Friday, September 19, 2008


UP FRONT News September 8, 2008
Published by Tom Weiss
Editorial Advisor: Willard Whittingham
"The paper that can't be bought and can't be sold."

By Tom Weiss, Publisher - UP FRONT News and Write-in
candidate for U.S. Congress, 13th congressional district.

Write-in candidate wins primary in California - and the machine cracks down.
Entrenched machine politicians, such as Michael McMahon, the Republicrat City Councilman from Staten Island, seeking to become the congressman representing the 13th congressional district, need to take write-in candidates, of which I am one, running for the same the monied McMahon seeks to purchase, very seriously. I expect to face all post-September 9 primary candidates, Democratic (McMahon), Republican, and "Independence Party of New York" in the November 4 general election. I am ready to debate with all.

And for those interested in very long shots taking on the party machines, google "Michael Sessions", the young man some years ago, fed up with major party machine control of his town of Hillsdale, Michigan, who ran for mayor as write-in and won.

And as far as Mike McMahon is concerned, it was most enlightening at the September 7 11:00 AM service at the largely African-American First Central Baptist Church in Stapleton (of which I am a member) to experience Mr. McMahon's impersonation of a civil rights-conscious peace candidate. In his spirited effort to win the New York City Political Chameleon of the Year Award, McMahon expressed opposition to the Iraq War, stating (as if the congrega- tion didn't know) that many of the soldiers killed in Iraq are people of color.

Mike McMahon, who has always marched to the beat of Chief Chameleon Hillary Clinton's drum (e.g. actively opposing Barack Obama until he had no other choice), neglected to mention his pro-Iraq War vote in the New York City Council.

Perhaps at his next visit to FCBC - and/or in a debate with me - Mr. McMahon will explain his vociferous opposition in the City Council to the renaming of a few blocks of a Bedford-Stuyvesant street (now named for a slaveowner named Gates) after the late black nationalist/community activist Sonny Abubadika Carson.

Maybe McMahon will also explain how he could vote for a pro-Iraq War resolution in the City Council and than a few years later, refuse to support a Councilman Tony Avella (D.-Queens)-introduced resolution citing the Chinese Communist racist Genocide in Tibet and opposing the Beijing Olympics by claiming, in his angry December, 2006 e-mail to me that for the City Council to vote on "international" issues" is a "waste of time."

Like I said, Mike McMahon is a member of the Chameleon Party.
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California Write-In Candidate Wins Primary, Denied Place On General Election Ballot
Posted in July 15th, 2008
by Glenn Church in Abel Maldonado, California, Dennis Morris
When Democrat Dennis Morris learned that no Democrats were running against Republican state Senator Abel Maldonado, Morris decided to run.

The filing period to get on the primary ballot had expired in California, but Morris announced his candidacy as a write-in. Senator Maldonado, sensing he might cut-off his opponent, also announced he would run in the Democratic primary as a write-in. Maldonado announced he wanted to give his mother, a democrat, an opportunity to vote for him.

California law states that a write-in candidate must get 1% of the total for that office in the last general election. For the 15th State Senate District the necessary number is 3,689 votes. Morris got 2096. Maldonado received 533 votes, including his mother.

This leaves everything cut and dry. Morris barely received half the required amount. Except Morris read a bit further into the election code and found a section that conflicted with the 1% requirement.

The election code also reads: political party shall not be denied the ability to place on the general election ballot the candidate who received, at the primary election, the highest vote among that party candidates.
Solution: lawsuit.

When the courts are faced with two equally opposing sections in electoral law, they generally support the one that gives voters a wider choice. Expect Morris on the November ballot. Maldonado should be happy also. It gives his mother another chance to vote for him.

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