Stein appears on Larry King’s RT America program

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein appeared on RT America’s Politicking with Larry King Wednesday evening.

During the 14-minute interview, Stein discussed Donald Trump’s surge in Republican primary polls, her own prospects in her second presidential run, climate change, her Green New Deal proposal, Sen. Bernie Sanders’s Democratic campaign, and other issues.… Read more ...

Sanders rules out third-party presidential run

During an appearance before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders ruled out a third-party or independent presidential run if he fails to win the Democratic nomination. He said, “I made the promise that I would not and I will keep that promise. And the reason for that is I do not want to be responsible for electing some right-wing Republican to be president of the United States.”

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Green Party elects two new national co-chairs, new national secretary

kremlThe Green Party announced Thursday that its new national co-chairs were elected at the party’s Annual National Meeting last weekend. The party Steering Committee consists of seven co-chairs, one secretary, and one treasurer elected to staggered two-year terms through Instant Runoff Voting.

Sanda Everette of California and Bahram Zandi of Maryland were elected, and Andrea Mérida of Colorado and Tamar Yager of Virginia re-elected.… Read more ...

Fleckenstein: “A Vermont socialist’s guide to Bernie Sanders”

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Published June 11, 2015 @ socialistworker.org, maintained by the International Socialist Organization:

AS I stood among the 5,000 people in Burlington, Vermont’s waterfront park while Bernie Sanders launched his Democratic presidential primary bid late last month, it was odd to hear the repeated claim that Sanders was responsible for rescuing this very parkland from rapacious developers while he was mayor of Burlington in the 1980s.Read more ...

Libertarian Party to host rally to bring Uber and Lyft to Birmingham

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Birmingham Business Journal:

The Libertarian Party of Alabama has announced it will host a rally to bring ride-hailing services to Birmingham.

The event – that will seek to raise awareness and support for companies such as Uber and Lyft to come to Birmingham – will be held Friday, July 31 at Birmingham City Hall, according to the party’s Facebook page.Read more ...

Green Party presidential candidate Kreml to do Livestream interview

kremlGreen Party presidential candidate Bill Kreml will be interviewed tonight at 9:00 p.m. EDT on the Green Party Livestream channel about his campaign.

Kreml, professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina, ran protest campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, 1992, and 2000. In 1980, he received 8.2% of the vote in the South Carolina Democratic U.S.… 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 ...

John Studer: SWP Candidates Campaign for $15/Hour, Unionization

Osborne Hart, right, SWP candidate for mayor of Philadelphia, talks to retired leather worker James Roletter July 18. Roletter said removal of Confederate battle flag was long overdue.

From John Studer at The Militant:

PHILADELPHIA — “The Socialist Workers Party candidates, John Staggs for City Council at-large and myself for mayor, are both workers at Walmart,” Osborne Hart told Robert Taylor, a truck driver and Teamsters union member, as Taylor signed a nominating petition on his doorstep in the Port Richmond neighborhood here July 18.… Read more ...

Kelly Gneiting: The Evil of Two Lessers

From Kelly Gneiting at the Independent American Party website:

I’ve heard it a thousand times, “We’re forced to vote for the lesser of two evils.” Two flaws in this reasoning are committed in the first two words of this sentence. “We” should be replaced with “I,” and “forced” is a strong word; are you really being forced to vote for somebody…?… Read more ...

Freedom Socialist Party Recommendations for the August 4, 2015 Washington State Primary Election

Kshama Sawant

Kshama Sawant

From the Freedom Socialist Party website:

This year Seattle City Council candidates will be voted on by district with two at-large members. While there are an unprecedented number of candidates, only one Seattle City Council candidate, Kshama Sawant of Socialist Alternative, has a platform and track record that is worthy of working-class voters.… Read more ...

American Freedom Party: Donald Trump Discovers “Americanic” Vote

Donald Trump

From the American Freedom Party website:

Donald Trump discovers what the American Freedom Party has stated for years! That there is an issue with immigration in this country.

Earlier this week The American Freedom Party congratulated Donald Trump on discovering a new voting bloc, the “Americanics.”

Other candidates have avoided any criticism of Mexican policy or America’s open borders to the south for fear of “The Hispanic Vote.”

Fear of “The Hispanic Vote” is based on the assumption that American voters who have Spanish surnames resent any criticism of Mexican policy and that voters with Spanish names place the well-being of immigrants from Mexico above any effect they may have on American citizens.… Read more ...