Category Archives: Independents

Fourteen Independent Candidates Elected to State Legislatures

Ben Chipman

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On November 4, fourteen independent candidates were elected to state legislatures.

Two were elected to State Senates: Harri Anne Smith in Alabama, and Edward O’Neill in Rhode Island. Both were incumbents running for re-election.

Twelve were elected to lower houses:
Alaska: Dan Ortiz of Ketchikan
Georgia: incumbent Rusty Kidd
Maine: incumbents Joseph Brooks, James Campbell, Ben Chipman, and Jeffrey Evangelos
Rhode Island: Blake Filippi
Vermont: Alyson Eastman, Barbara S.… Read more ...

David Yee: Joe Biden Sabotaged Greg Orman’s Campaign on Purpose

From David Yee at the Independent Voter Network:

Vice President Joe Biden‘s comments on Election Day that independent Greg Orman was “with us” could have had a profound impact on the election. Before his comments, Democrats had remained mostly silent on speculating which party Orman would caucus with while Republican attack ads claimed Orman was a closet Democrat and would caucus with Democrats in the Senate.… Read more ...

Free & Equal to Host Voting Methods & Election Integrity Symposium

From a Free & Equal Elections Foundation email blast:

Dear Free and Equal Supporter,

The Voting Methods & Election Integrity Symposium will take place at Infinity Park Cherry Creek Room in Glendale, CO on Saturday, November 15th from 9AM-4PM. The event is hosted by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation and co-sponsored by organizations such as Fair Elections for Colorado, FairVote, and Ballot Access News.… Read more ...

Independents Orman & Pressler Fall Short in U.S. Senate Bids

Greg Orman

Two independent candidates polled double digits, yet failed to win their respective races for U.S. Senate. In Kansas, Democrat-turned-independent Greg Orman was less-than 100,000 votes short of unseating incumbent Republican Pat Roberts. Orman won 358,900 votes, about 42.5%.

In the South Dakota race, former Senator Larry Pressler also came up short, a distant third with about 17% of the vote.… Read more ...

Independent Wins Upset Victory to Rhode Island State Assembly

From Austin Cassidy at Uncovered Politics:

Blake Filippi, a progressive attorney and independent candidate for Rhode Island state assembly, has won a monumental upset victory against incumbent Representative Donna Walsh. According to the Rhode Island Board of Elections, Filippi has won 60% to Walsh’s 40% with all precincts reporting in the District 36 race.… Read more ...

Uncovered Politics: Will 2014 Be Remembered as a Breakout Year?

Greg Orman

By Austin Cassidy at Uncovered Politics:

October 29, 2014 5:54 pm

As recently as a few weeks ago it looked like we were heading for a record year for third party and independent candidates in the modern era. Independents in South Dakota, Kansas, Maine and Alaska all seemed like they had victory within their grasp.… Read more ...

IVN: A Greg Orman Victory Could Lay Foundation for Independent Caucus in Senate

From Shawn M. Griffiths at the Independent Voter Network (IVN):

Politicos continue to speculate on which party independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman will caucus with if he wins on Election Day in Kansas. Orman has already said he would be willing to caucus with the majority party, which would help him obtain influential committee positions and put him close to the leadership, but what if neither party has a clear advantage after all the election results are in?… Read more ...

South Dakota’s Argus Leader Endorses Larry Pressler

From Austin Cassidy at Uncovered Politics:

South Dakota’s dominant newspaper, The Argus Leader, injected some much needed life into the Larry Pressler for U.S. Senate campaign today. With only a few days left before voters head to the polls, the Leader published a full-throated endorsement of the former Republican Senator who is mounting a comeback bid as an independent.… Read more ...

Farid Khavari: Why It Matters Who the Next Florida Governor Is?

From the candidate, via IPR on Facebook:

Economist and independent candidate Farid Khavari supports medical marijuana and full legalization as well.

He is the only candidate who points out the crucial role of the governor in implementing medical marijuana according to the terms of Amendment 2.

The Amendment says that the Department of Health (which reports to the governor) is to make the rules and get medical marijuana out there in 6 months—or after 9 months of not doing it, any person in Florida can sue the state—so if a governor decides to drag his feet, it could take years for the people to get what they want.… Read more ...

Lou Allstadt Endorses Howie Hawkins for New York Governor

Lou Allstadt

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On October 30, Lou Allstadt, a prominent opponent of fracking, endorsed Howie Hawkins, the Green Party nominee for Governor of New York. See this story about the endorsement, and this article about Allstadt. Allstadt is a former executive vice-president of Mobil Oil and a resident of Cooperstown, New York.… Read more ...

Breitbart: The War on Libertarians and Independents

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Found in Breitbart .
October 28, 2014
By Jason Scheurer

The U.S. electoral system is a farce. It is controlled with the same mastery with which Coke and Pepsi dominate the soda market. It is sold to the American public as if the free and open exchange of ideas is what’s inside, but the hidden ingredients are toxic to the body politic.… Read more ...