Saturday, October 20, 2012

Write-In Candidates for U.S. Senate Correction

Shelby Co. Election Commissioner Dee Nollner erroneously told voters in an email on Wed. Oct. 17 that there were NO Write-In Candidates certified to have their votes counted in the general election Nov. 6th:
"Also, if I may share my personal pet peeve - I don't think it serves any purpose whatsoever to write-in a name - if you do not like either of the candidates, simply skip that race!  Writing in Mickey Mouse, your neighbor or favorite politician produces no record of that vote other than the total number of write-in ballots in that race. Only a legimitate write-in candidate is totaled for votes - a  legimate write-in candiate must apply 50 days before the election  - there are no write-in candidates in this election. So please do not  take up time at the voting booth to write in a name."  Oct. 17th

In fact there are ELEVEN certified write-in candidates for U.S. Senate, including me.  

My Certificate of Write-in Candidacy was submitted on Aug. 6 and stamped by the Secretary of State Elections on Aug. 7th.   Here it is

I hope the Commissioner will correct this for the public record ASAP and not misinform voters about their choices in this important election.

Jim D. Maynard
Jim Maynard for U.S. Senate

Friday, October 19, 2012

Coalition on Human Needs - SAVE for All Campaign

Say NO to Austerity!

Coalition on Human Needs - SAVE for All Campaign

Strengthening America’s Values and Economy (SAVE) for All is a coalition of national, state and local advocacy groups, service providers, faith-based organizations, policy experts, labor and civil rights groups working to protect important services from harmful federal budget cuts and to save the federal capacity to spur economic recovery and progress for the benefit of all. Join the SAVE for All Campaign Group by visiting the Stay Connected page.

The campaign will develop materials that make the case for the involvement of federal resources, engage grassroots advocates, employ media strategies and contact members of Congress with messages consistent with the campaign's Statement of Principles of:
  • Protecting low- and moderate-income people in budget and deficit reduction proposals.
  • Preventing multi-year appropriations caps that force harsh reductions in domestic/human needs services and other beneficial programs.
  • Preventing restrictive structural changes to essential programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Balancing spending cuts needed to address the debt with progressive sources of revenue.
Featured SAVE for All Pieces:
New SAVE for All Letter to Congress

More than 1,900 Groups Nationwide Want Federal Budget Plans to Protect Low-Income People, Create Jobs and Fund Services Responsibly

Read the Letter with Signers
Read the Press Release

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Bowles-Simpson Austerity vs. A Progressive Budget

What Was Actually in Bowles-Simpson — And How Can We Compare it With Other Plans? — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The mainstream corporate media and corporatist politicians sing the praises of the Bowles-Simpson austerity plan.. here's what they don't want people to know about it.

There are better, more progressive, ways to deal with the deficit and national debt, like the Congressional Progressive Caucus' People's Budget

National Priorities Project

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Progressives Must Fight for the Senate

I'm feeling a little better about the election after the Democratic convention.  President Obama gave a great speech which presented a more progressive vision for America than Mitt Romney.   I just hope the Tea party doesn't win any more seats in Congress or the Senate to block everything, and that President Obama stands by what he says now and does NOT go along with the austerity measures the Republicans, and some Democrats" are proposing, like cutting Social Security benefits. It's going to be a long hard fight AFTER the election...

Remember Republicans, including Bob Corker, will block any progressive legislation and try to force President Obama into accepting more tax cuts for the rich and austerity for the working class. That is why the Tea Party if more focused on taking the Senate, and keeping the House than on the Presidential election.  That is why progressives must focus on taking back the House and throwing Republicans like Bob Corker out of the Senate.