with American politics.
The two political parties – they are not mentioned in the Constitution – have a strangle-hold on the electoral process. It’s difficult, though not impossible, to get on the ballot without the approval of one or the other party.
In the current race in the 19th CD, for instance, party enrollees need to collect only 1,250 signatures to get on the primary ballot. But if you run as an independent, you need 3,500 signatures.
Party candidates have other advantages. They can go to their county party committees to pitch for support and recruit volunteers to circulate their petitions. The parties are also a source of money for candidates.

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Cuomo Challenger Zephyr Teachout Wins Applause For Liberal Message

Cuomo Challenger Zephyr Teachout

Wins Applause For Liberal Message

Zephyr Teachout, who is challenging Governor Cuomo in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary for governor, drew a receptive 75 people to Courtroom #1 in Coopertown last evening with an anti-fracking, unabashedly liberal message.  "I have a vision of an economy that works for all of us, not just the wealth," she said.  She was invited to speak, although not yet endorsed, by Sustainable Otsego.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Zephyr Teachout, who is challenging Governor Cuomo in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary for governor, drew a receptive 75 people to Courtroom #1 in Cooperstown last evening with an anti-fracking, unabashedly liberal message. “I have a vision of an economy that works for all of us, not just the wealth,” she said. She was invited to speak, although not yet endorsed, by Sustainable Otsego. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
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