Category Archives: Independents

Washington Post Article On Virginia Independent Candidate Joe Morrissey

Joe Morrissey

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Joseph Morrissey was elected as an independent candidate to the Virginia House on January 13, 2015. Now he is running for a seat in the State Senate, in the regular legislative elections of November 3, 2015. The Washington Post has a very long and interesting article on him here, which contains information on his campaigning techniques.… Read more ...

Party for Socialism and Liberation Statement on the Sanders Campaign

Sanders rally in Los Angeles, Aug. 2015

PSL statement posted to Liberation News:

The Party for Socialism and Liberation is running a revolutionary socialist election campaign in 2016, with Gloria La Riva as our candidate for president and Eugene Puryear for vice-president. For more information and to get involved, visit VotePSL.Read more ...

Veterans Party Names 2016 Presidential Ticket

Chris Keniston was just named the Veterans Party 2016 Presidential nominee. Image courtesy of

From Mark Wachtler at Opposition News:

On Saturday, the Veterans Party of America announced its 2016 Presidential ticket. For US President, the Party has nominated Chris Keniston of Texas. The VPA’s Vice Presidential nominee is Deacon Taylor of Colorado.… Read more ...

Public Policy Polling conducts NC survey of Clinton (D) vs. Trump (R) vs. Deez Nuts (I) UPDATE: Deez Nuts endorses Gary Johnson ’16

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Columnist: Greens “after Sanders to run as their party’s nominee”

In his New York Daily News column, Denis Hamill recounts a conversation with his 16-year-old son about the 2016 presidential race.

When his son mentions that an 18-year-old friend, registered as a Green Party voter, is intrigued by the presidential candidacies of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, Hamill writes, “The Green Party has been after Sanders to run as their party’s nominee.… Read more ...

Wyatt Scott, Independent Candidate for Parliament from British Columbia, Gets Attention for His TV Ad


Wyatt Scott, independent candidate for Canada’s House of Commons from British Columbia, is getting much attention for his tv and internet ad.

BAN then links to Vancouver Metro News which calls it the “best election campaign video ever” and says “Wyatt Scott, who is running in the newly-created federal riding of Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, is fast becoming a social media sensation for his epic, offbeat YouTube campaign ad video.”

H/T also to Joe Buchman on the IPR writers’ email discussion list/google group, the writeup in Adweek.… Read more ...

Ventura endorses Trump for GOP nomination, says he’d agree to be running mate

via The HIll:

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura suggested Tuesday that he’d be glad to be Donald Trump’s running mate.

“Do you think Donald would ever think of asking me?” Ventura said during an interview on his “Off the Grid” show with former Trump adviser Roger Stone .

Ventura said he’d support Trump for the GOP presidential nomination.… Read more ...

Amber Phillips: What Howard Stern for governor can teach us about Donald Trump

Amber Phillips at WaPo (h/t Carla Howell):

Once upon a time, an ostentatious, outspoken, oft-offensive New York celebrity threatened to get into politics. Few believed him, even after he announced his candidacy.

But they eventually took him seriously, especially since this celebrity’s potential third-party run appeared to threaten the outcome of the race.

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No One Challenges Pennsylvania Petition for Statewide Independent Supreme Court Candidate

Ballot Access News:

Earlier this year, independent candidate Paul Panepinto submitted a petition to be on the November 3, 2015 ballot for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, a statewide partisan office. August 11 was the deadline for anyone to challenge his petition, but no one did so, so he is on the ballot.

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South Dakota Legislature in 2012 Appears to Have Accidentally Deleted the Independent Presidential Candidate Petition Deadline

Ballot Access News:

This is old news, but it has just come to my attention. In 2000 Ralph Nader won a federal lawsuit against South Dakota’s June petition deadline for independent presidential candidates. Nader v Hazeltine, 110 F Supp 2d 1201. The court said June is too early for presidential independents.
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Richard Winger on MSNBC on Donald Trump and Sore Loser Laws

Ballot Access News

On the evening of August 11, Ari Melber, standing in for hostess Rachel Maddow, aired a segment on Donald Trump and sore loser laws. I was a guest for about four minutes, and my segment can be seen here. Before I came on the show, Melber had quoted from an Ohio law that says independent candidates associated with a political party may not get on the general election ballot.

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Clayton Hunt vs. Paul Frankel: Should Libertarians Secretly Root for Donald Trump?

Houston TX LP activist and voluntaryist Clayton Hunt at Libertarian Gaming:

I think Donald Trump is amazing.

I know what you’re thinking, “But he’s racist and hateful, ignorant and damn proud of it, can pretend to run a business, but doesn’t know anything about economics.”
You’d be right, but I think he’s amazing because of that, and one other thing…

He’s topping the polls of prospective GOP voters, with every incidence of him saying something stupid driving his numbers higher.

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