First Socialist party in US since 1973 launches

Maryland voters will now be able to select candidates on their ballots who affiliate with a newly approved Socialist party for the first time in decades.

The state board of elections recently certified “The Bread and Roses Party,” a self-declared socialist group, which permits the new party to participate in local, state and national level elections beginning in 2020, according to a Fox News report on Tuesday.

University of Maryland professor Jerome Segal founded the party and called it “a new kind of socialism.”

Segal cited the meaning of “Bread and Roses” in his failed Senate bid as a Democratic candidate last year, calling the phrase his “campaign banner” and citing the phrase’s use by female textile workers who protested in 1912.

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