Maryland Green Party Supports Senate Bill 29, Calls For State-Wide Fracking Ban

From the Maryland Green Party website:

The Maryland Green Party supports Senate Bill 29 and calls for a state-wide ban on the practice of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for natural gas.

The Green Party supports the idea – as Senate Bill 29 states – that “a person may not engage in the hydraulic fracturing of a well for the exploration or production of natural gas in the state” of Maryland.… Read more ...

January 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 ...

Debate/Discussion thread with declared candidates for the 2016 Libertarian Presidential nomination

Declared candidates for the 2016 Libertarian Party presidential nomination: Dr. Marc Feldman, Darryl W. Perry, Keenan Wallace Dunham.

This thread is for the purpose of a discussion/debate among declared candidates for the 2016 Libertarian Party presidential nomination and members of the IPR comment community. Lurkers and new people are welcome to join in (first comment under a screen name/email address combination and any comment containing more than one link is automatically moderated).… Read more ...

Ballot Access News: Newspaper Article Illustrates Some Quirks of Massachusetts Election Law

united-independentFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

This article about the ballot-qualified United Independent Party contains some interesting details about Massachusetts election law. It says that individuals can only give $1,500 to an unqualified party, but that an individual can give $15,000 to a qualified political party.

It also says that if the United Independent Party can increase its registration to 1% of the state total by the end of 2015, then the party’s qualified status will continue into 2018.… Read more ...

Socialist Equality Party Response to the State of the Union Address

socialist-equalityFrom SEP National Secretary Joseph Kishore and Patrick Martin at the World Socialist Web Site:

Obama’s State of Delusion

The delusional character of Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday—presenting an America of rising living standards and a booming economy, capped by his declaration that the “shadow of crisis has passed”—is perhaps matched only in its presentation by the media and supporters of the Democratic Party.… Read more ...

2015 Libertarian State Conventions (listing in progress)

Wes Benedict

Wes Benedict has posted this blog post to list state LP conventions for 2015. Wes also posted to the state chairs and LNC lists looking for information about more states. Beth Vest from LSLA/National Organization of Libertarian Women/LP of Lousiana and possibly LNC regional rep Vicki Kirkland will also be calling LP state chairs to expand the list.… Read more ...

Sheldon Richman: Are Libertarians Looking for Results or Self-Congratulation?

Sheldon Richman

Posted to Reason

Are Libertarians Looking for Results or Self-Congratulation?
There’s a big difference between trying to win people over and merely trying to feel good about ourselves.

By Sheldon Richman
January 25, 2015

When I was researching my recent article on Nathaniel Branden, who died last month, I came across an audio file of a talk Branden gave at the 1979 Libertarian Party national convention in Los Angeles.… Read more ...

Drew Curtis to run for Kentucky Gov. as independent

Drew Curtis (Independent)

Drew Curtis (Independent)

Drew Curtis, founder and owner of the popular humorous news-aggregation website, has announced that he will run for Governor of Kentucky as an independent in the 2015 election. From his interview with

Curtis said he filed his campaign papers Friday and planned to make a formal announcement Monday on his website.

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2nd Annual LPBexar Fundraiser Sat, Feb. 7 2015 in San Antonio TX


Via facebook message. I attended last year, but can’t go this year. Passing along for anyone else who is interested and may be able to make it.

Hi Paulie,

I’d like to personally invite you to attend a special Bexar County LP Fundraiser dinner coming up in a few weeks. This will be the 2nd year we’ve held an event like this.… Read more ...

New Hampshire Ballot Access Bill Introduced by Ex-Libertarian Max Abramson

Max Abramson

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

New Hampshire Representative Max Abramson (R-Seabrook) has introduced a bill to lower the number of signatures for independent candidates and the nominees of unqualified parties. Current law requires 3,000 signatures for statewide office. The bill would convert petitions for all office to one-tenth of 1% of the population.

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