Chicago Sun-Times: ‘Open door to third parties on ballot’


The Chicago Sun-Times by way of Ballot Access News:

Pens are not always mightier than the sword.

In Illinois, volunteers have collected tens of thousands of signatures on petitions to get candidates representing “non-established” political parties on the November ballot.

But because of Illinois’ onerous requirements for anyone who isn’t running as a Democrat or a Republican, most of those signatures won’t matter.

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[LP-Statechairs] Know of Libertarian candidates polling high in your state?

From an email posted to LP-Statechairs by Carla Howell four days ago. I don’t know if she is still looking for this info, but please post it in the comments here regardless of whether she is or not:

A number of Libertarians have been reported in national news as polling exceptionally high this election year:

  • Roger Roots for US Senate in Montana at 9%
  • Adrian Wyllie for governor in Florida at 11%
  • Jim McDermott for US House in Alaska at 12%
  • Sean Haugh in North Caroline at 11%
  • Lucas Overby for US House [in Florida] in a 2-way race at 31%
  • Andrew Hunt for governor in Georgia at 9%

If there are any others in your state, or that you know of, polling exceptionally well in independent polls – at any level of government – please advise.… Read more ...

Open thread for LNC discussions and updates: August 2014

No, not that LNC

This is the thread for our readers to discuss the latest news from and about the LNC. I meant to write up the main points of what happened since I posted the last one of these last month, and one of our other writers still can if so inclined, but I don’t have the time and energy to do it and besides, the main point of these posts is the comment section anyway, so here you go…have at it.… Read more ...

August 2014 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 ...

Joshua Fauver: A Diagnosis and Prescription for America’s Economic Crisis

Joshua Fauver

One of the more pressing matters facing our nation today is inequality, specifically income inequality. I think that, perhaps, we have become numb to the word “inequality”, which is a very frightening concept. Our great nation, this precious democracy, was founded on the principle that “all men are created equal.” Therefore, it would seem to me that the gross inequality we see today is wholly incompatible with the principles upon which this great nation was founded.… Read more ...

Independent Congressional Candidate Files Lawsuit Against California’s Ban on Write-in Voting in General Election

Theo Milonopoulos

From Ballot Access News:

On July 30, Theo Milonopoulos filed a federal lawsuit against California’s ban on write-in votes in the general election for Congress and partisan state office. Central district, 2:14cv-5973.

Milonopoulos filed as a declared write-in for U.S. House, 33rd district, for the June 2014 primary, but because his filing was a last-minute decision, he did not have time to campaign for write-in votes, and the Statement of Votes credits him with only one write-in at the primary.… Read more ...

Free & Equal: CA’s Top Two Primary Prevented Marianne Williamson from Winning Election

In 2010, the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, with the help of an election law expert, Richard Winger, and many others, led an all-partisan nationwide effort against California’s Top Two Primary, also known as Proposition 14, because it was a hindrance to the ability of independent and alternative party candidates in getting elected.… Read more ...

National Journal: The Libertarian Policeman Who Could Upend Kentucky’s Senate Race

David Patterson

By Shane Goldmacher:

David Patterson is unlikely to be the next senator from Kentucky. He has little money, next to no campaign infrastructure, and is trying to take on Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his well-funded Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes. But his shoestring Libertarian candidacy could still shake up one of the nation’s most expensive and consequential races.… Read more ...

Green Party Statewide Petition Fails to Get Enough Signatures in Pennsylvania

Paul Glover (G)

From Ballot Access News:

August 1 is the Pennsylvania deadline for petitions for independent candidates and the nominees of unqualified parties. The Green Party did not obtain the needed 16,639 signatures, according to this story. The party only has 14,000 signatures on hand.

Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Alabama, California, and New Mexico will be the five states this year with a complete Democratic-Republican ballot monopoly for all statewide offices.… Read more ...

Socialist Legislative Candidate Jess Spear Arrested

From the Spear campaign:

Today, Jess Spear was arrested during a peaceful protest (Stranger report here). Jess, and other supporters, were protesting the oil trains that run right through our city center, putting thousands of lives at risk. Last week, one of these very same oil trains derailed; thankfully no one was hurt.… Read more ...

G. L. ‘Chip’ Lechner III: The Mississippi First Congressional District Race

Danny Bedwell

G. L. ‘Chip’ Lechner III: The Mississippi First Congressional District Race
Forwarded by Danny Bedwell:

What is actually going on in the Mississippi 1st District Congressional Race? If someone had told this story in a novel, it would be called farcical. The nominees almost sound like the start of an off color joke; A fella with Brain-Damage, A Liar calling himself a War Hero, and a Libertarian walk into a….… Read more ...

Libertarian Party: New Gov’t Gone Wild brochure and two more blog and email blast:

Dear Libertarian,

We’re pleased to introduce three new high-quality full-color brochures for you to help promote the Libertarian Party.

1. We’ve updated our traditional basic introductory brochure, The Libertarian Party.

(Click here for a full-size PDF of The Libertarian Party brochure.)

2. The new What if it were possible brochure attempts to engage the reader before promoting the Libertarian Party as the solution:

What if it were possible to .… Read more ...