Category Archives: Independents

Level the Playing Field, the Organization that is Working for Better Presidential Debates, is the Successor of Americans Elect

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

As already noted, Level the Playing Field is the organization that has asked the Federal Election Commission to revise its rules for presidential general election debates. According to the law firm that is representing Level the Playing Field, LPF “is the successor to Americans Elect.” Also see here.… Read more ...

Free & Equal: Are America’s Elections Rigged?

From a Free and Equal Elections Foundation email blast:

Gary Franchi, anchor of the NextNewsNetwork, investigated the nature of elections in America and if they are indeed tilted to favor establishment candidates and political parties.

Click here or on the image above to watch the report.

“When it comes to filling legislative seats in Washington, unless your name is tagged with a big ‘D’ for Democrat, or a big ‘R’ for Republican, you’re often treated like a ‘nobody,’” Franchi reported.… 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 ...

Oklahoma Policy Institute Publishes Research Paper on Oklahoma’s Need to Revise Election Laws

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On December 16, the Oklahoma Policy Institute published this 20-page report, “Repairing Oklahoma’s Broken Democracy”, authored by Dr. David Blatt. The Oklahoma Policy Institute is a well-respected 501(c)(3) organization established in 2005.

The Report first discusses voter participation in Oklahoma, and that part of the report is overwhelmingly convincing that Oklahoma elections are very flawed.… Read more ...

Georgia Libertarian Christine Austin running in special election on January 6, 2015 for State House of Representatives, District 50

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Christine Austin
Christine Austin

Christine Austin is running in a special election in Georgia for the state House of Representatives, District 50, as a Libertarian on January 6, 2015.

To get on the ballot in a general election race for the Georgia state legislature, a candidate from a non-recognized party must collect signatures equal to 5% of the registered voters in the office’s district.… Read more ...

NH Bill Would Reduce Petition Requirements, Ease Definition of “Party”

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Newly-elected New Hampshire State Representative Max Abramson has pre-filed HB 713, which eases ballot access. It would lower the vote test for party status from 4% to 2%. It would reduce the petition for establishment of a new party from 3% of the last gubernatorial vote to 1,000 signatures.… Read more ...

Ballot Access News: Rare Win for an Indiana Independent Candidate

Mark Smith

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On November 4, Indiana independent candidate Mark Smith was elected to the Montgomery County Council in district 3. Here is a link to the election returns. Click on the link that says, “2014 General Final Election Returns.” The results are: Mark Smith, independent, 1,229 votes; Gayle Lough, Republican, 1,183 votes.… Read more ...

Peace and Freedom Party Invites Bernie Sanders to Seek their Presidential Nomination

Sen. Bernie Sanders

From the Peace and Freedom Party website:

This statement was adopted by the State Central Committee on November 16, 2014.

The Peace and Freedom Party deeply appreciates that many issues important to working people are raised by Bernie Sanders in the U.S. Senate and in the media.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader: Big Pharma—Crony Capitalism Out of Control

Posted by Ralph Nader at

Two recent news items about the voracious drug industry should call for a supine Congress to arouse itself and initiate investigations about the pay-or-die drug prices that are far too common.

The first item—a page one story in the New York Times—was about the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation, which fifteen years ago invested $150 million in the biotechnology company Vertex Pharmaceuticals to develop a drug for this serious lung disease.… Read more ...

Free & Equal: Solutions Presented at Voting Methods & Election Integrity Symposium

From the Free and Equal Elections Foundation:

Solutions and reforms to America’s electoral system were presented at the first annual Voting Methods & Election Integrity Symposium at Infinity Park’s Cherry Creek Room in Glendale, CO on Saturday, November 15th. Colorado-based Free Speech TV and the Open Media Foundation were the host broadcasters of the Symposium along with the Free and Equal Network.… Read more ...

Public Comment Sought in FEC Petition to Force CPD to Include ONE more Candidate in Presidential Debates

Presidential DebateIn a NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC published last week in the Federal Register, the Federal Election Commission is seeking comments on a Petition to revise its regulations to include one more candidate in the presidential and vice presidential debates.

The INTRODUCTION to the Petition states:

“It has been 22 years since the American public heard from someone other than the Democratic and Republican candidates during the presidential debates, even though a majority of Americans are eager for a candidate who presents an alternative to the two major parties.… Read more ...

Mark Wachtler: ‘Sen. Rand Paul – no friend of the Opposition’

By Mark Wachtler at Opposition New:

Which pearl of wisdom is more correct – Keep your friends close and your enemies closer? Or, an enemy inside your house is more dangerous than an enemy outside your house? Kentucky US Senator Rand Paul is currently waging a one-man war against independents and opposition candidates across the country.

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