Category Archives: Independents

Breitbart: The War on Libertarians and Independents

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Found in Breitbart .
October 28, 2014
By Jason Scheurer

The U.S. electoral system is a farce. It is controlled with the same mastery with which Coke and Pepsi dominate the soda market. It is sold to the American public as if the free and open exchange of ideas is what’s inside, but the hidden ingredients are toxic to the body politic.… Read more ...

Independent Candidate Drops Out of SC Gubernatorial Race

From Darcy Richardson at Uncovered Politics:

Tom Ervin, an independent candidate for governor of South Carolina, announced that he is dropping out of the race and throwing his support behind Democratic nominee Vincent Sheheen.

In making his surprise announcement earlier this afternoon, the wealthy Greenville attorney and radio station owner, accompanied by his Democratic opponent, described the current gubernatorial contest as one of the most important elections of his lifetime.… Read more ...

Eliot Cutler Calls Press Conference to Say He is Not Dropping Out

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On October 29, Eliot Cutler, independent candidate for Governor of Maine, called a press conference. Speculation was that he would drop out. However, he said at his conference that he is not dropping out, although he acknowledged that he is unlikely to win, and he seemed to suggest that he would understand if his supporters don’t vote for him.… Read more ...

Jenkins Challenges Sasse and Domina to Support Debt Reduction Plan

Press Release from the Jenkins campaign:

Jim Jenkins, nonpartisan candidate for U.S. Senate, said today that neither the Democrat nor Republican Nebraska Senate candidates support real debt reform that will bring lasting financial prosperity for hard working Nebraskans.

“Both of my opponents, Republican Ben Sasse and Democrat David Domina, are locked in their respective partisan boxes with regard to compromising on a solution to fix the nation’s debt.… Read more ...

Bangor Daily News Endorses Eliot Cutler for Governor

From Austin Cassidy at Uncovered Politics:

The Bangor Daily News, Maine’s most-read newspaper, has again endorsed Independent Eliot Cutler for governor. The paper first backed Cutler during his 2010 bid.

The editorial urged voters not to fall into the trap of the wasted vote syndrome, stressing that it is not a “mistake” to vote for a candidate that you support…

As this election season winds down, voters have been bombarded with television ads, and they’ve watched the three candidates for governor deride, question and high-five each other at forums and debates.

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Independent Voter Network: Third Parties Oppose Nonpartisan Primaries; Defend System They Never Win In

From an article posted to IVN by Shawn M. Griffiths:

Third parties argue that by only allowing two candidates in the general election, the stage in the electoral process where the most voters participate, it limits choice. However, how much choice does the current system offer by barring a quarter of the voting population from participating in all integral stages of the voting process?… Read more ...

State Representative Launches Write-in Bid for Wisconsin Governor

From Austin Cassidy at Uncovered Politics:

State representative Brett Hulsey is launching an Independent write-in campaign for Wisconsin governor with less than 2 weeks to go before the election. The Madison-area representative filed his candidacy with the state’s Government Accountability Board at the end of last week. He is not seeking re-election to the Wisconsin Assembly.… Read more ...

Michael Bloomberg Pours $1.25 Million into Oregon Top Two Campaign

Michael Bloomberg, former Republican/independent mayor of New York City & 8th richest man in the country, has reportedly contributed over one million dollars to promote Oregon’s Measure 90, the “Top Two” election system. From an email blast from the Free and Equal Elections Foundation:

The Free and Equal Elections Foundation, a non-partisan election reform organization, is calling into question former New York Mayor & billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s $1.25 million dollar contribution to Oregon’s Measure 90 (Top Two primary system), as part of Free and Equal’s Stop Top Two Nationwide campaign, one of the organization’s many initiatives to create open elections free of big money influence.… Read more ...

Sarah Palin Endorses Bill Walker for Alaska Governor

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Bill Walker is an independent candidate for Governor of Alaska. His running mate is Democrat Byron Mallott. Press Release from the Walker campaign:

Independent candidate for governor, Bill Walker, responded today to questions regarding a recent event hosted by former governor Sarah Palin.

“Last night my family, along with Byron and Toni Mallott, and our campaign staff attended a reception hosted by Todd and Sarah Palin at their lakeside property in Wasilla.… Read more ...

Independent Shogan Polling at 8% in Colorado U.S. Senate Race

From Austin Cassidy at Uncovered Politics:

Dr. Steve Shogan, an independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Colorado, is polling at 8% in the latest Quinnipiac survey. Shogan is a neurosurgeon and attorney. He served on the Colorado Boxing Commission from 2001 to 2013.

He has been actively campaigning for the Senate, putting his medical career on pause to focus on meeting voters and getting the word out.… Read more ...

Independent Candidate Chris Stockwell Lays Out Full Platform in New E-Book

Chris Stockwell is an independent candidate in Massachusetts’ 6th U.S. House District. The following is an excerpt from an article by Glenn Davis at the Independent Voter Network:

Stockwell just authored the e-book, Forward Together: Moving Beyond Polarization and Gridlock in Washington, DC. The introduction by journalist and author Linda Killian describes Stockwell’s candidacy as “an effort that is worthy to be remembered.”

A key ingredient in Stockwell’s platform, as laid out in his book, is economic recovery.… Read more ...

Independent in U.S. House Race in Maine is Polling Ahead of the Republican

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

According to this story, a poll for the Maine U.S. House race, First District, shows that although the Democratic incumbent is far in the lead, the independent in the race is outpolling the Republican nominee. The results are: Democrat Chellie Pingree 51.4%; independent Richard Murphy 10.4%; Republican Isaac Misiuk 8.7%; undecided 29.5%.… Read more ...