Successes of the Working Families Party this year

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Fusion politics are all the rage -- see an earlier post of mine from August -- and the Working Families Party posted a number of successes on the progressive platform this election year. Most notable were the election of bus driver and shop steward Kate Browning to the Suffolk County legislature, crushing the incumbent conservative majority leader, and the election of Corey Ellis to Albany's Common Council (their version of a city council). Ellis ran solely on the WFP line, as did District Attorney David Soares last year. (You can read an interview with Soares from AlterNet's Start Making Sense book here.)

Also notable: in Tompkins County (where Ithaca and Cornell University are, among other things), Gwen Wilkinson beat the four-term incumbent District Attorney, which is another blow for continued reform of the Rockefeller drug laws; in my hometown of Binghamton, WFP's coalition with Citizen Action helped elect fusion candidate Matt Ryan, in a race that became increasingly dirtier and uglier as the wire came down.

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