Sawant calls for Seattle municipal broadband

sawant Techdirt reports that Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant of Socialist Alternative is calling for municipal broadband for the city. Sawant writes, “Seattle would be the largest city in the country to implement municipal broadband. We should expect Comcast and CenturyLink to go to every length to keep their unchallenged duopoly in Seattle.… Read more ...

Modern Whig Party National Chair updates members

greenpartycandidate1_patdepuy_managingeditorIn a message to the party email list, Modern Whig Party National Chair Michael Burger writes, “The hard work we’ve been putting in over the last few months to reorganize and rejuvenate our party is already bearing fruit, even though we’re just getting started on some of our outreach initiatives. We’ve had an influx of new, energetic members, and our new website and communications platform have tested out.… Read more ...

July 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 ...

Mike Shipley: ‘Onward, Freedom Soldiers!’

Mike Shipley at Outright Libertarians blog:

A quick note of celebration regarding today’s #SCOTUS decision!! What a breathtaking transformation we have seen in American society since the first of us came out of the closet 40 years ago as a radical direct action, in hopes that their courage would one day have the power to normalize same-sex love to our neighbors, friends, families and coworkers.… Read more ...

Esquire blogger: Stein “makes more sense” than GOP rivals

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Political blogger Charles P. Pierce writes on the Esquire website about Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, saying she “is very smart and very committed to what she believes and an altogether honorable spokesperson for her positions, some of which I agree with and some of which I do not.” He asks why “she is not considered a serious person while most of the announced and potential Republican candidates are.”

Despite that lead — and the headline “Why the Green Party’s Jill Stein Makes More Sense Than Republicans” — Pierce’s piece deals almost entirely with recent statements by GOP candidates that he disparages, not with Stein.… Read more ...

Stein invites supporters to Green Party Annual National Meeting

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In a message to her campaign email list, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein invited supporters to attend the 2015 Green Party Annual National Meeting in St. Louis July 23-26. Stein wrote, “This is an opportunity to meet Greens from all over the nation who are working to build the independent political movement we so desperately need to create a world that works for all of us!… Read more ...

American Party of America’s Ball seeks presidential ballot access in Nevada

3b487b1The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports on the presidential candidacy of Dennis Andrew Ball, who was in Nevada last week “attempting to qualify the American Party of America as an official party for state balloting.”

Ball, “who ran as a write-in candidate for president in 2012, said the new party is necessary to address issues that are damaging the traditional structure of the heterosexual nuclear family.”… Read more ...

Stein: ACA “does not solve the problem”

Appearing on the Huffington Post’s HuffPost Live Friday, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was asked about the prospects for single-payer healthcare given the animosity over the Affordable Care Act.

Stein said the ACA “doesn’t have a whole lot of support because it doesn’t really do the job. … The Affordable Care Act does not solve the problem, healthcare costs continue to skyrocket.… Read more ...

Website ranks Johnson as more experienced than several major party hopefuls

A piece on Business2Community ranks announced and likely presidential candidates by governmental experience. Author Alex Greer ranks potential Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, a two-term New Mexico governor, ahead of Democrat Jim Webb and Republicans Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, and Donald Trump.… Read more ...

More than 400 have filed papers to run for president

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The Scripps Howard Foundation Wire reports that “as of Thursday, 419 Americans seeking the presidency had filed a Form 2 statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission,” with 18 joining the race last week. The piece notes that this surpasses the total number of candidates to file four years ago, when 416 filed the necessary paperwork.… Read more ...

Constitution Party: Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Violates Rule of Law

The Constitution Party released the following in response to the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday in Obergefell v. Hodges:

The Constitution Party decries today’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage as an “unconstitutional decree that cannot legalize anything”, and equates it with the Dred Scott decision, which held that certain people must be recognized as chattel under the law. … Read more ...

Libertarian Party of Nevada and Outright Nevada Celebrate the Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF NEVADA AND OUTRIGHT NEVADA CELEBRATE THE SUPREME COURT DECISION ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY

The Supreme Court struck down marriage bans today as unconstitutional, an issue the Libertarian Party has been fighting for since its inception in 1971.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, June 26, 2015The Libertarian Party of Nevada(LPNevada), the fastest growing political party in Nevada and the only party which supports individual freedom, and personal responsibility along with Outright Nevada, the LGBT Caucus of the Libertarian Party of Nevada, commends the Supreme Court of the United States in their decision to strike down unconstitutional and pointless bans against gay marriage nationwide.… Read more ...