Category Archives: Independents

Richard Winger: CNN Republican Presidential Debate Shows Multi-Candidate Debates Can Work

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From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The CNN Republican presidential debate of September 16 was supposed to be two hours long. But once it got started, it was so useful in portraying the views of the eleven candidates that CNN decided to extend it to three hours.… Read more ...

Newspaper of the Populist Party Will Suspend Publication

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Populist Party existed from 1984 through 1994. Although the party ceased to exist in 1994, it continued to publish its monthly newspaper, the Nationalist Times, for another twenty-one years. However, on September 10 the paper announced that it will no longer be published.… Read more ...

Green and Constitution Parties Submit Evidence in Georgia Ballot Access Case

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Green Party and the Constitution Party are preparing for a trial in their Georgia ballot access case, which charges that presidential ballot access is too difficult in Georgia for minor parties and independent candidates. On September 11 evidence was filed showing that there have been 401 instances in U.S.… Read more ...

Oklahoma’s Signature Drive Featured in Red Dirt Report

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Found in Red Dirt Report

SIGN HERE: Oklahoma’s Libertarians look to give voters another choice in ’16 election

Steve Long | September 11, 2015

EDMOND, Okla. — Ask anybody in the streets of Oklahoma their thoughts on the Oklahoma Libertarian Party and you are likely to get the response that they didn’t know there was a Libertarian Party in Oklahoma.… Read more ...

Change The Rule supporter Glassman makes case in op-ed

ctrGeorge W. Bush Administration Undersecretary of State Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs James K. Glassman, an adviser to Level The Playing Field and one of the backers of the Change The Rule campaign, writes at The Daily Beast in support of inviting a third candidate to the presidential debates next fall.… Read more ...

New York Times “Room for Debate” features perspectives on third-parties and the two-party system

The New York Times “Room for Debate” blog is currently featuring a series of differing perspectives on third-parties and the two-party system entitled “The Power of Third-Party Campaigns”. Some of the participants praise third-party efforts and call for a multi-party system, others defend the duopoly as desirable and deride third-parties as spoilers.… Read more ...

Minnesota Independence Party Gets Attention for Having Deez Nuts Appear at Party’s Booth at Minnesota State Fair

deeznutsipFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On Saturday, September 5, Deez Nuts (alias Brady Olson) appeared at the Minnesota Independence Party’s booth at the Minnesota state fair. That was good for some publicity for the party. Even the Washington Post took note, as this column attests.

From the article cited, written by Aaron Blake:

Third parties have been known to ally with celebrities or even quasi-celebrities like young Mr.… Read more ...

Coalition for Fair Debates Announced

From an Our America Initiative email blast:

Our America Initiative today announced the formation of the “Coalition for Fair Debates”, comprised of political parties, media outlets and advocacy groups who oppose the exclusion of qualified candidates from nationally-televised presidential debates.

Fair Debates (, is a project of the Our America Initiative (, a national advocacy organization, which has long supported opening the general election presidential debates to all candidates who are constitutionally eligible to serve and who appear on enough states’ ballots to potentially achieve a majority in the Electoral College.… Read more ...

Jacob G. Hornberger: There is only one libertarian position on immigration

From Jacob G. Hornberger,  who ran in 2000 for the Libertarian Party Presidential nomination and as an independent in 2002 for the US Senate in Virginia:


There is a common perception that there are two alternative libertarian positions on immigration: government-controlled borders and open borders.

Nothing could be further from the truth.Read more ...

City Pages Article on Deez Nuts Seeking the Independence Party of Minnesota’s Endorsement

Excerpt from “Could Deez Nuts hang at the Minnesota State Fair?” by Michael Rietmulder at City Pages:

[Mark] Meyer, who chairs the Independence Party of Minnesota, confirms that Mr. Nuts emailed his crew seeking an endorsement. At the time, they had no idea Nuts was only an armpit hair past puberty.… Read more ...

Maine Green Party Opens its Primaries to Independent Voters

mainegreensFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Maine Green Party (whose name is the Green Independent Party) has voted to allow independent voters to vote in its primaries, and they need not join the Green Party. See this story. The two major parties in Maine also let independent voters vote in their primaries, but only if they join those parties at the polls on primary election day.… Read more ...