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  •  What's the PVI threshold? (0+ / 0-)

    Regarding NY-26 and Green ballot access generally...

    I'm a bit torn on this.  On one hand, here - I do probably sit in the centrist Dem camp.  However, in the outside world - I'm more than likely in the left-most 25% of the electorate.

    As such, I'm a lot more antagonistic towards 3rd parties here than I am in reality...  I've pulled the Green lever on occasion -- I live in an extraordinarily safe blue district (IL-5) -- on a couple of occasions when I was pissed at Rahm (the 2006 primary, for example), I've voted for his Green party opponent.   I knew he had zero chance of losing - and I wouldn't have if I thought my vote would be necessary to keep the seat Democratic.  I'm pretty happy with Mike Quigley, so I won't be casting a "I've got my eye on you, so watch your step" vote against him.

    It's not an easy decision, I think... My ideology places me in the Democratic party, not the Green party - I might be close to the border between the two - but I don't even have to resort to pragmatism to plant my flag.

    It's always an easy strategic choice in a deep blue district.

    In a red or purplish district, though...

    I guess everyone's got their own blog now.

    by zonk on Thu Mar 17, 2011 at 06:58:59 AM PDT

    •  The 26th (0+ / 0-)

      Is the reddest district in the entire state. It has a Cook PVI of R+6.

      •  Its also worth pointing out. . . (0+ / 0-)

        That the Green Party in New York rarely cross endorses candidates. If I'm not mistaken their platform usually contains anti-fusion language.

        •  Yeah (1+ / 0-)
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          But the big difference is that they haven't been on the ballot much in about a decade. Now they will be on the ballot in every race for at least the next four years.

          •  In NY? (0+ / 0-)

            Maybe I'm missing something, but I'm pretty sure they've had a line on NY ballots for as long as I've been voting (1996). I realize the Green Party gets a lot of well deserved flack nationally, but in NY they are somewhat of an anomaly as far as minor parties go (they don't whore themselves as proxies for the Democrats or GOP) and can sometimes be a force to be reckoned with locally.

            As a funny aside, Ian Murphy's boss, Buffalo Beast Publisher Paul Fallon, once declared his candidacy for Congress on the Green Party ticket (I forget for which district) at a press conference wearing nothing but the clothes God gave him.

            •  You only get an automatic line (0+ / 0-)

              If you get 50,000 votes in a gubernatorial election. Otherwise, you need to petition your way on. This section of this Wikipedia article explains it pretty well. The Greens struck out in 2002 and 2006, but somehow clawed their way back in 2010.

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