Category Archives: Independents

Free and Equal Announces Date and Location for General Election Presidential Debate

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Free & Equal will host a general election presidential debate on August 30, 2016, at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. In 2012 Free & Equal also hosted a general election debate, which was moderated by Larry King. At the 2012 debate, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Virgil Goode, and Rocky Anderson participated.… Read more ...

Jim Hedges, Prohibition Party Nominee, is on Ballot in Arkansas

Jim Hedges

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Arkansas Secretary of State’s office has determined that the petition to place Jim Hedges on the November 2016 ballot as a presidential candidate is valid. This is the first time a Prohibition Party petition for a presidential nominee has succeeded since 1996.… Read more ...

Eric Ostermeier: How Big a Footprint Will Drew Curtis Leave on Kentucky’s Gubernatorial Race?

Drew Curtis

From Dr. Eric Ostermeier at Smart Politics:

Curtis, founder and CEO of the news aggregator website Fark, has polled in the mid- to high single digits in the scant three-way surveys that have been conducted of the race to date. The independent candidate hopes to build on those numbers after being allowed to participate in a debate (to favorable reviews) with the major party nominees held in Louisville earlier this month.… Read more ...

Pennsylvania Governor Says He Supports SB 495, the Ballot Access Bill

Tom Wolf

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

According to this news story, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says he supports SB 495, the bill pending in the legislature to ease ballot access for minor parties and independent candidates. Thanks to Larry Otter for the link.

From the article cited, written by Chris Potter:

Ultimately, Mr.… Read more ...

Alternet Article on Frivolous Political Parties

Red Kelly (OWL Party) 1976 Washington State Voting Pamphlet entry

Kali Holloway has this article at Alternet about four frivolous political parties. The title indicates that there are five, but the fifth entry is actually about write-in votes for Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. The parties profiled are the Guns and Dope Party, the OWL Party, the Straight Talking American Government Party (or STAG Party), and the Rent is Too Damn High Party.… Read more ...

Report that Michael Bloomberg is Thinking Seriously of Running for President as an Independent

Michael Bloomberg

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

According to this story, former New York city Mayor Michael Bloomberg is seriously thinking of running for President as an independent. He was born in 1942, the same year Joseph Biden was born.

From the article cited, written by Todd Beamon:

Speculation increased Saturday that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is gearing up for an independent run for president.… Read more ...

Oklahoma Petitioners Videotape Orders to Leave Public Spaces; Call For Prosecution of Illegal Removals

OK petitioner harassmentAn email from veteran professional petition circulator Andy Jacobs which was sent to members of the LNC, IPR and others earlier today contains a first-hand report and videos of harassment of petitioners in Oklahoma.

The first video is of Andy “getting illegally kicked out of a public arts festival at a community college in Oklahoma City for asking people to sign a petition to place the Libertarian Party on the ballot.”



The following is a video of Andy “getting illegally kicked out of a public food festival at a public park in Oklahoma City for asking people to sign a state mandated ballot access petition to place the Libertarian Party on the ballot.”


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Libertarian Party: CPD Offers Token Response Under Pressure to Open Presidential Debates

From the Libertarian Party website:

In response to public pressure, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) may soon lower the polling threshold from 15% to 10% for inclusion in next year’s final presidential debates according to Presidential Debate News published by Level the Playing Field.

“Don’t be fooled” it warns, noting that the new rule would ensure that independents will remain excluded.… Read more ...

Libertarian and Green Lawsuit Against CPD to Be Filed Tuesday, Washington Post Provides Details

According to a release from Our America Initiative, the much promoted lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates will be filed Tuesday.


What: On Tuesday, September 29, a lawsuit will be filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia charging that the exclusion of qualified candidates from the general election presidential debates by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) violates federal anti-trust laws.

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Drew Curtis Slams State Pension Plans’ Secrecy, High Fees

From James McNair at WFPL News:

Drew Curtis, the independent candidate for governor, said Wednesday that the state public pension system’s taste for high-fee alternative investments through secret contracts “looks bad” and should be scrapped in favor of conventional, less-expensive approaches.

Curtis took aim at Kentucky Retirement Systems, the $16 billion pension fund for state, city and county employees and retirees, after learning that KRS pays 75 percent more in annual money-management fees than previously disclosed.… Read more ...

Chris Keniston: My Response to the “Wasted Vote” Argument

From Chris Keniston at his campaign website:

I received another great question from a supporter that I want to answer here publicly.

“I have several friends who love your party and your stance on the issues, but have said that they can’t waste their vote voting for someone who has no chance of being elected.… Read more ...

Might Mitt Romney Be Drafted as an Independent Presidential Candidate?

Ballot Access News reports former George W. Bush chief media strategist Mark McKinnon proposed in an interview with NPR on Thursday that if the Republican Party nominates billionaire real estate magnate Donald Trump for president, establishment Republicans may seek to qualify for an independent presidential ticket with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as their nominee.… Read more ...