Libertarian Party of Louisiana Applauds U.S./Cuba Announcement

Press release from the Libertarian Party of Louisiana:

The Libertarian Party of Louisiana applauds the announced plans to renew diplomatic relations and discuss lifting the trade embargo between the United States and Cuba.

“The Libertarian Party strongly believes in free markets and free people. That is the foundation of our country.… Read more ...

Eleventh Circuit Refuses to Invalidate Alabama’s March Petition Deadline for Newly-Qualifying Parties


Ballot Access News reports that the 11th Circuit Court has ruled that Alabama’s March petition deadline for newly qualifying parties is Constitutional, and another article at Ballot Access News mentions that Alabama is among several Southern states with efforts underway to make primaries even earlier, which in Alabama would mean earlier party petition deadlines.… Read more ...

Matt Funiciello Set a New Record for Green Candidates for U.S. House, in Races with Both Major Parties

Matt Funiciello

Ballot Access News:

On November 4, 2014, Green Party nominee Matt Funiciello polled 11.02% for U.S. House, New York district 21. The race had a close contest between a Democrat and a Republican. This is the highest percentage of the vote any Green Party nominee for U.S. House has ever received, in a race with both a Republican and a Democrat.… Read more ...

December 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 ...

Green Shadow Cabinet: The Economic Consequences of Global Oil Deflation

From Jack Rasmus at the Green Shadow Cabinet website:

A new wild card has just been introduced into an already increasingly unstable global economy: a growing world glut of oil and consequent oil price deflation.

Since June 2014, the price of high grade (ICE Brent) crude oil has fallen more than 40 percent, declining from around USD$115 a barrel, in January 2014, to just USD$67 a barrel at the end of November.… Read more ...

Party for Socialism and Liberation on the Release of the Cuban 5 and the Shift in U.S.-Cuba Relations

PSL Statement posted to Liberation News:

The Party for Socialism and Liberation joins with the Cuban people and people throughout the world in expressing our jubilation over the release of the last three remaining members of the Cuban Five.

The Cuban Five have been imprisoned for 16 years. They are revolutionaries who remained steadfast in U.S.… Read more ...

Green Party Watch: Rev. Edward Pinkney is Latest African-American Green Leader Targeted for Political Prosecution

From Dave Schwab at Green Party Watch:

Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, Michigan is a long-time community organizer who has led resistance in this predominantly African-American community to a government subservient to the Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool corporation. Benton Harbor is among the Michigan cities, including Detroit, where democratic self-governance has been replaced by “emergency financial management”.… Read more ...

Texas Bill Would Require Minor Party Candidates Nominated in Convention to Pay Filing Fees

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On December 8, Texas Representative Drew Springer (R-Muenster) introduced HB 464, which would require candidates nominated by minor party convention to pay the same filing fees that major party candidates must pay to get on a primary ballot.

Traditionally, major political parties in Texas paid for their own primaries, and were only able to afford them by charging filing fees to candidates who filed to run in a primary.… Read more ...

Freedom Socialist Party: Seattle Tenants Mobilize Against Massive Rent Hikes

From Gina Petry in the Freedom Socialist newspaper:

Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) is pushing a proposal called “Stepping Forward” that could kick many low-income tenants out of their homes. The plan would raise rent for households with at least one “work-able” adult: anyone between 24-61 who does not have a disability that prevents them from holding a job.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader: Ten Reasons Why I Don’t Have a Credit Card

By Ralph Nader at

At a recent American Antitrust Institute (AAI) symposium in Washington, D.C., I asked the presenters about the ability of cash and checks to compete with the credit card industry and its strict controls on merchants. This obvious point becomes less obvious when one takes into account the expanding exclusion of cash/check payments due to the overwhelming expansion of goods and services that you cannot buy unless you have a credit card or a friend with one whom you can reimburse.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party wins most midterm votes of any alternative party in US in last 100 years

These numbers have now been slightly revised. See below.

Via Blog and Ballot Access News:

The Libertarian Party won more votes in top-of-ticket races in the November 2014 election than any alternative party in the United States in the last 100 years and the second-highest in the nation’s history.… Read more ...


Gary Johnson summits Mount Vinson, highest point in Antarctica and his final summit of each of the highest points on all seven continents

By Dave Hahn at RMI Expeditions via Dean Troy:

Hey this is Dave Hahn calling from the summit of Mount Vinson, 16,067 feet above sea level, highest point in Antarctica. Our whole team is here! We got here at 3:45 local time and we’re still here at about about 10 minutes after 4:00.… Read more ...