Category Archives: Independents

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader: ‘Mainstream Media: Who Gets On and Who Does Not’

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Over the years, discussions about whom the mainstream media gives voice to and whom it excludes are far too general. Editors bristle at the notion that they are anything but fair and objective. Sure, they concede that reporters miss stories, but appearances of bias or censorship, they say, are more likely due to laziness.… Read more ...

Ballot Access News: South Dakota Amends SB 69 to Make Ballot Access More Difficult for Independent Candidates

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On January 28, the South Dakota Senate State Affairs Committee amended SB 69 to make ballot access more difficult for independent candidates. Furthermore, the committee defeated an amendment that would have eased the deadline for a newly-qualifying party to submit its petitions, and approved the original part of the bill that moves the new party deadline from March to February.… Read more ...

Chicago Green Party Hosts Mayoral Forum

From DNAinfo Chicago:

Mayoral candidates vowed to get Chicago back on track during the Green Party’s mayoral forum at the Second Unitarian Church in Lakeview Saturday.

Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd),William “Dock” Walls and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia tackled education, tax-increment financing reform and environmental issues during the forum at the church, 656 W.… Read more ...

Illinois Herald Endorses William Dock Walls for Chicago Mayor

From Mark Wachtler at the Illinois Herald:

Enough is enough – let Dock Walls participate in the televised Mayoral debates. It’s bad enough that independents in Chicago need 20,000 signatures to run for office while Democrats and Republicans only need 500. But battle-hardened independents like Mr. Walls are then left off corporate media polls and purposely excluded from the debates.… Read more ...

Missouri Democratic State Legislator Becomes an Independent

Keith English

Ballot Access News:

On January 26, Democratic State Representative Keith English, who represents Missouri’s 68th district, said he is leaving the Democratic Party and becoming an independent. See this story.

At the November 2014 election, English was re-elected as a Democrat with 6,758 votes. His only opponent, Republican Becky Sharma, received 3,435.… Read more ...

Washington Times: Libertarians Have Good Reason to be Optimistic

From the Libertarian Party website:

The Washington Times has an article in today’s paper that libertarians have good reason to be optimistic, and have made some history.

“A recent Gallup poll revealed that self-described “independents” are the nation’s largest political demographic. Indeed a record-breaking 43 percent of Americans now say they are independents, compared to 30 percent who are Democrats and 26 percent who are Republican.… Read more ...

George F. Will Column on Possible Independent Run by Bernie Sanders

George Will

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

George F. Will has this column about U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, and the possibility that he will run for president outside the two major parties. Will says Sanders has said he might have trouble getting on ballots, and then chides Sanders, saying George Wallace got on in 1968 in all states even though Wallace had a “miniscule” budget.… Read more ...

Ballot Access News: Newspaper Article Illustrates Some Quirks of Massachusetts Election Law

united-independentFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

This article about the ballot-qualified United Independent Party contains some interesting details about Massachusetts election law. It says that individuals can only give $1,500 to an unqualified party, but that an individual can give $15,000 to a qualified political party.

It also says that if the United Independent Party can increase its registration to 1% of the state total by the end of 2015, then the party’s qualified status will continue into 2018.… Read more ...

Drew Curtis to run for Kentucky Gov. as independent

Drew Curtis (Independent)

Drew Curtis (Independent)

Drew Curtis, founder and owner of the popular humorous news-aggregation website, has announced that he will run for Governor of Kentucky as an independent in the 2015 election. From his interview with

Curtis said he filed his campaign papers Friday and planned to make a formal announcement Monday on his website.

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New Hampshire Ballot Access Bill Introduced by Ex-Libertarian Max Abramson

Max Abramson

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

New Hampshire Representative Max Abramson (R-Seabrook) has introduced a bill to lower the number of signatures for independent candidates and the nominees of unqualified parties. Current law requires 3,000 signatures for statewide office. The bill would convert petitions for all office to one-tenth of 1% of the population.

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Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader: Obama’s State of the Union—Swings and Misses

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The President’s State of the Union Addresses are rarely focused. They are written by numerous speechwriters and put through many drafts, each reflecting the urgings by interested parties to have their issues mentioned. Often, this makes the speech sound like a grab bag of lists.

But once up on the teleprompter before a joint session of Congress and a thousand reporters and commentators, the speech becomes a signaling presentation by what the President says, how the President says it and what the President does not say.… Read more ...