Vermont Progressive Legislator Proposes Statewide Alcohol Ban

From Erin Mansfield at the Bennington Banner:

Frustrated by stalled efforts to legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol, two Vermont lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday that would instead ban alcohol and treat it like marijuana.

The bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Chris Pearson, P-Burlington, called it a symbolic step to “recognize recent scientific studies that demonstrate that alcohol use is significantly more dangerous than marijuana.”

Under the proposed law, possession of large quantities of alcohol, plus cultivation, distribution or sale of alcohol, would carry criminal penalties with up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.… Read more ...

Philly Green Party Members Say, “Fund Schools Without Property Tax Increase”

From the Green Party of the United States website:

The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) objects to Mayor Michael Nutter’s budget for Fiscal 2016 because it heaps the cost of school services upon poor and working people. Meeting on April 22 at Cavanaugh’s Restaurant in University City, Green Party members rejected Nutter’s proposed tax increases and urged Philadelphia’s City Council to tax the wealthy to pay for the public education of future citizens.… Read more ...

United Independent Party Massachusetts Registration Drive is 5% Complete

united-independentFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The United Independent Party is ballot-qualified in Massachusetts. However, since it doesn’t expect to run a presidential candidate in 2016, and because President is the only statewide office on the ballot in 2016 in Massachusetts, the party will lose its qualified status in November 2016 unless it has registration membership of 1% of the number of registered voters.… Read more ...

Former Senator Larry Pressler Joins Mormon Faith, with Help from Harry Reid

Clayton Christensen (left), with Senator Pressler

Former Senator Larry Pressler, who last year ran for his old Senate seat as an independent in South Dakota (47,741 votes, 17.09%), recently made headlines when he joined the LDS church in a Chevy Chase, MD ceremony featuring retiring Senate minority leader Harry Reid. Aaron Shill reports in Deseret News:

On Sunday, April 19, Pressler was confirmed as a church member by Nevada Sen.

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April 2015 Open Thread

Our monthly open thread. Post news tips about alt parties and independent candidates, discuss any story that should be posted here but has not yet been posted, or even delve into completely off-topic stuff…just avoid quarantined thread subject matter and things that could get us and/or you into legal trouble such as threats, libel, and copyright infringement.… Read more ...

2015 Libertarian State Conventions (listing in progress II)

Wes Benedict

Wes Benedict has posted this blog post to list state LP conventions for 2015. The list both here at IPR and at is being periodically updated as we learn of more state convention announcements. I posted this previously but I’m reposting it separately to A) reset the comments (while preserving them) – the issues that led rise to discussions in the previous post’s comment section now have their own articles where they can be discussed, and B) break out Wes Benedict’s offer to speak at state conventions into a separate post.… Read more ...

American Freedom Party Activist Tyler Cole Passes Away

Tyler Cole

Tyler Cole

From the American Freedom Party website:

Late Sunday we were informed that AFP member Tyler Cole of Oregon passed away suddenly on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Tyler was one of the early founders of California’s political group Freedom 14, Freedom 14 became American3P, then American 3rd Position. Chairman Bill Johnson transformed it into a national party, American Freedom Party.… Read more ...

Oklahoma Senate Passes Bill Lowering Petition for Newly-Qualifying Parties from 5% to 3%

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On the afternoon of April 22, the Oklahoma Senate passed HB 2181. As amended earlier in the Senate Rules Committee, it lowers the petition for a newly-qualifying party from 5% of the last vote cast, to 3% of the last gubernatorial vote.

The bill already passed the House at 1%.… Read more ...

World Socialist Web Site Report on Socialist Equality Party Rallies in California and New York

SEP activists Ming Say and Tim Duong

SEP activists Ming Say and Tim Duong

From the World Socialist Web Site:

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) campaigned in New York and California this week to promote the May 3 International Online May Day Rally. Workers and students they spoke to expressed interest in participating in the rally in order to oppose war, inequality, and the attack on democratic rights.… Read more ...

Travis Dicken: ‘Ecosocialism. Or Else.’

Travis Dicken at The Socialist:

The canary is dead. Now, we are waiting for the mineshaft to explode. Every week brings ever more apocalyptic headline regarding the Earthʼs climate. Lakes dry up, sea levels rise, hydraulic fracturing spawns earthquakes, animals die off en masse, super storms rage from Miami to Manila, and Antarctica experiences its warmest temperatures EVER.… Read more ...

Mississippi LP running eight candidates this November blog:

ImageThe Mississippi Libertarian Party will have eight candidates on the ballot this November.

“We are running 8 candidates this year for various positions”, said state chair Mario Barnes. “This is more than double our previous high mark. It is commensurate with the growth the MSLP is seeing in membership, participation and influence.”

The candidates are:

  • Ron Williams – Lt.
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Greg Seltzer Resigns as Prohibition Party Chairman

Greg Seltzer

As reported in the latest issue of the National Prohibitionist, Prohibition Party Chairman Greg Seltzer has resigned his post upon being appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to the Maryland Elections Board, a nonpartisan government post. National Prohibitionist reports: “As a member of the Elections Board, Rev. Seltzer is in a position to influence Maryland election rules toward easier access to third parties.… Read more ...