Category Archives: Independents

Wisconsin Libertarians name and shame unopposed legislators to reform ballot access

Competitive Elections Wisconsin has compiled the following list of forty-seven state representatives who were elected without an opponent on Nov. 4, 2014, out of the ninety-nine members of the Assembly elected every two years. The group’s motto says it all about their motive: only one name on the ballot isn’t an election at all.… Read more ...

Former Bush Jr. Official Supports Open Presidential Debates

James K. Glassman

James K. Glassman

James K. Glassman is the the founding executive director of the George W. Bush Institute and served as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from June 10, 2008 to January 15, 2009. The following is an email blast from Ambassador Glassman forwarded to Independent Political Report:

At a time when overwhelming numbers of Americans think the political system is broken and their government is dysfunctional, I wanted to be sure you saw this ad that appeared in today’s Wall Street Journal.… Read more ...

Commission on Presidential Debates Puts Up Public Comments Invitation

openthedebates

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 18, the Commission on Presidential Debates placed this request for public comments on the CPD web page. The CPD web page is debates.org. The page specifically asks for public comments about who should be invited into general election presidential debates. Every reader of this web page should take the time to make a comment.Read more ...

IPR turns 7 Years Old

seven year itch

After a 36-hour period of nonstop work by Jason “GE” Seagraves, IPR went live six years ago today with our first post, on May 20, 2008. Our predecessor site, Third Party Watch, operated between May 2005 and May 2008 before being purchased by Richard Viguerie right before the Libertarian presidential nomination in 2008, which led to the creation of IPR and Green Party Watch.… Read more ...

Irvine Patriot Interview with Drew Curtis

Drew Curtis

Drew Curtis

Blogger “The Irvine Patriot” submitted interview questions to four Republican Kentucky gubernatorial candidates, but the only candidate who responded was independent candidate & Fark creator Drew Curtis. An excerpt:

1. The Second Amendment to the US Constitution is very clear that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.… Read more ...

Seattle Democrats Split on Whether to Invite Kshama Sawant to Democratic-Sponsored Debates

Kshama Sawant

Kshama Sawant

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

In 2013, Kshama Sawant was elected in a non-partisan Seattle city election for City Council. She is running for re-election this year. This story says some Seattle Democrats favor inviting her to party-sponsored debates, but other Democrats object. Washington state voter registration forms do not ask about party affiliation, so whether someone is a member of one particular party is often ambiguous.… Read more ...

Nevada Ballot Access Bill Advances

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 14, the Nevada Assembly Legislative Operations & Elections Committee passed SB 499. It had already passed the Senate. It moves the petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties from April to June, and moves the petition deadline for non-presidential independent candidates from February to June.… Read more ...

Thomas L. Knapp: In 2016, Let’s Have Real Presidential Debates

Thomas L. Knapp

Thomas L. Knapp

From Thomas L. Knapp at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism:

Every four years, the Commission on Presidential Debates puts on a series of campaign commercials disguised as presidential and vice-presidential debates.

The CPD is, in theory, a non-profit organization “established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners.”

But the CPD is really just a scam the Republican and Democratic Parties use to funnel illegally large “in kind” campaign donations, in the form of tens of millions of dollars’ worth of free media exposure, exclusively to their own candidates.… Read more ...

Drew Curtis Campaign Statement Regarding the GOP Primary Race for Kentucky Governor

Drew Curtis

Drew Curtis

From independent Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Drew Curtis’ campaign website:

Over the last week, the GOP primary in the race for governor has become tarnished with the worst that Kentucky politics has to offer. The allegations of domestic abuse from James Comer’s college girlfriend Marilyn Thomas are disturbing, but so is the response from Comer’s campaign.… Read more ...

Webster G. Tarpley: Bernie Sanders Refuses to Attack Wall Street and the Fed

Webster G. Tarpley

Webster G. Tarpley

From Webster G. Tarpley in the Tax Wall Street Party/United Front Against Austerity morning briefing for May 4, 2015:

With the Presidential election drawing near, we finally have the first opponent for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary: Bernie Sanders, Independent/ Democratic Socialist from Vermont. The Republican primary has Rand Paul, Cruz, Jeb, Rubio and most recently Ben Carson.… Read more ...