Can the government require major political parties to have elected leadership or does such a regulatory scheme violate the First Amendment? Can they impose the option to elect leadership in exchange for higher contribution limits? These questions are among the issues I will be arguing before the Washington State Supreme Court later this month.
Does your vote really matter anymore or has our election system degraded to the illusion of choice? In my opinion, State and Federal elections have been an illusion for years, but this election is one of the first times its been really noticeable to the public. The problem is twofold. First, the public believes only a major party candidate can win so most vote for who they perceive to be the lesser of the two evils. Second, the major parties are private so the public has no right to participate in their nominating process.
I took part in my first PCO Revolution phone bank event yesterday, and wow, these guys are great. (Full disclosure: I run a little tech consulting operation that provides database and mailing support services for many Republican liberty style campaigns, including PCO Revolution.) They are all passionate volunteers working to restore the power to the grassroots by informing regular citizen voters of their duty to run for Precinct Committee Officer.