Two new parties on the November 4, 2014 ballot

There will be two new parties on the November 4, 2014 New York State ballot – the StopCommonCore party and the Women’s Equality party.

Rob Astorino, Republican gubernatorial candidate, spearheaded the StopCommonCore ballot line initiative that netted in excess of 62,000 signatures (15,000 signatures were required).

According to Casale, this effort brought together volunteers from across the state – Democrats, Republicans and independents; teachers, students and parents – all united in their opposition to the controversial new standards.

The issue certainly resonates with voters. Yesterday’s Siena poll found 49 percent of New York voters – including 53 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans – believe the Common Core standards should be stopped, which is something Astorino has pledged to do if he’s elected. – Stop Common Core effort a boon for GOP

All candidates appearing on the StopCommonCore party line have pledged their support to ending Common Core.  Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss running for Lieutentent Governor, Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci running for State Comptroller and John Cahill running for State Attorney General will also appear on the StopCommonCore party line in addition to the Republican party line.

Astorino says Common Core standards are experimental, were conceived in secrecy with no public hearings on draft standards, and never tested. He said few teachers were involved in writing the standards. He said Common Core is considered by many to be developmentally inappropriate in the early grades and not based on well-researched child development knowledge. He also said Common Core actually lowers standards.

Astorino started the StopCommonCore line idea in his high-profile race against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and many other GOP candidates have run with the idea. Astorino says if enough people sign petitions for the independent party line, Democrats and independents who oppose Common Core could use the ballot line to vote for Astorino without actually voting Republican.

Some candidates take aim at Common Core, The Leader-Herald

George Amedore, who is running against incumbent New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk representing Kingston, will appear on the StopCommonCore Party line in November.

Amedore spokeswoman Eileen Miller in Niskayuna said Amedore wants more local administrative control of educational standards.

“He obviously supports high standards in the classroom,” she said.

But she said Amedore wants local school districts and education officials – instead of Washington – to control teaching standards.

“Common Core is deeply flawed,” Amedore says on his website. “We should not use our children as experiments. They deserve better from Albany. We must set high standards for education – but the implementation of curriculum must be vetted by our teaching professionals, not a board of political appointees. Parents, educators and administrators must be heard – not denied. Let’s scrap Common Core in favor of a common-sense approach with even higher standards for our children.”

Kevin Roberts who is running against New York State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill representing Kingston submitted petitions for the StopCommonCore ballot line but a challenge has been raised regarding the petitions per this article.

The Women’s Equality party was brought to the ballot by Andrew Cuomo to raise issues regarding health and workplace rights during the election year.

The formation of the ballot line signals a renewed focus by Cuomo’s re-election campaign on the 10-point women’s agenda, which includes a provision designed to codify the Roe v. Wade decision in state law. – Democrats unveil Women’s Equality Party

Republicans and some Democrats display cynicism regarding Governor’s Cuomo’s reason for creating the party (here and here) but regardless Governor Cuomo received more than enough support (90,000 signatures – article here) to have his name appear on the new Women’s Equality ballot line in addition to the Democratic, Independence and Working Families party lines on the November ballot giving him, in total, four party lines.

Several New York State Senators collected petitions for the Women’s Equality party as well (including Senator Tkaczyk who represents Kingston) and will appear on the ballot line if the challenges that have been raised against their petitions are not successful – see article here.

If either of the new parties garner 50,000 gubernatorial votes in the November 2014 election, then the party will be entitled to appear on the printed ballot next year without going through the petition process again.