Paul Platt 
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Flew in from San Francisco to help my Dad, Independent/Green, Eugene Platt in a tight race for Sate House seat 115. He lost by only… More »

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Re: “Cops pull 20 marijuana plants from downtown community garden

Ha! posted at 4:20!

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Posted by Paul Platt on May 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Green Party candidate wasn't invited to SC-1 debate

Since the same tired argument is being made in these comments that Greens shouldn't have a voice because it hurts the Dems, I'll reiterate our stance.
The Green Party has advocated for decades for the solution to all this Democratic whining about stealing their votes, it's called a runoff election and it can be done with a single election with Instant Runoff Voting where you simply rank your choices. We already use it in SC for overseas voters, and it's more widely used in cities and states all over the country and around the world.
So Democrats who preferred Platt would rank their ballots #1 Platt, #2 Colbert-Busch, although based on the only poll that was fair enough to include Platt, more voters would rank their ballots #1 Platt, #2 Sanford. The votes are tallied, the 3rd place candidate is eliminated but whoever voted for them has their 2nd choice votes counted instead for the final result. The 2 corporate Parties resist implementing this reform because they agree on so many issues and have total control of the game so they don't want the public to hear viewpoints that challenge the status quo. Third Parties have been valuable sources of new ideas in our democracy for hundreds of years. It's time to stop fearing real change.

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Posted by Paul Platt on May 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Long-shot Green candidate Eugene Platt brings fiery idealism to SC-1 race

Yeah Greg, because voters sure love it when candidates run for districts they don't live in, don't they? The Green Party has advocated for decades for the solution to all this Democratic whining about stealing their votes, it's called a runoff election and it can be done with a single election with Instant Runoff Voting where you simply rank your choices. We already use it in SC for overseas voters, and it's more widely used in cities and states all over the country and around the world.
So Democrats who preferred Platt would rank their ballots #1 Platt, #2 Colbert-Busch, although based on the only poll that was fair enough to include Platt, more voters would rank their ballots #1 Platt, #2 Sanford. The votes are tallied, the 3rd place candidate is eliminated but whoever voted for them has their 2nd choice votes counted instead for the final result. The 2 corporate Parties resist implementing this reform because they agree on so many issues and have total control of the game so they don't want the public to hear viewpoints that challenge the status quo. Third Parties have been a valuable source of new ideas in our democracy for hundreds of years.

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Posted by Paul Platt on May 1, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Re: “2010 Election Results and Analysis

I understand the anger at the Democrats, but seriously, what makes so many of you think the Republicans are any better?

Posted by Paul Platt on November 3, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Re: “City Paper 2010 election endorsements

Gregg, I'm glad you agree Platt is a good candidate, but your assertion that you've endorsed third party and independent candidates is silly at best. The 2 you endorsed are:
1). Groce- The Working Families Party is pretty much a farther left arm of the Democratic Party that focuses on fusion and almost never runs a candidate against against a Democrat.
Allow me to quote from your paper 2 weeks ago in an article titled:
Rob Groce is a stealth Democrat in this political insane asylum

"Make no mistake: Groce is running on the Working Families ticket, but he is a Democrat at heart...He told me. "I'm the only real Democrat in this race.'"

http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charles…

2). Dupree- In a race with the strongest statewide campaign the Green Party has ever run with Tom Clements, who has been polling higher than the Democrat for over a month, you went with a WRITE-IN candidate!? Dupree as well as her husband, Jack Bass are long-time staunch Democrats and the only reason she's running as an independent is that you're not allowed to have 2 Democrats in the race!

I hope as the progressive alternative to the mainstream, corporate Post and Courier, you'll stretch your comfort zone a little farther in the future.

Posted by Paul Platt on November 2, 2010 at 6:50 PM

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