Category Archives: Independents

Iowa Candidate Filing Closes

From Ballot Access News:

Here is a list of Iowa candidates for federal and state office. The Libertarian Party and the New Independent Party of Iowa have candidates on the ballot for most of the statewide offices, and the Libertarian Party also has six legislative candidates. The Green Party has one legislative candidate.… Read more ...

Farid Khavari: ‘Can Anyone Believe Political Polls?’

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Florida independent gubernatorial candidate Farid Khavari on IPR facebook group:

CAN ANYONE BELIEVE POLITICAL POLLS?

If there is any doubt that polls in the Florida governor’s race are bogus—take a look at this!
Quinnipiac poll of July 21, 2014 Crist 45%, Scott 40%
Quinnipiac poll of July 23, 2014 Crist 39%, Scott 37%, Adrian Wylie (Libertarian) 9% and “others” 15%.

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Thomas Ravenel Calls Lindsey Graham “Aider and Abettor of Terrorism”

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From Ravenel’s campaign blog:

Terrorism is a global threat, existing in nearly every corner of the world. In their efforts to further a fundamentalist movement by gaining power and influence, those who practice terrorism work to instill fear, disrupt economies and bring entire nations to ruin. With such threats facing the United States, counterterrorism operations are absolutely necessary, and the U.S.… Read more ...

Thomas Ravenel: Lindsey Graham Needs to Give Us a Price Tag, Body Count, for His Vision in Iraq

Lowcountry businessman and independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel today issued the following statement challenging Lindsey Graham to stop “warmongering and fearmongering” and provide taxpayers with the specific costs associated with his vision for Iraq.

During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Graham said U.S. president Barack Obama needed to “go on the offensive” against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).… Read more ...

St. Petersburg Green Party Endorses Farid Khavari for Governor

Release from floridawestcoastgreens.org:

The St. Petersburg local of the Green Party of Florida (GPFL) is proud to announce its endorsement of Farid A. Khavari, independent candidate for governor of Florida.

While Republican Governor Rick Scott and former Republican Governor Charlie Crist duke it out over how Florida is to manage its austerity budget, Khavari offers serious progressive solutions.… Read more ...

No Independent Candidate Polls Enough Votes in Hawaii Primary to Advance to General Election

From Ballot Access News:

Hawaii held its partisan primaries on Saturday, August 9. None of the nine independent candidates polled enough votes in the open primary to advance to the general election.

Hawaii is the only state that does not have a top-two primary, but which forces all candidates, even independents, to run in the primary.… Read more ...

Scott Lively ‘Not Unhappy’ Uganda’s Antigay Law Struck Down

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Scott Lively is an independent candidate for governor of Massachusetts. The following is an excerpt from an Advocate article by Trudy Ring:

Antigay American minister Scott Lively claims he’s not upset that Uganda’s Constitutional Court has struck down that nation’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, saying the decision shows that Ugandans were not his “puppets in a nefarious scheme to persecute homosexuals there.”

Lively, who is facing a lawsuit over his role in spreading homophobia in Uganda, says in a column published this week that he is “waiting for calls of apology” from media outlets that have connected him to the antigay law.… Read more ...

Jed Ziggler: Steve Peace Misleads Voters on Top Two and Alternative Parties

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Jed Ziggler, who is one of our top writers and commenters here on IPR, has written this rebuttal to an article which appeared August 7, 2014 in IVN , which makes the assertion that the states of Washington and California have third parties which are “thriving” due to the Top-Two laws which have been passsed in those states.Read more ...

Pennsylvania’s Only Independent U.S. House Candidate Releases Health Care Policy Paper

From the candidate’s website:

Today, Nick Troiano’s campaign released its first policy paper, titled “Prescriptions for the U.S. Health Care System.” The paper outlines the current problem and Nick’s plan to help reform it.

America’s health care system is badly broken. Although the United States is one of the wealthiest developed countries in the world, we are also one of the least healthy.… Read more ...

Senator Pat Roberts Calls Independent Greg Orman a “Liberal Democrat”

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From Ballot Access News:

On August 6, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) criticized Greg Orman, the well-funded independent candidate who is running against Roberts. See this story. Most of the time, major party nominees for Governor or U.S. Senator won’t even mention their independent and minor party opponents.… Read more ...

Farid Khavari: We Can Restore the Everglades and Protect Our Waters at No Cost to Taxpayers

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Protecting our environment the right way isn’t just good for our health. It’s good for our economy, too.

Despite what politicians tell us, restoring the Everglades and protecting our rivers, estuaries and other waters does not need to be a huge cost to taxpayers. The solutions have been known for years, and this mess could be a memory by now.… Read more ...