Category Archives: Independents

Independent and Libertarian candidates on the ballot for Governor in Oklahoma

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On July 18, Rasmussen Reports released this poll for the Oklahoma gubernatorial election. Even though respondents were asked, “If the 2014 election for Governor of Oklahoma was held today, would you vote for Republican Mary Fallin or Democrat Joe Dorman?”, 7% of respondents volunteered “someone else.” The poll results are: Fallin 45%, Dorman 40%, “someone else” (volunteered) 7%, undecided 8%.… Read more ...

Michael Bloomberg Says the U.S. a “Two-Party Country”

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg briefly discussed independent politics yesterday on Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto.

Bloomberg served as Mayor of New York from 2002 to 2013, initially as a Republican and then as an Independent after leaving the GOP in 2007.  Since 2008, pundits have speculated on the billionaire media mogul’s supposed plan to run a self-financed Independent campaign for President.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader: ‘Hillary’s Haughty Hyperbole!’

Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

Last Sunday’s New York Times Book Review section featured a one page interview with Hillary Clinton, author of the just released Hard Choices which brought her a $14 million advance from Viacom’s Simon and Schuster.

My first reaction was “Can anybody believe this?” I’m referring to the replies by Mrs.… Read more ...

Jim Jenkins: Nearly Half of Nebraskans Fed Up with Political Parties

According to a new poll, Nebraska voters have grown weary of both the Republican and Democrat parties and would strongly consider sending a nonpartisan candidate to replace retiring Republican U.S. Senator Mike Johanns in this November’s general election.

The poll, conducted by the MSR Group, surveyed 618 Nebraska voters May 27-29, and found nearly half have an unfavorable opinion of both the Democrat and Republican parties.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader: Two November Chances for Progressives

Ralph Nader at http://blog.nader.org:

With the Tea Partiers giving the establishment Republican incumbents much ferment in the primaries (or retirement, as in the case of David Brat defeating powerhouse Congressman Eric Cantor in Virginia), what are progressives doing to their corporate-indentured incumbent Democrats? Not much. There are few electoral challengers or pressures directly pushing progressive redirections for our declining political economy, beset with rising poverty and plutocracy.… Read more ...

Ed Rabel, Independent U.S. House Candidate in West Virginia, Certified for the November Ballot

From Ballot Access News:

Ed Rabel, a prominent journalist for several decades, has been certified for a place on the November 2014 West Virginia ballot. He is running for U.S. House in an open seat. See this story.

From the article cited, written by Paul J. Nyden:

Longtime national television reporter Ed Rabel announced Monday that he had received enough signatures to get on the ballot.… Read more ...

Former Top Aide to Governor Arnold Schwarznegger Admits Top-Two Injures Independent Candidates

Via Ballot Access News:

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was the leading proponent of California’s top-two ballot measures, both in 2004 (when the proposal lost) and in June 2010 (when it won). The July 20 Sacramento Bee has this discussion with Rob Stutzman, who was the Governor’s chief of staff for communications and who still supports top-two systems.… Read more ...

New blog covering alternative parties and independents: American Third Party Report

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Posted July 16 at http://amthirdpartyreport.wordpress.com:

Starting today, we, the American Third Party Report (ATPR), are covering news and views relating to political parties in the United States that AREN’T the Democrats or the GOP. We seek to be an alternative to the Independent Political Report (IPR), to which I was a contributor from January 2013 until July 8, 2014.

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Candidates For Governor of Florida Speak Out on Cannabis Policy


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Ed Quiggle Jr. at FloridaMarijuanaInfo.org; see original for embedded links and the positions of the Democratic and Republican candidates. (H/T Farid Khavari in IPR facebook group):

Florida’s gubernatorial election this November features candidates from across the political spectrum, all with different positions on cannabis policy. The Governor will play an important role in creating and implementing Florida’s drug policy for the next 4 years.… Read more ...

Georgia Election Officials Say Bill Bozarth, Independent Candidate for Legislature, Has Enough Valid Signatures

From Ballot Access News:

Bill Bozarth, an independent candidate for Georgia House of Representatives, has enough valid signatures to be on the November 2014 ballot. See this story. So far he is the only petitioning candidate to have succeeded in getting on the ballot for any federal or state office in Georgia this year.… Read more ...