Category Archives: Independents

Public Radio Covers Pennsylvania Ballot Access Bill

votingmachinesFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

National Public Radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has this story about the pending bill in the legislature to improve ballot access. The story does not mention that the bill, SB 495, also eases petitioning for independent candidates.

From the article cited, written by Mark Nootbaar:

It took just 500 write-in votes for lifelong Democrats Chelsa Wagner and John Weinstein to get their names on the November ballots as Republicans, but it will take 2,328 signatures if a third-party candidate wants to have the same opportunity.… Read more ...

Maggie Trowe: Conference for Workers Active in Struggle Set for June 18-20

Maggie Trowe

Maggie Trowe

From Maggie Trowe at The Militant:

A three-day Active Workers Conference sponsored by the Socialist Workers Party is set for June 18-20 in Oberlin, Ohio. It will offer an opportunity for workers involved in labor battles, the fight for $15 an hour and a union, the movement against police brutality and defense of the Cuban Revolution to learn from talks, classes and informal discussion and debate.… Read more ...

Arkansas Legislator Switches Affiliation from Republican to Independent

Nate Bell

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On June 2, Arkansas Representative Nate Bell switched from being a Republican to being an independent. See this story. He also says he does not plan to run for re-election in 2016.

From the article cited, written by John Lyon:

Bell has differed with a majority of House Republicans on a number of issues over the years, including one of the key issues of last week’s special session — moving the state’s primary elections from May 20 to March 1 for the 2016 election cycle.… Read more ...

Opposition News: Wachtler Represents the Opposition on Liberty Radio

Joe Cristiano of Liberty Talk Radio (left) and Opposition News’ Mark Wachtler (right) from Thursday’s broadcast. Image courtesy of the Illinois Herald.

From Mark Wachtler at Opposition News:

Opposition News editor and author Mark Wachtler was the featured guest on this week’s Liberty Talk Radio. The one-hour televised radio show touched on numerous subjects.… Read more ...

Political Science Essay Says True Independents Are Only 10% of Electorate

No Rep Dem ButtonFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Political scientist professor Alan I. Abramowitz and PhD student Steven Webster have published this essay about partisanship in the United States. The main point is to show that over half of Americans have strong hostility and dislike toward one major party. The dislike of one major party among these voters is stronger than their liking for the other major party.… Read more ...

Arkansas Makes Petition Deadlines for New Parties and Independent Candidates Much Earlier

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 29, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed SB 8, the bill that moves the primary for all office in 2016 from late May to early March, and which moves the petition deadline for new parties to September 2015 and the non-presidential independent deadline to November 2015.… Read more ...

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Ralph Nader: ‘The Other One Percent’

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As a high school student, I came across an observation by Abraham Lincoln who said that “With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.” Today “public sentiment” would be called “public opinion.”

Over the years, I have been astonished at how less than one percent of the citizenry, backed by the “public sentiment,” have changed our country for the better by enacting reforms to protect the people from abuses of power, discrimination and deep neglect.… Read more ...

Nevada Bill Easing Petition Deadlines for New Parties and Non-Presidential Independent Candidates Passes Legislature

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 22, the Nevada Assembly passed SB 499, the bill that eases petition deadlines for newly-qualifying parties and non-presidential independent candidates. The bill now goes to the Governor.

The bill moves the petition deadline for newly-qualifying parties from April to June, and the independent candidate petition deadline (for office other than President) from February to June.… Read more ...

Socialist Alternative Debate: Bernie Sanders Announces Run for Presidency – What Should the Left Say?

From the Socialist Alternative website:

Promising a “political revolution” against the “billionaires and oligarchs” who have hijacked the political system, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has launched a campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. There was a huge response to the announcement, with 75,000 people donating $3 million to his campaign within four days.… Read more ...

Washington Times Story on Libertarian Party Presidential Debate Lawsuit

govjohnsondeniedJennifer Harper at The Washington Times has written this article about the Libertarian Party’s involvement in the Our America Initiative lawsuit over the CPD’s rules for presidential debate inclusion. The article also mentions the Green Party’s involvement, as well as the 2012 Free & Equal debate featuring Rocky Anderson, Virgil Goode, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein.… Read more ...

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 ...