It is not simply a matter of big money in politics. There is big money in all of American life. The more pervasive problem is that we now have self-interested political institutions — the parties — that are considered “too big to fail.” Are we supposed to protect them and their refusal to share power with the people at all costs?

Al Sharpton, Centrist
October 8, 2002

If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it. There, on national TV, was the Reverend Al Sharpton announcing that he is a centrist. Referring to the Democratic Party, Sharpton told Tim Russert on...

Nonpartisan Elections?
August 31, 2002

In ''The Party Should Be Over'' (editorial, Aug. 31), you argue that the Independence Party ''should not be on the ballot.'' We agree! We think no party should be on the ballot. That's why we've aggressively supported a shift to nonpartisan elections, which you have not.

Political Party Of Outsiders Has Come In From the Cold
August 27, 2002

Long dismissed as a ragtag collection of outsiders, a psychosocial cult or worse, the Independence Party is suddenly poised to become a potent force in New York politics.

Gotbaum Urges Halt to Charter Revision Drive
August 1, 2002

Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum and a group of elected officials, labor leaders and government watchdogs called on Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg yesterday to stop his attempt to revise the City Charter this year. Mr. Bloomberg has appointed a commission to...