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Has there been a leftward shift in politics at the state and national level? It's a question we explore with members of the Working Families Party. We talk about the party's legislative priorities and how they view progressivism on multiple levels.

Our guests:

A state judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Republican Party operatives in Monroe County that sought to keep 37 Democratic candidates from appearing on the Working Families Party line in upcoming primary and general elections.

GOP sues to keep Democrats off Working Families line

Apr 9, 2021

Republican Party operatives in Monroe County have sued to prevent 37 Democratic candidates for various offices from appearing on a second ballot line under the Working Families Party in the upcoming primary and general elections.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will get most of the attention on Tuesday. But what about all the additional ballot lines, parties, etc?

If a candidate appears on the line for multiple parties, does it make more sense to vote on the line for the third party? How many votes does that party need in order to reach some magic number -- a kind of threshold to trigger funding and legitimacy and party balloons? Is it still five percent nationally? What about locally and statewide? We get you ready for Election Day. Our guests:

  • Tony D'Orazio, Libertarian candidate for Congress
  • Jesse Lenney, upstate regional political director of the Working Families Party
  • Alex White, co-chair of the Green Party of Monroe County

Both the Green and Libertarian Parties are hoping to earn more votes than ever in the presidential election. But they are unlikely to win, and critics have argued that third parties should try to win local elections first. Why not focus on Congress, or state government, or city council?

We talk about the rise of third parties, what is stopping third parties, and whether local elections offer more of a viable path. Our guests: