Stephen Boyle was the first featured guest on the August 27 broadcast, episode 352 of Independent Underground Radio Live. The podcast has been rated highest of Michigan’s politico shows and has been operating for four years with Monica RW at the helm.
Topics Discussed August 27
Our conversation covered a lot of ground on issues and desired legislative actions. We started with discussion of the Green Party’s presence for voters. Most news sources are focused on what are known as the major political parties – those being Democrats and Republicans.
Introduction and conversation start at 19:15 minutes into the broadcast.
I became a candidate at the Green Party nominating convention on June 6, 2014. Some of the candidate forum opportunities had already passed, those that I saw upcoming and asked told me their rules only allow candidates in the primary races a chance to speak. Third party candidates can attend, but the extent of publicity comes to a display table and speaking with the public attending before and after the event.
Independents and third-party candidates are not offered an equal voice in electoral politics by many of these groups who only hold candidate forums prior to the primaries.
Publicity by these non-profits chartered to offer an equal voice for all candidates is not offered. There are requirements set for lobbying and voter advocacy groups, which are documented by the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest. Their rules and procedures need to be challenged against the charter requirements for the non-profit. There may be a few non-profits that handle voter education more equitably and these need to be commended publicly.
Gallup Poll of Voter Party Alignment
Gallup has a monthly poll which has shown since 2012 that the majority of voters have indicated they are not aligned with either Democrats or Republicans in the first question asked. The subsequent question nearly invalidates that response by asking them which way do they lean. I’ve provided two months of information from the polls in these images. Poll results are given on the 10th of each month.
- My background as an activist on justice issues. This includes my experience life with technology as a corporate computing professional.
- Move some issues not addressed in the local or state level up to national attention for reform.
- How running as a Green Party is different than with the more well known parties that haven’t been in favor with the people.
- What it is like being without a car, using bus and bicycle for transportation in metro Detroit.
- Connecting activism on the front line with political office behind the scenes leveraging change desired.
- Electoral process tends to favor corporatocracy and suppress the voice and will of the people.
- Green Party is friendly to labor and working people.
- The need for a living wage, not just a minimum wage.
- Growing local economies and creating a safety net against globalization’s interest in pushing wages down in the US in favor of bottom-seeking lowest global wage workers.
- Government’s interest in supporting commerce over the needs of the people.
- District 14′s vast differences with 4 municipalities under Emergency Manager Law.
- Looking at tax abatement as a manner of leaving city services without funding and without specific measurable result on residential employment creates even more difficulties in the city. Detroit has had many examples, such as the new Red Wings stadium which has school tax dollars being used for construction.
- Federal dollars coming into a municipality need to be distributed for services. Detroit has experienced systemic oppressing of the greater populace by focused investment.
- The State Fairgrounds is under development in questionable ways – is this to be a gated community that disregards the surrounding community? The Michigan Land Bank Authority hasn’t stepped up to deliver on the Regional Transportation Authority’s needs.
- What happened with Detroit’s flood of 2014? Bringing in contractors and dismissing long-term employees that understood the processes to make systems work.
- Tax inversion and tax credits by corporations needs to be addressed. Unfulfilled promises need corrective action.
- … and there’s more during the 45 minutes of conversation.
TYT Detroit Network Meetup
One candidate forum I did attend was hosted by the TYT Network (The Young Turks) of Detroit. The event was held in Ann Arbor so there was a Washentaw County slant to those candidates that came to the event. The 14th district is in Oakland and Wayne Counties, but I know that some in the TYT Network meetup would be travelling to Ann Arbor for the event. The forum didn’t have public speaking, mostly due to the arrangement of dining tables and booths at Pizza House.
Independent Underground Radio was present interviewing the candidates. The interview with me is about 2 hours into the broadcast.Listen to internet radio with IU Radio LIVE Politico Talk on BlogTalkRadio
I also took the opportunity to circulate from table to table and speak with those attending. Overall I believe the reception was very good and some were encouraged to see third-party candidates that they felt reflected their interests more appropriately than the major party candidates.