Category Archives: Independents

Ed Rabel, Independent U.S. House Candidate in West Virginia, Certified for the November Ballot

From Ballot Access News:

Ed Rabel, a prominent journalist for several decades, has been certified for a place on the November 2014 West Virginia ballot. He is running for U.S. House in an open seat. See this story.

From the article cited, written by Paul J. Nyden:

Longtime national television reporter Ed Rabel announced Monday that he had received enough signatures to get on the ballot.… Read more ...

Former Top Aide to Governor Arnold Schwarznegger Admits Top-Two Injures Independent Candidates

Via Ballot Access News:

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was the leading proponent of California’s top-two ballot measures, both in 2004 (when the proposal lost) and in June 2010 (when it won). The July 20 Sacramento Bee has this discussion with Rob Stutzman, who was the Governor’s chief of staff for communications and who still supports top-two systems.… Read more ...

New blog covering alternative parties and independents: American Third Party Report


Posted July 16 at

Starting today, we, the American Third Party Report (ATPR), are covering news and views relating to political parties in the United States that AREN’T the Democrats or the GOP. We seek to be an alternative to the Independent Political Report (IPR), to which I was a contributor from January 2013 until July 8, 2014.

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Candidates For Governor of Florida Speak Out on Cannabis Policy


Ed Quiggle Jr. at; see original for embedded links and the positions of the Democratic and Republican candidates. (H/T Farid Khavari in IPR facebook group):

Florida’s gubernatorial election this November features candidates from across the political spectrum, all with different positions on cannabis policy. The Governor will play an important role in creating and implementing Florida’s drug policy for the next 4 years.… Read more ...

Georgia Election Officials Say Bill Bozarth, Independent Candidate for Legislature, Has Enough Valid Signatures

From Ballot Access News:

Bill Bozarth, an independent candidate for Georgia House of Representatives, has enough valid signatures to be on the November 2014 ballot. See this story. So far he is the only petitioning candidate to have succeeded in getting on the ballot for any federal or state office in Georgia this year.… Read more ...

MassLive: John Oliver Won’t Debate Controversial Springfield Pastor Scott Lively

By Brian Steele

There will be no debate.

Springfield pastor and candidate for Massachusetts governor Scott Lively called out John Oliver, host of the news/opinion show “Last Week Tonight,” in a article that detailed Oliver’s distaste for Lively’s notoriously anti-gay activism. Oliver blamed him, in part, for draconian laws in Uganda that punish homosexuals with decades in prison.… Read more ...

Tisha Casida Signs Voluntary Term Limits Declaration

Tisha Casida, unaffiliated (independent) candidate for U.S. House, Colorado District Three, signed the Voluntary United States House Term Limits Declaration that limits her service to three terms.

Casida says, “I want to be a Statesman, not a politician – I want to show people that I am coming back to work in my community versus making a living off of taxpayers and lobbyists in Washington, D.C.”.… Read more ...

Four Parties Will Have Statewide Nominees on Rhode Island 2014 Ballot

Via Ballot Access News:

The November 2014 election in Rhode Island will include statewide nominees from four political parties. The Moderate Party will have James B. Spooner for Governor, and William Gilbert for Lieutenant Governor. The Libertarian Party will have Tony Jones on the ballot for Lieutenant Governor. Rhode Island voters elect Lieutenant Governor separately from Governor.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader: The Myths of Big Corporate Capitalism

By Ralph Nader at

Large corporate capitalism is a breed apart from smaller scale capitalism. The former can often avoid marketplace verdicts through corporate welfare, strip owner-shareholders of power over the top company bosses and offload the cost of their pollution, tax escapes and other “externalities” onto the backs of innocent people.… Read more ...